Academic Catalog

Theology (THEO)

THEO 1201  Hebrew I  (5 Credits)  
Surveys the essentials of biblical Hebrew, including grammar, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary, through the translation of selected Old Testament texts. Typically offered: Autumn.
THEO 1202  Hebrew II  (5 Credits)  
Continues to survey the essentials of biblical Hebrew, including grammar, morphology, syntax and vocabulary, through the translation of selected Old Testament texts. This course is meant to be taken in a sequence with Hebrew I. If the sequence is interrupted, a placement exam must be passed before the second quarter begins. Typically offered: Winter.
THEO 1203  Hebrew III  (5 Credits)  
Continues to survey the essentials of biblical Hebrew, including grammar, morphology, syntax and vocabulary. It seeks to provide a beginning knowledge of the exegetical task and the tools to achieve it. This course is meant to be taken in a sequence with Hebrew I and II. If the sequence is interrupted, a placement exam must be passed before the third quarter begins. Includes a translation of the book of Jonah. Typically offered: Spring.
THEO 2620  Global and Urban Ministry  (5 Credits)  
This course provides an overview of the city in contemporary society. It introduces the student to the vocabulary, strategies, models, and theological foundations for urban ministry within a global context.
THEO 2725  Christian Spirituality and Discipleship  (5 Credits)  
This course will examine central aspects of the life of the Christian, understood as “spirituality” and/or “discipleship.” How do we understand the foundational elements of Christian living? Topics will include spiritual practices of Christianity, key texts and figures, and common ethics. Central to the course will be the way that Christian Scripture, beliefs, tradition, and experience shape Christian life.
THEO 2730  Biblical and Theological Introduction to Christian Reconciliation  (5 Credits)  
This gateway course to the Reconciliation Studies Minor introduces students to the theology and practice of Christian reconciliation. It provides an overview of the biblical and theological foundations of reconciliation with God in Christ, an exploration of the ethical implications of the doctrine, and a survey of it's most prominent historical expressions. The class also helps students to understand the way in which reconciliation studies connect with SPU's mission, history and Wesleyan heritage. Finally, this course will require each student to establish an intended approach to the minor and explain their conception of how it fits with their major.
THEO 3100  Community Bible Study  (2 Credits)  
Study of a selected book or particular theme of the Bible. Each quarter a new book or theme will be explored with particular attention given to its part in the formation of Christian life. All members of the SPU community are encouraged to join!
THEO 3110  Torah/Pentateuch: The Old Testament Gospel  (5 Credits)  
This course focuses on the first five books (or scrolls: Pentateuch) of the Bible known as Torah. Sometimes narrowly translated-and narowly understood-as law, torah also means instruction, teaching, story, and narrative. The content of the Torah will be the material used to help students go deeper with what they learned in UFDN 2000. In this course, students will learn how to utilize the various tools and methodologies of academic biblical study to explore the history, literary and theology of the first five books of the Bible. Typically Offered: Spring.
THEO 3210  Four Gospels and One Jesus  (5 Credits)  
This course is intentionally designed to be an introduction to biblical studies for students seeking to go deeper with what they learned in UFDN 2000. In it students will learn how to utilize the various tools and methodologies of academic biblical study to explore the history, literature and theology of the four canonical gospels. Typically Offered: Winter.
THEO 3250  Biblical Texts: Old Testament  (5 Credits)  
Text centered analysis of selected books from the Old Testament such as Genesis, 1-2 Samuel, Job, Psalms, and Isaiah.
THEO 3255  Biblical Texts: New Testament  (5 Credits)  
Text centered analysis of selected books from the New Testament such as Acts, Romans, James, and Revelation.
THEO 3260  Biblical Topics  (5 Credits)  
Considers a selected topic as it is developed throughout scripture with an eye to its contemporary relevance and the relationship between Scripture and other academic disciplines (e.g. Biology, Business, Psychology). Examples of topics considered include: the Holy Spirit, God the Creator, Political Power, The Dead Sea Scrolls, War, Human Sexuality, The Old Testament Aprocryphal Books, and The Bible and Movies.
THEO 3303  Christianity in America  (5 Credits)  
A survey of the development of American Christian thought and institutions from the 17th century to the present. Representative works by major thinkers of different historical periods and denominational affiliations will be studied. Particular attention will be given to the contemporary religious landscape, that is, to the varieties of American church life today.
THEO 3304  Christian Heritage  (5 Credits)  
In-depth study of a selected era, movement, theological issue, or religious tradition in Christian history. Develops an awareness of the social, cultural, and religious context of the topics examined as a means of informing faithful ministry, Biblical study, and theological discourse in particular contexts. Specific historical theme will vary by quarter. Possible historical topics include: History of Christianity in Africa, Eastern Christian Traditions, Piety and American Politics; Holiness and Pentecostal Movements; Slavery, Antislavery, and American Christianity; Comparative Study of Ethiopian and Russian Church History and Iconography; War and Peace in Christian History, Contemporary Worship, and the Charismatic Renewal Movement.
