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Department of Liberal Arts

Welcome to the Department of Liberal Arts and the Writers' Guild Certificate Program. Keep reading for information about our Liberal Arts program and courses, including the Writers’ Guild Certificate Program, and how to apply.

SU's Department of Liberal Arts is in the early stages of formation. The Department aims to provide students with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills to prepare you to contribute to and thrive in a worldwide community. In the initial phase, the emphasis of the courses offered in this department is on mastering written and spoken communication. You will build skills in a transformative online learning environment designed to sharpen your mind and develop your creative talents.

Why Writers Training?

The ascended master Hermes Trismegistus has called for a training program for writers so they can better serve the ascended masters in spreading their teachings through the written word. The goal of the Summit University Writers' Guild Certificate Program is to inspire and educate aspiring writers to fulfill the master's request. 

Many spiritual seekers meant to find the teachings of the masters have not done so because the teachings as currently presented do not always meet these seekers where they are at in their lives. Therefore, the goal of the Writers' Guild Certificate Program is to develop skilled writers who know how to reach spiritual seekers in our contemporary world.

Writers' Guild Certificate Program

Summit University's Writers' Guild Certificate Program prepares students to create inspiring, persuasive writing. The writing program trains students to write effective copy and content to strategize, attract, engage and nurture spiritual seekers. Although the program will focus primarily on persuasive writing, students will also be exposed to other types of writing, such as memoir writing and fiction writing. 

The written word is an instrument of the Holy Spirit.  Students will be trained in writing techniques that render belief transformation through education and radiation, which is the quality of divine feeling you put into your writing. Simply put, students will learn how to write effectively, inspirationally and convincingly about the teachings.

At this time, the Writers' Guild Certificate Program will take a minimum of two years of part-time study to complete (four 16-week semesters).  As courses are developed, students will be able to accelerate their part-time studies to complete the 9 required credits in a shorter period of time. 

View the curriculum for this program.

ENGL 1281 trains students in strategies to create persuasive writing that is fresh, exciting and jargon-free for spiritual seekers new to the teachings of the ascended masters.  The course will explore marketing concepts such as the Buddha Formula and belief transformation. It will also cover memoir and fiction writing, understanding personas, and writing for micro-communities.

Additional Writers’ Guild courses are currently in development.

Not able to commit to a 9-credit program?

Not able to commit to a 9-credit program right now? You can take the foundational course in the program, ENGL 1281, as an individual course for credit or audit through our Department of General Studies.  (Additional Writers' Guild courses are currently in development and will be available for credit or audit in the future.  ENGL 1281 will be a pre-requisite to these future courses.) Learn more here.

What you need to know about the Writers Guild Certificate Program?

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Department of Ministerial Studies

Welcome to the Department of Ministerial Studies. This is one of three departments under Summit University's School of Theology. Keep reading for information about our Ministerial Studies programs and courses and how to apply.

Summit University’s online ministerial studies are for you if…

  • You feel a profound calling to offer spiritual and practical assistance to your fellowman—ranging from supporting families, seniors, children and youth to doing outreach or hospice work, conducting rituals and services, administering sacraments, and providing spiritual understanding to congregations and seekers.
  • You would like to pursue a ministerial function in Church Universal and Triumphant.
  • You would like to study online, at your own pace, with likeminded fellow-students.

The ministerial studies program consists of two levels which prepare a student for a ministerial vocation.

Level 1 – Ministering Servant Certificate Program

Level 1 is a preparatory step for those who are thinking of pursuing ministry as a vocation.  It thoroughly prepares students for an active role as ministering servants in their local communities.  Students choose between two tracks:

Track A is the basic study program, open to anyone who meets our academic prerequisites.  It concludes with a certificate of completion in Ministering Servant Studies.

Track B follows the same basic program but has additional elements geared specifically to those who desire to pursue ministry as a vocation.  This track is open to members of the Keepers of the Flame Fraternity on lesson 8 and above. It prepares students for the office of lay brother/sister in Church Universal and Triumphant, which is a prerequisite step for becoming a minister in the Church. The office of lay brother sister is awarded by the Church to graduates of Track B who also meet the Church’s spiritual standards and character requirements. Download Lay Brother / Lay Sister in Church Universal and Triumphant® to read more about this office.

