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Are you interested in pursuing a seminary degree at Union?

Visiting campus is a great way to learn more about Union and get a feel for our community. We’ve got a few options for your tour:

Summer tours are by appointment only. To schedule please email the Admissions team at admissions@utsnyc.edu. Fall visits begin on September 6th. 

Campus Visit: You may choose to visit either in the Morning or Afternoon. Morning visits begin at 8:45 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.  Evening visits begin at 12:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. On a campus visit, you will:

 

 

Attend a class

We enjoy a world renowned faculty who live and breathe their academic passions, while both nurturing and challenging Union students. Each day they arrive to class with the utmost conviction in their spirit and reason. The Union Seminary classrooms are a space for discussion and discernment.

Scroll down below to see the classes offered during the campus visit. Please note that visitors may only sit in one class, so seating will be limited.

Spring 2019 Courses will be updated in late January

9:00 am

IE 234: Buddhist Religious Thought with Professor Gregory Snyder
This general introduction to Buddhism surveys the history and development of Buddhist thought within its three broad expressions–Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. The aim of the course familiarizes students with Buddhist worldviews and offers an opportunity to engage the material critically. Students read a number of primary sources in translation as well as additional texts organized thematically and historically to contextualize this material.

ST 367: Womanist Theology and Critical Race Theory with Professor Andrea White
At the convergence of womanist theology, black feminist thought, and critical race theory, this course interrogates the concept of race as theological problem, as ideology, and as historical materialism. The critical analysis of race lays bare the paradox of the illusion and reality of race at work in the politics of radical black subjectivity, the aesthetics of blackness, and womanist theological method. Readings study womanist perspectives on theological anthropology, soteriology and divine justice as the course aims for constructive nexuses with black sexual politics, queer theory, notions of the erotic, and black feminist discourse.

BX/IE 321: Bible & West African Religions with Professor Aliou Niang
This course addresses biblical texts such as Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-6; Joshua 1:1- 3:17; 1 Samuel 28:1-25; Romans 1:18-11:36; Acts 8:1-40; 10:1-11:18; 17:16-34; John 1:1-3:18; 14:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-17 in conversation with African traditional religious thought, especially on revelation, tradition, mythimage/scripture, ritual, cosmology.

NT 245: Beyond the Boundaries of the Biblical Canon with Professor Jeremy Hultin
This course explores some of the ancient Jewish and Christian texts that came to be regarded as “noncanonical” or “deutero-canonical,” that is, not fully a part of the biblical canon. Our primary focus is the study of this literature itself, for these are rich and rewarding texts, and several of them were very influential, despite their non-canonical status. Special attention is given to three works that are included in the revised common lectionary (Sirach, Wisdom, and Baruch). Our secondary focus is to explore the process of canonization. How and why did Jewish and Christian communities decide to include some books and to reject others? Works studied include: Sirach; the Wisdom of Solomon; Baruch; 1 Enoch; the Gospel of Peter; the Apocalypse of Peter; the Gospel of Mary; the Acts of Paul and Thecla.

2:10 pm

CH/CI 314: Church, State, and Empire: Anglicanism in Britain and America with Professor Euan Cameron
This course offers an introduction to the history of the Christian Church in the Western European tradition between the rise of the medieval Church in the West eleventh and the twentieth century. Some discussion of the high and late middle ages, the Reformation and Confessional era, the Enlightenment, the era of Romanticism, the movements of Higher Criticism and Liberalism, and the modern Church is included. The history of the churches in North America, addressed in CH 109, is deliberately not discussed.

IE/RE 236:Women Transform Religion & Society with Professors Mary Boys & Shuly Rubin Schwartz
Analysis of the ways in which American Jewish and Christian women have drawn upon their tradition in engaging in actions for social, educational and environmental reform, human and gender rights, renewal of ritual and worship, and interreligious leadership.

