Master of Divinity with Latinx Studies Concentration
3 years ~ Full-time enrollment of required credits per semester ~89 Credit Hours
The concentration in Latinx studies is a rigorous academic, pastoral, and liturgical course of study that is relevant for Latinx and non-Latinx seminarians. The concentration prepares and equips students who have discerned a particular calling to or are exploring ministry within Latinx communities.
Through coursework, field education placements, language community, liturgy, and border witness, concentrators engage the deep historical and theological traditions that provide the context for ministry in diverse Latinx communities. Through the various program requirements, concentrators will be able to:
- Articulate the key theological categories of Latinx theology and be able to apply these to analyze pastoral, political, and social challenges in the present. Identify and contextualize the work of key Latinx theologians.
- Demonstrate understanding of the racial, class, and gendered dimensions of diverse Latino religious contexts. Become better acquainted with own racial identities and histories.
- Identify the political, socio-demographic pastoral issues involved in immigration, primarily from Mexico and Central
- Identify different models of Latinx ministry and apply skills for pastoral ministry in Latino/Hispanic and multicultural contexts
- Evidence increased capacity to communicate in bilingual/bicultural contexts
Latinx Studies core courses (two courses, offered in alternating years)
Core Course A: Critical Contexts in Latinx Studies
This interdisciplinary course introduces the student to diverse critical contexts for engaging in ministry in Latino communities: histories of Latin American/Latino Christianity; geopolitics and religion (race, immigration, religion); denominational dynamics and religious diversity in Latino-majority communities. It uses these contexts to engage with past and current models for Latino ministry in the Episcopal Church. [Link to sample syllabus]
Core Course B: Latinx Theologies
This course provides a historical overview of the development of Latinx theologies, introduces students to key concepts stemming from the theological perspectives represented in Latinx communities, and situates current debates among Latinx theologians.
M1000-2 Lectura y Plática (three semesters, zero credit, pass/no pass)
Lectura y Plática is a once-weekly seminar discussion conducted in Spanish based on shared reading of foundational and recent writings from Latin America in the original Spanish. The seminar is appropriate for Spanish speakers of nearly all levels: from intermediate to native speakers. Readings and discussion reflect a broad range of topics in religion: theology, spirituality, history, cultural studies, feminist and sexuality studies, ministry studies, pastoral care and counseling, biblical studies, literature, and so on.
Beginning Spanish-learners in the concentration should plan on spending their first year engaged in independent study of Spanish by enrolling in a local beginning class (at UT Austin for example) or participating in a summer language immersion program abroad. Tuition grants to subsidize costs are available by application to the faculty director.
Concentrators complete a field education placement in a Latino parish or setting. Field Education placement is determined in conversation with faculty director.
The Latinx student colloquy creates a space for regular gatherings for Latinx students, concentrators, and other interested/allied seminarians.
M1320 Encuentro: Mission in Latino Contexts.
The seminary’s annual three-week intensive Encuentro course facilitates an encounter with the realities of the US-Mexican border and provides familiarity with diverse Latinx models of parish ministry. Required for all M.Div. Juniors, Encuentro is offered each January term and is optional for non-M.Div. students at SSW.
P2140 Ministry Across Cultures
Required for all middler students, concentrators must undertake this placement in a Latino/Hispanic setting.
Students in the concentration take all their required courses with their MDiv peers while using their elective courses for the concentration. The courses in the concentration are also available as electives for all students. Students who complete the concentration graduate with a transcript that indicates completion of the Latino/Hispanic Studies concentration. Students in the MAR, MSF, and DAS degree programs may also tailor their studies to take advantage of the concentration.
For further information on the Latinx Studies Concentration, please contact Beth Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org