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Food and Faith Degree Concentration

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity offers a concentration within the Master of Divinity degree designed to equip religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to guide congregations and other faith-based organizations into creating more redemptive food systems where God’s shalom becomes visible for a hungry world.

Curriculum

Core Courses

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

  • Foundational “food, faith, and religious leadership” course:    3 hours
  • Experiential course (3 hours):  A course that combines hands-on learning in organic gardening, food preparation, and preservation with scriptural/theological reflection. The purpose of such a course is to ensure that students have basic skills in growing and preparing food. The pedagogical combination of theological reflection and active creation care mirrors the holistic view of well-being that is at the heart of the concentration.
Elective Courses

Elective courses (3 credit hours)

  • Elective courses may be taken through the existing School of Divinity curriculum in a variety of biblical, historical, theological or ministerial studies options that include an emphasis on food and faith-related topics or issues. Students must have the approval of the program director in order for an elective to count toward the concentration. Courses outside the School of Divinity can also be used for elective credits.
Internship Experience

Internship experience (3 credit hours)

  • Students can choose to develop an Art of Ministry II or Art of Ministry III internship experience with a food and faith emphasis. Summer internships or specialized internship completed during the academic year can also count toward this requirement.
Capstone Project

Capstone project (3 credit hours)

  • Students can focus this requirement through the current Art of Ministry III requirement by completing either a senior project or a senior internship.