Theology

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

School of Theology

Immigration and Religion in the Trump Era

STH TC 530

This course examines the intersection of religion and immigration, in light of current political developments. With the rise of Trump's presidency, the response of religious communities has affected immigrants' lives in numerous ways. From a social scientific perspective, students will be expected to critically analyze the role of religion in both fueling movements of immigrant advocacy, as well as bolstering movements of immigrant exclusion. Students will be encouraged to prioritize marginalized perspectives, particularly those of immigrants, in order to better understand how the excluded themselves deploy elements of faith as acts of resistance and adaptation. Current issues to be addressed include refugee crises, the new sanctuary movement, migration in response to ecological change, and race and immigration. 3 cr.

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Biblical Interpretation from Hispanic and Latin American Perspectives

STH TO 838

Provides an introduction to the contexts, assumptions, and methods of Hispanic and Latin American Biblical exegeses and their contributions to Biblical and Religious Studies. Course objectives are: 1) to develop an awareness of the Hispanic and Latin American approaches to the Bible, their differences, and points of contact; 2) to understand the different assumptions of the Hispanic and Latin American interpretations of the Bible; 3) to develop intercultural exegetical skills and cross-cultural sensitivity; and 4) to experience and develop an understanding of the reality of U.S. Hispanics and Latin Americans through learning about their history, economy, and political, social, and religious experiences. Selected passages from the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament are analyzed in terms of the cultural and historical situations of Latin Americans and Hispanic peoples in the United States. Open to undergraduates. No pre-requisites. 3 cr.

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Middle Egyptian I (Egyptian Hieroglyphs)

STH TO 846

An introduction to the culture of ancient Egypt and to the classical stage of the Egyptian script and language spoken in Ancient Egypt during the Middle Kingdom which became the standard hieroglyphic language until the Graeco-Roman period. The course also requires approximately four additional hours of class at the Museum of Fine Arts where students study pieces of the MFA Egyptian Collection. No prerequisites. Undergraduate students are welcome to register. 3 cr.

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Spiritual Care

STH TY 704

This course introduces a method of spiritual care as practical theology. Students are asked to engage the experiences of loss, violence, doubt, and despair reflected in spiritual care conversations. They will be invited to use theological, philosophical, psychological, and cultural studies to reflect upon these issues, and develop theologically and/or spiritually based strategies of care and justice. 3 cr.

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