Both tracks will take a minimum of 1.5 years of part-time study (three 16-week semesters).

View the curriculum for this program.

Level 2 – Ministerial Training Certificate Program

In our Ministerial Training Certificate Program, students are trained to professionally minister to a congregation or community.  This program also has two tracks.

Track A is the basic certificate program, open to those who successfully complete Track A or Track B of the Ministering Servant Certificate Program.

Track B is open to those who successfully complete Track B of the Ministering Servant Certificate Program. This track has additional elements specifically designed for lay brothers/sisters in Church Universal and Triumphant who desire to pursue the mantle of lay minister.  Lay brothers/sisters are eligible to apply for the office of lay minister after successful completion of Level 2 and service as a lay brother/sister for a period of two-and-a-half to three years.  After three years of successful ministry, lay ministers may become eligible for ordination, which means they dedicate themselves to the ministry as a lifelong calling.

Level 2 will take a minimum of 2.5 – 3 years of part-time study.

Ministry as Vocation

Students interested in pursuing a ministerial role in Church Universal and Triumphant should read Ministry as Vocation in Church Universal and Triumphant.  This booklet gives an in-depth explanation of what it means to be an Aquarian Age minister and will answer many questions.  It can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

View the curriculum for this program.

Not able to commit to an 18-credit program?

Not able to commit to an 18-credit program right now? Consider taking individual courses for credit or audit through our Department of General Studies. Learn more here.

What you need to know about the Ministerial Studies Certificate Program

The following links will help you learn more about the Ministerial Studies Certificate Program:

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Are you ready to begin your Ministerial Studies journey? Click the button below to learn you how you can apply to join our Summit University online community and start taking courses today.

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Department of Leadership Studies

Welcome to the Department of Leadership Studies. This is one of three departments under Summit University’s School of Theology.  Keep reading for information about our leadership program and courses and how to apply.

Why Leadership Studies?

The world we live in is in dire need of heart-centered, well-trained leaders in many fields, courageous people who have a deep understanding of what it means to be a successful leader and know how to deal with the opposition and challenges that confront every effort to make this world a better place.

Leadership Studies Certificate Program

Summit University’s online Leadership Studies Certificate Program prepares students to be a leader in any situation, including essential leadership skills such as servant-leadership, team building and conflict resolution.  You’ll learn how to lead by example and how to bring out the best in those around you.

You’ll also receive the kind of knowledge and training you’ll need to take command and cut through – not just in the physical realm but also at a spiritual level, where the greatest battles are fought.

Equipped with a thorough grasp of how to motivate people and stand for what’s right, you will be ready to claim your heart-centered leadership role wherever life directs you—whether this means serving in a leadership capacity at your local church center, taking up a leadership torch at work, or embracing the worthy cause that tugs on your heart.

The Leadership Studies Certificate Program will take a minimum of 1.5 years of part-time study (three 16-week semesters)

View the curriculum for this program.

Not able to commit to an 18-credit program?

Not able to commit to an 18-credit program right now? Consider taking individual courses for credit or audit through our Department of General Studies. Learn more here.

What you need to know about the Leadership Studies Certificate Program

The following links will help you learn more about the Leadership Studies Certificate Program:

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Are you ready to begin your Leadership Studies journey? Click the button below to learn you how you can apply to join our Summit University online community and start taking courses today.

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Department of General Studies

Welcome to the Department of General Studies. This is one of three departments under Summit University’s School of Theology. Keep reading for information about our General Studies programs and courses and how to apply.

The Department of General Studies offers students several options for immersing themselves in SU’s curriculum.  One option is to take single courses, either for credit or as an auditing student.  Another option is to compose your own General Studies Certificate Program.

Individual Courses

For Credit

Summit University welcomes students who would like to take individual courses in the Department of General Studies.  Taking a course for credit means you will complete all assignments, exercises and tests included in the course. Choose from a variety of 1-, 2- and 3-credit courses as they become available.

Complete credits simply for your own academic satisfaction, or pre-plan for a certificate program that you might want to enroll in at a future date.

