Descriptions and Academic Forms for Seminary Courses
The information included in this section of the website is official for the current academic year but is subject to revision at any time, and, therefore, is in no way binding upon Columbia Theological Seminary.
Course descriptions by area of study are listed at the bottom of this page.
If you have any questions about this information, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.
Schedules for Seminary Courses
The Office of Academic Affairs regularly updates course schedules. Links to these are listed below.
1. Taking courses out of sequence may delay the semester in which you graduate.
2. Numbers in parentheses indicate class enrollment limit.
If you have questions about the course schedules, please contact the Registrar.
Course Schedule Summer 2022 to Spring 2023
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The teaching program at Columbia is arranged in four areas: Biblical, History, Theology & Ethics, Practical Theology, and Supervised Ministry. Interdisciplinary courses, which combine studies in two or more of these areas, are also taught in the degree programs.
Provides students with the necessary skills and tools to interpret the Bible with faithfulness, integrity, and imagination
Situates Paul within his wider Hellenistic and Roman context(s), drawing on the Pauline corpus (authentic and deutero-Pauline epistles) as well as depictions of Paul in Acts of the Apostles. Examines characteristics of Paul’s world such as travel, letter-writing, rhetoric, religion, and slavery in order to enhance our understanding of his ministry and the responses it engendered.
This online course will critically engage womanist and feminist biblical interpretation with a focus on contemporary justice issues. The pandemic has highlighted and aggravated existing racialized and gendered disparities, injustices, and violence. Biblical texts and contexts will be analyzed in dialogue with scholarship on medical apartheid, history of black transexuals, and sexual violence. Conversations around gendered sexual violence will include sustained discussion of the crucifixion of Jesus and #MeToo.
Provides the tools students need to deal theologically with themselves and the world around them.
Explores historical and theological perspectives on equity, diversity, and inclusion and their practical applications to form communities where people are truly valued and included. More now than ever faith communities need skills and strategies, resources and tools, to live together in ways that are authentically equitable, culturally diverse, racially just, and radically hospitable. This course will focus on the development of “best practices” for creating and leading communities of just practice that have the capacity to engage in difficult conversations on race, privilege and power.
Centers on the functioning of the theologian as a minister with a concern to train students to be ministers and lead other persons in ministering
Jesus’ ministry in the city was one of justice and inclusion and as result his following grew. What does it look like for a church in the city to be a justice minded church that takes into consideration the stratification and inequity in the city as a call to stand with the most marginalized. This class looks at the why, how and what of being a faith community committed to actively seeking social justice as the key ingredient for evangelism in the city.
How does one prepare for responsible spiritual care when disasters interrupt the patterns of everyday life? What is a faithful response when a disaster arrives for which there was no precedent or preparation? Using theories and practices of disaster spiritual care and reviewing interfaith disaster spiritual care resources created in various historical settings including resources created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, students will develop a collaborative disaster spiritual care toolkit to use and share with other faith leaders.
The Christian year enables the church to mark time in a profound way. In this course, students will walk through the seasons of the liturgical year—from Advent to Epiphany to Lent to Pentecost to Ordinary Time—to see how theological themes and metaphors of these seasons unfold and build layers of meaning for Christian communities. Drawing on these insights, students will then explore the possibilities for preaching and worship, creating their own sermons and liturgies. Attention will be given to the use of language, the role of music and other lively arts, and the well of resources, both ancient and contemporary, that is available to worship planners. No prerequisites.
This course will explore notions of belonging through the lenses of birth and baptism in colonial America and the “irreconcilable differences” between being a baptized member of the body of Christ while being enslaved in the new nation. Particular attention will be given to the institution of slavery and the theological arguments for and against it within the church.
Through experiential, relational, and inductive learning, students explore the forms, styles, contents, and concepts of ministry and put into practice what they have learned
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