Summer Term 2015

Wesley's summer program is divided into two terms:

  • Summer Term 1 running from May 26  - through the end of June
  • Summer Term 2 running from July 1 - through through the end of August

Summer 2015 schedule

Pre-course advance assignments and reading are required for many summer term courses. Pre-course assignments are available under the "Course Information & Materials" tab. Please check the course descriptions below for pre-course requirements. We will continue to update this as we receive information from the faculty.

Textbook lists can be both viewed and ordered directly from Amazon via the Wesley Virtual Bookstore. Wesley textbooks are also now available at the American University Bookstore. Textbook lists can also be viewed on WesleyWeb. We will continue to update this information as we receive book lists from faculty.

New Summer Student Application

Applying for a Summer Course

If you are interested in taking a Summer course at Wesley and are not a current degree student, please complete the 2015 Summer Application & Registration form. All Summer Application forms should be submitted to the following address:

Office of Admissions
Wesley Theological Seminary
4500 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

If you have any questions about applying to take a Summer 2015 class, please contact Wesley's Admissions Office at 202-885-8659. 

United Methodist Students

Wesley offers several Summer courses that meet The United Methodist Church ordination requirements, some of which are online courses. This Summer UMC History, Doctrine, and Polity are all being offered as online classes. If you are currently in The United Methodist ordination process and need these courses but are not a Wesley degree student, please fill out the 2015 Summer Application & Registration form as a non-degree student. 

Registration & Add/Drop Policy

Registering for Summer Courses

Registration processing begins on March 9, 2015. Students can register for the Summer Term using WesleyWeb. For registration instructions, please visit the Registration Instructions website. Please note that if you are looking up courses in WesleyWeb, you must first choose either Summer Term 1 or Summer Term 2 to see available courses.

Registration for Summer intensive classes closes two weeks before the class start date. Registration periods are listed along with other course information in the "Course Information & Materials" tab below.

Dropping a Summer Course

Students wishing to drop courses must be do so either on WesleyWeb or on a paper Registration Form two weeks prior to the class start date to avoid a late drop fee. Students dropping after the registration deadline must do so using a Registration form. Students dropping after the registration deadline through the first day of class will be charged a $100.00 late drop fee. Students cannot drop a course after the first day of class. 

Students who need to drop their course should download the Registration Form and return it to the Registrar's Office  within the time line outlined above. Non-attendance does not constitute as a drop or withdrawal and will result in course failure.

Finances

Payment of tuition invoices are due by or on the first day of class. Tuition rates vary by academic year and type/number of credits being pursued. The rates are listed below:

  • $ 568.00 per credit for academic credit (For classes beginning before July 1, 2015 - Summer Term 1)
  • $585 per credit hour  for academic credit (For classes beginning after July 1, 2015 - Summer term 2):

Other fees:

  • $100 per Continuing Education Unit*
  • $100 per Audit credit
  • $40 non-refundable fee for first time students only
  • $10 per week parking fee

* Continuing Education Unit (CEU) registration is available for ordained clergy, diaconal ministers, or full-time lay professional employees of any denomination.

Housing

 

Dormitory housing is available on limited basis at Wesley Theological Seminary. Summer housing reservations will be available March 20, 2015.

Read more about and apply for summer housing online here. For questions about housing, please contact the Housing Office.

You may also wish to stay at a near-by hotel. A list of hotels is available here

Course Information & Materials

Summer Term courses are listed in order by course number

BI-213: Biblical Hebrew

Denise Dombkowski Hopkins
June 15 - July 24, 1PM - 4PM
Last day to register: June 1, 2015
This course meets the Bible Distribution requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

Grammar, vocabulary, and thought forms of Biblical Hebrew.

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BI-308: Exploring "Call" in the Bible & Film

Shively Smith
June 15 - June 26, 9AM - 12PM
Last day to register: June 1, 2015
The courses meets the Bible Distribution requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

A comparative analysis of the literary form, function, and theological significance of call narratives in the Bible and contemporary film. Attention to interpretive features, methods, critical analysis, and theological reflection.

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CF-204: The Spirituality of Prayer

Arthur Thomas
July 20 - July 31, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: July 6, 2015

Ways of cultivating personal and corporate prayer by considering God's character, human hindrances, prayer types, methods, retreats, and small groups. Insights from Western, African, and Korean saints. Designs for teaching congregations and enriching pastoral devotion.

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CF-206: Spirituality in Nature

Elizabeth Norcross
May 26 - May 29, 9AM - 5PM
Last day to register: May 12, 2015

Discovery of more harmonious relationships with creation through study of and spiritual experience in the local Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. Emphasis on spiritual practice.

