The open format of the MA allows students to get what they need from the degree. They work with specific faculty members or on a topic that crosses disciplines.
Students interested in biblical studies work with a faculty that values methodological variety and ethical interpretation. Stephen Moore has published more than a dozen books on theory and the Bible and edited a dozen more. Danna Nolan Fewell wrote the book—and edited another—on Biblical narrative, including more than 50 authors. Althea Spencer-Miller looks to orality to think about the biblical text, not only to the written word.
Themes of race, economics, diaspora and social justice cross the work of the faculty. MA students interested in Africana studies can study with Kenneth Ngwa in Hebrew Bible, Althea Spencer-Miller in New Testament, Art Pressley in psychology and religion, Traci West in Christian ethics—who was recently named the Walter Wink Scholar-Activist of the Year by Auburn Seminary—and Elias Ortega Aponte, who is also a UUA Social Justice Ambassador.
Ecologically-minded MA students study with Catherine Keller and Laurel Kearns, leading eco-feminists in theology and religion, while also working in the Theological School community garden and studying eco-criticism in the biblical studies department.