Master of Arts (M.A.) in Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice
"The M.A. in Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice will provide an interdisciplinary approach to educating future leaders as they seek to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. We are excited to offer a degree that brings together a strong theological foundation with practical expertise at a university well-equipped to provide both." —Jenny Howell, Ph.D., Program Director
The 45-hour Master of Arts in Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice seeks to prepare leaders (e.g., ministers, non-profit directors, community organizers) to be conversant in the areas of ecology, sustainability, and food justice as understood through a biblically and theologically informed hermeneutic.
There is a growing awareness within theological education that faithful Christian leadership must tend more carefully to humankind’s relationship to creation. As we begin to pay more attention to God’s good gifts, we are made more acutely aware of the degradation of creation, much of which comes from the abuses of humankind. We also become aware of the fact that the impact of that degradation will disproportionately affect the lives of the most vulnerable of communities. In light of this awareness, there is a growing recognition that theological institutions are uniquely positioned to train individuals interested in vocations addressing these challenges.
Students pursuing the M.A. in Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice receive an interdisciplinary education, drawing from the rich resources across the Baylor University campus. Students have the option to take graduate level courses in the Hankamer School of Business, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, and the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, among other units across the campus.
Truett's Theology, Ecology, and Food Justice Program is housed at the World Hunger Relief Farm and offers courses to Truett students on site every semester. Students have the opportunity to be immersed in the work and life of a thriving 40-acre farm run by highly skilled farmers who offer a depth and breadth of training far beyond what other theological institutions can offer.
The Program also partners with the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (BCHP). BCHP plays a preeminent role in the United States for addressing food insecurity and systemic poverty. Working within and alongside BCHP's initiatives will expose seminary students firsthand and in practical ways to the work of addressing issues of food justice.