Located in the heart of Manhattan, the New York City campus was founded as a commuter-based campus with an ecumenically rich and diverse student body. Representing Lutheran, Catholic, Evangelical and African-American denominational backgrounds, many of the students already have pastorates and are seeking their academic credentials. Others are exploring the possibility of a new career in the ministry. Still others are looking to enhance their current vocations with a theological/ spiritual understanding that affirms them personally and enriches them professionally. The Extension Center offers exciting and enriching field education opportunities in the international, interfaith, and social ministry arenas. Because of the unique opportunities presented by ministry in the metropolitan area, the Graduate School offers a number of courses that are particularly relevant to students in an urban context.
An additional strength of the New York City campus is the ongoing seminar program aimed at both students and the ministerial and theological community of the New York area. Building on its seminar series, “Conversations in Ministry,” the Graduate School will continue to host clergy roundtables on a regular basis to address issues of concern to the wider faith community of metropolitan New York City. Open House events introduce interested students and applicants to HJI, where they may sit in on selected classes to see firsthand what HJI has to offer.
The Graduate School partners with the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) to sponsor prayer breakfasts and other clergy-based programs. HJI works also with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, the Baha’i Community, the New Synagogue of NYC, and the International Gurukula Community as part of its commitment to interfaith dialogue and understanding.
The HJI Libraries maintain a collection of approximately 157,000 titles (57,000 volumes), which includes books, ebooks audio and video media, and periodicals.
The library subscribes to ProQuest-in-Religion, an online database, and EBSCO ebook collection. Students can access thousands of journals and articles that cover a wide range of topics from their personal computers or terminals available in the library. Students also have access to online writing resources including World Cat, citation guides and the Owl.
In 2007, HJI opened the Information Commons located in the School Library (NYC Extension), a computer facility where students can conduct personal research, engage in group projects, and participate in information literacy workshops.
As the New York City campus is home to some of the best libraries in the world, HJI students can utilize the resources of school libraries in the New York area through our membership in the New York Area Theological Library Association (NYATLA).