NT 360E:  Gospel of Paul with Professor Brigitte Kahl
Paul is arguably the most controversial figure in New Testament scholarship right now. Was he a political conservative or a radical? A traitor or most faithful follower of Jesus? The canonical root-source of Christian antisemitism, patriarchy and homophobia, or the protagonist of a liberating messianic transidentity for a community built on love? This course introduces current Paul-debates among theologians and philosophers with a strong emphasis on close reading of Pauline key texts in 1/2 Corinthians, Philippians, Romans and Galatians in their Roman imperial, Jewish colonial and Greek cultural contexts.

9:00 am

ST 104: Foundations in Christian Theology II with Professor Andrea White
This course interprets theological positions in contemporary Christian theology. The course aims to develop both familiarity and facility with theological discourse in postmodern, contextual, liberationist, and constructivist theologians. The texts studied address theological language and method, and the doctrines of scripture, God, Trinity, Christ, Holy Spirit, creation, providence, the human person, sin, salvation, the church, and the last things. The course examines the ramifications of contrasting theologies while giving consideration to how socio-political context informs theological thinking.

CH 108: The History of Christianity: Western European Church History (c.1000-c.2000) with Professor Euan Cameron
This course offers an introduction to the history of the Christian Church in the Western European tradition between the rise of the medieval Church in the West eleventh and the twentieth century. Some discussion of the high and late middle ages, the Reformation and Confessional era, the Enlightenment, the era of Romanticism, the movements of Higher Criticism and Liberalism, and the modern Church is included. The history of the churches in North America, addressed in CH 109, is deliberately not discussed.

IE/ST 327: Double Belonging with Professor John Thatamanil
Increasingly persons are taking up practices from more than one religious tradition. Some go so far as to claim “double belonging.” This course explores multiple religious participation/double belonging and its implications for theology. After exploring a wide range of such phenomena, we ask the following questions: Can one belong to two (or more) different religious traditions and practices at the same time? Is religious “double-dipping” possible? Is it worthwhile? Is it necessary?

2:10 pm

CE 322: Social Ethics in the Making with Professor Gary Dorrien
Study of the origins and development of social ethics as a discipline, focusing on methodological, contextual, and “framing” issues. Chief historical paradigms include social gospel ethics, Christian realism, liberationist and feminist ethics, and Roman Catholic, black church, and evangelical social ethics.

NT 242E: Mark & Healing with Professor Aliou Niang
This course explores the nature of Jesus’ healing stories in the Gospel of Mark under Imperial Rome– the sociopolitical, religious and economic context of Jesus’ ministry. Topics for discussion include cultural constructions of illness and disease and the effects of colonization on the occupied people in Roman Palestine and French West Africa, including the role of Mark’s Jesus and Graeco-Roman and African healers.

ST 308: Jesus & Salvation with Professor Kathryn Reinhard
This course explores the theological as well as the pastoral/practical dimensions of Soteriology, the Christian doctrine of salvation. Christians have long used a variety of metaphors, images, and explanations to describe how it is that God “saves” humanity (and possibly the whole natural order) through Jesus. This course surveys key soteriological texts from historical theology (including Patristic and Medieval texts) as well as contemporary texts from multiple cultures, genres, and viewpoints (including Black Liberation Theology, Queer Theology, Feminist Theology, Ecotheology, and Religious Pluralism).

9:00 am

ST 210: Bible in Constructive Theology with Professor Jason Wyman
This course examines interdisciplinary and creative ways the Bible has been employed by constructive theologians since the 1970s, searches for unifying methodological/hermeneutical trends, and encourages students to reflect upon and develop their own framework for creatively constructing theological proposals in conversation with the Bible. From its beginnings, constructive theology has upheld the importance of approaching and engaging the Bible. Yet, what the Bible is and how it should responsibly be used, has remained an open question for constructive theologians. The course considers biblically engaged theological proposals that address race, gender/sexuality, environment, colonialism, and others, and includes material from across theological disciplines, interactions between theology and biblical studies, while emphasizing ongoing creative theological construction that employs the Bible.

9:00 am

IE 240: Socially Engaged Buddhism with Professor Gregory Snyder
This course explores tenets, movements, leading figures and issues central to what has come to be known as socially engaged Buddhism. In addition to exploring how these movements initially responded to the colonial and wartime contexts from which they emerged, the course examines the critiques that engaged Buddhism offers current social and economic realities, as well as Buddhism’s own institutions and practices.

