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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

THEO 1201 | THEO 1202 | THEO 1203 | THEO 2620 | THEO 2710 | THEO 2720 | THEO 2721 | THEO 2730 | THEO 2735 | THEO 3100 | THEO 3110 | THEO 3210 | THEO 3250 | THEO 3255 | THEO 3260 | THEO 3301 | THEO 3302 | THEO 3303 | THEO 3305 | THEO 3331 | THEO 3401 | THEO 3403 | THEO 3500 | THEO 3501 | THEO 3510 | THEO 3601 | THEO 3610 | THEO 3630 | THEO 3640 | THEO 3710 | THEO 3715 | THEO 3722 | THEO 3730 | THEO 3732 | THEO 3733 | THEO 3734 | THEO 3735 | THEO 4100 | THEO 4290 | THEO 4401 | THEO 4402 | THEO 4602 | THEO 4603 | THEO 4610 | THEO 4620 | THEO 4720 | THEO 4730 | THEO 4731 | THEO 4733 | THEO 4735 | THEO 4736 | THEO 4899 | THEO 4900 | THEO 4930 | THEO 4940 | THEO 4950 | VIEW ALL
THEO 1201: Hebrew I (4) Offerings
Surveys the essentials of biblical Hebrew, including grammar, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, through the translation of selected Old Testament texts.
THEO 1202: Hebrew II (4) Offerings
Continues to survey the essentials of biblical Hebrew, including grammar, morphology, syntax and vocabulary, through the translation of selected Old Testament texts. This course is meant to be taken in a sequence with Hebrew I. If the sequence is interrupted, a placement exam must be passed before the second quarter begins.
THEO 1203: Hebrew III (4) Offerings
Continues to survey the essentials of biblical Hebrew, including grammar, morphology, syntax and vocabulary. It seeks to provide a beginning knowledge of the exegetical task and the tools to achieve it. This course is meant to be taken in a sequence with Hebrew I and II. If the sequence is interrupted, a placement exam must be passed before the third quarter begins. Includes a translation of the book of Jonah.
THEO 2620: Intro to Global & Urban Mnstry (5) Offerings
This course provides an overview of the city in contemporary society. It introduces the student to the vocabulary, strategies, models, and theological foundations for urban ministry within a global context.
THEO 2710: Foundations for Educ Ministry (5) Offerings
Introduces students to the definition, scope, and nature of the Church's teaching ministry. The task of educational ministry is designing teaching/learning experiences and environments that facilitate Christian formation. Students will examine the theological, historical, philosophical, and psycho-social foundations for educational ministry.
THEO 2720: Curriculum and Instruction (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: THEO 2710. Provides a systematic approach to curriculum development and instructional theory for Christian education including theological, sociological, and psychological concerns at each age level. Emphasis is on effective Bible teaching.
THEO 2721: Foundations of Spiritual Life (3) Offerings
This course explores conceptions and practices of Christian Spirituality - the lived experience of faith - from scriptural, historical, theological, and practical perspectives. In it, students will examine diverse expressions of spiritual life from the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition, and have the opportunity to practice and reflect upon devotional exercises that nurture a critically imaginative relationship with God and Neighbor.
THEO 2730: Intro:Christian Reconciliation (5) Offerings
This gateway course to the Reconciliation Studies Minor introduces students to the theology and practice of Christian reconciliation. It provides an overview of the biblical and theological foundations of reconciliation with God in Christ, an exploration of the ethical implications of the doctrine, and a survey of it's most prominent historical expressions. The class also helps students to understand the way in which reconciliation studies connect with SPU's mission, history and Wesleyan heritage. Finally, this course will require each student to establish an intended approach to the minor and explain their conception of how it fits with their major.
Attributes:Ways of Engaging
THEO 2735: Christian Discipleship (3) Offerings
The principles of discipleship and spiritual direction to the laity coupled with examples from congregational life will be central to this course. Students will develop ability to articulate their spiritual journey as well as cultivating their attending, discerning and helping skills.
