Graduate Certificate Program in Black Church Studies

Graduate Certificate Program in Black Church Studies

Our program offers graduate courses for local pastors and lay leaders, leading to a certificate in Black Church Studies. The Black Church Studies Certificate Program requires the successful completion of three courses.

After the successful completion of nine credit hours of coursework, students will receive a Certificate in Black Church Studies from the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky.

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INT 2633: The Life and Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Approved Elective for BCS Concentration and BCS Certificate)

This course will explore the theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., viewing King as a major Christian theologian, not just a Civil Rights leader. The first part of the course will provide a historical overview of slavery and segregation in America and their intersection with King’s work in the Civil Rights Movement that helps student to understand the contours of King’s thought as it evolves from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. The second part of the course will examine the influences on his thought such as the prophetic tradition in Scripture, the Protestant Liberal tradition, the African American Baptist tradition, and black nationalist thinking. We will also interrogate his legacy today and its implications for church and society.

THE 2703: Black and Womanist Theology