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The School of Franciscan Studies, the teaching component of The Franciscan Institute, operates within the organizational structure of St. Bonaventure University, granting an Advanced Certificate in Franciscan Studies.
The Institute serves the Franciscan family and the scholarly world through its philosophical and theological research, publishing critical editions and studies of the Franciscan masters through its publications, which make classical and contemporary Franciscan resources readily available; and through its teaching program, which unfolds the results of its research and reflection.
It also serves the scholarly and educational needs of the university through an ongoing dialogue about the Franciscan charism as it applies to the intellectual and ethical development of the student.
The Advanced Certificate in Franciscan Studies is designed for students who are interested in a basic introduction to Franciscan Studies. This program will provide an exposure to basic methodology, an awareness of fundamental themes, issues and questions within each of the major content areas of history, sources, theology and spirituality, and offer a solid background in Franciscan studies.
The Advanced Certificate may be pursued for personal enrichment or to augment an individual’s knowledge of Franciscan studies. It may serve as an ideal supplement to other studies in theology and spirituality especially for persons who will be involved in formation for Franciscan life and ministry and/or adult continuing education programs in the area of Franciscan Studies.
Note that as the Advanced Certificate is graduate level coursework, a bachelor's degree is required for admission.
A total of 16 graduate credit hours in Franciscan studies is required. The certificate is comprised of five courses (15 credit hours) plus an additional credit hour of study, the contours of which are to be determined by arrangement between student and adviser.
All Certificate students must take SFS 560. Introduction to Franciscan and Medieval Studies. Students must satisfy prerequisites for courses selected, if pertinent. All questions should be directed to the program director.
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