Audit Program

Phillips Theological Seminary offers classes for no academic credit through an audit program. A limited number of auditors may be permitted in some courses, depending on course size and type.

Weekly On-Campus Courses: Jan 25 - May 14

HB 500 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

On-Campus: Tuesdays

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the historical backgrounds of these texts as well as the process of their composition and canonization. The biblical materials will be approached from an academic/critical perspective with insights into how they might be used in different contemporary contexts. Successful completion of the course will satisfy one of the basic Bible requirements for the master’s degree programs. No prerequisites.

Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

TH 535 Exploration of Postcolonial Theory and Theologies (Prerequisite Required)

On-campus: Tuesdays

This course is a survey of the explorations of postcolonial theory and theorists in literature and anti-imperial political contexts and the impact on Christian theologians and theologies. the interplay between the history of Christianity and colonialism for both reinforcing and/or subverting colonial power are explored. The student will be able to identify, describe, and analyze the themes of Postcolonial theory as it intersects with the discipline of theology.

Prerequisite: TH 500.

Instructor: Lisa Dellinger, Visiting Assistant Professor of Constructive Theologies.

Online Courses: Jan 25 - May 14

HC 504 History of Christianity II (Closed)

Online: asynchronous

This broad survey of Christian history considers how the organized church developed and changed over the past 500 years, and how past human events, understandings, and decisions affect our Christian communities today. Topics include causes of the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Radical Reformations; the placement of issues of church and state into their larger historical context; the stories of some important figures in Christian history; and issues surrounding Christian missionary activities, especially the exportation of Christianity to the Americas. No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Lisa Barnett, Assistant Professor of American Religious History.

HB 600.2 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: Psalms (Closed)

Online: asynchronous
This course is intended to help students in all Master’s programs “act as responsible biblical interpreters critically informed by current historical, literary and theological scholarship in the field of biblical studies.” As an exegetical course in the area of Biblical Studies, the course is designed to help students “be fluent in biblical interpretation … pay attention to interpretive concerns (e.g., historical context, literary character, etc.) … [and] use the Bible with an awareness of scholarly understandings as a resource for thinking about the issues and concerns of everyday life.” To this end, the course will include an introduction to exegesis and the variety of methods utilized in interpreting a biblical text (e.g., form criticism, rhetorical criticism, ideological criticism, etc.), along with opportunities to practice these methods on a variety of texts from the Hebrew Bible. Special attention will be given to the Book of Psalms and how these ancient prayers inform our understandings of the Divine and faith. Satisfies advanced HB exegesis requirement.

Prerequisite: HB 500

Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.


NT 600.09 New Testament Exegesis: Gospel of Matthew (Prerequisite Required)

Online: asynchronous
This course provides students engagement with the text of the Gospel of Matthew, the contexts from which it emerges, which it engages, and to which it is addressed. It employs a range of approaches or critical methods of interpretation such as historical-critical, literary, imperial-critical, and gender approaches. The course cultivates skills necessary for care-full and informed exegesis or meaning-making of the Gospel involving the worlds behind the text, of the text, and in front of the text. It requires students to become familiar with some of the worthy resources that will sustain and inform ongoing interpretive work in various contemporary ministry/leadership contexts. Class size limited to 15.

Prerequisite: NT 500

Instructor: Warren Carter, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament.

TH 500 Introduction to Theology

Online: asynchronous
An introduction to the vocabulary, tasks, aims, and scope of theology, and various contextual methods and approaches to the discipline. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify, describe, classify, and evaluate influential theological arguments, as well as place those arguments in their historical context. No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Sarah Morice Brubaker, Associate Professor of Theology.

Intensive Courses

Some courses may have prerequisites.

AH 880.13 The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: Lessons and Legacies (Closed)

Intensive: March 20 – April 10 

Online: via Zoom
In 1921, Tulsa’s Greenwood District “Black Wall Street” was one of the most affluent black communities in America. However, on May 31 and June 1, 1921, a white mob attacked Greenwood and as a result nearly every significant structure within the community was destroyed and as many of three hundred people were killed. Nearly one hundred years later, the race massacre continues to reverberate. This course will examine the history of the race massacre, the lessons the history offers, and the current-day legacies that must be confronted. This course will meet virtually via Zoom March 20 12pm-2:30pm, March 25 6:30pm-9:30pm, March 27 8:30am-5:30pm, April 8 6:30pm-9:30pm, April 10 8:30am -5:30p, April 17 12:00pm-2:30pm and asynchronous March 26 and April 9. No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Karlos K. Hill, African and African American Studies Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma.

PR 500 The Art and Practice of Preaching (Closed)

Intensive: January 4-8 (Monday-Friday)

A consideration of the nature of Christian preaching. The course explores the issues and dynamics of preaching, as well as the practices that support preaching. Class size is limited. This course will meet virtually via Zoom January 4-8 8:30am-5:00pm.

Prerequisites: FDC 600, HB 500, NT 500, and TH 500.

Instructor: Robin Meyers, Professor of Rhetoric, Oklahoma City University.

HC 650 History of Religions in the U.S. (Prerequisite Required)

Intensive: March 15-19 (Monday-Friday)

This course is a survey of the formation and development of a variety of forms of religious experiences and expressions in the United States from the colonial era to the present. While paying close attention to the normative European and American Christian Traditions (especially Protestant Christianity) that constitute the central narrative around the U.S. national identity, this course will also examine the fundamental religious pluralism of America and engage voices from other religious expressions that have been a part of the history of the country. This course will give attention to key themes, figures, and movements affecting religious life and society in the United States and consider the intersections of race, gender, geography, socio-economics, and other cultural markers of identity that inform understandings of religion in America. This course will meet on campus March 15-19 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

Prerequisite: HC 504.

This course fulfills requirements as an advanced HC elective OR a required denominational studies (OS) course for students in the MDIV and MAMC programs who represent religious denominations or traditions outside of the current PTS course offerings.


Instructor: Lisa D. Barnett, Assistant Professor of American Religious History.

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