The certificate in Gender, Sexuality, Theology, and Ministry (GSTM) can be earned within the M.Div., M.T.S., and Th.D. degrees and enables students to make the study of gender, sexuality, theology, and ministry a core component of their theological education. It fosters a collaborative environment for teaching, research, service learning, and dialogue.

Program Details

The GSTM program creates a network, community of discourse, and intellectual space—at Duke Divinity School and beyond—where we privilege questions of gender and sexuality in the academic study and practices of theology, ministry, and lived religion. We examine intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality, and ask what these questions mean for the church and for our common work.

Students in the certificate program take classes in women’s studies and electives in the Divinity School or Duke University Department of Religion that use gender and sexuality as a primary lens. They also design and execute an independent research or service learning project and present their work in a senior colloquium.

The work of the GTSM program also extends beyond the certificate into developing new courses that use the study of gender as a primary analytical lens, fostering scholarship and academic dialogue across fields and positions, bringing guest lecturers to Duke Divinity School, sponsoring training in pastoral responses to domestic violence, and encouraging the community to engage with students’ work at the senior colloquia.


The requirements for the certificate are:

  • Completion of three courses in gender studies: WS205, Debates in Women’s Studies (in Duke University’s Women’s Studies Department), or its equivalent; and two courses within the Divinity School or religion department with a clear focus on gender studies
  • Students must complete a service learning or research project in the area of gender, theology, and ministry. The project may be conducted in one of four ways:
    • within a course (but not within any of the three courses that fulfill the previous requirement)
    • within a directed study
    • as an independent community service project
    • within the context of a field education placement (Note: The field education office is not responsible for facilitating or evaluating this project in any way)
  • During the spring semester of the senior year, students will participate in a monthly colloquy to discuss their service learning projects and/or to share the results of their research. Affiliated faculty members will be responsible for directing the colloquy.

Forms and information for current students »

For more information, contact:
Mary McClintock Fulkerson
Director, Program in Gender, Sexuality, Theology, and Ministry
Professor of Theology