Master of Arts with Concentration in Religion and the Environment

The concentration is designed for those students who intend to pursue further graduate education in theology or its cognate disciplines or those who seek additional depth of knowledge in a particular field of study. It may be appropriate in some cases for those who do not plan to pursue doctoral study but who expect to teach in a specific discipline in institutions overseas.

Graduation from the School of Theology follows the successful completion of all requirements for the specified program of study and the approval of the degree by the Senate of the University upon nomination by the Faculty of the School of Theology.

A Master of Arts student who has successfully completed all prescribed work, has completed all non-credit degree requirements, has submitted a complete portfolio if applicable, and has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.33, is eligible to be awarded the Master of Arts degree. Work toward the degree is to be concluded within four consecutive years from the date of matriculation.

Additionally, a student must satisfy all financial obligations to the University. The University will neither confer a degree nor provide transcripts to any student or former student who has unsatisfied financial obligations to the University.


Drawing on the distinctive strengths of the School of Theology and the Environmental Studies Program and affiliated departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Master of Arts with a concentration in Religion and the Environment is a flexible program that utilizes Sewanee’s unique ability to contribute to an internationally recognized and vibrant field of interdisciplinary inquiry. After a basic grounding in the tools of Biblical studies, theology, and ethics, distribution requirements guide students so they are exposed to a variety of perspectives on environmental issues, ranging from the “hard sciences” to policy studies. Further elective work within the concentration allows the student to pursue specific interests, and a research project serves as the capstone in the concentration.

Core Courses
BIBL 501Old Testament: Foundations I3
BIBL 502Old Testament: Foundations II3
BIBL 511New Testament: Foundations I3
BIBL 512New Testament: Foundations II3
CEMT 511Introduction to Moral Theology3
THEO 511Systematic Theology I3
Concentration 1
Environmental Theology (select at least three hours from the following):3
Many Sides of Sustainability
God and Nature
Readings in Contemporary Eco-Theology
Creation, Evolution, and God
Readings in Teilhard de Chardin
Environmental Ethics (select at least three hours from the following):3
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Climate Ethics
Environmental Policy (select at least three hours from the following):3
Water Resource Policy and Law
International Environmental Policy
Environmental Policy and Law
Environmental Economics
Comparative Religious Environmentalism (select at least three hours from the following):3
Religious Environmentalism
Religion and Ecology
Buddhism and the Environment
Environmental Science (select at least three hours from the following):3
Field Investigations in Biology
Advanced Conservation Biology
Ecology (Lab)
Biodiversity: Pattern and Process (Lab)
Introduction to Forestry (Lab)
Physical Geology (Lab)
Select twelve additional hours from the courses above or from the list of approved electives 212
THEO 598Research Project 33
Total Semester Hours48

Non-credit Degree Requirements1

Bibliography, Research, and Writing Workshop
Cultural Diversity Workshop
Introduction to the Beecken Center Workshop
Safeguarding God's Children Workshop
Safeguarding God's People Workshop