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Interdepartmental Studies


Introductory Doctor of Ministry Seminar: Scholarship in Ministry, Interdepartmental Studies

Elizabeth C. Nordbeck

This seminar will introduce Doctor of Ministry students to theoretical approaches to the study of ministry. Students will work together to form research questions, construct theoretical frameworks, build bibliographies, and compose reviews of literature. This course is required for all D.Min. students.

Fall - Tuesday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.


Doctor of Ministry Seminar: Theological Research, Interdepartmental Studies

Robert PazmiƱo

Analysis of elements of advanced theological research, and preparation of proposals for projects, theses and research in doctoral and masters programs. This course is required for all D.Min. students.


Fall - Tuesday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.


Doctor of Ministry Seminar: Writing, Interdepartmental Studies

Sharon Thornton

This course is designed for Doctoral students who are in the process of integrating their coursework for their D.Min. projects. This particular D.Min. seminar will draw upon themes of forgiveness and reconciliation to help students ground their work in a faith perspective. We will focus on representative contemporary theologians
who are dealing with these themes from different perspectives. We will be looking at the implications of their thinking for constructing pastoral theologies that can illumine the particular questions and themes that class members are engaging in their projects. This course is required for all D.Min. students.

Fall - Tuesday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.


Justice Matters, JUSTInterdepartmental Studies

Nancy Nienhuis

An analysis of forms of social oppression and methods of engaging them, including exploration, dialogue, and advocacy. This course fulfills the Engaging Oppressions renewal area.

Fall - Friday 1:00 - 3:50 p.m.


Explorations in Spiritual Formation, Interdepartmental Studies

J. Mary Luti

Nancy Nienhuis

This 1.5 credit course will meet every other Thursday afternoon from
2-4 pm for the Fall.  It meets on this schedule:

Pre-semester meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Orientation meetings: (Leading groups of incoming students): Friday, Sept. 5 from noon-2:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6, from 12:30-3:30 pm.
Lunch is provided for these meetings.
Fall semester group spiritual direction meetings: 2:00-4:00 p.m. on the following seven Thursdays: September 11 & 25, October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, and Dec. 4.

Fall - Thursdays 2-4 pm see description


United Church of Christ History, Polity, and Theology, Interdepartmental Studies

Dale Hempen

Elizabeth C. Nordbeck

An exploration of the history, theology, structures, and practice of ministry in the UCC. Recommended for those seeking ordination in the UCC, but open to all.

Fall - Tuesday 2:00 - 4:50 p.m.

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.