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.
- 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.