Academic Programs

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Academic Programs

In partnership with eleven seminaries across the country, SCUPE offers four academic programs in pastoral ministry and community development. Our educational programs, deeply rooted in the philosophy of experiential education, are designed to address the unique needs of urban ministry and developing communities. SCUPE also partners with churches and community organizations to provide students with practical experience.

The Advanced Latino/a Theological Education (ALTE) program provides Latino/a church leaders, who possess varying levels of education, the access to graduate theological education.

The Center for African American Theological Studies (CAATS) offers a three-year Master of Divinity degree with an African-centered approach to theology in partnership with the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Payne Theological Seminary.

The Graduate Theological Urban Studies (GTUS) program links traditional theological education with hands-on urban ministry experience through numerous courses and internships.

The Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development (MASJCD), a program designed by practitioners for practitioners, offers courses, certificates and masters degrees for individuals interested in community building, community organizing, congregational community development and housing and economic development.

SCUPE also has two non-accredited programs that are offered as resources to students, pastors, lay leaders engaged in urban ministry.  These are:

The Congress on Urban Ministry

Continuing Education Workshops


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Up-Coming Classes

Introduction to Theological Writing (CAATS)
Dr. Katara Patton Washington
September 22 - December 8 (Mondays)
Mondays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Inter. R 361

Desarrollo económico en la comunidad latina (ALTE)
Dr. Shirley Pulgar-Hughes & Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart
September 19-20, October 17-18, November 7-8, December 12-13
(viernes 6pm - 10pm y sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Introduction to Biblical Studies (CAATS)
Dr. Afri Atiba
September 24 - December 10 (Wednesdays)
Wednesdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Bib. R301

Pastoral Care in the African American Church (CAATS)
Dr. Danielle Buhuro
September 25 - December 11 (Thursdays)
Thursdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Min. R 340

Public Issues In Urban Ministry (GTUS course page)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana & Dr. Clinton Stockwell
October 17-18, November 7-8; December 12-13
(Fridays 1-9pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm)

Interfaith & Intercultual Ministry Intensive (GTUS)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana
January 5-9, 12-16
(Mondays to Fridays 9am-5pm)

Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
January 12-17
(Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm)

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