Spring Hill College offers new format for graduate theology programs

Wed, 07/07/2010 (All day)

July 7, 2010

Mobile, Ala. – The Spring Hill College theology department has announced new formats and class schedules for its graduate programs in theology and ministry.

Beginning fall 2010, courses will be offered in a hybrid or blended format that includes both online assignments and in-class meetings. The new formats integrate distance-learning technologies with on-site classroom instruction and personal interaction. The courses are designed to provide greater flexibility for students to be able to continue their daily routines and have the opportunity to continue their studies and personal spiritual enrichment.

The inaugural course this fall “Pauline Letters and Theology” will be taught by Dr. Timothy Carmody, professor of theology. Students from Mobile, Birmingham, Ala., and Jackson, Miss., are eligible to register for the course. Carmody will travel to each site for two class meetings, rather than the six Saturdays of a traditional schedule. The remainder of the course will be offered online.

“We’ve designed this format and the courses to cultivate a greater sense of community by allowing students from the region to interact, rather than just those in our local area,” said Dr. John Switzer, assistant professor and director of the graduate theology program. “Our hope is to become the resource of choice for theological and ministerial studies throughout the region.”

Fully online courses will debut during the winter term, but most courses will follow either the new blended format or the traditional six Saturdays, in order to build a strong community of learning among students and faculty. 

Spring Hill began offering its adult programs in theology and ministry, in partnership with the Jackson diocese in 1982. Programs were added at the main campus in Mobile in 1983, and in Birmingham in 1990.

Graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates can be earned at all locations, or classes may also be taken for personal enrichment and continuing education.

For more information about the programs or a listing of upcoming courses, visit www.shc.edu/theology or contact us by phone at (251) 380-4458, or e-mail theology@shc.edu.