Interdisciplinary Courses

Introduction to Christian Traditions

STH TF 701 (3 credits)

This first course of a two-course sequence provides a basic academic orientation to the Christian movement through a survey of its history from antiquity through the Protestant Reformation. Lectures and readings on the history of Christianity will be complemented by parallel lectures and readings on great theologians of those times. Emphasis is placed on increasing students' self-consciousness of their own theological and religious identity, Christian or otherwise, relative to the first sixteen centuries of Christian history. MDIV and MTS core requirement.

2017FALLSTHTF701 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm STH B19
2017FALLSTHTF701 X1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 8:00 am 8:50 am STH 441
2017FALLSTHTF701 X2, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:35 pm 4:25 pm STH 319
2017FALLSTHTF701 X3, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:25 pm 2:15 pm STH 317
2017FALLSTHTF701 X5, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:35 pm 4:25 pm STH 441
2017FALLSTHTF701 X6, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:35 pm 4:25 pm STH 318
2017FALLSTHTF701 X8, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:10 am 11:00 am CAS 310

Christianity Engaging Modernity

STH TF 702 (3 credits)

Continuation of TF 701.

2018SPRGSTHTF702 A1, Jan 18th to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm EPC 205
2018SPRGSTHTF702 X1, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 1:25 pm 2:15 pm STH 306
2018SPRGSTHTF702 X2, Jan 22nd to Apr 30th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 11:15 am 12:05 pm STH 441
2018SPRGSTHTF702 X3, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:35 pm 4:25 pm STH 441
2018SPRGSTHTF702 X4, Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 8:00 am 8:50 am STH 441
2018SPRGSTHTF702 X5, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:05 am 9:55 am STH 441
2018SPRGSTHTF702 X6, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 4:40 pm 5:30 pm STH 317

Practicing Faith

STH TF 703 (3 credits)

OPTION 1: SECTION "A1" Goto- Embodying the Kin(g)dom helps students to discern and interrogate habitual ways of mentally separating the physical body from spiritualized visions of what Jesus calls the "kingdom." OPTION 2: Section B1: Hassinger- Integrating Spirituality and Leadership equips students with spiritual life practices and leadership theories for use in ministry and other organizations. OPTION 3: Section C1-Schlauch: Rather than focus on faith as something that can be known, put into words, and characterized in a more or less systematic way, we consider that much of what we regard as faith is not known, has not and cannot be put into words, and if accurately rendered, would form an incoherent mosaic. OPTION 4: Section D1- Hickman-Maynard: This course explores the nature of social justice and its place within the mission of the church.

2017FALLSTHTF703 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm STH 441
2017FALLSTHTF703 B1, Sep 11th to Dec 11th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm STH 317
2017FALLSTHTF703 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm STH 317

Practicing Faith II

STH TF 704 (4 credits)

Situated in the first semester of the MDiv program, the Practicing Faith courses aim: 1) to increase the student's self-awareness of lived faith in dialogue with cultural and religious traditions and with attention to formative spiritual and religious texts and practices; 2) to develop the student's ability to reflect critically about practicing faith. (MDiv Requirement) Each section of the course focuses on a different topic: A1 (Choi) Personal and communal practices of faith through an analysis of leadership, culture, religious traditions, and religious communities, learning how power, authority and leadership interact and are exercised in multicultural society. B1 (Goto) The role of the physical body in welcoming and embracing God's kingdom, and our accent will be on enacting and experiencing faith. C1 (Hassinger) Leadership in the context of congregations and other organizations, grounded in group and individual spiritual practices. D1 (Schlauch) On the incoherence of faith, and moving towards an increasingly coherent faith through examining, critically reflecting upon, and consequently revising the varieties of each of our faith. E1 (Lightsey) The expression of spirituality within the cultural traditions of enslaved African people in America, their progeny and Black people who migrated to this continent, spirituality and religion, and their influence on social justice, seen through different faith traditions and historical narratives.

Stewarding a Legacy and a Promise

STH TF 710 (1 credits)

This course is required of all incoming MDiv, MTS, and MSM students, including transfer students, in the first fall semester of their degree program and aims at orienting students (1) to the legacy, faculty, curriculum, resources, and community principles of the School of Theology; (2) to a wholistic framework for thinking about stewardship of body, mind, spirit, finances, and the wider ecosphere; and (3) to a robust embrace of and engagement with social and theological diversity, power and privilege, and one's capacity to relate across difference. The individual sessions will also make room for answering questions students might have about the curriculum or the school.

