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Graduate Courses

Biblical Studies

THEO 511Understanding the Old Testament
A study of the history and theology of the Old Testament with attention to its role in Christian faith.
3 Credits
THEO 512Understanding the New Testament
A study of the history and theology of the New Testament with attention to its rootage in the Old Testament.
3 Credits
THEO 514The Pentateuch
A study of the Pentateuch with emphasis on Israel’s understanding of the beginning, the history of the patriarchs, the exodus, the wilderness wanderings, and the preparation for entering the promised land.
3 Credits
THEO 515The Prophets
A study of the role of the prophets in Israelite religion. Special attention is given to the historical origins of the prophetic movement, its impact on Israel’s political, social, and religious life, and the continuing significance of the prophetic message in Jewish and Christian thought.
3 Credits
THEO 517The World of the New Testament
A study of the societies and culture in which Christian communities arose with a view to understanding the New Testament better and determining its contemporary significance more accurately.
3 Credits
THEO 518Jesus and the Gospels
A comparative study of the New Testament gospels with a focus on the uniqueness of each in its presentation of the story of Jesus.
3 Credits
THEO 519Topics in Biblical Studies
A study of a specific topic such as understanding the Old Testament, understanding the New Testament, and Jesus and the Gospels. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 610Advanced Topics in Biblical Study
A study of a specific topic such as understanding the Old Testament, understanding the New Testament, and Jesus and the Gospels. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 615Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature
Study of the relationship between the biblical message and the history, culture, and problems of the era in which the Bible was composed. Students learn the content of the Pentateuch and the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, become acquainted with exegetical reference works and discover major issues in the history of the Old Testament interpretation.
3 Credits

Foundations of Christianity

THEO 523Reformation Theology
A study of major theological developments of the 16th-century reform movements, both Protestant and Catholic.
3 Credits
THEO 524Christianity in America
An investigation of the history of Christianity in America, with emphasis on the interaction between religion and cultural developments.
3 Credits
THEO 528Topics in Lutheran History and Theology
An examination of selected issues, movements, thinkers, or institutions within the Lutheran tradition. May be repeated for credit if topics are different.
3 Credits
THEO 529Topics in Christian History
An examination of a selected topic or thinker in the history of Christian thought and institutions. May be repeated for credit if topics are different.
3 Credits
THEO 620Advanced Topics in Christian History
A study of a specific topic such as representative Christian thinkers, comparative Christianity, Lutherans in America, and Catholics in America. May be repeated if topics vary.
3 Credits

Theology and Ethics

THEO 530 Christian Theology in the 18th and 19th Centuries
A study of themes and problems (e.g., the relation of faith and history, the relation of faith to emerging modern science, the nature of religious authority) in the period from Kant and Reimarus to Ritschl.
3 Credits
THEO 533 Black Theology and Black Church
A study of Black theological discourse in the United States and Africa. The course focuses on the composite causes of racial oppression and explores the relationship between black theology and “third-world’’ peoples, women’s struggles, black families, and, most importantly, the praxis of black church ministry.
3 Credits
THEO 545The Church in the World
A study of the life and mission of the church with emphasis on movements for renewal, reform, and reunion. Special attention is given to developments in Latin America and/or Africa.
3 Credits
THEO 546Studies in Theology, Health, and Healing
An examination of a selected topic such as death and dying, spiritual needs and health care, etc. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 630 Advanced Topics in Contemporary Theology
A study of selected topics such as contemporary Lutheran theology, feminist theology, black theology, and liberation theology. May be repeated if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 640Advanced Topics in Religious Ethics
An examination of a selected thinker, theme in religious ethics, or of contemporary moral issues. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 643 Marriage and Sexuality
An interdisciplinary approach including psychology, sociology, biology, philosophy, and literature used to explore how religion, culture, and value shape contemporary issues associated with sexuality, gender, and marriage.
3 Credits
THEO 644 Religion in the Age of Science
Study of the controversy between religion and science and the potential benefit of ongoing dialogue between theologians and scientists. Topics include creation and evolution, cosmology and theology, genetic and human uniqueness, and origins of both scientific and religious truth and morality.
3 Credits

