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Summer Courses

If you are not a current JST student, you are welcome to apply to take one or more of our summer courses, either to audit or for credit.  To apply, please follow these step-by-step instructions.  Applications to enroll in a summer course must be completed and received by May 21.  

Courses during the 2021 summer will be taught online.

This six-week intensive course at JST covers two semesters of Latin. The course offers an introduction to the grammar and syntax of Latin.  The goal is to learn Classical and Medieval Latin well enough by the end of the course to read accurately, precisely, and without extensive help.  Exercises and readings are drawn from original texts of Classical and Medieval authors. There is strong emphasis on etymology, vocabulary, and comparative grammar. The course fulfills the Latin requirement for the JST S.T.L. degree.

Course meets weekdays, 6/7/21-7/16/21, from 8am-11am.

Religion is an enormously important and, despite all the talk about us living in a “secular” society, persistent component of human experience.  Focusing primarily, although not exclusively, on the United States, this course will attempt to introduce students to the sociological study of religion and provide them with the theoretical tools necessary for thoughtfully analyzing the place of religion in the modern world.  Among the topics this course will address are: the manner in which religion functions to provide a sense of individual meaning; the social construction of religious conversion and commitment; the types and dynamics of religious groups; the increasing significance of the “spiritual but not religious” and the religious “nones”; and the impact of religion on social cohesion, conflict and change.

Course meets M/W/F, 6/7/21 - 7/9/21, from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

The purpose of this lecture/seminar course is to introduce students to the development of early Christian spirituality, exploring different approaches to prayer and individual transformation and their close relationship with the church’s emerging doctrinal consensus on Christology, soteriology, and deification. The class will focus on the tradition of the Eastern church in the first centuries of Christianity, while also addressing its later Byzantine rendition, as well as the Syrian tradition and the writings of Augustine of Hyppo. Students are expected to give class presentations on the assigned material, submit a weekly reflection (1-2 pages), and write two papers (10-12 pages each) or a longer research paper (20-25 pages).

Course meets weekdays excluding Wednesdays, 6/7/21-7/2/21, from 9am-11am.