Certificate in Theological Studies

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Our Certificate in Theological Studies (C.T.S.) fosters development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. This program provides an excellent overview of theological education and can be completed in one or two years. Flexible for busy lives, you can take one course at time, or all four! We believe an understanding of theological perspectives fosters compassion and connectivity—skills that are essential to improving relationships and communication in personal and professional life.

Semesters offered

Fall and Spring

Credits

Four 3-unit courses for 12 credits total. Credits can be transferred to our master's degrees (M.A.T.S. or M.Div.) if you would like to deepen your studies, broaden your electives, or become interested in ordained ministry. The transfer of credit is dependent upon successful admissions into a degree program.

Courses

Students choose four courses from church history, biblical studies, and systematic theology. To complete your certificate in one year, you may choose two courses in each semester. To complete your certificate in two years, you may choose one course in each semester.

Discipline

Fall

Spring

Church History

History I

History II

Biblical Studies

Intro to New Testament (Paul's Epistles)

Intro to New Testament (Gospels)

Biblical Studies

Intro to Old Testament

Old Testament Elective

Systematic Theology

Theology II

Theology I

 
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Fall 2020 Course Descriptions

History I

HS-8010
Dr. Brad Peterson

This course provides an introduction to the history of Christianity and historical theology from the second to the seventeenth centuries. We will introduce you to the continuities and varieties of Christian experience and belief in different times and places across the globe—and to the complexity of Christianity's social, cultural, and political entanglements in these contexts. You will be exposed to the politics, ideas, and actions that gave rise to Protestantism, and the intimate relationship of Protestant and Catholic reforms. This course will encourage you to apply the critical skills and aptitudes developed in your study of the past to situations of religious life, leadership, and service today.

Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

OT-8107
Rev. Dr. Jon Berquist

This course offers a critical introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the ancient Near Eastern context of the OT/HB and the history of ancient Israel. This semester, we will investigate the processes from original, oral transmission of prose and poetry to the formation of canonical books. We will also interrogate different streams of tradition (theologies) within the text.

Introduction to New Testament: Pauline Epistles

NT-8105
Rev. Dr. Eugene Park

This course is an introduction to the life, work, and theology of Paul as they are reflected in his seven undisputed epistles in the New Testament and in other related documents within and outside the NT. The course will discuss Paul’s life/work and survey his letters in their chronological order. Special attention will be paid to the particular historical circumstances and theological concerns of each letter. The primary mode of inquiry in this course is historical-critical, but hermeneutical questions will also be raised with regard to the application of Pauline theology to current theological issues.

Systematic Theology II

ST-8109
Rev. Dr. Greg Love

This course is one of two introductory courses to Christian theology. Its purpose is to help students gain a basic knowledge of the theology of the universal  church, especially as these topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in conversation with feminist and other contemporary theologies. Beginning with the doctrine of humanity, it looks at original goodness and our fall into relational forms of sin as pride, despair and denial. It then looks at the person and work of Jesus Christ from a variety of perspectives. It also looks deeply at the meaning of our being "saved by grace through faith alone," and the roles of divine and human Spirit in bringing about healing. The course concludes with the nature of the Christian spiritual life, including sanctification and vocation, the church and its mission in the world and sacraments.

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