NT 101: Intro to New Testament with Professors Brigitte Kahl and Amy Meverden
A condensed introduction to the complex historical, literary and theological worlds of the New Testament. Core texts of the gospels, Acts, Paul and Revelation are examined within their Roman imperial, Hellenistic and Jewish colonial contexts – and with an eye to past and current interpretational struggles at the intersection of gender, race, class and religion. Can we learn how to read “with new eyes?”

CS 262: Urban Life & Religion with Professor Samuel Cruz
Urban religious life and the theory and practice of field research is the focus of this course. The course covers research methods such as oral history, participant observation, and key methodological issues, such as fieldwork ethics and the politics of representation.

2:10 pm

CH 239: American Theological Liberalism, 1930-Present with Professor Gary Dorrien
Study of the development of American liberal theology in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing on the Unitarian controversy, Transcendentalism, Horace Bushnell, early feminism, liberalism and racial justice, the social gospel, evangelical liberalism, personalism, and the Chicago school. Acquainting students with the modern historical, ethical, and theological tradition that is Union’s tradition, it is the first of two courses on American theological liberalism.

ST 307: Christianity and Evolution in Dialogue with Professor Roger Haight
The goal of this course is to enter the conversation between theology and evolutionary science, introduce some of the language and issues it deals with, and allow these probes to modify an appreciation of the ways of knowing in terms of method and content. This is done concretely in a constructive effort to pinpoint specific places where this dialogue influences how one understands core Christian beliefs.

CE 210: Prophetic Black Church 21st Century with Professor Obery Hendricks
African American churches face unique social, economic and political challenges in the 21st century. Racism and support for white supremacy trickle down from high places, workers are underpaid, corporate executives are overpaid, and the social safety net for “the least of these” is coming undone. Sadly, our children face uncertain
futures. To effectively serve our communities and congregations in these increasingly fraught times, it is crucial for African American pastors and church leaders to equip themselves with the tools to fully comprehend the nature of this onslaught, the implications of events and issues in the public square, to adequately communicate their significance to congregation and community, and develop appropriate
policies and strategies in responses. Some of the issues this class will explore include: mass incarceration, gender and sexuality and LGBT advocacy, environmental racism, state terrorism, economic violence, and capitalist versus social democratic political economies.

 

1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Campus Tours
This tour lasts about one and a half hours, and will include a tour of the campus, and an opportunity to chat with students and the admissions staff. 

Walk Around the Campus

Built in 1910, our seminary sits in the heart of Morningside Heights. The tour will introduce visitors to the campus, the historic James Chapel, as well as Burke Library which houses one of the largest collection of theological publications in the western hemisphere.

 

 Union Theological Seminary is a mostly wheelchair accessible campus with elevators, ramps, and automatic doors. For further information about accessibility, please email us at admissions@utsnyc.edu or call us at 212-280-1556.

 

Attend a Chapel Service

Chapel is a cornerstone for spiritual and religious life at Union. Every Monday through Thursday at noon, members of our student body, faculty, staff and administration host chapel services which embrace and speak to the diversity at Union Theological Seminary.

With no set lectionary or guiding principles, no Chapel service is like any other. As Union Theological Seminary is committed to the work of interreligious engagement, each chapel is affirming and open to all.

Community lunch and conversation with current students

With nearly fifty-percent of the student body living off campus, community lunch is when the collective Union community can unwind, converse, and be in fellowship. During this time, visitors will get the opportunity to understand the essence of the seminary through conversation with current students.

Campus visits will be available Monday to Thursday through April. The Summer schedule will be updated in May.

Schedule your Tour

Can’t do a full day?

Campus Tour: Short Tours last about 1.5 hours. Short tours include:
A Tour of campus and an opportunity to chat with students and the admissions staff.
To schedule your tour, email us at admissions@utsnyc.edu or call 212-280-1556

Interested in meeting a Union professor?

Feel free to reach out using the contact information found in our faculty directory.

 

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