2017FALLSTHTF710 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:05 am 9:55 am STH B23
W 9:05 am 9:55 am STH B24

Spanish for Ministry

STH TF 715 (2 credits)

MTS Contextual Education Project

STH TF 801 (3 credits)

This is a 4 credit Contextual Action and Reflection (CAR) Group specially designed for MTS students. All MTS students fulfill a contextual education requirement that incorporates 1) active as well as reflective learning; 2) out-of-classroom as well as classroom learning; and 3) self-reflective learning in which students become aware of their position in, and effect on, the contexts in which theological education and religious leadership are performed and enacted. While this may be fulfilled through a standard contextual education internship or an STH course-related travel seminar, this course affords students the opportunity to design a customized, one-semester project that facilitates the integration of theory and practice as well as vocational discernment and leadership development in religion and theology. Guidelines for developing the project are available on the Contextual Education website at STH. Please contact the Contextual education office for more information about the process for designing the project before you register for this class.

Introduction to Theological Writing

STH TF 805 (3 credits)

Because theology frequently makes use of multiple modes of discourse, rhetoric, and communication the goal of this class will be to exercise maximal control of written expression, primarily through the practice of essay writing. With close attention to grammar, syntax, diction, rhetoric and argument, students will work to develop both their prose style and their approach to theological writing. Students enrolled in this course will study, discuss, and evaluate a wide range of prose styles peculiar to theological discourse. The course will also include three writing seminars by Professor Kathe Pfisterer Darr.

Travel Seminar: IP: Dual Narratives Israel Palestine; I1: India

STH TF 808 (3 credits)

IP: Israel/Palestine: This course affords students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the history, conflict, and efforts at peacemaking in the Middle East through the lenses of the dual narratives of Israelis and Palestinians and from a variety of cultural, political, and religious backgrounds in that region. The course is configured around a trip to Israel/Palestine, and the "dual narratives" approach is distinctive in that it is not privileging one narrative of the conflict but, instead, introducing students to multiple narratives, thereby asking them to interpret the layers of the conflict from multiple perspectives. I1: Travel seminar to India. Meets December 31 to January 15.

2018SPRGSTHTF808 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
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ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSTHTF808 A2, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
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ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSTHTF808 B1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSTHTF808 I1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
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ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSTHTF808 I2, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
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ARR TBD TBD

Global and Community Engagement Capstone

STH TF 810 (3 credits)

MDiv students on the Global and Community Engagement track design a customized practicum or seminar with the help of their advisor that serves as an integrative capstone course and culmination of their degree program.

2017FALLSTHTF810 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2018SPRGSTHTF810 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Dual Degree CAR Group (MTS/SSW)

STH TF 820 (1 credits)

This is a 1 credit Contextual Action and Reflection (CAR) Group specially designed for MTS/SSW Dual Degree Students. All MTS students fulfill a contextual education requirement that incorporates 1) active as well as reflective learning; 2) out-of-classroom as well as classroom learning; and 3) self-reflective learning in which students become aware of their position in, and effect on, the contexts in which theological education and religious leadership are performed and enacted. This course facilitates the integration of theory and practice as well as vocational discernment and leadership development in religion and theology. Dual degree MTS students take this CAR group course alongside their SSW required internship. Please contact the office of Contextual Education form more information before you register for this course.

Contextual Education I (Dual Degree)

STH TF 821 (1 credits)

Integration of Theology and Practice (ITP) reflection groups for STH-SSW dual degree students in their advanced placements. Offered fall semester. 1 credit. MDIV CORE REQUIREMENT.

2017FALLSTHTF821 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 3:45 pm ROOM

Contextual Education II (Dual Degree)

STH TF 822 (1 credits)

Continues and presupposes STH TF821 for STH-SSW dual degree students. Offered spring semester. 1 credit. MDIV CORE REQUIREMENT.

2018SPRGSTHTF822 A1, Jan 18th to May 2nd 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Doctoral Colloquium 1

STH TF 901 (1 credits)

All first-year ThD and PhD students at STH are required to take this two-semester doctoral colloquia associated with the Doctoral Research and Teaching Internship Program (DTRIP). The colloquia focus on (1) research methods, (2) teacher training, and (3) professional identity.

2017FALLSTHTF901 A1, Sep 5th to Dec 12th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 11:00 am 12:15 pm STH 306

Doctoral Colloquium 2

STH TF 902 (1 credits)

The continuation of TF901.

2018SPRGSTHTF902 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2018
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 11:00 am 12:15 pm STH 111B