Courses

  • STH TY 854: Pastoral Theology and Psychology
    Practical theologians, pastoral theologians, and pastoral psychologists focus on different subject matters, use different methods, and address different audiences. Nonetheless, they share a common purpose: to diagnose, accurately and in-depth, concrete problems of the human condition (e.g., suffering, evil) and, correspondingly, to construct effective ways of addressing those problems (i.e., forms of intervention, strategies of care). This is a reading course that examines contributions of theologians, practical theologians, pastoral theologians, and pastoral psychologists, and provides a context in which students may investigate research problems that are especially relevant to their respective communities and traditions, as well as their particular vocational objectives (e.g., parish ministry, chaplaincy, pastoral care, seminary teaching).
  • STH TY 855: Pastoral Care, Community Justice and Feminist Ethics
    Two questions that undergird this course is 1)"what is the relationship between pastoral care and justice in and for the broader community?" and 2) "what do diverse feminist ethical and theological perspectives contribute this prior question?" These questions will guide us throughout the semester as we 1) read diverse perspectives on pastoral care and community justice; 2) visit ministry sites that seek to respond to various forms of structural, i.e. economic, healthcare; gendered, ethnicity/racial, sexuality, prison, etc. forms of injustices that impact specific communities; 3) articulate pastoral theologies of care that explicit integrate ethical commitments to justice and responsible pastoral action; 4) explore the difference that difference makes in the texts (human narratives as well as those written); 5) interrogate the exercise of power in unjust social, religious and structural practices and in justice oriented practices of care.
  • STH TY 857: African American Pastoral Theology
    In this course we will give our attention to the content of African American Pastoral and Practical Theologies as well as the pastoral practices that emerge from their methods, aims, sources and critiques. In other words, we want to understand what this contextually based theology means for pastoral leadership in black contexts. Specifically, this course privileges African American experience, religion, spirituality and modes of care. Finally this course will reconsider what we mean by "African American Pastoral Theology and Practical Theology" as well as the category "black religion" by widening the scope of where we look for African American pastoral contexts. That is, we will include the experiences and voices of those outside the historical black church congregation. In doing so, we will consider the question "does African American Pastoral theology have currency beyond the black Christian context?"
  • STH TY 864: Pastoral Psychology: The Self
    Formulating a model of self that takes into account matters of religion, faith, and spirituality; acknowledges the influence of culture, race, ethnicity, class, and gender; and coordinates the contributions of various traditions of inquiry.
  • STH TY 870: Pastoral Psychology of Groups
    This course has as its first focus the examination of the kinds of psychodynamics that are a part of group life, and the implications of these dynamics for participation in, working with, and serving in pastoral/religious leadership roles with groups in a variety of settings. This course will introduce students to the conscious and unconscious dynamics of group life, and therefore, will be concerned with the transference, countertransference, projection, group identity, and formation, etc. Additionally, the course will examine the relationship of race/ethnicity, culture, gender, class and sexuality as embedded and integral facets of the psychodynamics that shape group processes. Toward these ends, we will engage psychodynamic theories and concepts concerning the functioning of groups from pastoral psychoanalytic group perspectives, and consider what they might offer in the service of pastoral practice. Students will learn experientially about group processes by participating in a small group comprised of members of the class.
  • STH TY 901: Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology and Religion
    This two-credit graduate level seminar will cover significant issues in the field of Counseling Psychology and Religion. Emphasis will be on discussion of the issues raised by the presenters and the readings assigned. The course is designed to create a greater sense of community and connection among Counseling Psychology faculty and students throughout the university and to increase socialization into the professional aspects of being a Counseling Psychologist.
  • STH TY 903: The Psychology of Religion
    Examining methodological questions and issues in the psychological interpretation of religious matters by considering what is meant by 'religion' and what is involved in interpreting 'religion' psychologically.
  • STH TY 906: Human Development
    Human Development Course Description: The goal of this course is to achieve an understanding of the human developmental process and how that process integrates the growth of faith and the life of the community. We will use a series of theoretical readings, broader lectures by the professor, and selected autobiographies to apply theory. As our experiences provide excellent laboratory data, there will be various opportunities to examine our own life processes as a way of seeing theory in action. Course Objectives: By the end of the class, students should: - know the primary developmental theories, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, social learning, faith development and be able to identity of variety of lesser used theories - be able to critique developmental theories using the insights of feminist theory, studies in racism and sexual identity, and the reality of globalization - be able to apply theory to case material - discuss the relationship of human development and community context
  • STH TY 911: Object Relations Theory for Pastoral Relationships
    Achieving familiarity with and fluency in a series of psychoanalytic theories of personality/character, development, relationships, motivation, health, and pathology, as a context in which to practice psychoanalytic interpretations of religious matters.
  • STH TY 926: Psychodynamics of Marriage and Family
    This course includes a comprehensive overview of the field of family systems and family therapy. It will serve as an introduction to the theory and techniques of couples and family therapy. An attempt will be made to integrate theory and practice through assignments, class activities, and personal and professional self-reflection. Students will have the opportunity to reflect upon how they might actually use course content professionaly in their respective disciplines.
  • STH TY 946: Ethics and Research in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychology
    Review of ethical issues in the field as well as present and potential research in psychology of religion and pastoral psychology.
  • STH TY 948: Pastoral Psychotherapy
    Goals, methods, and process of psychotherapy as a form of ministry. Theological, psychological, and ethical issues in the theory and practice of pastoral counseling and pastoral psychotherapy. Weekly case conference included.
  • STH TY 956: Near History of Psychology and Counseling Psychology
    A history of psychology as a science will be studied and discussed in terms of methods used in study of religion, theology and social sciences (including pastoral theology and psychology of religion).
  • STH TY 964: Pastoral Psychology: The Self
    Formulating a model of self that takes into account matters of religion, faith, and spirituality; acknowledges the influence of culture, race, ethnicity, class, and gender; and coordinates the contributions of various traditions of inquiry.
  • STH TZ 802: Social Science Approaches to Religion
    Introduces major theoretical questions in the social scientific study of religion. Examines approaches of Marx, Durkheim, and Freud among others.
  • STH TZ 803: Humanities Approaches to Religion
    Introduces major theoretical questions in the humanistic study of religion. Examines the nature of religion as well as definitions and critiques of religion from comparative, historical, sociological, literary standpoints as well as postmodern and gender studies approaches.
  • STH TZ 911: Doctoral Research Internship
    All ThD and PhD students at STH are asked to fulfill a 180-hour research internship, and this can be fulfilled in any year of the doctoral program but normally prior to any teaching internships. The research internship affords the student a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member. The student is expected to provide research assistance to the faculty member while becoming apprenticed into the life and work of a teacher/researcher.
  • STH TZ 912: Doctoral Junior Teaching Internship
    All ThD and PhD students at STH are asked to fulfill a 180-hour Junior Teaching Internship, which involves assisting a faculty member in the design and teaching of a course, including the possibility of leading discussion sections, grading, or even giving one or two lectures. All teaching internships will normally be offered only in the second and subsequent years of a student's doctoral program.
  • STH TZ 913: Doctoral Senior Teaching Internship
    All ThD and PhD students at STH are asked to fulfill a 225-hour Senior Teaching Internship that involves greater responsibility for course design and teaching and comes closer to a co-teaching model. May only be taken after TZ912.