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Theology Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
12

Semester 2

REL 121
History and Literature of the Old Testament
A historical and theological survey of the Old Testament era and the Old Testament writings with an emphasis on summarizing and communicating their major themes.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
13
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 3

THEO 210
Faith and Life
This course examines the implications of Lutheran Christian theology for an understanding of vocation at both the personal and corporate levels. The emphasis of the course is on the application to life of biblically based Lutheran theology. Topics to be explored will include, but will not be limited to: a survey of the Reformation era, the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, two-kingdoms theology, the priesthood of all believers, vocation, stewardship, ethics, and select contemporary issues in Christian theology.
3
credits
THEO 251
Interpretation of Selected Pauline Epistles
Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Pauline Epistles.
3
credits
THEO 371
History of Christian Thought
A study of major events and controversies in Western Christianity. The creeds, teachings which resulted, and the personalities which significantly influenced the formation of Christian thought are studied on the basis of original texts in translation.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 4

THEO 242
Interpretation of Selected Psalms
Particular attention is given to developing interpretative skills and preparing devotions. This course focuses attention on selected Psalms.
3
credits
PHIL 301
Concepts in Philosophy
A general orientation in the field of philosophy through a consideration of its major types and problems. Emphasis upon the practice of critical thinking and an appreciation of the greater thought systems of history.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
10
credits
Total Credits
16

Semester 5

THEO 331
Studies in the Life of Christ
The setting, activity, significance, and evaluation of the person and work of Jesus on the basis of Scripture, historical literature, and recent scholarship.
3
credits
THEO 361
Christian Doctrine I
This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the nature and authority of Scripture, the nature of God, creation, the nature of man under grace and law, and the person and the work of Christ.
3
credits
HIST 313
Religion and Society in the United States
A historical analysis of the interaction between religion and society in the United States from pre-colonial to contemporary times; emphasis on themes such as Puritanism, revivalism, social reform, religious pluralism, civil religion, and on-going theological issues. Attention is given to the development of Lutheranism in the American setting.
3
credits
THEO 382
Theology of Corporate Worship
The shaping of a theology of corporate worship on the basis of the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, with particular reference to criteria for creating and evaluating worship forms in the church today.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 6

THEO 450
Understanding and Teaching the Bible
This course gives attention to the role of the Bible in faith formation, hermeneutical principles, ways of teaching the Bible, Bible study programs, small group study, resources, and ways of promoting personal, family, and congregational involvement with the Bible.
3
credits
THEO 362
Christian Doctrine II
This course examines Lutheran doctrine and applies it to the work, worship, and life of the Christian community. The topics are the Church’s mission and ministry, the means of grace (Word and Sacraments), the person and work of the Holy Spirit, justification, the Church, Christian living, predestination, and eschatology.
3
credits
HIST 334
Early and Medieval Christianity
This course surveys the early and medieval history of Christianity and the Church. Attention is given to the development of theological thought, ecclesiastical structures, and the various relationships between the Church and the “world” during this period of time.
3
credits
THEO 385
Parish Visitation and Evangelism
The Theology of the Church’s mission and the practice of visitation and evangelism ministries within the setting of a parish are the focus of this course. Methods of visitation and programs and techniques of personal evangelism will be explored. Skills in speaking the Gospel will be developed.
3
credits
PHIL 311
History of Philosophical Thought I
The course is an introduction to and a review of the development of western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics through William of Ockham, and an introduction to the process of philosophical investigation. The course treats especially the impact of the philosophical tradition on the development of Christian theology.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 7

THEO 375
Christian Denominations and Religious Movements
This course is a comparative study of the major Christian denominations and religious movements which focuses on Biblical, religious, and theological emphases, organizational polity, cultural and historical backgrounds, and analyzes these aspects and contributions to ethnicities, cultures, religion and social dynamics within the world.
3
credits
THEO 363
The Lutheran Confessions
As examination of the evangelical, ecumenical, theological, and practical content of the Book of Concord through an exploration of the Three Ecumenical Creeds, the Augsburg Confession and Apology, and the Formula of Concord.
3
credits
HIST 335
The Renaissance and the Reformation
The beginning period of the modern world. The three main divisions: Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Catholic Reformation.
3
credits
THEO 390
World Religions: The Gospel in a Pluralistic World
A survey of major world religions, highlighting their origins, history and worldview, and assessing the impact of each upon world culture.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 8

THEO 418
From Exile to Christ: A Study of the Political and Theological Development in Judaism during the Intertestamental Period
This course is an historical study of the Palestinian Judaism from the post–exilic period to the birth of Christ with extensive reading in intertestamental documents (Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic sayings), noting those theological developments which prepare for the New Testament.
3
credits
PHIL 312
History of Philosophical Thought II
An introduction to Western philosophy beginning with Descartes and British empiricism, an introductory treatment of Immanuel Kant and the thinkers of the Nineteenth Century, an introductory engagement with Martin Heidegger, existentialism and other Twentieth Century thinkers and a basic introduction to postmodern philosophy.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
3
credits
Total Credits
9