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Elective Opportunities

Each D.Min. “track” (area of focus) requires the successful completion of 24 core credit hours and 6 credit hours of electives. 3 credit hours for the Project Seminar are included in the core courses. The project is generally written during the third year. Transfer credit is not accepted as a substitute for the required core courses, but may be permitted to replace elective courses. Prior approval must be granted from the D.Min. director before transfer credit may be granted. 

Electives can be taken during the regular sessions in January and May or on-line in the spring and fall terms each year. On occasion special interest immersion trips will also be offered. Most on-line electives will have a synchronous on-line component - check the registration page for course detail.

A draft schedule of courses for 2015 is below. Please call the office if you have questions  202-885-8688.




All on-line elective courses require access to Blackboard.


February 2 - March 13, 2015 (registration open now)


DM-1005 OL Improving Your Rhetorical Skills with Dr. Christian Lundberg, Asst. Professor of Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, UNC, Chapel Hill  (click on bio here)

This course provides a platform for reflection on and honing the rhetorical skills of pastors in the mid-course of their calling, both in preaching and in the workplace more generally.  Because mid-career pastors already have extensive experience in preaching, teaching and leading, this course will provide an in-depth look at the theory, practice, and traditions of rhetoric to provide a platform for improving the pastor's present rhetorical skill.  Students will not only read, write and discuss, but also preach and receive group feedback on their preaching.

DM-900D Project Seminar with Lewis Parks, DMin Director, Wesley Theological Seminary

This course will equip the DMin student to identify a DMin project, develop a plan of research and execution for that project, and delineate a constructive theological component to the project.  The final outcome of the course is a project proposal that is sent to the DMin Committee for approval and assignment of a faculty reader.  The faculty reader will oversee the writing of the student's project paper.
On-line segment: Tuesday mornings 8am - 9:30am synchronous format; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, Mar 10. Students must be available during these dates and times to participate in the course.

March 16 - April 24, 2015 (registration will open in February)

DM-1010 OL Ministry to LGBT Constituents in the Context of your Denomination and Congregation with Valeria Leyva, Associate Prof and Field Education Coordinator, CA State University

As the UMC and other denominations address the theological issues related to same sec marriage and ordination of lesbian/gay clergy, more and more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals are opening up to family members and congregations about sexual orientation or gender identity. This course will provide informed pastoral care to LGBT members and families.  This course will provide specific skills and techniques for ministry with LGBT individuals and families, including issues regarding the "coming out" process, couples counseling, and other salient questions of providing care with LGBT congregation and community members.
This course requires use of several sychonous collaborate sessions via Blackboard dates TBD



Special Opportunities

DM-965  Alabama Civil Rights Study Trip  (Dr. C. Anthony Hunt)

Dates: August 2-7, 2015

DM-966  Independent Study: Civil Rights History Study Trip (Dr. C. Anthony Hunt)

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