If you’re currently pursuing a degree, explore the possibility of taking an SU course on a spiritual subject to supplement and deepen your program at your college or university.

For Audit

Are you interested in a particular subject matter offered by SU Online yet do not want to receive a grade or earn credits? You may apply to audit General Studies courses each semester for a reduced tuition fee of $50 plus a $10 tech support fee per credit hour. (See Tuition and Fees for more information.)

Students who audit have access to all course materials, interact with the instructor, and participate in course forum discussions. They are not required to complete assignments or take exams, are not graded, and textbooks are optional. No Certificate of Completion and no credits are awarded for auditing courses.

To learn more about auditing courses, click here.

General Studies Certificate Program

Build your own General Studies certificate from a spectrum of courses. This 18-credit program has one required 3-credit course, RELS 1080 Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters.   Students select the additional 15 credits according to their unique interests.  Almost any combination of courses will be acceptable.  Focus on a specific topic area or go broad for a well-balanced certificate.

What you need to know about the General Studies Certificate Program

The following links will help you learn more about the General Studies Certificate Program:

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Are you ready to begin your General Studies journey? Click the button below to learn how you can apply to join our Summit University online community and start taking courses today.

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Available Courses for Credit or Audit*

Single Courses for Credit or Audit*

Select any course from the list below.

  • COMS 1101 – Public Speaking (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1233 – Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1380 – Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1281 – Writers Guild Training – Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • LEAD 1101 – Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership (3 cr.)
  • LEAD 1105 – Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2105 – Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2380 – The Universal Principles of Spiritual Community (1 cr., only available to audit)
  • MINS 2603 – Foundations of Family Ministry (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2770 – The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 cr.)
  • POLI 1101 – Spiritual Principles of Government (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 1201 – Spiritual Psychology 1 (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 2201 – Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1005 – Survey of the World Religions (2 cr.)
  • RELS 1080 – Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1085 – Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • RELS 1180 – The Science of the Spoken Word (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2603 – Basics of Senior Care (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2605 – End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)

General Studies Certificate Program*

Required Course (3 credits)

  • RELS 1080 – Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters (3 cr.)

Electives (15 credits)

  • COMS 1101 – Public Speaking (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1233 – Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture (1 cr.)
  • EDUC 1380 – Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • ENGL 1281 – Writers Guild Training – Fundamentals (2 cr.)
  • LEAD 1101 – Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership (3 cr.)
  • LEAD 1105 – Practical Leadership Skills 1 (1 cr.)
  • LEAD 2105 – Practical Leadership Skills 2 (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2603 – Foundations of Family Ministry (1 cr.)
  • MINS 2770 – The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven (1 cr.)
  • POLI 1101 – Spiritual Principles of Government (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 1201 – Spiritual Psychology 1 (3 cr.)
  • PSYS 2201 – Spiritual Psychology 2 (3 cr.)
  • RELS 1005 – Survey of the World Religions (2 cr.)
  • RELS 1085 – Survey of The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)
  • RELS 1180 – The Science of the Spoken Word (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2603 – Basics of Senior Care (1 cr.)
  • SOCW 2605 – End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse (1 cr.)

To see a description of theses courses, visit the Course Catalog.

*See the academic calendar for when specific courses will be offered. Course numberings, titles and availability are subject to change without prior notice.  The course listing will expand as Summit University adds classes to its curriculum.

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Auditing Courses

Are you interested in a particular subject matter offered by SU Online yet do not want to receive a grade or earn credits? You may apply to audit General Studies courses each semester for a reduced tuition fee of $85 per credit plus a $20 tech support fee per credit. (See Tuition and Fees for more information.)

Students who audit have access to all course materials and to the instructor. They determine to what extent they want to participate in class work, forums, and assignments. They may submit assignments but their work will not be graded, and they will not receive a course or program grade. Textbooks are optional. No Certificate of Completion and no credits are awarded for auditing courses.

How to Apply

Those who wish to audit must apply to the School of Theology and Spiritual Studies' General Studies Audit program. The application process for auditing courses is the same as for credit courses; and applications and the one-time $100 application fee must be submitted during open application periods. Students who are accepted into the program will purchase and register for courses online at the Summit University website during designated registration periods.