THEO 3331  Women in Christianity  (5 Credits)  
This course integrates Church history, biblical study, and Christian theology to develop students' understanding of women in Christianity. The class will include a survey of women of faith in the Bible and in Church history. Students will gain understanding of the philosophical and cultural contexts of biblical references to women and will probe the biblical texts to gain insight into their meaning and their implications for the present. Contributions that selected women have made to the church and the world will be highlighted. Theology, ministry style, community and family dynamics, and challenges faced by women today will be discussed. This course may be taken toward the Women's Studies minor.
THEO 3401  Exploring Christian Theology  (5 Credits)  
In-depth study of selected areas of Christian doctrine. Deepens awareness of the biblical and practical roots of Christian doctrinal reflection as well as of the doctrinal consensus and diversity in the Christian tradition. Specific doctrinal focus will vary by quarter. Doctrinal areas regularly offered include God the Father, Christology, Holy Spirit, Trinity, theological anthropology, church and sacraments, and eschatology.
THEO 3403  History and Theology of Christian Worship  (3 Credits)  
Worship both reflects and shapes the ways in which Christian convictions are understood, experienced, and embodied by the followers of Jesus in any given historical epoch or cultural context. This course examines representative liturgical practices and worship spaces from different periods, cultures, and branches of the Christian tradition. But it will not only ask how Christians in various times and places have actually worshipped God. It will also ask how Christians ought - and ought not - to worship. It will suggest theological tests for determining when worship has degenerated into emotionalism, formalism or superstition. Students will be expected to attend Sunday worship services at several different churches in the Seattle metro area. This course may, but need not, be taken in conjunction with THEO 4930 Practicum: Christian Worship (2).
THEO 3500  Christ and Culture  (2 Credits)  
Study of a "hot button" topic of contemporary importance for Christ's people when engaging our culture to change the world. Each quarter a different topic will be studied with attention given to how theological and biblical instruction shapes distinctively Christian responses to the issues staked out. Case study approach with interactive class sessions will be the norm. All members of the SPU community, students, staff, faculty, are encouraged to participate!
THEO 3501  Christian Ethics  (5 Credits)  
This rotating topics course explores the question, "What does it mean to lead a Christian life?" Discusses the practice of those spiritual disciplines and the cultivation of those moral virtues that properly characterize a follower of Jesus. Each section will address moral issues of special concern to the contemporary church and world, such as gender and sexuality, war, politics, and the accumulation of wealth in a world of poverty.
THEO 3510  Theology, Culture, and Society  (5 Credits)  
Focuses on the public dimension of Christian life. How ought Christians to engage their culture? How do we insure that such engagement is truly Christian? Addresses several social issues of special concern to the contemporary church, such as race relations, war and peace, and the separation of church and state.
THEO 3515  World Christianity  (5 Credits)  
Explores the history, context, and/or current practices of Christian communities in the majority world at a time when global Christianity resides predominantly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Understanding the cultural and theological worlds of neighbors near and far sheds light on issues like immigration, diaspora, postcolonialism, Pentecostalism, and missiology in the world Christian movement.
THEO 3540  Creation Care  (5 Credits)  
Humans exist and interact within an ecological theater created by a relational God. Ecotheology explores the biblical and theological imperative to care for the earth leading to a vision for ecojustice and new models of authentic sustainability. This course investigates the ecological implications of Christian faith that confesses a Trinitarian understanding of God as Creator, incarnate Son, and life-giving Spirit. Integral to this study is understanding humanity’s identity and mission within God’s good creation, while applying the ethic of creation care to the Pacific Northwest, especially in light of the implications caused by a burgeoning economy within the fragile Salish Sea region. This course will have special appeal to students with interest in ecology and the environment within the larger interdisciplinary interaction of faith and science.
THEO 3640  Intercultural Ministry  (3 Credits)  
This course focuses on the theology and practice of ministry in a multicultural world. Topics include intercultural competency, case studies in cultural research, and a theology of cultural engagement.
THEO 3710  Human Development and Christian Faith  (5 Credits)  
Studies the integration of theology and life span psychology in an attempt to understand the process of becoming and being Christian. Stage theories of development, human religious experience, and metaphorical and narrative theology are addressed.
THEO 3715  Youth Cultures and Christian Faith  (3 Credits)  
Examines the intersection of theology and culture as expressed among youth today. The course provides a theological critique aimed at a Christian perspective on youth culture and understanding of global culture/s, dynamics of cultural and racial, ethnic and gender differences with particular focus on adolescent sociology and faith. Attention will be focused on popular culture, mass media, fashion, consumerism, film and TV.
THEO 3722  Christian Disciplines  (2 Credits)  
Course will investigate a Christian spiritual practice central to deep devotional life. Course will address a different discipline each quarter, such as prayer, Sabbath-keeping, and Spiritual retreats.
