Certificate in US Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology

The Department offers a Certificate in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry as an opportunity for those who wish to acquire professional training in theology in light of the increasing number of Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholic congregations and to “reflect on the fundamental questions of human experience and study the responses to these questions proposed by the liberal arts and sciences [and] pursue continued spiritual, intellectual, physical, and professional growth and development.”

The Certificate program coheres with both the University mission and the mission of the Department to provide quality educational opportunities in the search for truth and the practice of justice through the Catholic and Dominican traditions of reasoned analysis and faith. The program is designed for personal enrichment and a greater understanding of the realities of Hispanic/Latino(a) Catholics.

The Certificate program requires a total of 15 course credit hours from among the curricular offerings of the graduate programs that are dedicated to Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry. Students are required to take a distribution core of two courses and three additional courses designated for distribution in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry.

Students studying for the degrees of Doctor of Ministry or the Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry may pursue a Concentration in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry within their degree programs.

The Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry provides the student with an opportunity for advanced theological study and examination of particular ministerial practice. The Hispanic/ Latino(a) Concentration requires five courses from the Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry curriculum, including the Foundational Courses (THE 630 and THE 632), contingent on enrollment and availability.

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry with a Concentration in Hispanic/Latino(a) Ministry and Theology requires that students select three (3) of their four (4) elective courses from the Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry curriculum. The three courses required for the Hispanic/Latino(a) Concentration include both of the Foundational Courses (THE 630 and THE 632), contingent on enrollment and availability, and one other course from the Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology and Ministry curriculum.

Core

THE

630G/630

US Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology

3

THE

632G/632

Hispanic/Latino(a) Ministry and Practical Theology

3

Distribution (3 Courses)

THE

716G/716

Latino(a) Popular Religiosity and its Ethics of Solidarity

3

THE

717G/717

Feminista/Mujerista Theology

3

THE

718G718

Liturgy and Preaching in Latino(a) Congregations

3

THE

720G/720

Christian Spirituality and US Hispanic/Latino(a) Experience

3

Students in the Certificate program participate in class along with students in the other graduate programs of the Department, studying with the same faculty, and subject to the same evaluation.

What is the Institute?

The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry was founded to respond to the needs of the emerging Church. Located in the Department of Theology and Philosophy, the Institute prepares leaders from throughout the United States and within the local community to serve the Hispanic/Latino Church in a variety of ministerial positions.

Why study Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry?

  • To better serve God's people and the emerging Church
  • To critically reflect on the Hispanic/Latino/a religious experience
  • To gain the knowledge you need to serve the Hispanic/Latino/a community

Why choose Barry?

An integrated academic experience The programs in the Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry offer an integrated academic experience that fosters intellectual growth and ministerial formation. You will study with a strong faculty engaged in U.S. Hispanic/ Latino theological research and education. Along with other professionals from throughout the United States, you will engage in critical theological reflection on a variety of academic and ministerial topics central to the Hispanic/Latino/a religious experience.

Students from throughout the U.S. Our students come from all over the country where they work in a variety of professional settings in ecclesial ministry. You will have the opportunity to share experiences and solutions drawn from socio-cultural settings different from your own.

Multicultural Setting Located at the crossroads of the Americas, South Florida is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the United States.

Scholarship Opportunities The Department offers academic professional scholarships to full-time ministers enrolled in the graduate programs. Members of religious congregations receive a 30-percent discount for all graduate programs under the University’s Professional Recognition Scholarship Program