Boston University School of Theology, founded in 1839 as the Newbury Biblical Institute, is the oldest Methodist theological seminary in North America and the founding school of Boston University. Its historic commitments are represented in the Boston University coat of arms: learning, virtue, and piety. The faculty strives to embody these historic priorities by emphasizing academic excellence, religion’s role as bearer of values, and the preparation of leaders for Christian ministries.
As a university-based theological school, Boston University School of Theology is privileged to promote academic excellence in cooperation with the University’s other schools and colleges. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary learning within the wider University, and faculty members frequently cultivate relationships across departmental lines, including team teaching, collaboration in research centers, cross-registration of courses, and joint research projects. The School of Theology faculty cooperates with colleagues in the Division of Religion and Theological Studies, School of Fine Arts, School of Social Work, School of Education, and the African Studies, American Studies, Judaic Studies, Classics, Anthropology, Sociology, and History Departments. Scholarship at the School of Theology is strengthened by participation in this larger intellectual community.
Donations to BUSSW are invaluable, offering the School opportunities to expand students’ experiences and continue to provide excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship. The support of alumni is the best tool for maintaining the School’s competitive edge and cultivating the next generation of social workers. We hope we can count on your continued and much- appreciated support.
Programs and activities supported by the STH Fund
Alumni/ae contributions to the School of Theology Fund are vital to help the School train students for ministry in the contemporary world. Gifts to the STH Fund enhance many aspects of student life by supporting:
- Affordable Housing—The average cost for a single student to live in Theology House is more than $9,000. A one-bedroom apartment for a married couple averages $1,200–1,500 monthly.
- Scholarships—Additional academic costs total more than $16,000/year. Approximately one-third of STH students receive full scholarships.
Research and Faculty support
- Faculty development and research
- Endowed faculty chairs
- Library Initiatives
- Acquiring new books for the library and subscriptions to the most current publications in theological fields
- Enhancing the hymnal collections at STH
(These are one of the most important research collections in the theology library. The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has its headquarters at the School of Theology under renowned hymn writer Dr. Carl Daw.)
Physical Space Needs
- As the School grows, space for student, faculty, and general community accommodations continues to be a need.