M.A. Concentration in Systematic Theology

This specialization focuses on the study of the Systematic Theology and is intended as a course of study for those with a particular interest in theology, for those interested in pursuing further graduate studies in this field, and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Sample Concentration Courses

(Note: The courses below may not all be required.  In some cases, students select one or more courses from a longer list as a means of fulfilling a requirement.) See the online catalog for more details.

ST0415  The Triune God and the World - God the Creator (Full course)
This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts.  Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry.  Focus:  God the Creator.

ST0435  The Triune God and the World - Holy Spirit (Full course)
This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts.  Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry.  Focus:  Holy Spirit  

ST1422  The Church's Encounter with World Religions (Full course)
This course examines the encounter of the Christian church with the practices and beliefs of the major world religions in the local, regional and global contexts.  It explores the claims, beliefs, and practices of these religions and how they relate to our identity as Christians.  Students will also study different contemporary paradigms that seek to understand these encounters within a Trinitarian theology of religions.

For a complete list of courses and more thorough curriculum and concentration detail, see the online catalog.