May 27th 2019- August 16th 2019
IMPORTANT SPRING 2019 DATES
April 15th- June 10th 2019 - Registration Period for Summer
June 10th 2019- Last day to Add/Drop for Summer Courses
June 10th 2019- Payment in full due for Summer 2019 courses (or payment plan)
June 24th 2019- Last Day for Partial Refund for Courses (50%)
July 19th 2019- Last Day to Withdraw and Receive a “W”
August 13th- 16th 2019- Finals Week for Summer 2019
Distributive Learning and Course Modalities
All of our courses are formatted in a distributive learning, which is an educational and formational model that allows a member of a learning community (students, faculty, and staff) to access content and community life while being located in different, non-centralized locations. Elements may occur synchronously (at the same time from either the same or different places/spaces), asynchronously (at different times from the same place or different places/spaces), or in a blended format.
ACTS uses the following terms to better express how the course will occur:
Synchronously – a course where instruction takes place with student and instructor physically present or online at the same time. Attendance and participation are typically taken for these courses from the live sessions.
Asynchronously- The Asynchronous Learning model gives students the option (but not the requirement) of attending the course online at the same time of instruction or at anytime during the week such that they meet the weekly requirements in the syllabus. Instructors provide materials, lectures, tests, and assignments throughout the course.
Intensive Courses – a course where classes gather face-to-face over a short period of time, either live online or in person usually for 1 or 2 weeks, but other formats have been done. Almost all instruction is classroom-based, engaged in these intensive periods, this is a synchronous course.
Blended Courses – a course that meet 3 to 7 times live online or live on campus , on different days, plus online asynchronous learning.
1. ACTS 2001 INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND WRITING.
This seminar introduces seminary students to graduate-level research and writing skills with specific attention to academic writing, theological research, citations, and elements of writing style. The seminar introduces the nature of theological reflection and “thinking theologically” concerning various topics and issues they encounter in academic study and ministry.This course is a prerequisite for all programs.
2. ACTS 2990 COPTIC LANGUAGE 1 with Professor Hany Takla (ASL) on TUESDAYS from 6:00-9:00pm PST.
This course will introduce students to the basics of reading Coptic. No prior knowledge of the ancient Egyptian language or Greek is required. The course will include grammar, morphology, syntax, and hundreds of vocabulary words. Following this course, students should be able to read passages in the New Testament. This course is a prerequisite for the MTS.
3. ACTS 3082 COPTIC ETHICS with Dr. Stephen Meawad (SYnchronous) on WEDNESDAYS from 6:00-8:30pm PST.
Western ethical systems have developed into complex tapestries, impacting the religious, political, cultural, and moral landscape in which they flourish. While ethical language has had an impact in the West that cannot be understated, Eastern religions have seemed to speak an entirely different language regarding morality. This class is an investigation of the largest Christian denomination in the Middle East—the Coptic Orthodox Christians of Egypt—to understand why the language of ethics has been entirely absent among ancient and contemporary Copts alike. A shift away from deontological, consequentialist, and quandary ethics and towards virtue ethics is one step in the direction towards developing a Coptic Christian ethic, but not without its mitigations. The acquisition of virtue for Coptic Christians is a result of a primary ethic of the pursuit of unity with God through grace-enabled spiritual struggle. This model will be dissected into three basic tiers based on Gregory of Nyssa’s theory of epektasis and will help make sense of a number of contemporary Coptic Christian practices of transformation, including a liturgical ethos, fasting, asceticism, monasticism, hagiography, and martyrdom. This course is an elective for the MTS and Graduate Certificate Programs.
4. ACTS 3093 PSYCHOLOGY OF FAMILY with Dr. Linda Abdelsayed (LAR) Mandatory Live Online Course.
Meetings will be held on 4 weekends: May 31- June 2, June 28-30, July 19-21, Aug 9-11. Time: Fridays and Sundays 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturdays 9am-12pm PST. Final Paper due on August 16 by 5:30pm. This course provides an overview of the field of family psychology. The four primary areas of study include: 1) several family theory frameworks from which to understand families, 2) the family life cycle, and 3) interventions to improve behavioral, developmental and emotional health among individuals and between family members across the lifespan. Students will also 4) apply these concepts to their own family of origin, for in order to help others, a counselor must first know oneself (Matthew 7:4). This course fulfills an elective requirement for Graduate Certificates and the MTS Program.
5. ACTS 3025 INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT with Dr. Eugenia Constantinou (LOC/LAR) Mandatory live attendance or live online attendance required.
In this course, we will introduce the books of the New Testament, their authors, their theologies, and their context. In addition, we will also introduce the methods of interpretations and patristic exegesis. this course will occur over 4 Saturdays in July, July 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th. It will be an intensive from 9am-6pm on those 4 Saturdays. This course fulfill the New Testament core requirement for the MTS and a core requirement for the Orthodox Scripture Certificate.
ThM Students: Special arrangements has been made for ThM students wishing to enroll in further Church History studies. Please contact DeaconSeverus@lacopts.org for more details.