Is Summer Session for Me?

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Is Summer Session for Me?

"Please keep having summer session. I checked MANY seminaries around the US and even the UK and Jerusalem and found few offerings, or very expensive ones. Thank you, PSR!"
—Summer Session 2010 student

The people who come to Summer Session are a varied bunch. Last summer, we had Summer Session students who were chaplains, massage therapists, monks and nuns, professors, graduate students, medical doctors, therapists, and writers.

We had students in attendance from California, Florida, Illinois, Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, and more, and folks from as far away as Ireland and American Samoa. There were students in their twenties, and students in their seventies, and students who were anywhere in between.

Studying on the Quad

There were members of the clergy from the American Baptist tradition, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Roman Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and from Reform Judaism. There were laypeople from other traditions (Quaker, Jewish, Unity New Thought) and, of course, folks who were spiritual-but-not-religious, agnostic, or perhaps from no tradition at all.

In short, Summer Session is for you. All you need is a sense of curiosity, a desire to learn, and an interest in religious and spiritual matters, however you define them. You are welcome here!

"I would attend whether or not I was in a degree program. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to take these classes from such outstanding professors and to interact with so many interesting people."
—Summer Session 2010 student


Something for Everyone

What are you interested in? Our staff has come up with some suggestions:



Still Not Sure?

Don't just take our word for it: past students have been very positive about their experiences here at PSR.

Taking a break from work for sunset on the Arch roof
Photo: Wesley Capps, MDiv '12

"I've been coming to PSR Summer classes since 1992! it's always an experience and a challenge!"
—Summer Session 2010 student

"Our professor was amazing. Extraordinary. He put the information in its appropriate context. He gave memorable examples. He spoke clearly. And he knows the information cold. Outstanding."
—Summer Session 2010 student

"The design of the course enabled me to learn more in two weeks than I would have thought possible. Range of topics discussed was wide but we never lost focus. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to take this class. "
—Summer Session 2010 student

Contact the Summer Session Office

Questions? Contact the Summer Session office at or 510/849.8227.

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We reserve the right to change course descriptions, instructors, dates and hours of instruction, meeting places, and prices. In the event of a conflict between printed material and information on this Web site, the information on this Web site takes precedence. Courses that have been cancelled due to low enrollment may be absent from this list. Please contact the Summer Session Office for any questions regarding cancelled courses. Before registering please ensure that you have read the information included on the Policies and Logistics page, including information about refunds.