The Religion and Society Program examines religious and social life. MDiv and PhD students are equipped with theoretical resources and diverse perspectives that enhance and deepen their theological studies and Christian practices in church and society.
At the masters'-level, the program fosters an interdisciplinary ethos through courses, sponsoring campus events and seminars on key religious and social themes in order to promote reflection on religion and social life as they are informed by theological perspectives.
Introduction to Digital Humanities explores the critical role emerging technologies play in humanities scholarship. Digital humanities, a field with a wide array of definitions, can simply be understood as “the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities.” This course is designed to introduce students in theological disciplines to the theory, concepts, methods and emerging practices in the digital humanities. The intersection of technology and disciplines within the humanities allow for existing questions to be asked anew as well as raise new questions enabled by technology. While this class will explore the theoretical underpinnings of the digital humanities, special focus will be given to digital text editing and markup, with students developing a complete digital text if they choose to enroll in the optional workshop component of the course.
Black Church Studies Colloquium focuses on contemporary Christian witness within the black church today (broadly defined as African/African American/historically black churches and congregations). It provides a common intellectual experience for students who are pursuing the certificate in Black Church Studies. While students will be able to fulfill the core of their requirements from any courses offered at PTS with a black church focus, this colloquium will give the students a common experience, dialogue, and foundation for understanding the concept of “black church” within the broader theological/religious concept. Required of students who intend to earn a certificate in Black Church Studies. Because a cohort of students will graduate every year with a Black Church Studies certificate, the colloquium will be offered yearly and can be taken at any point in the MDiv program. Students are only required to take it once, but they can repeat the colloquium if they choose.
Colloquium in Theology and Gender This colloquium focuses on issues of theology and gender as they pertain to contemporary church and society. It provides a common intellectual experience for students who are pursuing the Certificate in Theology and Gender. While students will be able to fulfill the core of their requirements from any courses on the list of approved theology and gender courses, this colloquium will give students a common experience, dialogue, and foundation for critical reflection on the understanding of gender in church and society, with a view toward positive change as needed. Required of students who intend to earn a Certificate in Theology and Gender. Because a cohort of students will graduate every year with a Theology and Gender certificate, the colloquium will be offered yearly and can be taken during the second and third year in the MDiv program or the second year in the MA(TS) program. Topics vary from year to year.
“Preaching is one of the most important things we do as pastors because it’s one of the last places in our society where people will actually listen, perhaps to things they may not agree with.”