Mennonite Studies at UFV


Why take Mennonite Studies?
How will this help my career goals?
Why take the Mennonite Studies certificate at UFV?
Importance to the University
Who will be teaching me?
What do I need to get in?
What exactly will I learn?
Are there opportunities for field studies and research?
What will I be studying?
I'm interested. What should I do next?

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Why take Mennonite Studies?

The Fraser Valley is a multicultural and multi-faith environment and one of the most diverse in the country. The Mennonite community makes up a considerable component of its population. Courses in Mennonite Studies offer you the opportunity to learn about the heritage and diversity of the Mennonite people, and to explore the numerous ways that Mennonites have contributed to the ongoing development of the Fraser Valley region. 

How will this help my career goals? 

This 18-22-credit certificate, which draws its offerings from across a number of UFV Arts disciplines, is designed for students who are considering — or who are currently involved in — careers in teaching, public service, community development, social policy, and church work.
You will develop knowledge and skills that will assist you in developing their careers and pursuing further studies in these areas, as well as in preparing you to be a thoughtful, critically-informed, and engaged citizen of an increasingly complex world.

Why take the Mennonite Studies certificate at UFV?

This program promotes understanding among the different groups that have played a significant role in shaping local culture, and contributes positively to communal relations. If you plan to pursue a career that involves working with the community, such as teaching, social work, business, or law enforcement, you will benefit from understanding more about the Mennonite people you will encounter and the culture of Mennonite-affiliated institutions in this region.

If you are a person of Mennonite faith or cultural background, this program will help you better understand how your communities have developed alongside other groups within the Canadian context, and be able to reflect on how this history has shaped your values. UFV is the only university in B.C. to offer a Mennonite Studies certificate program.

Importance to the University

The presence of a significant Mennonite population in the Fraser Valley makes UFV the ideal location for a Mennonite Studies certificate. The program is consistent with the university’s strategic plan, particularly as it links the UFV community to people who have played a significant role in the development of the Fraser Valley region.

Who will be teaching me?

The Mennonite Studies certificate program draws from a wide array of disciplines. Our instructors come from various departments within UFV’s Faculty of Arts and each brings their own particular strengths to the program. Visiting scholars and guest lecturers are valued components to the program.

What do I need to get in?

This certificate is open to any student enrolled in a post-secondary program at UFV.
New students who are not pursuing other programs at UFV should apply to the Arts Studies program path. Students will be required to meet the admissions requirements for Arts Studies, as well as meet the individual course prerequisites.
Any student successfully completing the six courses is eligible for the certificate.

What exactly will I learn?

Certificate offerings will be drawn from a number of UFV arts disciplines. Core contributing disciplines include history, political science, modern languages, sociology and English; there are current and forthcoming courses in each of these areas to support the certificate. Additional courses and support may be drawn from other departments as the certificate develops and expands in the future.
These courses will expose you to knowledge and ideas about a cultural community that has a great impact on our daily work and lives.

This is especially important if you hope to continue further studies, work in the field of cultural studies, or if your career choice demands cultural knowledge and expertise.

Are there opportunities for field studies and research?

Yes, there are opportunities for field studies and research in MENN 100 (Introduction to Mennonite Studies) and MENN 300 (Mennonite Development and Relief Organizations), which will determined by the instructor.


What will I be studying?

In order to complete the certificate, you must complete the core program, totaling a minimum of 19 credits from at least six courses, as follows:

 

I'm interested. What should I do next?

For information about the Mennonite Studies certificate, please contact the coordinator of the Mennonite Studies program, Steven Schroeder at steven.schroeder@ufv.ca, or contact the department assistant, Danielle Warren at danielle.warren@ufv.ca, 604-504-7441, local 4075.

For general questions about becoming a student at UFV, contact Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counselling. 

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