Certificate in Orality

Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits:

    12 credits

  • Institutional Accreditation:



The Certificate in Orality provides graduate students with a basic foundation in narrative pedagogy as well as in practical methods for chronological bible storying. Those who satisfactorily complete the program will gain skills for communicating effectively in predominantly oral societies.

Program Requirements

The Certificate in Orality requires 12 semester credits beyond the foundational credits. No transfer credits are possible. No final project or comprehensive examination is required.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Certificate in Orality program must meet the admissions requirements specified by the School of Intercultural Studies section, including a profession of Christian faith. In addition to these, international applicants who are non-native English speakers must demonstrate both spoken and written proficiency in English through an oral interview and by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past five years. A score of 600 paper / 250 computer with a TWE score of 5 is normally required for admission to the graduate programs in the department. Non-native speakers are also expected to demonstrate oral English proficiency by means of an interview with a faculty member.

Students can begin their program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Certificate in Orality program must successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to qualify for graduation. No course with a grade less than a B (3.0) will be counted for the Certificate or M.A.


This list is intended to give you a glimpse of the course requirements for this certificate and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the catalog for details.

ISAN 513
or ISCL 712
Comparative Folklore and Mythology
Topics in Oral Ministries
ISAN 531
or ISCL 786
Sign, Symbol and Structure
Sign, Symbols and Semiotics
ISCL 744 Narrative in Scripture and Teaching 3
ISCL 712 Topics in Oral Ministries 3
  Total 12
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