Religions of the World

THEO 561 Indian Religions and Culture
A study of religious traditions of India, viewed through both popular devotional practices and religious texts and rituals.
3 Credits
THEO 562Islamic Religion and Culture
A study of the life of Muhammad, the teachings of the Quran, traditional practices and institutions in Islamic society, and significant contemporary developments in the Muslim world.
3 Credits
THEO 563Religions of China and Japan
A study of the religious traditions (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto) of China and Japan.
3 Credits
THEO 567Topics in South Asian Religions
A study of a selected topic in the religions of South Asia. May be repeated for credit if topics are different.
3 Credits
THEO 568Topics in Abrahamic Religions
A study of a selected topic in those religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) that trace their history from Abraham. May be repeated for credit if topics are different.
3 Credits
THEO 660Advanced Topics in the History of Religions
A study of a selected topic such as Judaism, South Asian religions, the Buddhist tradition, Islamic religion and culture, religions of China and Japan, and Latin American religions. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 665Toward Understanding Islam
An introduction to the origins of Islam, the Quran, Muslim worship, and characteristics of Muslim life in the modern world, as well as the challenges and prospects of interfaith dialogue. Usually offered online in collaboration with the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Prerequisite: approval of the MALS theology advisor.
3 Credits

Pre-Professional

THEO 550Studies in Practical Theology
An examination of a selected topic such as Christian response to social victims, Christian faith and politics, ethics of cultural encounter, and Christian education. May be repeated for credit if topics vary.
3 Credits
THEO 551 Theology of Diaconal Ministry
A study of the historical and theological foundations of diaconal ministry. Attention is given to the role of the diaconate in the church, the development of diaconal community, and the nurture of a spirituality of service. Designed principally for deaconess and church work students. Others must have the consent of the instructor.
3 Credits
THEO 553Clinical Education for Ministry
A carefully supervised practicum in ministry to the physically ill and the elderly. Designed principally for senior Deaconess and Pre-Seminary students, this course in practical theology engages students in disciplined reflection on their ministry. Usually S/U basis.
3 Credits
THEO 556 Church Music and Liturgical Theology
An intensive academic study of the history and practices of music and liturgy in Christian churches with an emphasis on the Lutheran heritage. Study includes both primary liturgical theology (participation in a variety of liturgical expressions) and secondary liturgical theology (reflection on liturgical forms and structure). Topics include theologies and practices of music, history of hymnody, and music in worship. Open to graduate theology majors; other non-majors may be admitted by permission of the instructor.
3 Credits
THEO 653Clinical Deaconess Education
A supervised practicum in ministry to the physically ill and the elderly. Designed principally for senior and graduate Deaconess students, this course in practical theology engages students in disciplined reflection on their diaconal ministry. Graded on S/U basis.
3 Credits
THEO 680 Practicum in Theology and Ministry
A supervised, applied learning experience within religious institutions in which students engage reflectively in meaningful activities. May include worship activities. Written summary and reflective paper required. May be repeated for credit provided experiences are different. Only three credits of Practicum may be applied to meeting degree requirements. Graded S/U. Approval of the chair of the department required.
1-4 Credits
THEO 681Basic Homily Preparation
A basic introduction to methods of preparing and delivering biblical, liturgical homilies in a variety of worship settings. This course may be repeated for a maximum of two credits, and is offered on an S/U basis.
1 Credit

Advance Study

THEO 590Topics in Theology
Selected topics based on special interests of students and faculty. This course may be repeated for credit if the selected topics vary.
1-3 Credits
THEO 690Advanced Topics in Theology
An investigation of selected topics and issues in theology. May be repeated if topics vary. Frequently cross-listed with LS 650: Seminar in Religion, Culture, and Value.
1-3 Credits
THEO 692Research Project
Research on a topic of special interest to students under regular supervision of a faculty advisor. A concluding paper of substantial proportions is required. A copy of the paper is to be filed in the department upon completion of the project. Prerequisite: approval of instructor and department chair prior to registration.
1-3 Credits
THEO 695Independent Study
Investigation of a special topic of interest to the student and having relevance to the student’s program of study. The study is supervised by a faculty advisor and normally results in substantial written summary and analysis, which is filed in the department office.
1-3 Credits