THEO 3100: Community Bible Study (2) Offerings
Study of a selected book or particular theme of the Bible. Each quarter a new book or theme will be explored with particular attention given to its part in the formation of Christian life. All members of the SPU community are encouraged to "tune in CBS" (community Bible study)! May not be used to satisfy School of Theology major or minor requirements. May be repeated for credit up to 18 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3110: Torah/Pentateuch: O.T. Gospel (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 2000 or 3001. This course focuses on the first five books (or scrolls: Pentateuch) of the Bible known as Torah. Sometimes narrowly translated-and narowly understood-as law, torah also means instruction, teaching, story, and narrative. The content of the Torah will be the material used to help students go deeper with what they learned in UFDN 2000. In this course, students will learn how to utilize the various tools and methodologies of academic biblical study to explore the history, literary and theology of the first five books of the Bible.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 3210: Four Gospels and One Jesus (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 2000 or 3001. This course is intentionally designed to be an introduction to biblical studies for students seeking to go deeper with what they learned in UFDN 2000. In it students will learn how to utilize the various tools and methodologies of academic biblical study to explore the history, literature and theology of the four canonical gospels.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 3250: Biblical Texts:Old Testament (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 2000 or 3001. Text centered analysis of selected books from the Old Testament such as Genesis, 1-2 Samuel, Job, Psalms, and Isaiah. May be repeated for credit 3 times.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3255: Biblical Texts: New Testament (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 2000 or 3001. Text centered analysis of selected books from the New Testament such as Acts, Romans, James, and Revelation. May be repeated for credit 3 times.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3260: Biblical Topics (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 2000 or 3001. Considers a selected topic as it is developed throughout scripture with an eye to its contemporary relevance and the relationship between Scripture and other academic disciplines (e.g. Biology, Business, Psychology). Examples of topics considered include: the Holy Spirit, God the Creator, Political Power, The Dead Sea Scrolls, War, Human Sexuality, The Old Testament Aprocryphal Books, and The Bible and Movies. May be repeated for credit 3 times.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging
THEO 3301: Early & Medieval Christianity (5) Offerings
A survey of Christianity from its post-apostolic origins to the end of the Middle Ages. Initially, the course evaluates the formation of orthodoxy, the challenge of heterodoxy, early monasticism, and missions to Western Europe; then it explores the achievement of the medieval Church through a study of the papacy, scholasticism, and the Crusades.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3401 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
THEO 3302: Reformatn & Modrn Christianity (5) Offerings
A survey of European and Latin American Christian history from the 16th century to the present. Attention will be given to the Protestant and Catholic Reformations of the 16th century; the colonization and evangelization of the Americas in the 16th and following centuries; the rationalism, orthodoxy, and pietism of the 17th century; the revivalism of the 18th century; the historicism and liberalism in the 19th century; and the emergence of neoorthodoxy, the ecumenical movement, and liberation theologies in the 20th century.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3402 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
THEO 3303: Christianity in America (5) Offerings
A survey of the development of American Christian thought and institutions from the 17th century to the present. Representative works by major thinkers of different historical periods and denominational affiliations will be studied. Particular attention will be given to the contemporary religious landscape, that is, to the varieties of American church life today.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3406 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
THEO 3305: Topics:History of Christianity (5) Offerings
Currently this course focuses on the parallel development of the Scientific Revolution and the Christian Reformations in Europe, 1500s to early 1700s. If Protestants and Roman Catholics were enemies, why was the landmark treatise on heliocentrism (De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, 1543), written by the Polish mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus, a Roman Catholic canon and church administrator, first published by a Protestant press in Germany? How could a book edited by two Lutheran scholars include a dedication to the Roman Catholic Pope? These and other mysteries will be explored in a search for connections, contrasts, cooperation, and competition. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3405 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
THEO 3331: Women in Christianity (5) Offerings
This course integrates Church history, biblical study, and Christian theology to develop students' understanding of women in Christianity. The class will include a survey of women of faith in the Bible and in Church history. Students will gain understanding of the philosophical and cultural contexts of biblical references to women and will probe the biblical texts to gain insight into their meaning and their implications for the present. Contributions that selected women have made to the church and the world will be highlighted. Theology, ministry style, community and family dynamics, and challenges faced by women today will be discussed. This course may be taken toward the Women's Studies minor.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
THEO 3401: Exploring Christian Doctrine (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 3100. In-depth study of selected areas of Christian doctrine. Deepens awareness of the biblical and practical roots of Christian doctrinal reflection as well as of the doctrinal consensus and diversity in the Christian tradition. Specific doctrinal focus will vary by quarter. Doctrinal areas regularly offered include God the Father, Christology, Holy Spirit, Trinity, theological anthropology, church and sacraments, and eschatology. May be repeated for credit 2 times.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging
THEO 3403: Histry&Theolgy Christn Worship (3) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 3100. Worship both reflects and shapes the ways in which Christian convictions are understood, experienced, and embodied by the followers of Jesus in any given historical epoch or cultural context. This course examines representative liturgical practices and worship spaces from different periods, cultures, and branches of the Christian tradition. But it will not only ask how Christians in various times and places have actually worshipped God. It will also ask how Christians ought - and ought not - to worship. It will suggest theological tests for determining when worship has degenerated into emotionalism, formalism or superstition. Students will be expected to attend Sunday worship services at several different churches in the Seattle metro area. This course may, but need not, be taken in conjunction with THEO 4930 Practicum: Christian Worship (2).
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging
THEO 3500: Christ and Culture (2) Offerings
Study of a "hot button" topic of contemporary importance for Christ's people when engaging our culture to change the world. Each quarter a different topic will be studied with attention given to how theological and biblical instruction shapes distinctively Christian responses to the issues staked out. Case study approach with interactive class sessions will be the norm. All members of the SPU community, students, staff, faculty, are encouraged to participate! Course may not be used to satisfy School of Theology major or minor requirements. May be repeated for credit up to 18 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3501: Christian Ethics (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 3100. Explores the question, "What does it mean to lead a Christian life?" Discusses the practice of those spiritual disciplines and the cultivation of those moral virtues that properly characterize a follower of Jesus. Addresses several moral issues of special concern to the contemporary church, such as gender relations, sexual conduct, and the accumulation of wealth.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3510: Christianity and Society (5) Offerings
Focuses on the public dimension of Christian life. How ought Christians to engage their culture? How do we insure that such engagement is truly Christian? Addresses several social issues of special concern to the contemporary church, such as race relations, war and peace, and the separation of church and state.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3601: Multi-Ethnic Ministry (3) Offerings
Studies how the growing multiplicity of cultures affects the fabric of America, provides a theological framework for understanding ethnic differences, prepares students to minister among people different from themselves, and proposes a Christian response to multiculturalism.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3610: Living in Another Culture (3) Offerings
Addresses practical issues of coping, bonding, lifestyle, family, religions, medical and economic development, evangelism, worship, and team building in another culture. Required for summer ministry teams.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3630: Holistic Ministry (3) Offerings
Assists students in the development of a practical theology of holistic ministry. Insights gained through on-site visits and classroom interviews with practitioners are balanced by theology, missiology, and social theory through analysis, research, and critique.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 3640: Cross-Cultural Ministry (3) Offerings
This course focuses on the theology and practice of ministry in a multicultural world. Topics include intercultural competency, case studies in cultural research, and a theology of cultural engagement.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3710: Human Devlp & Christian Faith (5) Offerings
Studies the integration of theology and life span psychology in an attempt to understand the process of becoming and being Christian. Stage theories of development, human religious experience, and metaphorical and narrative theology are addressed.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3715: Yth Cultures & Christian Faith (3) Offerings
