Academics & Programs

Certificate in Anglican Studies

The Certificate in Anglican Studies is designed to serve the academic and formational requirements of those preparing for Anglican/Episcopal ministry, ordained or lay. Students in the M.Div. program interested in the Certificate in Anglican Studies should declare their interest to the Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies and the Office of Academic Formation and Programs, so that they may be assigned an Anglican/Episcopal faculty advisor.

Classes Offered in Anglican Studies

The Divinity School has offered the following classes in Anglican Studies:

  • Selected Modern Anglican Texts
  • Episcopal Polity & Global Communion
  • The Role and Function of Music in the Liturgy
  • Anglican Social Ethics
  • Anglican Spiritual Theology
  • History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America, 1700-present
  • English Reformation History
  • Anglican Doctrine
  • Readings in Rowan Williams
  • John Henry Newman: Life & Thought
  • The 1979 Book of Common Prayer and the Principles of Anglican Worship.

All of these are elective options in Anglican Studies that supplement the core curriculum of the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs.

Field Education

AEHS enjoys warm relationships with many local Anglican/Episcopal parishes as well as several “teaching” congregations elsewhere in the United States, where students may serve as field education interns. Students also have the opportunity for clinical pastoral education (CPE) as well as further specialization in the area of theology and medicine through Duke University Hospital and several other local healthcare providers. Additionally, Duke University offers an opportunity to focus on educational chaplaincy through the work of Duke Chapel, the Duke Episcopal Center, and many other religious life organizations. M.Div. students are required to undertake two field education placements.  For those who are also pursuing the Certificate in Anglican Studies, at least one placement must be in an Anglican/Episcopal setting. American students are urged to take advantage of field education opportunities in other provinces of the Anglican Communion; Duke Divinity School offers a wealth of international links and pilgrimage opportunities, from Canterbury to Khartoum.

AEHS collaborates with the Field Education office to tailor these placement opportunities to student interests and requirements. Funding for these internships is usually provided by the receiving church/institution.

Anglican Spiritual Formation

Anglican Spiritual Formation (ASF) is a program offered through the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies. It encompasses a Rule of Life (PDF) for students individually and for the community as a whole. The aim is Christian ministerial formation: to help one another develop the skills, habits, character, and collegiality that will foster growth in the Christian faith and underpin a lifetime of ministry and service (ordained or lay) within an Anglican/Episcopal setting. This begins with a daily commitment to morning prayer, and it also assumes a parish involvement beyond Duke Divinity School as well as routine participation in the services and seminars of AEHS. Some ASF gatherings will be open to those not formally registered in the program.