Online Courses

If you are interested in taking classes for credit at SFTS without earning a degree, you may take any Graduate Theological Union Masters course for which you qualify as a Non-Degree Student. The only document required is a copy of your undergraduate transcript which shows the awarding of your baccalaureate degree. If you are currently in the process of receiving your undergraduate degree, please upload a current transcript and you may be considered for acceptance with faculty approval. If English is not your first language, you should note that participation in the MDiv classes on the San Anselmo/Berkeley campus presumes proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.

The next opportunity for online classes is the fall semester, beginning September 4.

Fall Semester 2018

Vital Worship in the 21st Century with Dr. Marcia McFee

Worship is the portal through which visitors find a spiritual home, members grow to greater discipleship and the whole congregation is inspired to “go and do likewise” in the world. The need is great for vital worship at the epicenter of congregational life. This course will explore the theology, history and ritual study of worship, excellence of practice in sensory-rich communication and intentional preparation needed by leaders of the 21st century church for worship that revitalizes congregations.

Course Number: FT-8217

History I with Dr. Christopher Ocker

This course is an introduction to the history of Christianity and historical theology from the second to the seventeenth centuries. During this time, Christianity developed the main features of what is today, the world’s largest religion. Along the way, Christianity was transformed again and again as it adapted to vastly different, changing cultural and social environments. This course is about Christianity in the real world. Students will learn how to study the origins and development of beliefs and practices and much more. The course will introduce students to the continuities and varieties of Christian experience and belief in different times and places, from the Roman Empire to Persia, China, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. It will introduce the complexity of Christianity’s social, cultural, and political entanglements in all these places. Students will learn to break down real life situations and understand the fine points at which religious innovation and change occur, even when people try to resist change or return to the past. Students will be introduced to the history of the interpretation of the bible on the example of commentaries on the first day of creation in Genesis 1 and learn about the historical entanglement of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Lastly, the course will expose the politics, ideas, and actions that gave rise to Protestantism and the intimate relationship of Protestant and Catholic reforms.

Course Number: HS-8010

Systematic Theology II with Dr. Gregory Love

Systematic Theology II is the second semester of a two-semester introduction to Christian theology. The purpose of the course is to help students gain a basic knowledge of the principal topics of the theology of the universal church, especially as the topics are understood in the Reformed tradition and in conversation with feminist and other contemporary theologies. Beginning with the doctrine of humanity, the course looks at human original goodness and its decent into relational forms of sin as pride, despair and denial. Next, the course looks at the person and work of Jesus Christ, from a variety of perspectives. It looks deeply at the meaning of the human being “saved by grace through faith alone,” and the roles of the divine Spirit and human spirit in bringing about healing. The class concludes with the nature of the Christian spiritual life, including sanctification and vocation, the church and its mission in the world and sacraments.

Course Number: ST-8109

Students & Campus Life

If you are not currently a student at SFTS, we invite you to enroll in one of our online classes! You can become a Non-Degree Student if you have a baccalaureate degree and follow the instructions located here. If you have any questions, please contact:

Kristin Dableo-Martel, Registrar & Director of Academic Services