Union Theological Seminary

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Union Theological Seminary
Established 1836
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Dean Dr. Serene Jones
Degrees M.Div., M.A., S.T.M., Ph.D.
Enrollment 350 students
Website www.utsnyc.edu

Union Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology, affiliated with Columbia. It is located between Claremont Avenue and Broadway, 120th to 122nd Streets. The seminary was founded in 1836, and is one of the most prestigious divinity schools in the country. Burke Library, which contains Columbia's expansive collection of books and periodicals on theology and religion, is located on the campus of UTS. It is the largest theological library in the entire western hemisphere. Union grants degrees at the master's and doctoral level in several fields including: biblical studies, theology and ethics, church history, ministerial studies, religion and culture, religion and psychiatry, and several others. Several programs are offered jointly with the University, while others are administered exclusively by the seminary.

Union has a distinguished history among graduate theological institutions. Its faculty has always ranked among the best in the world, and has included such luminaries as Walter Raushenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, Dietrich Bonehoeffer, James Cone and others. Its students come from around the country and the world. The seminary is known for its progressive understanding of religion in general, and Christianity in particular, and has long been at the forefront of the great social movements in this nation's history.

Union's campus is among the most beautiful in the country. The inner quadrangle is often used as a movie location, standing-in for other universities.

In 2003, Union agreed to lease three buildings to Columbia in order to stabilize shaky finances. These are 80 Claremont Ave, which houses the university's Religion Department and Science and Technology Ventures, Knox Hall, which will open for use by the Economics Department and Sociology Department departments in 2008-2009, and Dickinson Hall.[1]


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