St. Mary's Seminary & University

Spring 2024 Course Schedule

*All spring classes, except where noted, will be available as dual synchronous access courses. Students can opt to attend either in person or online (via Zoom), and will choose their primary mode of attendance at registration.

Registration for Spring 2024 is now open! Spring courses run from 1/8/24 through 5/6/24. 

New Students, Auditors, and Visiting Students will not be charged the late registration fee.




(A Course Schedule Matrix is provided at the bottom of this page.)
PR = Prerequisite; CR = Co-requisite

BS600   Orientation to Biblical Studies
Tuesday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Katherine Brown
An introduction to academic biblical studies, with attention to the nature and development of biblical literature, tools for research, and methods of interpretation (exegesis). This three-credit course is a pre- or corequisite for most other courses in biblical studies. PR=none Full Course Description

BS614   New Testament Greek II
Monday 7 – 8:30 pm, and Wednesday 7 – 8 pm

Fr. William Burton
This is the second semester of a 2-semester course, with reading in the Greek New Testament. PR=BS613

BS622   Literature & Theology of the New Testament
Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Jennifer McNeel
An exploration of the New Testament in its historical and social settings, focusing on the unique purpose and theology of each writing, with attention to the origins of the New Testament canon. PR/CR =BS600. Full Course Description

BS714   The Psalms
Thursday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Rebecca Hancock
A study of representative psalms as the songs of ancient Israel, Judaism, and the Christian church. PR = BS600 or by permission. Full Course Description

DM868   Living Doctrine (DMin only)
Dr. Brent Laytham
An exploration of how theology enlivens Christian understanding, formation, and ministry. Working through the full spectrum of Christian doctrines, the course will note how Christian doctrine serves as a (1) lens for analysis of our current historical situation; (2) script for Christian speaking, living, and ministry; and (3) foundational component of the student’s ministry and D.Min. project. PR = MDiv or MDiv Equivalence. Full Course Description

ES/PT718   Christian Worship: Principles and Practice
Tuesday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Joseph Donnella
An introduction to the history, practices, and theology of Christian worship with particular
attention to developments in North American and ecumenical contexts. PR/CR = TH601. Full Course Description

H722   Race in Modern Christian History
Tuesday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Stephen Lloyd
In this course students will explore the development of Christian discourses and practices related race, racism, and racial reconciliation. Special attention will be paid to the history of race and Christianity in the United States and South Africa.  PR = H600 or H601 or H603 Full Course Description

MT600   Fundamentals of Theological Ethics (online only)
Thursday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Dan Bell
A survey of the major foundational themes in Christian ethics, such as sin and virtue, moral development, conscience and character, Scripture and ethics, and approaches to selected contemporary issues. PR/CR = TH601. Full Course Description Full Course Description

PT744   Transformational Servant Leadership
Monday, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Anthony Hunt
The course will examine various models and perspectives on transformational and servant leadership, which students will apply to their particular contexts.  PR = none. Full Course Description

TH652   What People Believe Matters: World Religions’ Views on Health and Illness—CONNECT students only
Friday 6–9 pm & Saturday 8:30–4:30: Apr 12-13
Thursday 6-9 pm & Saturday 8:30 – 4:30: May 2 & 4
Dr. Pat Fosarelli
Students will identify the beliefs, prayers, and rituals surrounding illness and dying in major world religions, noting similarities and differences between those of Christianity and of non-Christian traditions, and the spiritual practices that each religion encourages for health and flourishing, becoming competent to recognize the importance of these beliefs and practices, and to respond to them with humility, openness, and hospitality.

TH654   Medicine and Morality: The Shape of Curing and Caring in The Christian Tradition—CONNECT students only
Fridays 6–9 pm, Saturdays 8:30–4:30: Jan 19-20, Feb 16-17, Mar 15-16
Drs. Brian Volck and Joel Shuman
Students will understand how the Christian moral tradition has traditionally understood the “good of the body” (i.e., health) and subsequently influenced the historical practice of so-called “western” medicine, becoming competent to evaluate the moral conflicts that often arise between the Christian tradition and modern medical practice. Full Course Description

TH799   Colloquium: Lord’s Prayer
Monday, 6 – 8:30 pm
Dr. Arthur Sutherland
An interdisciplinary seminar that seeks to integrate and broaden the educational experiences
MAT candidates who take it as the capstone course in the MAT curriculum. Full Course Description

Spring 2024 Course Schedule (all courses 6:00 to 8:30 pm, except where noted):
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
BS614 – New Testament Greek II (Burton)
7-8:30 p.m.
BS600 – Orientation to Biblical Studies (Brown) BS/BL614 – New Testament Greek (Burton)
7-8:00 p.m.
BS622 Literature & Theology of the New Testament (McNeel) ES/PT718 Christian Worship (Donnella)   MT600 Fundamentals of Theological Ethics (Bell)
PT744Transformational Servant Leadership (Hunt) H722 Race in Modern Christian History (Lloyd)   BS714 The Psalms (Hancock)
TH799 Colloquium: The Lord’s Prayer (Sutherland)     DM868 Living Doctrine (DMin course) once/month (Laytham)