Start your MA with Prerequisite Course: Ecclesial Nature and Mission of Theology

Who is this class for?

For those who want to pursue an online MA in Theology and Christian Ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville, this is a required background course. This background course is offered by the Institute for a 2/3 discount. *

For those not interested in formal graduate study but looking for a thorough graduate level introduction on “How to do Catholic theology” the class can be audited.

What does the class cover?

What is theology? What makes theology “Catholic”? Is theology a “science”? What is the role of prayer and the spiritual life in theology? What are the sources of Catholic theology? What is the theologian’s relationship to the Church? With guidance from key magisterial documents, you will find answers to these and other questions. This course provides aspiring theologians and students of theology with basic principles they need to begin theological study.

Who teaches the class?

The course is taught by Dr. John Gresham. Dr. John brings over 20 years’ experience teaching at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, and Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He is an experienced and expert online instructor who has taught other faculty best practices in online pedagogy. His publications include Jesus 101: God and Man, Holy Spirit 101: Present Among Us and Wonder and the Prayerful Study of Theology.

When and Where is the class taught?

The class is taught completely online. Students complete weekly assignments and interact with the instructor and fellow students at the times most convenient for them. The online format makes it easy to fit class activities into your busy life. The course will begin January 11, 2021 and runs for 15 weeks.

What does it cost?

Those taking the course for a grade to meet requirements for the MA in Theology and Christian Ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville: $525. (Regular tuition for this online course at Franciscan University would be $1575. You get a 2/3 off discount!)

Those auditing the course for personal enrichment: $250 (A bargain price for a graduate-level introduction to theology!)

*For those who successfully pass this course, Franciscan University will waive the requirement for prerequisite course THE 519. Students must apply and meet all other entrance requirements for acceptance into the online MA at Franciscan University of Steubenville. For more information see our Online MA information page.

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  • Welcome Dr. John. Happy You are here with Us in Southwest Florida. Considering auditing your Theology Class. My Husband and I have been married 50 yrs, and want to have a stronger bond with God and the Bible. Worried I may be too old to absorb.

  • Noreen, Congrats to you and your husband on 50 years marriage! I will look forward to you auditing this course. I will send a link once the registration is set up. Don’t worry about being too old to absorb. I try very hard to take theology and make it accessible to all and my former students say I do a good job of doing just that. Plus, the online format lets you learn at your own pace and makes it easy to ask questions and get clarification as needed. I believe you will bring your own wisdom to the course and other students will learn from you!

  • Quick question. I’m interested in doing an audit. I am a deacon looking to enrich my skills. Can I do the class anytime during week or is it locked into a specific time. This is important as I have a crazy schedule.
    Thank uou

  • There are assignments for each week but you can complete them whenever you like — there are no set times when students have to be logged in at the same time.

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