These are the requirements for students who matriculated during the 2020-2021 school year. Degree requirements for previous years can be found at the bottom of the Master's Student Handbook main page. Students can track their own individual degree progress through the degree audit on my.iliff and by consulting their advisors.
At least 80 quarter credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better (or 40 quarter credits and an MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution) are required for the Master of Arts in Social Justice & Ethics (SJE) degree. These include:
- 32 credits from required Iliff curriculum
- 16 credits from required Social Justice & Ethics Core curriculum
- 18 credits in Personal and Professional Formation (PPF) and Masters Recital
- At least 14 credits from other courses
All requirements for the degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of the first course taken in the program. All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Catalog and the Master‘s Student Handbook (of their year of matriculation) to graduate.
First Year Interdisciplinary Course (4 credits): This course is team-taught and will introduce students to terminology, reading of primary texts and how to write academic papers as well as expose them to the complexity and significance of theological reflection. The course must be taken within the student's first 40 credit hours.
Core Courses (28 credits)
Comparative Religious Traditions (CR), 4 credits. Check with your advisor for current offerings. Some options include:
IST 2000 Religions in the World
IST 2001 Intro to Islam
IST 2086 Religion, Space, and Place
IST 2102 Intro to Hinduism
IST 2155 Black Religious Denver
IST 3001 Islam, Gender, Sexuality
IST 3010 Pilgrimage in Comparative Perspective
IST 3110 Asceticism and Monasticism
IST 3104 Judaism, Gender, and Religion
IST 3038 Buddhist Philosophy
IST 3049 Sufism
IST 3053 Religion and Film
Bible/Contextual Analysis (BI), 4 credits - one of the courses from the list below:
IST 2003 Intro to Hebrew Bible
IST 2004 Intro to New Testament
Social Ethics/Contextual Analysis (SE), 8 credits - two required courses:
IST 2005 Ethical Analysis & Advocacy
IST 2014 Foundations of Social Justice & Ethics (taken in the first year)
Historical Development & Expressions of Religious Traditions (HI), 4 credits - one required course:
IST 2500 - Intro to the History of Christianity
Constructive/Systematic Theology (CT), 4credits - one required course:
IST 2510 - Intro to Theology
Theology & Religious Practices (PR), 4 credits - one required course:
IST 2020 Community Organizing (taken in the first year)
SJE Seminars (8 credits). Check with your advisor for current offerings.
SJE Praxis (8 credits). Check with your advisor for current offerings.
Personal and Professional Formation (18 credits)―Required courses:
IST 1100, 1101, 1102 - Identity, Power, and Vocation in Community (6 credits)
IST 4000, 4001, 4002 - Internship Seminar (12 credits)
Masters Recital: To be completed during the Spring term of the final year.
Other courses (14 credits)