MTSO Courses of Interest to UU Students

These courses are also accessible to non-MTSO students who wish to take the courses for credit at MTSO, for the purposes of transferring to another institution, or as auditors.

The Unitarian Universalist House of Studies at MTSO offers a number of courses of particular interest to Unitarian Universalist students. These classes are available for credit or audit.

To take one or more of these courses for the purposes of transfering the credit back to an ATS-accredited seminary at which you are already admitted, complete our Visiting Student Application.

To take one or more of these courses for credit at MTSO, complete our Occasional Student Application. If you have questions about the application, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@mtso.edu or 800-333-6876.

To take one or more of these courses as an auditor (without receiving credit), complete our Auditior Application. If you have questions about auditing, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@mtso.edu or 740-362-3482.

The UU House of Studies at MTSO is committed to radical hospitality for our guests taking intensive classes. Inexpensive accommodations are available on campus. With notice, volunteers are available to provide free transportation to and from John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Spring 2020: DS680 Unitarian Universalist History

Taught by Susan Ritchie
Meets online throughout the semester and in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29, 2020 at MTSO.

This course traces the theological and institutional emergence of Unitarianism out of the Radical Reformation. It will also focus on the universalism of 18th century England, and the state of Unitarianism in Europe and North America through its development through the late 19th and 20th centuries. [3 credit hours. Instructor: Dr. Susan Ritchie. Frequency: Every spring. Prerequisite: CH501.]

Spring 2020: DS683 Introduction to Unitarian Universalist Worship and Rites of Passage

Taught by Susan Ritchie
Meets online throughout the semester and in person 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26, 2020 at MTSO.

This course explores the theory, practice, design and delivery of UU worship services and rites of passage. Special attention will be paid to the challenges and opportunities of developing worship outside of a structured liturgical year, the challenges of selecting material in a non-canonical tradition, and the conduct of rites and rituals in a non-sacerdotal context. [3 credit hours. Instructor: Dr. Susan Ritchie. Frequency: Every spring. Prerequisite: None.]

Summer 2020: DS681 Unitarian Universalist Polity

Taught by Susan Ritchie
Meets online June 20-24, 2020. Online course meetings scheduled in conjunction with UU General Assembly.

Students will explore how changing cultures and theologies of leadership, authority and church shape our governance; how polity helps or hinders commitment to social justice; what historical roots exist for institutional behaviors; and how insights are taken to congregations and communities. When timing and geography allows, the course will include immersion in the UUA General Assembly. [1.5 credit hours. Instructor: Dr. Susan Ritchie. Frequency: Every summer. Prerequisite: None.]

Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist House of Studies at MTSO here.

To take one or more of these courses for the purposes of transfering the credit back to an ATS-accredited seminary at which you are already admitted, complete our Visiting Student Application.

To take one or more of these courses for credit at MTSO, complete our Occasional Student Application. If you have questions about the application, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@mtso.edu or 800-333-6876.

To take one or more of these courses as an auditor (without receiving credit), complete our Auditior Application. If you have questions about auditing, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@mtso.edu or 740-362-3482.