St. Mary's Seminary & University

Fall 2023 Courses

Fall courses will run from Thursday, August 31, 2023 – Monday, December 11, 2023 (unless otherwise noted). The regular registration period for Fall 2023 courses is July 10 – July 21, 2023 (please note: two weeks only). Beginning July 22, a $90 late-registration fee will go into effect for current students. (The late fee does not apply to new students, auditors, or to students returning after 3+ years).


Information about our CONNECT: Faith, Health, & Medicine program, which begins this Fall, can be found here.

PR = Prerequisite

BS/BL613  New Testament Greek I
Monday 7 – 8:30 pm, and Wednesday 7 – 8 pm (online)

Fr. William Burton
This is the first semester of a 2-semester course.  In the first semester, the student learns the basic grammar and vocabulary to begin to read the New Testament in its original Koine Greek. Full Course Description.

BS621  Literature & Theology of the Hebrew Bible
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Dr. Rebecca Hancock
PR/CR = BS600
An introduction to the theological content of the Torah, Prophets, and Writings in their historical and social contexts, with consideration of critical methodology and major themes. Full Course Description

BS646  Women in the New Testament
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Dr. Jennifer McNeel
PR/CR = BS600, BS622
The role of women in early Christianity is a topic of both historical interest and contemporary theological significance. Responsible and creative interpretation of women’s stories is crucial for biblical study and for proclamation of the gospel. This course will examine the portrayal of women in New Testament and some noncanonical texts through historical, literary, theological, feminist, and womanist reading strategies. Students will explore the relevance of these texts for understanding the lives of women in the early church and for Christian life and ministry today.  Full Course Description 

DM862  Reading Scripture—DMin students only
Sep 14-15, Oct 12-13, Nov 2-3, Dec 7-8
Dr. Marcus Jerkins
PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence.
An exploration of approaches to reading Scripture for Christian faith, formation, ministries, and mission. Full Course Description (“Green Book” page) TBA

ES665  Jewish Christian Studies Course on Sabbath
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Drs. Katherine Brown & Susanna Garfein 
This course will explore biblical texts on the concept of Sabbath and how Sabbath is interpreted and practiced in Jewish and Christian traditions. Full Course Description  

H600  Church History
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of the major theological and historical developments of the Christian church from the early church to the modern day. Full Course Description 

PT653  Trauma and Healing
6 – 8:30 pm, Monday
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
This course provides an immersion in understanding the spectrum and nature of trauma, along with its profound effects on the brain, psyche, and spirit. Full Course Description

SP609  Apophatic Theology
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Dr. John M. Hayes
This course will provide an introduction to the theology, history, and practice of apophatic spirituality as a path of spiritual conversion of heart and mind, emphasizing classic Christian mystics and spiritual writers from the Eastern and Western traditions. Full Course Description

ST601  Foundations of Systematic Theology
6 – 8:30 pm, Thursday
Dr. Mark Gorman
PR/CR = TH601.
A survey of basic theological topics, such as revelation, the Triune God, sin and grace, Christ, salvation, and the church, with attention to theological method and historical development. Full Course Description

TH601  Introduction to Theological Study
6 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday
Dr. Brent Laytham
PR = none.
An introduction to the study of theology, including what theology is and how theology is done. Students will develop the ability to read, think, speak, and write appreciatively and critically, through a focus on unity and difference in Christian belief and practice. Full Course Description

TH651 Text and Tradition: Health, Healing, and Human Flourishing in the Biblical Narrative (3 credits)—CONNECT students only
Fridays 6–9 pm, Saturdays 8:30–4:30: Aug 25-26, Sept 22-23, Oct 20-21
Drs. Joel Shuman & Brian Volck
Students will understand the central vision of human health and flourishing in Scripture, highlighting the most relevant texts, practices, and topics, and will be able to assess how others (patients, fellow congregants, clients, clinicians) are relating Scripture to their health situations. Full Course Description

TH653 Science Looks at Faith: The “Faith & Health” Movement (1 credit)—CONNECT students only
Friday 6–9 pm & Saturday 8:30–4:30: Nov 17-18
Drs. Joel Shuman & Brian Volck
Students will critically describe and evaluate connections between faith and health that have been proposed historically and in contemporary “faith and health” studies, becoming competent to critically assess claims that faith helps or hinders health and healing. Full Course Description 

TH655 I and Thou – The Imperative of Relationships (1 credit)—CONNECT students only
Friday 6–9 pm & Saturday 8:30–4:30: Dec 8-9
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
Students will explain the importance of relationship in healing, both from individual and communal perspectives, becoming competent to demonstrate healthy relational skills, including respectful interaction, active listening, and caring presence. Full Course Description 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
NT Greek I

7–8:30 pm

Intro to Theological Study

6–8:30 pm

NT Greek I

7–8 pm

Hebrew Bible

6–8:30 pm

Women in the NT

6–8:30 pm

Church History

6–8:30 pm

  Systematic Theology 

6–8:30 pm

Trauma & Healing

6–8:30 pm

Jewish-Christian Course: Sabbath

6–8:30 pm

  Apophatic Theology

6–8:30 pm