Saint John's believes the experience of studying on campus is unmatched; however, quality teaching and learning are benchmarks of online coursework as well as traditional on-campus coursework.  

Because Saint John's recognizes that distance, work, community and family responsibilities require some individuals to consider more non-traditional coursework, the School of Theology and Seminary seeks to meet the needs of these individuals by bringing people together in innovative learning environments. 

  1. Currently online courses have a discussion board format with regular assignments, to allow flexibility for students with differing schedules.
  2. Online class sizes are limited to facilitate close teacher and student interaction, even at a distance.  Early registration is encouraged.
  3. The program is supported by Saint John's University Information Technology Services personnel.
  4. Online courses are listed on the course schedule for each term.  Upcoming online courses listed below.

For more information, contact the Director of Admission at 320-363-2896 or

 (Note:  All major curriculum changes require approval of accrediting agencies.) 



THY 402 01A Introduction to Christian Tradition (3)

  • Dale Launderville, OSB
  • This course is an introductory survey of theology, studying representative texts from the pre-Christian era to the Reformation (100 B.C. to 1650). Figures and issues will be situated within the philosophical and theological currents of their time.

DOCT 406 01A Christology (3)

  • William Cahoy
  • Students explore understandings of the person, presence and mission of Christ in Scripture, in doctrine and dogma, and in contemporary theology.

PTHM 468 02A  Campus Ministry--At the Intersection of Church, University, and Culture (3) 

  • Barbara Humphrey McCrabb and Donald R McCrabb
  • An exploration of the context, mission, people, and strategies of campus ministry in service to the evangelizing mission of the Church. What are the fundamental aspects, characteristics and dimensions of campus ministry? Students will consider how campus ministry now - and may in the future - contributes to the Church's evangelization of culture.

PTHM 468 03A Ministry on the Margins (3) 

  • Barbara Sutton
  • This course introduces the practices of discipleship for a church that cares for at-risk communities. The Joy of the Gospel (Pope Francis) will shape the essential lens to view, understand and ultimately respond to the context in which students serve. It will explore foundational values of justice and love necessary for missionary activity, provide tools to advocate for the 'least of these' and build communities of hope. Spiritual tools to sustain the person ministering at margin will be explored.
  • NOTE:  Course begins October 12, 2015-January 25, 2016
  • NOTE: Registrants currently participating in a Faith-Based Volunteer Program must submit additional documents

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