Graduate Certificate Program and Colloquium


The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender offers a graduate certificate for Master of Divinity and Master of Arts students at Princeton Theological Seminary. The coursework for the certificate, which allows students to focus their academic work on issues pertaining to theology and gender constructs, prepares students for vocational ministry or scholarly pursuits by:


a)    valuing the unique contributions of women and sexual minorities as central for the articulation of Christian faith and for the church’s flourishing, and
b)    exploring critically the ways that gender and sexualities are understood and represented in church and society.


The requirements for the certificate involve earning twelve (12) credits from
approved courses and a one (1)-credit colloquium RS5200 Colloquium in Theology and Gender (topics to rotate).


Two courses (or a maximum of 6 credits) may be taken at Princeton University in order to fulfill the certificate requirements, subject to the approval of Dr. Jacqueline E. Lapsley, director of The Center for Theology, Women, and Gender, Current courses that count for the Certificate in Theology, Women, and Gender Studies:


OT3366     Gender and Sexuality in the Bible
OT3370     Texts of Terror, Texts of Hope
OT3466     Gender in Old Testament Narratives
CH3217     Christian Women in the World of Late Antiquity
CH3218     Women Leaders of the Medieval Church
CH3219     Women Leaders and Voices in the Reformation
CH3213     Medieval Female Spirituality
CH/EC3338 Women in African Christianity
CH/EF3460 Prayer and Spiritual-Devotional Life
CH3620     Women and the History of American Religion
CH3510     Women and Religion in Modern Europe
ET5348cr     Issues in Human Sexuality
TH3466cr     Feminist and Womanist Theology
PC5268     Pastoral Care of Women
PR3261     Exploring Women’s Preaching Traditions
PC5242    Sexuality and the Christian Body

RS5200     Colloquium in Theology and Gender


This colloquium focuses on issues of theology and gender as they pertain to contemporary church and society. It provides a common intellectual experience for students who are pursuing the Certificate in Theology, Women, and Gender. While students will be able to fulfill the core of their requirements from any PTS course on the list of approved theology and gender courses, this colloquium will give students a common experience, dialogue, and foundation for critical reflection on the understanding of gender in church and society, with a view toward positive change as needed. It is a requirement for students who intend to earn a Certificate in Theology, Women, and Gender.


Because a cohort of students will graduate every year with a Theology and Gender certificate, the colloquium will be offered yearly and can be taken during the second and third year in the MDiv experience or the second year in the MA(TS) experience. Students are only required to take it once, but they can repeat the colloquium if they choose.


•    Prerequisite: one prior course in Theology, Women, and Gender (from the list)
•    1 credit

Spring Semester 2015–16, Ms. Lapsley
Fall Semester 2016–17, Ms. Lapsley