HC 051: Believing in God

What does it mean to believe in God? This course will explore experiences of God in the Christian community and teachings about God which arise in connection with them. How those teachings reflect experiences of faith and are challenged by other religions and philosophical positions will be examined.


HC 052: Black Theology

An introduction to the emergence of Black Theology in the United States. Major emphasis will be placed on Black Theology as it emerged within the context of the 1960's Civil Rights/Black Power movements. Special attention will also be given to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X as key figures that affected the shape of this movement, as well as the role of Black women and the womanism movement within Black Theology.


HC 053: Life and Works of Howard Thurman

This course will examine the life and central theological motifs in Howard Thurman's thought. Attention will be given to his theological methods in the understanding of mysticism, God, self, Christology, eschatology, evil, community and the spirituals.


HC 054: Life and Works of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course will examine the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It will explore the stages of his public ministry from local civil rights activist to national leader of the anti-Vietnam War movement. It will trace the major theological concepts that informed him, and the shifting social and political issues to which he felt the need to respond. The course will consider the writings of Dr. King himself, as well as what others have written and said about him.


HC 055: Theology for Life

An overview of Christian biblical theology with the intent to put students in touch with practical application of biblical truths and doctrines. Students will increase their awareness and knowledge of the origins of many of the tenets of the Christian faith.


HC 056: Womanist Theologies

This course will focus on theological literature produced by Womanist scholars. The term womanist is used primarily by African American female religious scholars to distinguish themselves from feminist scholars (predominantly white female) and Black theologians (predominantly Black males). “Womanist” scholarship gives expression to African American women’s efforts (political, cultural, emotional, psychological, spiritual) to resist the “interlocking system” of multiple oppression (racism, sexism, and classism) that would thwart the life and well being of African American women and men as well as girls and boys.