Models and Methods of College and University Chaplaincy

REL811
Fall 2017
W 1:30-3:20pm
Area: 
Area IV, Area V
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course will explore various approaches to college and university chaplaincy found in the United States in the 21st century.  Drawing on a historical framework for the role of chaplaincy in the college setting from the middle of the 20th century when secularism became a heavier influence and exploring the issues that confront the vocation in a pluralistic context of the 21st century, the course will provide an overview of strategies needed to offer a creative, current and engaging chaplaincy in higher education.  Through a series of lectures, open discussions, site visits, short chaplaincy narratives, hands on creative projects and guest speakers, the class will encounter numerous perspectives and approaches to ministry in higher education.

In order to give the course a “living, breathing feel,” the last 30 minutes of each class will be “mini-workshops” where we either read a short passage written by a chaplain, examine articles from various media resources, explore specific current programs that are happening in higher ed chaplaincies or participate in a shortened version of a chaplaincy offering. We will be dedicated to the examination of individual points of view from college and university chaplains from various faith traditions and in different settings (i.e. small liberal arts schools, historically Black colleges, large research institutions, church based schools) from across the country.  These viewpoints will also provide seeds for a deeper discussion of issues such as race, class, gender and sexual orientation within college and university chaplaincies. 

Background Expected: 

A familiarity with pastoral issues and development of young adults is encouraged.  Course is not open to undergraduates.

Course Requirements: 

-Active participation in class and engagement in discussions.

-Students will be expected to complete required reading and write three (1500 word) reflective essays on their content as well as class discussion. 

-There will be one research project and presentation early in the semester involving interviews and web search on specific chaplaincies across the country.

-Small group final project outline due fall break and final presentation due on the last day of class.

-Class attendance is mandatory and includes one field trip that takes place downtown during class time.

-One excused absence is allowed.  If shopping this class please note that missing the first class counts as an absence.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Innovative completion of all assignments along with regular, engaged class participation will be the primary criteria for assigning credit.  All work must be original to this class.