The Certificate in Black Church Studies aims to help strengthen the body of Christ through critical reflection, dialogue, and practice for those who are interested in the intersection of race, faith, and Christian witness, particularly in the tradition of Black churches. 

The certificate can be earned as part of a residential master’s degree program (M.Div., M.T.S., and Th.M.).

Black Church studies is an intensely interdisciplinary, ecumenical, and intellectually inclusive endeavor. The Certificate in Black Church Studies enables students to engage theological, historical, and cultural aspects of Black Christian expressions toward deeper understanding and broader mastery of the life and thought of this complex community of people. It helps to equip leaders to develop capacities of contextualization and construction from Black Church life, thought, work, and witness. 

Students seeking this certificate have specific coursework requirements as well as opportunities to engage with preaching and teaching from prominent leaders in the Black Church and in the field of Black Church studies. M.Div. students also have a field education requirement.

Requirements

M.Div.

  • Completion of three Black Church Studies electives
  • Completion of one field education placement in a Black Church or African-American nonprofit site
  • Participation in four Black Church Studies lecture events*

or

  • Completion of two Black Church Studies electives
  • Completion of one course related to African/African-American issues in another school or department in the University (e.g., history, sociology, public policy, health. etc.)
  • Completion of one field education placement in a Black Church or African-American nonprofit site
  • Participation in four Black Church Studies lecture events*

M.T.S.

  • Completion of three Black Church Studies electives
  • Completion of a thesis related to the Black Church
  • Participation in four Black Church Studies lecture events*

or

  • Completion of two Black Church Studies electives
  • Completion of one course related to African/African-American issues in another school or department in the University (e.g., history, sociology, public policy, health. etc.)
  • Completion of a thesis related to the Black Church
  • Participation in four Black Church Studies lecture events*

Th.M. 

  • Completion of two Black Church Studies electives
  • Completion of one course related to African/African-American issues in another school or department in the University (e.g., history, sociology, public policy, health. etc.)
  • Completion of a thesis related to the Black Church
  • Participation in four Black Church Studies lecture events*

*Duke Divinity School hosts three Black Church Studies lectures each year.

Forms and information for current students »

For more information about the certificate, contact:

Regina Graham
Associate Director, Black Church Studies
rgraham@div.duke.edu
(919) 660-3593