General Theological Studies
Courses from the foundations of each discipline in theological studies, including biblical study, the history of Christianity, theological studies, Christian ethics, indigenous and inter-religious studies, and spirituality can be taken to complete the Continuing Education Certificate in Theological Studies.
Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies
IIS studies at VST provide students with the opportunity to engage learning in a context where Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faith traditions meet North American Indigenous traditions and vice versa. For those desiring a concentration in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies, this Continuing Education Certificate is made up of the following:
- 3 credits in Inter-religious studies or studies in one of the monotheistic traditions
- 3 credits in Indigenous studies
- 6 additional credits in IIS courses or the Indigenous Studies Program summer school.
Indigenous Issues Workshop
All non-indigenous certificate students who enroll in ISP summer school are required to participate in a workshop on indigenous issues, normally held on the first day of ISP summer school. There are no fees associated with the workshop.
The Indigenous Studies Certificate is a non-degree program for students who are interested in deepening their understanding of Christianity and theological thought framed by the Indigenous context in which the learner is rooted. All 12 continuing education credits in this concentration are taken through study in the Indigenous Studies Summer School or Indigenous Studies MDiv extension courses delivered where extension students are living.
Note: Application to the Indigenous Studies Certificate is made to the Indigenous Studies Program office.