Patty Pell, MA
Assistant Professor of Cultural Engagement
Master of Arts in Cultural Engagement
Within the Master of Arts degree program and the major in Cultural Engagement (MA CE), students will learn how to apply intercultural skills, cultural and social analysis, and biblical and theological reflection to affect positive change in neighborhoods, communities, systems, and structures. Students will learn how to amplify their voices in public dialogue and engage the conversations around social concerns in redemptive ways.
The MA CE degree is a theologically rich, historically rooted, and contemplatively engaged approach to apprenticeship to Jesus as the essence of life. Students will evaluate and engage current and emerging social issues with integrity through biblical studies, theological reflection, ethics, organizational leadership, and practical experience while developing authentic relationships with practitioners and leaders across disciplines and occupations. Students will be able to work with and learn from organizations providing relief, development, and rescue in the context of social justice issues.
How Can I Use This Degree?
- Amplify your voice in public dialogue across a variety of boundaries and contribute your skills to the improvement of neighborhoods, communities, systems, and structures.
- Evaluate and engage social issues through biblical study, Christian ethics, organizational leadership and practical experience.
- Develop authentic relationships with practitioners and leaders across disciplines.
- Develop a portfolio that demonstrates a holistic study of a social concern and proposes actions steps that incorporates relief, community development, and compassion in relation to justice and cultural engagement issues.
- Develop your own ministry in relief, development, and compassion in relation to justice and cultural engagement issues.
52 Credit Hours
Available in Denver and fully online
Complete in 2 years (full-time study)
What Will I Study?
The professional MA programs include the 28-hour core courses, 12 hours of major courses and 12 hours of courses leading to a certificate. Students can choose a certificate in leadership, Christian formation or spiritual direction. These professional MAs operate on a three block system.
Block 2: Cultural Engagement Degree Core (12 credits)
|CE512||Cultural Analysis and Theological Reflection||3|
|CE600||Social Concerns and Community Development||3|
|CE611||The Mission of the Church in Engaging Systems and Structures||3|
|CE712||Intercultural Communication, Contextualization, and Leadership||3|
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5
- Completion of the application for admission and all required application documents
Patty Pell received her BA from the University of Wyoming and her MA in Old Testament Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary. Her passion for justice and reconciliation has led her to spend several summers directing student groups in urban Denver and India and Kenya, as well as to teach courses in Old Testament at Bishop Balya College in Fort Portal, Uganda. She also volunteers with English language learners in the public schools, with refugee service providers and in immigration reform. She has published several books and study guides with InterVarsity Press.