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CF-213: African-American Spirituality

Anthony Hunt
June 1 - June 12, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: May 18, 2015

An analysis of African-American spirituality from a Christian perspective with an exploration of historical developments, theological literature, and recent trends in the practice of African-American spirituality.

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CF-255-OL: Church and Culture for Youth and Young Adults

Jana Strukova
May 26 - July 24
Last day to register: May 12, 2015
This class will be held online through Blackboard.

A survey of contemporary culture through various lenses - post-modern, post-Christian, consumerist, entertainment-driven, fragmented, secular, globalized, participatory and
technological - and the importance of deep understanding, interpretation and practical theological reflection and critique of these perspectives for effective ministry with youth and young adults.

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CH-203: Gender & Sexuality in Early Christianity

Jennifer Barry
May 26 - June 30, 9AM - 5PM
Last day to register: May 12, 2015
This course meets the Church History/Systematic Theology Distribution requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

Examination of the development of the debates concerning gender and sexuality in early Christian communities. Introduces students to competing claims over issues of gender, the body, and human sexuality. Focus on key debates over these interrelated categories.

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CM-110: Leading Innovation in Church & Society and Administration

Robert Martin
June 8 - June 12, 9AM - 4PM
Last day to register: May 25, 2015

Explores principles and practices of leadership
that drive innovation for greater missional
effectiveness in congregations and nonprofits. 
Draws upon emerging insights from scholars and
practitioners from business, academic, and
ecclesial sectors. 

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CM-117-HB: Visual Technologies for the Church

Berkeley Collins
June 29 - July 17, 1PM - 4PM
Last day to register: June 15, 2015
Class will meet twice per week for three weeks. Course will also have an online component. This course goes toward meeting the Practices of Leadership requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

The use of visual technologies for worship and Christian Education applications. Methodologies, hardware and software options, worship space and classroom design and functionality with specific examples from churches engaged in the use of visual technologies.

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CM-315: Conflict Resolution

Matthew Braddock
June 29-July 10, 2015, 6PM - 9PM
Last day to register: June 15, 2015

Skill building in listening, responding, asserting self, problem solving, and dealing with conflict.  Intentionality and skill building in the resolution and management of difference and conlfict resolution in various church outcomes and contexts.  Intentionality about the role of emotions in group setting.  Details about the difference between and implication of IQ and EQ (Emotional Quotient).

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CM-243: Organizing for Social Transformation

Michael-Ray Mathews
June 8 - June 12, 9AM - 4PM
Last day to register: May 25, 2015

Study and practice of community organizing as an effective tool of faith-based communitites for developing leaders and teams and building a movement for racial and economic justice at loca, state, and national levels.

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CM-251-0: Polity of the United Methodist Church

Ken Loyer
June 1 - June 4, 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Last day to register: May 18, 2015

The Constitution and structural relationships of the United Methodist Church are examine with a particular focus upon the workings of the local church. Fulfills the UM Polity requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church.

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CM-251-OL: Polity of the United Methodist Church Online

Lew Parks
June 15 - June 24, 7PM - 9PM
Last day to register: June 1, 2015
This course will be held live online using the Blackboard Collaborate tool. Participants must have functioning webcam capacity.

The Constitution and structural relationships of the United Methodist Church are examine with a particular focus upon the workings of the local church. Fulfills the UM Polity requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church.

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CM-315: Conflict Resolution

Matthew Braddock
June 29 - July 10, 6PM - 9PM
Last day to register: June 15, 2015
This course goes toward meeting the Practices of Leadership requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

Skill building in listening, responding, asserting self, problem solving, and dealing with conflict. Intentionality and skill building in the resolution and management of difference and conflict resolution in various church outcomes and contexts.

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PC-201: Introduction to Chaplaincy, An Overview

Woodrow Rea
June 29 - July 3, 9AM - 4PM
Last day to register: June 15, 2015

An introduction to the history, skills, and knowledge necessary for this specialized ministry. Includes an overview of chaplaincy in healthcare, colleges, prisons, and military.

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PC-404: Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Michael Koppel
July 20 - July 30, 9AM - 12PM
Last day to register: July 6, 2015
Prereq PC-101 or PC-111. 

Pastoral Care with dying and grieving persons.

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PW-301: Pastoral Liturgics Practicum

William B. McClain
June 15 - June 26, 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Last day to register: June 1, 2015
This course goes toward meeting the Worship/Communications Distribution requirements for those transferring to the new curriculum. Prereq PW-101.

The pastor as leader of Sunday worship, both eucharistic and non-eucharistic, and as leader of the occasional rites (including initiation, marriage, and burial). Emphasis upon the planning and conduct of the services within the various denominational traditions represented in the class.

