Systematic Theology I – THEO 525

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

A course beginning the study of systematic theology with special attention given to prolegomena the doctrines of Scripture, God, angels, humanity and sin.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Christian theology supplies a biblical perspective on reality. Theological reflection is essential for the person who hopes to help others cope with reality; he or she must be able to provide biblical, reasoned, and sensitive responses to the hard questions of faith. Therefore, THEO 525 helps to prepare the student for ministry by introducing them to the study of systematic theology.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student will begin the Discussion by answering the Discussion question(s) in a thread. Then, the student must reply to 2 classmates’ threads. The thread must be at least 500 words and the replies must be at least 350 words each. (CLOs: A, C, E)

Practical Theology Assignments (2)

The student will complete 2 Practical Theology Assignments in this course. One of the major goals of these assignments is to connect what students are learning in this course to their current or future ministry context. The specific direction of these assignments vary based on the student's choice. Specific Assignment Instructions as well as a list of choices can be found in Canvas. (CLOs: B, C)

Research Paper Assignments

The culmination of the Research Paper is the Research Paper: Final Assignment. The Research Paper is completed in 3 parts.

  1. Annotated Bibliography and Topic Selection Assignment

First, the student must select a topic for his/her paper from a provided list.

  1. Outline Assignment

After the student’s topic has been approved by the instructor, he/she must complete a research paper proposal. The proposal must contain the following components: a cover page, a working thesis statement, the significance of the topic, the procedure of the study, and a working bibliography.

  1. Final Assignment

The student must write the Research Paper using the approved topic and the proposal. The paper must be 3,600 to 4,500 words. It must also contain 20 sources and follow current Turabian format. Specific instructions can be found within the Canvas course. 

(CLOs: C, D, E, F)