The following selection of course descriptions, organized by department, is representative, but not comprehensive. New courses are occasionally added according to student need and faculty interest. All courses yield three credits unless otherwise noted. Curriculum requirements for specific degree and certificate programs are listed elsewhere on this site.
There are three basic levels of courses: exploratory (500 level), introductory (600 level), and intermediate/advanced (700 level). They are distinguished as follows:
- The 500-level courses are part of the Explorations in Theology program. They do not have prerequisites or corequisites (courses that must be taken prior to, or at the same time as, the course listed, unless special permission of the instructor and Dean is obtained) and do not normally require a research paper. They are usually co-listed with corresponding 700-level courses.
- Most of the 600-level courses have one or more pre- or corequisites (courses that must be taken prior to, or at the same time as, the course listed, unless special permission of the instructor and Dean is obtained). A few 600-level courses do not have pre- or corequisites and may be taken as part of the Explorations in Theology program.
- The 700-level courses have one or more prerequisites (courses that must be taken prior to the course listed, unless special permission of the instructor and Dean is obtained) . The highest 700-level courses (790s) are advanced seminars.
Note: CAS matriculants may take certain 600-level courses at the 700 level (with some additional work required) with the permission of the instructor and the Dean.
Prerequisites and corequisites do not normally apply to auditors but may be applied at the discretion of the Dean or the instructor. Note the following abbreviations: PR = prerequisite; CR = corequisite; PR/CR = either a prerequisite or a corequisite. Corequisites may be taken either at the same time as or before the course listed. Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived only with the permission of the Dean and the instructor.
In addition to the regularly offered courses listed below, other electives, additional language courses, and independent study courses can be arranged (request form available for download here). Contact the St. Mary’s Ecumenical institute office for further information. A list of course offerings for the fall, spring, or summer term is published on this Website approximately two months before the term begins.
Most courses are offered on a one-year, two-year, or three-year cycle according to guidelines published in the student handbook or supplements to it. The regular course rotation for required courses is listed below.