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Global and Urban Ministry Minor

The Global and Urban Ministry (GUM) minor serves students in all majors. It will equip you to understand the theological and contextual realities of the world today, which are heavily urban and multiethnic. Through this minor, the School of Theology strives to develop global Christians who will participate in God’s transformation of the world.

Benefits

This program offers a minor, an internship, and a certificate. The internship is a five-credit experience that engages you in some kind of fieldwork that is framed by personal and academic reflection. Students work in a variety of contexts, from international mission organizations to local, community-based social service agencies.

The International Service Certificate is an 11–13 credit certification offered by the School of Theology that offers an introductory overview to the core themes in the GUM minor.

Courses and Degree Requirements

A few of the courses in the Global and Urban Ministry minor include Holistic Ministry, Living in Another Culture, and Community Economic Development. Review all the Global and Urban Ministry minor courses and requirements.

To earn the Global and Urban Ministry minor, you are required to take a minimum of 30 credits, including 15 upper-division credits.

Download the theology major/minor application form (PDF).

Theology-Related Internships

Undergraduate students in the School of Theology have worked in churches, parachurch organizations, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

To find information about possible theology-related internships and employment opportunities, there are many resources available to students, including:

  • SPU’s internship and job-posting system, JobLink, is updated weekly with ministry, church, and service positions. Students and employers regularly make use of this site. 
  • SPU’s Center for Career and Calling provides employment and internship resources for students and employers. Contact CCC at 206-281-2485 or spucareercenter@spu.edu. 
  • Open ministry, church, and service internships and jobs are posted on the Internships and Jobs Bulletin Board on the first floor of Alexander Hall. Organizations and employers can email sotadmin@spu.edu to post a position.

International Service Certificate

If you are unable to take enough courses to earn a minor in Global and Urban Ministry, you can instead earn the International Service Certificate.

Courses and Degree Requirements

To earn the International Service Certificate, you are required to take 11–13 credits. Download the checklist for the complete list (PDF).

David Leong

Why I Teach at SPU

David Leong, Assistant Professor of Missiology

“I teach at SPU because I love to introduce students to the city as a vibrant, meaningful context in which to reflect upon God’s mission in the world.”

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