Prior to the completion of 36 hours, each M.Div. student must participate in a cross-cultural experience. In consultation with the director of cross-cultural and international programs, the student chooses the experience, writes a proposal and submits a contract that describes which of the following options the student will use:
• An experience-based course, to be counted toward graduation as a field or general elective
• A self-assigned experience under the supervision of a faculty member, to be counted toward graduation. Credit is optional.
• Students seeking credit must register for a guided research.
• A special event sponsored or approved by the seminary, for which students may choose to receive or not to receive credit.
In all options, the student is expected to keep a journal or write a reflective paper in order to demonstrate that the student has reflected theologically on the experience. See the director of cross-cultural and international programs for more information about the cross-cultural requirement.