Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


December 5, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology is offering two new graduate certificate programs in Women’s Studies and Urban Ministries for students in the Master of Divinity degree program.

The graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, offered jointly with SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is an interdisciplinary graduate level program designed to provide comparative and historical perspectives on women, gender and feminism, and an understanding of the roles and achievements of women in a global society. Courses are selected from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, history, literature, media and theology.

The program requires 15 designated credit hours that can include a supervised internship addressing women’s issues. As part of the program, students will complete a major research project that addresses women and/or gender issues. For more information, contact the Perkins School of Theology Office of Admission and Financial Aid at 214-768-2293 or send e-mail to

The graduate certificate in Urban Ministry is intended for theology students interested in ministry to urban areas. Contemporary urban problems such as cultural diversities, joblessness, working with homeless people, economic development, inequalities of poverty and wealth, and the complex relationships between a congregation and the community will be addressed. Students also will gain an understanding of the process of urbanization as well as transnational urban environments involving global population movements.

The goal of the program is to help students develop effective pastoral and spiritual leadership, advocacy and relationship-building skills to affect change in both their congregations and communities. For more information contact R. Van Kemper, urban ministry adviser, at 214-768-2928 or send e-mail to