Examines the intersection of theology and culture as expressed among youth today. The course provides a theological critique aimed at a Christian perspective on youth culture and understanding how culture influences adolescent faith. Particular attention will be focused on popular culture, mass media, film and T.V.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3722: Christian Disciplines (2) Offerings
Course will investigate a Christian spiritual practice central to deep devotional life. Course will address a different discipline each quarter, such as prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and Spiritual retreats. May be repeated for credit up to 8 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3730: Theology&Practice of Youth Min (3) Offerings
This course addresses key ministry concerns in regard to logistics, planning, and programming for a balanced ministry to the whole church through the lives of youth. Emphasis will be placed on planning with diversity and/or special needs which arise within a ministry to youth and families.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3732: Current Issue in Youth Minstry (3) Offerings
This course presents a topical overview of contemporary issues that face ministry to youth and family from three angles; personal and systemic crises within the life of youth, families, and in the life of the person serving these communities.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3733: Small Group Dynamics (3) Offerings
The purpose of this course is to experience the redemptive and formative role of small groups in Christian spirituality.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3734: Spiritual Friendship (3) Offerings
This course will focus on the role of spiritual direction, mentoring and accountability in order to appreciate the role of authentic friendship as a vital aspect of the Christian life. Students will participate in reflective exercises as well as in-depth readings on the nature of authentic friendship.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 3735: Youth Minstry:Mission & Evangl (3) Offerings
Examines youth ministry as a cross-cultural mission to adolescents in which the Body of Christ carries to them the good news of the Kingdom of God. Looks at the theological nature of mission and evangelism and the cultural world of adolescents in order to discern how to engage in this outreach within specific contexts.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
THEO 4100: Biblical Ethics (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: (UFDN 2000 or 3001), and (THEO 3110 or THEO 3210). Many of the most compelling and controversial issues facing North American Christians today challenge our longstanding moral convictions as God's people-about abortion, gender, human sexuality, war and peace, use of wealth, homelessness, race relations, friendship. This course seeks to address these issues in two ways. First, to help students learn what the Christian Bible teaches us about Christian living-what core beliefs and resurrection practices provide the biblical foundation for a manner of life that truly pleases God. Second, to help students learn how to use Scripture as a resource in making moral choices and when participating in moral debate as God's people are called on to engage the wider culture.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 4290: Biblical Theology (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 3100, and (THEO 3110 or THEO 3210). The Bible is the church's Scripture-a sacred text that communicates a word from the living God for the ongoing people of God. This simple definition provides the course with its essential focus: to train students of Scripture how to interpret faithfully and skillfully the richness of its diverse but integral parts, Old Testament and New Testament, in order to hear a fresh word from God for today. Students of this course will learn the terms of Scripture's authority for believers and will discuss the variety of practical issues staked out whenever the Bible is studied as a witness to the Holy Trinity. Students will study the various attempts, ancient and modern, to integrate the church's theology and its biblical texts in coherent and useful ways.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 4401: Representative Theologians (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 3100. Considers the work of a major Christian theologian or group of theologians who share a distinctive theological approach. Provides models of the "craft" of theological inquiry and probes the distinctive emphases of various Christian traditions, historical periods, and theological movements. Examples of theologians considered include: the Eastern and Western Christian Fathers and Mothers, Augustine of Hippo, Medieval Theology, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C. S. Lewis and Friends, Lesslie Newbigin, Theology of the Black Church, and Global Theologies. May be repeated for credit 2 times.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 4402: Wesleyan Theology (5) Offerings
Prerequisite: UFDN 3100. Considers the work of one or more major voices in the Wesleyan theological tradition and explores the relevance of the distinctive theological concerns and methods of that tradition for ministry today. Topics may include John Wesley, Charles Wesley, Wesleyan hermeneutics (e.g. Adam Clarke, Albert Outler), the Wesleyan Holiness Movement (e.g. John Fletcher, Phoebe Palmer, B.T. Roberts, Phineas Bresee), and modern Wesleyan theology (e.g. B.P. Bowne, Edwin Lewis, Georgia Harkness). Offered alternate years. It satisfies the THEO 4401 requirement for Christian Theology majors and minors.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course
