The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Course Schedule lists courses offered by all GTU schools, including course descriptions, instructors, time and location of the class, prerequisites (if any), any special registration registrations (i.e. limited enrollment, course PIN required, prior interview, etc.) and course credits.
When planning your program, be sure to look at prerequisites in January and Spring term courses in case these affect your Fall course selections. Some courses, particularly language courses or Biblical Studies courses, which require knowledge of biblical languages, are year-long and require completion of a Fall semester course for admission to the Spring course.
There may be changes to the GTU Course Schedule almost immediately following publication each year. Prior to each pre-registration period, the GTU registrar publishes a printed Addendum to the Course Schedule. However, the most up to date information can be found on the searchable course schedule on the GTU website (www.gtu.edu to ‘students’) and the PSR website (www.psr.edu to “students”). The searchable feature allows you to search by day of the week, school, academic area, or instructor name. To view PSR courses only, choose “PSR” in the School Course Ownership field on the searchable course schedule.
Because all GTU schools have a common registration process, PSR students can take courses at any GTU school provided that you meet your degree or certificate program requirements. You can also develop special reading courses with core faculty members of PSR or other GTU schools. For more information on special reading courses, consult the registrar page.
Course Catalog Links
|This is the main Course Catalog that should be used. It is the most updated and most
compre-hensive listing for all courses. For PSR courses, select "PSR" from the "Course
School Ownership" drop-down menu.
For the 100+ page hard copy booklet, download and print this catalog (last updated in April).
Course Numbering System
GTU courses are identified by a combination of letters and numbers. The letters refer to the
fields of study. The first two letters refer to the primary field and the next two refer to the
cross-listed field. The numbers refer to the course level.
KEY TO FIELDS OF STUDY CODES
Art & Religion RA History HS
Biblical Studies & Biblical Languages BS Homiletics HM
Old Testament Studies OT Interdisciplinary Studies IDS
New Testament Studies NT Liturgical Studies LS
Christian Spirituality SP Philosophy & Philosophy of Religion PH
Cultural & Historical Studies of Religions HR Philosophical Theology PT
Ethics & Social Theory (Christian Ethics) CE Systematic Theology ST
Religion & Society RS Religion & Psychology PS
Field Education FE Theology & Education ED
Functional Theology FT Special Courses **
**Courses with other letter codes (i.e., HELP, SRC, DR, MA, MDV, UCB, etc.) are listed
under Special Courses, at the end of the course schedule for each term.
KEY TO COURSE LEVELS
0001-0999 Continuing Education courses
1000-1999 Introductory courses which have no prerequisites
8000-8199 ONLINE Introductory courses which have no prerequisites
2000-3999 Intermediate courses; primarily for Masters students
8200-8399 ONLINE Intermediate courses; primarily for Masters students
4000-4999 Advanced courses for advanced Masters and Doctoral students
8400-8499 ONLINE Advanced courses for Masters and Doctoral students
5000-5999 Doctoral courses, which may be opened to advanced Masters
students with the written permission of Faculty
8500-8599 ONLINE Doctoral courses, which may be opened to advanced Masters
students with the written permission of Faculty
6000-6999 Doctoral courses, which are only open to PhD /ThD students
8600-8699 ONLINE Doctoral courses, which are only open to PhD /ThD students
All PSR online course numbers are 8000-level with the second digit indicating the level. Some of the courses required for the Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology, Certificate of Sexuality and Religion , or the Doctor of Ministry are online or hybrid format. For more on what online or hybrid courses are like, visit the Flexible Learning page.
Online and Hybrid Courses
Online courses run in weekly rhythms over the full length of a semester.
As in the traditional classroom, faculty choose from a variety of teaching methods, depending on the subject matter and their own teaching style. There will be an abundance of reading, writing, and conversation (written or spoken) in each class. There may also be live, audio, or video lectures, slide shows, live conversation, student presentations, and group or one-on-one meetings by email, chat, phone or web conference.
Asynchronous courses have no required meeting time; you engage with the course on your own schedule on a weekly basis. These courses may have “synchronous” components such as occasional conference calls or web conferences. They are conducted through the Graduate Theological Union consortium’s online learning system, Moodle. Students need a current computer (fewer than four years old) with speakers and a high-speed Internet connection. A telephone and a webcam may also be required. For information on accessing your online or hybrid course through Moodle, click on "Students" link in the Moodle Support block located at the top of the main GTU Moodle page. These courses are noted in the course description.
Synchronous courses meet online at designated times weekly. Attendance online at scheduled times is required. These courses may include both students in the Berkeley classroom and students online. Residential and Flexible Learning students may participate together in ways that may include lectures, presentations, and discussions. A current computer (fewer than four years old) with the latest version of Adobe Flash (free), a webcam, a telephone with headset (preferred) or speakerphone, and a high speed Internet connection is required. Normally Adobe Connect is used for synchronoous videoconferenced components. These courses are noted in the course description.
Hybrid courses involve some time in the classroom on campus and some time learning online using technologies mentioned above for all students. These courses are noted in the course description.
For courses in which an online version is offered with in addition to a face-to-face traditional version, usually two different course numbers (one 8000-level and one non-8000-level) with the same course title and instructor will be listed.
Textbooks, Readers, and Syllabi for PSR Courses
Information on textbooks and readers for PSR may be found on the Textbooks and Readers section on the Academic Resources page. For just textbooks, visit the Textbook Information page at the GTU website and search for your book through the school that is offering your course. When available, PSR Sylllabi are uploaded each term to Moodle in the course PSR Syllabi. Anyone with a Moodle login may view these syllabi, and no "enrollment key" is needed. If you can't find a syllabus for a particular couse, you may email the instructor directly for a copy.