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PW-340: Preaching Practicum

Joseph Evans
June 1 - June 5, 9AM - 4PM
Last day to register: May 18, 2015
Prereq Foundations of Preaching. This course goes toward meeting the Worship/Communications Distribution requirements for those transferring to the new curriculum.

Development of skills of sermon preparation, delivery and critical analysis, based on sermons written for and preached to the class. 

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PW-373: Preaching and Worship in the Black Tradition

William B. McClain
June 15 - June 26, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: June 1, 2015
Prereq Foundations of Preaching. This courses goes toward meeting the Worship/Communication Distribution requirements for those transferring to the new curriculum. 

The art of preaching from a black perspective; distinctive aspects of this preaching due to the cucible of affliction out of which it comes; its inherently prophetic character.

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RA-121: Liturgical Dance as Spiritual Practice

Josetta Hoover
June 1 - June 5, 6PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: July 6, 2015
This course goes toward meeting the Religion and the Arts requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

The discovery and praxis of liturgical dance as a spiritual discipline. Empashis on spiritual practices that assist the dancer in the creative process.

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RA-136: Songs of Zion, Spirituals in the Life of the Church

Eileen Guenther
July 13 - July 17, 9AM - 4PM
Last day to register: June 29, 2015
This course meets the Religion and the Arts requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

The heritage of the African-American spiritual and its manifold presence in the contemporary church; major theological themes of the spiritual and the nuances of translating those themes into music; strategies for the effective use of the Songs of Zion in contemporary worship. 

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RA-175: Biblical Storytelling

Tracy Radosevic
June 8 - June 12, 9AM - 4PM
Last day to register: May 25, 2015
This course meets the Religion and the Arts requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

An exploration of biblical storytelling - traditional oral presentations, electronic renderings, and a combination of the two - in various ministry settings in the context of our digital culture, including the role and practice of biblical storytelling.

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ST-180: Philosophy for Theology

Christopher Dreisbach
June 15 - June 26, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: June 1, 2015
This course meets the Philosophy prerequisite for those who did not complete philosophy in their undergraduate program.

Introduces students to the history and questions of philosophy with special emphasis on developments that are important for understanding Christian theology.

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ST-209: Salvation, Redemption, and Atonement

Rick Elgendy
June 29 - July 10, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: June 15, 2015
This course meets the Church History/Systematic Theology Distribution requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum. 

Investigates the theologies of salvation, redemption, and atonement in order to contemplate the many dimensions of God's decisive action in history, as well as the relationship between salvation, other doctrines in systematic theology, and the context from which such accounts emerge.

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ST-463-OL:  History of the United Methodist Church

Robert Kohler
May 18 - June 12
Last day to register: May 4, 2015
Prereq CH-102. This course will be held online through Blackboard.

Introduction to the narratives forming personal and corporate identity of United Methodists today, including founders' stories, phases of the denomination, persons representative of major developments, and stories that counter present perceptions. Fulfills the UM History requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church.

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ST-463-OL:  History of the United Methodist Church

Robert Kohler
July 6 - July 31
Last day to register: June 22, 2015
Prereq CH-102. This course will be held online through Blackboard.

Introduction to the narratives forming personal and corporate identity of United Methodists today, including founders' stories, phases of the denomination, persons representative of major developments, and stories that counter present perceptions. Fulfills the UM History requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church.

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ST-464: Doctrine of the United Methodist Church

Charles Harrell
July 20 - July 31, 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Last day to register: July 6, 2015
Prereq CH-102

Introduction to the primary sources for United Methodist theology; preparation for the candidacy and provisionary membership examinations in theology; experimentation in translating Methodist doctrine into sermons, lessons, and liturgy; and engaging the contemporary issue of clergy health in conversation with John Wesley. Fulfillthe the UM Doctrine requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church. 

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No Pre-course Assignments
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ST-464-OL: Doctrine of the United Methodist Church

Mark Teasdale
June 8 - June 26
Last day to register: May 25, 2015
Prereq CH-102. This course will be held online through Blackboard.

Introduction to the primary sources for United Methodist theology; preparation for the candidacy and provisionary membership examinations in theology; experimentation in translating Methodist doctrine into sermons, lessons, and liturgy; and engaging the contemporary issue of clergy health in conversation with John Wesley. Fulfillthe the UM Doctrine requirement for election to probationary membership and commissioning in The United Methodist Church. 

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WR-240: When Does Life Begin and End? Jewish Answers from Rabbinic Literature

Fred Reiner
June 29 - July 10, 9AM - 12PM
Last day to register: July 15, 2015
This course meets the Church in the Interreligious World requirement for those transferring to the new curriculum.

Intro to Rabbinic literature, including Mishnah, Talmud, Responsa, and Midrash. Focused on when life begins and ends, according to legal and literary traditions of the ancient Rabbis.

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