Course Catalog

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 ( to ‘students’) and the PSR website ( 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

     ONLINE GTU Course Catalog »

Searchable Course Catalog 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.   


GTU Course Catalog for 2015-2016 booklet

Past booklets:

GTU Course Catalog for 2013-2014 booklet
GTU Course Catalog for 2012-2013 booklet
GTU Course Catalog for 2011-2012 booklet
GTU Course Catalog for 2010-2011 booklet
GTU Course Catalog for 2009-2010 booklet 

     PSR Summer Session Courses »  


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.


     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.


     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

Courses at GTU Consortium

All PSR students may cross-register at any of the GTU Consortium schools through normal WebAdvisor Registration ((except for CDSP which has a special cross-registration process). Note that all PSR degree and certificate programs require that a minimum of one-third of courses used toward the awarding of a degree or certificate must be PSR courses (Course School Ownership = PSR).

Courses at University of California at Berkeley (UCB), Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Mills College, and Holy Names Universty

PSR degree students may cross register up to one course per semester at partner school nearby. Check out cross-registration information. This option is not available to certificate students

Special Reading Courses (SRC) 

For independent study courses (SRC-9999-01) or for upgrading levels of exisitng courses (SRC-8888-01, for MA or DMin students usually), visit our Special Reading Course page.

Transferred Courses

Transferring courses completed at an outside institution requires a formal written application and petition process and is not automatically guaranteed. For more information on transferring or applying for advanced standing in your PSR program, visit the Transfer Credits $ Advanced Standing Policy page.

Online or Videoconference Courses 

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.

For more information on online and hybrid courses, see PSR’s Flexible Learning page or contact Director of Continuing and Community Education Laurie Isenberg.

For more explanation on courses codes and numberings, consult the  GTU Key to Course Numbers page or the GTU Course Schedule Booklet.

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.