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Hispanic Studies

Certificate in Hispanic Studies

Perkins School of Theology, located in the Southwest with its significant Hispanic population and close proximity to Latin America, has committed itself to the preparation of church leaders with the knowledge and skills for effective ministry in this context. The Certificate in Hispanic Studies   is offered to students in all Perkins degree programs and is intended specifically for students who want to prepare for ministry in a bilingual and bicultural setting. Certificate advisor: Jeanie Treviño-Teddlie.

Certificate Requirements

A certificate will be granted to any student who fulfills the following requirements:

1. The student must formally register for the program through the office of the director of the Mexican American Program and the registrar.

2. The student must completes 15 term hours in Hispanic studies. The student is strongly encouraged to take at least one course in Hispanic studies from each of the four divisions of the curriculum. (See the list of designated courses below.)

3. By the senior year, the student must have reading and conversation skills at an intermediate level in Spanish and give evidence of being able to conduct the principal worship services of the church in Spanish.

4. The students without substantial experience in ministry with Hispanics must complete an interethnic experience in a Hispanic setting. The experience must be structured in consultation with the director of the Mexican American Program.

5. The student must complete an internship in a Hispanic setting if possible, or, if that is not possible, serve an internship in which, by agreement, no less than one-third of the student’s working time is spent in a Hispanic congregation or project within the community. If neither of these is possible, the student must do a 40- to 60-hour interethnic experience in a Hispanic church under supervision arranged by the director of the Mexican American Program.

Designated Hispanic Studies Courses

The following courses are currently designated among those that can be taken to fulfill the 15 term hours required for the Certificate in Hispanic Studies . Other courses that include Hispanic theological and ministry concerns may also be considered for credit through consultation with the director of the Mexican American Program. The office of the Mexican American Program will maintain a record of new courses that can be applied for credit. Enrollment in Hispanic Studies courses is not limited to those admitted to the program, but is open to all students. Students may also receive credit for courses taken under the Hispanic Summer Program. International study opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean are also available for credit.

Course Options

BB 8015, 8315 Biblical Exegesis from a Hispanic Perspective
HH 8023, 8323 The Church and the Mexican American Community
HH 8027, 8327 Christianity and Social Justice in the Southwest
HX 7322 Christianity in the Hispanic Tradition
HX 7324 Christianity in Latin America
MN 8026, 8326 Ministry in the Hispanic Church
ST 8027, 8327 North American Hispanic Theology
ST 7029, 7329 Doing Theology from a Hispanic Perspective
XS 8302 Race Relations and the Church
XS 8326 Broad-Based Community Organizing: Holiness and Politics in the Urban Church