THEO 3730  Foundations of Youth Ministry  (3 Credits)  
Provides a comprehensive overview of youth ministry from multiple perspectives. Considers theological foundations undergirding youth ministries, contextual realities surrounding youth ministries, and practical issues engaged within youth ministries. Both church and para-church ministries are examined along with topics such as adolescent development, programming, mentoring, family systems, worship, pedagogy, volunteers, and student leadership.
THEO 3735  Youth Ministry as Mission and Evangelism  (3 Credits)  
Examines youth ministry as a cross-cultural mission to adolescents in which the Body of Christ carries to them the good news of the Kingdom of God. Looks at the theological nature of mission and evangelism and the cultural world of adolescents in order to discern how to engage in this outreach within specific contexts.
THEO 3780  Wesleyan Small Group: New Leader Training  (1 Credit)  
This course is a discussion-based seminar for upper division students who are participating as leaders in the SoulCare: Wesleyan Small Group Program for UFDN 1000. Framed within a theology of reconciliation, the course provides an introduction to small group leadership strategies; theories of group dynamics, leadership, and faith development; and issues that inform group interactions. Course readings will be based on research from the fields of theology and ministry, leadership studies, and education. This course explores the essential elements of listening, identity, Wesleyan Theology, Self-care and self-reflection as means to living out God’s reconciling work in the context of a Wesleyan Small Group. This course is required for all SoulCare Leaders during the first quarter they’re leading a group.
THEO 4250  Biblical Exegesis  (5 Credits)  
This course involves a text centered analysis of a single biblical book (e.g. Genesis, Luke) or several related biblical books (e.g. Samuel-Kings, the Pauline Letters) for students who have already taken either THEO 3110 “Torah” or 3210 “Four Gospels.”
THEO 4610  World Religions  (5 Credits)  
Religious diversity is a descriptive reality of today’s society that students must address from an informed and thoughtful perspective. This course investigates several of the world’s major religious traditions outside Christianity including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, Shintoism and Buddhism. Students will be introduced to the historic roots, major doctrinal developments, and worship practices of each tradition and asked to reflect critically and comparatively to their own systems of belief and practice, including but not limited to, Christianity. Students will be asked to apply the practical knowledge gained during the course toward sensitive but critical engagement with the religious traditions studied.
THEO 4720  Leadership in Society  (5 Credits)  
A study of leadership from four perspectives: theological issues in leadership; understanding oneself as a leader; leadership behavior and skills; and leadership in a team context.
THEO 4730  Advanced Topics in Reconciliation Studies  (3 Credits)  
This course provides an opportunity for students in the Reconciliation Studies Minor to encapsulate what they have learned about the discipline of reconciliation in a way that is relevant and applicable to their future vocations. Through a variety of learning activities, students will prepare to be agents of reconciliation in a diverse, global society. Typically offered: Spring.
THEO 4780  Leading a Wesleyan Small Group  (1 Credit)  
This course is for SoulCare: Wesleyan Small Group Leaders who have already taken the New Leader Training class. This course is required for all SoulCare Leaders after their first quarter of leading a group.
THEO 4899  Christian Theology Capstone  (2 Credits)  
Incorporates the breadth of the theological disciplines and provides integration of themes for the common curriculum. Reflection on the integration of faith and learning toward vocational goals will also be included.
THEO 4900  Independent Study  (1-5 Credit)  
Prerequisite: 25 credits of "THEO" prefix coursework and current enrollment as a Theology major or minor, or approval of the Dean of the School of Theology.
THEO 4911  Worship Arts Leadership Seminar  (3 Credits)  
This course brings together, into cohorts, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers and theatre personnel. Through a theological lens, in the context of spiritual formation and discipline, students will investigate worship arts leadership and liturgics. The course will also explore how reconciliation, prayer, suffering, commitment, growing in wisdom and stature, are aspects of Christian Spiritual Disciplines.
THEO 4930  Practicum  (1-5 Credit)  
Provides an experiential learning assignment to parallel to a course in which a student is concurrently registered. May also be used for students completing a teaching or research assistantship with a School of Theology faculty member.
THEO 4931  Worship Arts Leadership Practicum  (2 Credits)  
Through the creation of new artistic performance practice systems, icons, and spaces for leading and designing Congregational Christian Worship, students will learn how to implement a theology of worship arts into both liturgical and non-liturgical contexts. The practicum course will also explore how reconciliation, prayer, suffering, commitment, growing in wisdom and stature, are aspects of Christian spiritual disciplines.
THEO 4940  Internship  (1-15 Credit)  
Prerequisites: 25 credits in theology coursework at SPU; current enrollment as a major or minor in the School of Theology, or permission of instructor.
THEO 4950  Special Topics  (1-5 Credit)  
Provides a focused study of a specific theological topic chosen by the instructor. The study typically explores theological perspectives on a contemporary issue. See current Time Schedule for topic.
THEO 4995  Thesis  (3 Credits)  
Prerequisite: 25 credits in Theology coursework at SPU. Requires original research conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor.