Fall 2020 | Hartford Seminary

Fall 2020

This fall our goal is to continue to provide our students with high-quality courses amid the uncertainty concerning public health restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of our students has been the highest priority as we planned and considered various options.

After careful consideration and consultation among staff and faculty, we have decided that we will offer the following three types of courses for the fall semester:

Online Courses (Fully Asynchronous)

All course activity and interaction is done online and asynchronously; lectures, readings, discussions and other assignments are provided through the Canvas platform and there are no required Zoom Meetings or other synchronous activities.

AM-653: Mental Health: An Islamic Perspective (Keshavarzi)
DI-540: Interreligious Dialogue: Theory and Practice (Mosher)
ET-546: Theological Ethics & Public Life (James)
HI-619: Muslim-Christian Conflict or Cooperation: The Politics of Interpreting Our Shared Past (Grafton)
RS-616: Immigration, Race, and Religion in an Era of Resurgent Nationalism (Norton)
SC-523: The Torah (Grant)
SC-540: The Synoptic Gospels (Smith)
TH-612: Theology of Religious Manyness (Mosher)
TH-692: Muslim Political Theology in the 20th and 21st Centuries (Yuskaev)
WS-639: Islamic Spirituality (Keyes)

Online Courses with Synchronous Sessions

Similar to standard online courses, except these courses feature regular, required Zoom meetings as a way of supplementing the asynchronous content, interaction, and activities that make up the bulk of the course. Zoom session times are carefully established prior to course registration and published as part of the schedule, typically to take place once every two weeks.

Meeting synchronously via Zoom every other week

DI-513: Introduction to Shia Traditions, Beliefs, and Practices (Kamaly)
Meeting Schedule: Thur. 6-8 PM; first meeting September 17, 2020

ET-655: Contemporary Islamic Ethics (Kamaly)
Meeting Schedule: Thur. 6-8 PM; first meeting September 10, 2020

HI-627: Muslims in North America and Europe: Discourses and Practices (Yuskaev)
Meeting Schedule: Wed. 6-8 PM; first meeting September 16, 2020

TH-526: Introduction to Black Theology (Watts)
Meeting Schedule: Mon. 6-8 PM; first meeting September 14, 2020

TH-553: Introduction to Islamic Theology (Laher)
Meeting Schedule: Wed. 6-8 PM; first meeting September 9, 2020

Meeting synchronously via Zoom every week

AM-550: Quranic Recitation/Tajweed I (Ghassal)
Meeting Schedule: Section 1 Wed. 4-6 PM, first meeting September 9, 2020
Meeting Schedule Section 2 -Thur. 4-6 PM, first meeting September 10, 2020

AM-672: Women (and Men) at the Grave of Institutions: Understanding Death, Personally and Collectively (Schaper)
Meeting Schedule: Tue. 4-5:30 PM; first meeting September 8, 2020

AM-681: Church Without Walls: COVID-19 Lessons to Prevent Online Church from Being Virtual Church (Piazza)
Meeting Schedule: Tue. 10 AM-12 PM; first meeting September 15, 2020

LG-561: Introduction  to New Testament Greek I (Duffy)
Tue and Thur. 4-5:45 PM; first meeting September 8, 2020

LG-661: Readings in New Testament Greek I (Duffy)
Meeting Schedule: Mon & Wed. 4-5:45 PM; first meeting September 9, 2020

RS-668: The Changing Religious Landscape: Adaptations in Light of the Pandemic (Thumma)
Meeting Schedule: Tue. 6-8 PM; first meeting September 8, 2020


Online Teaching

As you know, Hartford Seminary is not new to online instruction. We have offered online classes for nearly 20 years, and since 2015, we have worked hard to build our online offerings by investing in the needed technical systems and faculty training.  These years of steady progress prepared us well for our recent transition to fully remote learning.

This spring we moved all of our courses online successfully, but we are determined to keep improving our online teaching capabilities. Brian Clark, our Director of Instructional Design, is leading an initiative that will provide unprecedented levels of training and support to our faculty, empowering them to become even stronger online instructors and helping us thrive as a community of learners.

While we will have students in face-to-face meetings through one Blended Course this fall, we are fully prepared to move those class meetings online should circumstances warrant. With online learning as a component in all of our fall 2020 courses, Hartford Seminary will make a special effort to help first-time online learners adapt to this format. In this unprecedented time, we believe that our courses will reach even more people intent on building bridges of peace and understanding in a troubled world.

Please reach out to our admissions office at admissions@hartsem.edu with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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