Quaker Studies Certificate

The program examines both the roots and branches of the denomination through the lenses of theology, history, culture, literature, spirituality and applied theology. ESR’s Quaker Studies Certificate is a six-course program that can be completed in as little as two years.

Since ESR’s founding as the first Friends seminary, we’ve developed and shared extensive resources about Quakers’ history, diversity and vitality. We frequently encounter people who want to deeply explore Quakerism, either to enrich their own ministry or to support their vocational goals. The Quaker Studies Certificate provides structured study for those people, without requiring a commitment to seeking a graduate degree.


Classes for this certificate begin in the fall semester.

Potential Courses:

  • QS 107 – Quaker History and Literature (required)
  • QS 250 – Creation of Modern Quaker Diversity
  • QS 260 – Individual Quaker Thinkers
  • QS 270 – Modern Quaker Movements
  • QS 340 – Quaker Beliefs
  • QS 351 – History of Friends Peace Witness
  • QS 377 – Quaker Public Ministry
  • QS 400 – Independent Study
  • SP 212 – Mysticism in Quaker Tradition
  • LS 374 – Quaker Process

Our faculty

The Quaker Studies program is led by Stephen Angell, professor of Quaker studies.

Next steps

Ministry isn’t just a vocation or a calling—it’s a way of being in this world, seeking to make it whole. ESR is ready to support you in answering your own call to ministry, whatever shape it takes.