MA in Applied Spirituality and Pastoral Care
The ASPC concentration is oriented to human growth and is thus appropriate for all seekers, but it is also specifically helpful to those preparing for professional practice in varieties of pastoral care including chaplaincy, education, campus ministry, youth ministry and varieties of social ministries.
The concentration explores the richness of Christian spirituality as a way of life oriented to the intellectual, affective, humane and relational qualities of human existence that make life meaningful and worthwhile. It prepares students to engage pastoral work in pluralistic contexts, since their social and pastoral ministries require cultural sensitivities, practical skills and a capacity to connect across religious traditions, with openness and respect.
Students taking this concentration can pursue our Youth and Campus Ministry Track.
Through the concentration, students:
• Gain knowledge about the tradition of Christian spirituality as a resource for theological imagination, personal and communal identity, and personal development.
• Gain an understanding of spiritual practices that promote personal growth, health and well-being, and share those spiritual practices with others in ways that are sensitive to and respect our pluralistic cultural context.
• Gain the skills necessary to engage pastoral practice with clarity about how spiritual growth and spiritual practice enhances their effectiveness and their longevity as pastoral caregivers.
- THEO 504 Liberating Bible
- THEO 520 Journey Through Christianity I: Community, Authority and Expansion
- THEO 524 Journey Through Christianity II: Reformations, Modernities and the Global Context
- THEO 624 Theological Imagination: Approaches to the Sacred
- THEO 547 Ethics in a Time of Planetary Crisis
- THEO 690 Discernment and Integration: Capstone Course
ASPC Concentration Courses:
- A course on the Ignatian tradition
- A course on global justice or ethics
- THEO 631 Theo-ethics of Ministry
- PSYC 900 (satisfied by students taking Developmental Psychology-Psych 231 or Social Psychology-Psyc 261)
- COUN 533 Counseling Theories and Techniques OR COUN 630 Intro to Mental Health Counseling
- Theo 715 Clinical Pastoral Education (or equivalent internship) with theological reflection