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Special Courses and Programs

These are representative courses.  Specific course offerings may be found in the on-line quarterly Time Schedules which can be found at:

Supporting Courses

Registration in these special courses allows advanced students to pursue individualized studies within the Divinity School:

DVSC 45100Reading Course Special Topic100
DVSC 49900Exam Preparation: Divinity100
DVSC 50100Research: Divinity100
DVSC 59900Thesis Work: Divinity100

Reading and independent study courses are intended to supplement regular course offerings and not to duplicate them.

The Jerald Brauer Seminar

Established by friends of the Divinity School to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, the Brauer Seminar is co-taught periodically by two Divinity School faculty members. The topic changes according to the interest of the instructors. Up to ten students may participate with the consent of the instructors, and each student receives a stipend of $1,000 to support participation. A seminar budget supports the honorarium and travel expenses for the Brauer Fellow, a visiting scholar who represents a disciplinary perspective on the seminar topic that complements those of the instructors. The Brauer Fellow leads one or two seminar sessions and delivers a public lecture at the Divinity School. In 2012 Professors Wendy Doniger and Jeffrey Stackert offered the Brauer Seminar, entitled "Translation." In 2014 "Intentionality and Belief" was offered by Professors Daniel A. Arnold and Ryan Coyne. In 2015, Professors Jeffrey Stackert and Paul Mendes-Flohr offered "Jewish and Christian Responses to Biblical Criticism."

Clinical Pastoral Education

There are many CPE centers throughout the city of Chicago where students can engage learning in a variety of contexts. For more information on how Clinical Pastoral Education is incorporated into the MDiv curriculum, please contact Rev. Wesley Sun, Director of Field Education and Community Engagement at

Exchange Scholar Program

The University participates in the Exchange Scholar Program with the following universities: University of California at Berkeley, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Yale University. Students wishing to participate in the Exchange Scholar Program should discuss plans with their advisers and with the Dean of Students, and, if approved, obtain an application at UChicago Grad. Credits earned at the host university are automatically accepted at the University of Chicago.

Graduate Workshops in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Divinity School

The University sponsors graduate research workshops in the humanities, social sciences and the Divinity School that meet throughout the academic year. Organized by faculty and students with common research interests, they vary in format, but participants in a typical seminar come from diverse schools, departments, and divisions of the University. The following list is just a sample. Check the website for current offerings.   

For more information, visit the Council on Advanced Studies Workshops at

African Studies
Animal Studies
Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy
Ancient Societies
Art and Politics of East Asia
Comparative Politics
Early Christian Studies
Early Modern
East Asia: Politics, Economy, and Society
East Asia: Trans-Regional Histories
Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Cultures
Eth Noise!: Ethnomusicology Workshop
Gender and Sexuality Studies
History, Philosophy, and the Sociology of Science
Human Rights
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World
Interdisciplinary Archaeology
Islamic Studies
Late Antiquity and Byzantium
Latin American History
Mass Culture
Medieval Studies
Middle East History and Theory
Philosophy of Religions
Poetry and Poetics
Political Theory
Reproduction of Race and Racial Ideologies
Rhetoric and Poetics
Semiotics: Culture in Context
Social History
Theory and Practice in South Asia
Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia

Ph.D. Application for Hyde Park Seminary Students

By virtue of an agreement between the Divinity School and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, and the Catholic Theological Union, a student enrolled in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program at one of these seminaries may undertake to coordinate studies with the intent of gaining admission to the Ph.D. program at the Divinity School. A student at one of these seminaries may pursue the normal course of M.Div. studies at the home institution while completing certain requirements for application to the Divinity School’s Ph.D. program.  This program does not guarantee admission to the Divinity School's Ph.D. program.

After completing two years of full-time study at one of these Hyde Park seminaries, the student may apply for admission to the Ph.D. program in the Divinity School in the winter quarter of the third year if the following conditions have been met:

  1. prior endorsement of the dean of the student’s home seminary;
  2. completion of sufficient course work at the Divinity School, including at least three courses of bi-registration at the Divinity School in the area of proposed Ph.D. concentration.

A student who wishes to pursue this should contact the Dean of Students in the Divinity School and declare this intention, reviewing the requirements at his or her earliest convenience. Links to the web sites of the various Hyde Park seminaries can be found at

The Divinity Student-At-Large Program

The Divinity Student-at-Large program is designed for adults who would like to take courses in the academic study of religion, and may be considering pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in the field. Divinity  Students-at-Large take courses only in the Divinity School. Up to three courses taken in the Divinity School may be counted toward a subsequent degree program at the Divinity School.

The Graduate Student-At-Large Program

The Graduate Student-at-Large program is designed for adults who would like to return to school to work toward a master’s or doctoral degree but are uncertain about the best school or division in which to do their work. Any graduate course may be selected. The program also serves people who have no immediate degree plans but for whom quality grade and credit study would be appropriate. Full academic credit is given and copies of transcripts may be requested whenever needed. A Student-at-Large who later wishes to become a degree candidate must supply additional credentials and meet all the usual requirements for regular admission to the University. If admitted as a regular student, up to three courses taken as a Student-at-Large may be transferred, with the approval of the degree-granting department, to a degree program at the University of Chicago.

Students enrolled in institutions that do not have formal exchange or traveling scholar programs with the University should apply as Graduate Students-at-Large if they wish to study at the University for a specific period of time and have the work transferred for credit to their home institution.

Further information and applications for the Graduate Student-at-Large program are available from:

GSAL/RS Programs
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
1427 East 60th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
phone: 773-702-1726
fax: 773-702-6814
web site: http://grahamschool.uchicago.ed