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With so many courses available, how do you decide which ones to take? Learn to decipher course descriptions, develop a study plan, and choose the courses that are right for you.

Tips on Choosing Courses

If you've decided to pursue a degree, it's time to start planning your program!

First, review our Course Policies, especially the policies on course loads, withdrawals, and extensions. Then take a look at Regent's Program Requirements to make sure you know what courses you need to graduate. This will help you plan well and avoid some common pitfalls.

Next, choose your courses! We’ve built our programs so every student has a chance to explore Regent’s interdisciplinary offerings. Make the most of that flexibility (and still complete your degree in time!) by reviewing the Pathways document in the sidebar. It outlines the recommended courses and timelines for each program and concentration. Review it carefully before preparing your study plan.

Trouble fitting it all in? Remember that there are plenty of opportunities to study outside the regular 9–5. Our Weekend & Evening Courses, Condensed Courses, and Distance Education can help you build a schedule that works for you.

Finally, meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss your study plan. An Academic Advisor can help you address problems in advance and may point out opportunities you wouldn't have identified on your own.

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Course Numbering

Course numbers consist of two parts: a prefix and a number. The prefix is a 4-letter abbreviation identifying the course's academic discipline, while the number identifies the courses's academic level.


Applied Theology (APPL)

These courses combine theological reflection with action to help you develop understanding and skills for Christian life and ministry.

Biblical Studies (BIBL)

These courses deal with the exegesis and interpretation of Scripture, in relation to ancient history, culture, literature, etc.

Church History (HIST)

These courses deal with the influences and consequences of significant people, events, and movements in the life of the church.

Interdisciplinary Studies (INDS)

These courses deal with Christian reflection on subjects outside the traditional theological curriculum, including philosophy, science, art, literature, and education.

Biblical Languages (LANG)

These courses deal with the translation and exegesis of Scripture and ancient literature from the original languages.

Spiritual Theology (SPIR)

These courses challenge students to encounter and respond to God in human experience, and teach about corporate and individual spirituality.

Systematic & Historical Theology (THEO)

These courses deal with the systematic communication of Christian faith and doctrine, both in the past and in contemporary life.

Please note that disciplines are not the same thing as concentrations. Some concentrations, such as Church History, clearly align with a single discipline (HIST). Others, such as Marketplace Theology, World Christianity, or Christianity and the Arts, tend to draw on multiple disciplines (e.g. INDS, BIBL, SPIR, or THEO).

Visit the Academic Calendar to learn more and to see full course listings.



Basic introductory courses, some of which are prerequisite to higher level courses.


Usually more advanced and focused than 500-level courses and generally assume the completion of some theological studies.


Generally reserved for seminars, senior courses, and major projects in which a high level of independent work and methodological skill are assumed.

Prerequisites & Priority Enrollment

Prerequisites, co-requisites, and courses recommended to be taken beforehand (if any) are indicated at the end of the course descriptions. If you lack a prerequisite for a course, you need the permission of the instructor to register. If you lack a recommended course, you will be permitted to register, but you should be prepared to do additional work in the course.

Enrollment in all courses is limited; most courses will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment in some courses is priority due to the nature of the course (e.g., seminars); a list of these priority enrollment courses will be published with the registration information prior to each term. Priority in these courses will be given to those students who need them for their program.

Course Types & Pricing: Credit or Audit?

Taking a course for credit means you will complete all assignments and be graded. These credits can be applied to a diploma or degree.

Taking a course for audit means you will attend the class for personal enrichment only. You do not need to complete the assignments, and you will not be graded. We recommend that you complete the assigned readings in order to benefit from the class lectures and discussions. Courses taken for audit cannot be applied to a diploma or a degree.

The number of credit hours associated with a course indicate that course's workload. Each credit hour corresponds to approximately 45 hours of work in the form of class lectures, readings, and assignments. 

Most Fall and Winter courses are offered for 3 credit hours. Spring and Summer Session courses are typically offered for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours depending on the course's length and the number and kind of assignments.

Courses are sometimes offered for a choice of credit hours in order to provide more flexibility. If a course is offered for a range of credit hours, students can choose how many credit hours they wish to complete by choosing a heavier or lighter workload.

For credit and audit pricing, along with student fees, visit our Costs page. Please note that we do not accept credit card payments. Learn how to pay your tuition and fees, and find out if you qualify for any tuition benefits.

Course Frequency & Scheduling

Course offerings are determined year by year based on the needs of the curriculum and the availability of faculty.

Core courses that are required to complete a program or concentration will be offered each year. Many elective courses are repeated frequently, but they are not guaranteed. Distance Education courses provide some flexibility for students who are unable to complete program requirements on campus; however, there are limits on the number of courses that can be taken through distance education. Visit our Distance Education page for details.

Courses and programs undergo regular review by the College and are therefore subject to revision. A detailed schedule of upcoming courses is published in advance of each term along with any notable scheduling changes on the Timetables page. While it is not always possible to provide advance notice, every effort will be made to inform students of curriculum changes ahead of time.

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