The Nuts and Bolts: Degree Programs and Course Descriptions.

Introduction

This chapter provides an example of how the African centered paradigm was (originally) instituted through the degree programs of Amen-Ra Theological Seminary.

The essentials of the degree programs echo standard degree programs in graduate theological education. However, unlike other programs, the Amen-Ra Theological Seminary program is focused upon African world community theological and religious studies. The program has seven options that prepare students for the ministry, careers in religious education or African theological research. The program also incorporates affirmative discussion, logic and critical thinking in a non-authoritarian student centered learning environment.

Master of Divinity Degree

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program is a professional service degree program related to the ministry of the initiated or ordained. Upon completion of the program, students are expected to hold a theoretical and working knowledge of theocentric history, leadership, and professional practice.

Graduation requirements for the degree involve: 1) a six month professionally supervised practicum, 2) ten courses, 3) a 3.00 grade point average or above in all course work, 4) completion of a faculty approved thesis or comprehensive examination, and 5) the completion of all work in three years, thus the program can be completed in a minimum of eighteen months.

The course of study for the degree require eight, three unit courses and two, six unit courses. The three unit courses are: African World Religion and Spirituality; World Religion and Spirituality; Homiletics; Congregational Life; African Theology: Paradigm Synthesis; Theocentric Methodology, and an elective from the curriculum. The two six unit courses are: Hermeneutics A and Religious and Spiritual Practice.

Master of Religious Education Degree

The Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) program is a professional degree program designed for adults engaged in or preparing for a career in religious education concerning African world religion, philosophy, leadership, and cognate theocentric paradigms.

Graduation requirements for the M.R.E. degree involves: 1) a six month professionally supervised practicum, 2) ten courses, 3) a 3.00 grade point average or above in all course work, 4) completion of a faculty approved thesis or comprehensive examination, and 5) the completion of all work in three years (18 month minimum).

The course of study for the degree require eight, three unit courses and two, six unit courses. The three unit courses are: African World Religion and Spirituality; World Religion and Spirituality; Ecclesiastical Ministry Leadership; Congregational Life; Theocentric Knowledge; African Theology: Paradigm Synthesis; Theocentric Methodology; and an elective from the curriculum. The two six unit courses are: Hermeneutics A, and Religious and Spiritual Practice. The program can be completed in a minimum of eighteen months.

Master of Theology Degree

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) program is an intermediate research and theory centered degree designed for students who plan to enter the Amen-Ra Theological Seminary Doctor of...

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