THEO 4602: Latin American Christianity (3) Offerings
This course will deal with contemporary issues facing Latin American Christians, with attention to history, theology, ethnicities, ministry among the poor, and contextualized Christian witness. Hispanics in the Pacific Northwest will also be a focus. Field experience in Spanish-speaking churches in Metro Seattle will be part of the class. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4603: Asian/African Christianity (3) Offerings
This course will deal with contemporary issues facing Asian and African Christians, with attention to history, theology, ethnicities, ministry among the poor, and contextualized Christian witness. Field experience in African and Asian churches in Metro Seattle will be part of the class. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4610: World Religions (3) Offerings
Primal religions, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto are explored. Each faith is studied in philosophical and cultural context. Applications for effective Christian witness are developed, showing appreciation for the faiths and contrasts with them.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4620: Interpreting the City (5) Offerings
Prerequisites: THEO 2620 and THEO 3630, 3640, or 4610. This course studies the complexity of 21st-Century urban culture, including systems such as health care, media, social services, politics, education, entertainment, business, as well as the influence of various ethnic, religious, and social groups and their values. Students will identify their own cultural biases and assumptions and develop a personal theology of urban ministry. This course is an interdisciplinary course utilizing theology and the social sciences.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4720: Leadership in Ministry (5) Offerings
A study of leadership from four perspectives: theological issues in leadership; understanding oneself as a leader; leadership behavior and skills; and leadership in a team context. The course focuses on preparation for a leadership position in educational ministry.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
THEO 4730: Adv Topcs Reconciliatn Studies (3) Offerings
Prerequisites: THEO 2730 and (THEO 3331 or THEO 3401 or THEO 3510). This course provides an opportunity for students in the Reconciliation Studies Minor to encapsulate what they have learned about the discipline of reconciliation in a way that is relevant and applicable to their future vocations. Through a variety of learning activities, students will prepare to be agents of reconciliation in a diverse, global society.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4731: Child Devlpmnt & Educ Minstry (3) Offerings
Prerequisites: THEO 2710, 3710. Studies age-group characteristics, needs and interests of children with special emphasis on program development, and teaching techniques related to program ideas.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4733: Adult Devlp & Eductnl Ministry (3) Offerings
Prerequisites: THEO 2710, 2720, 3710. Studies the various periods of adulthood from the standpoint of characteristics, needs, aims, material, and methods of teaching. Emphasizes the teaching process for adults in terms of andragogy (a shared approach to learning) as opposed to pedagogy.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4735: Formative Christian Community (3) Offerings
This course looks at the vital role that Christian community plays in the faith of a believer. Reflection upon monastic, utopian, and various church models in both practice and principle.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4736: SoulJourn (3) Offerings
Souljourn is a spiritual pilgrimage to a "sacred site". Students travel to the home territory of a Christian saint or ministry. Students will better understand the testimony of a faithful Christian life through readings and a first-hand encounter with the physical context of the person's life and ministry. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4899: Christian Theology Capstone (2-5) Offerings
Incorporates the breadth of the theological disciplines and provides integration of themes for the common curriculum. Reflection on the integration of faith and learning toward vocational goals will also be included.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Christian Theology, Educational Ministry Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.
THEO 4900: Independent Study (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisite: 25 credits of "THEO" prefix coursework and current enrollment as a Theology major or minor, or approval of the Dean of the School of Theology. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4930: Practicum (1-5) Offerings
Provides an experiential learning assignment to parallel to a course in which a student is concurrently registered. May also be used for students completing a teaching or research assistantship with a School of Theology faculty member. May be repeated for credit up to 9 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4940: Internship (1-15) Offerings
Prerequisites: 25 credits in theology coursework at SPU; current enrollment as a major or minor in the School of Theology, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
THEO 4950: Special Topics (1-5) Offerings
Provides a focused study of a specific theological topic chosen by the instructor. The study typically explores theological perspectives on a contemporary issue. See current Time Schedule for topic. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division



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