Students who audit a course and later decide to take that course for credit will need to purchase, register for, and retake the course.

Students who are currently enrolled in SU Online programs do not need to reapply and may register to audit courses that are not required for their certificates.

Available Courses

View the list of available courses for audit.

See the Course Catalog for a list of courses that are currently offered or will be offered in the upcoming semester.

Auditing Courses as a Group

Want to audit courses as a group in your local Summit Lighthouse Study Group or Teaching Center?  Check out our Group Audit Policy.

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Auditing Courses as a Group

Summit University welcomes group participation in most of its academic online courses that are open to the general public. This group participation is on an audit basis only; students will not receive academic credit for their course participation. Courses are currently only offered in English.

Guidelines for Group Participation

  1. The group must have 7 people minimally. Participants should feel comfortable studying and conversing in English.
  2. As audit students, participants will have access to the course instructor but are exempt from the course assignments. They will not be able to submit assignments for grading; grades are only shown for automated grading items such as quizzes.
  3. Participants will be placed together in one small group so that they will be able to interact with all other members of their group in the course forums. This will truly enrich the experience for everyone and be the main tool to bring the group together in their studies and transformational journey.
  4. The group’s selected audit course can start at any given date but the dates are dependent on instructor availability. SU will discuss this with you when we receive your request for a group audit course and will make every effort to accommodate your request.
  5. All participants must go through SU’s regular application process and be accepted into the SU online school, and will then be registered as GS-AUDIT students (General Studies—Audit). By being registered in our academic database, each person will be able to take future SU Online courses (for credit or audit) without having to reapply to the school.  (Note: additional application requirements exist for specific programs such as our MSC-B program.)
  6. Students who have already taken academic courses in SU Online do not have to go through the application process again, but will have to pay the discounted course fee.
  7. All participants need to submit their application and pay their application fee by a set date after the group has made its commitment to the course.
  8. Following acceptance into SU, all participants must register and pay for the course no later than a week before the course starts.

Discounted Financial Arrangement for Group Audit Courses (prices per person)

  1. A special 25% discount on the application fee, i.e. $75 instead of the regular $100.
  2. Course fee (group audit): $60 per course credit (instead of the regular $130 per credit).
  3. Tech fee: $15 per credit (instead of the regular $20 per credit). This fee provides access to technical assistance via SU’s ticket-based help desk system.
  4. Each person will also have to purchase the textbooks required for the course (see course descriptions on https://summituniversity.org/coursecatalog).

Next Steps

When you are ready to discuss your group audit request with Summit University, please contact the SU Registrar:

Karen Brewer
kbrewer@summituniversity.org
406-848-9658

Download a PDF of this information here:
SU Group Audit Policy 2020

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Course Catalog

Course Offerings for Upcoming Semesters

Click on a semester to see a list of courses offered during the semester.  (Previous semesters are listed below.)

Fall Semester 2021

Courses

Please click on a course title to read its description.  New courses are added every semester.

COMS 1101 Public Speaking
EDUC 1233 Foundations of a Home-Centered Spiritual Culture
EDUC 1380 Outreach Principles and Techniques in The Summit Lighthouse
ENGL 1225 English Writing Skills *NEW Fall 2021*
ENGL 1275 Web Content Development *NEW Fall 2021*
ENGL 1281 Writers' Guild Training – Fundamentals
LEAD 1101 Principles and Practice of Servant Leadership
LEAD 1105 Practical Leadership Skills 1
LEAD 2105 Practical Leadership Skills 2
LEAD 2150 Leadership Practicum
MINS 1000 Mentoring Program
MINS 1110 Homiletics 1
MINS 1650 Intensive: Pastoral Assistance
MINS 2000 Mentoring Program
MINS 2110 Homiletics 2
MINS 2380 The Universal Principles of Spiritual Community
MINS 2603 Foundations of Family Ministry
MINS 2610 Pastoral Counseling and Care
MINS 2650 Intensive: The Aquarian-Age Minister
MINS 2770 The Holy Spirit: Fire from Heaven
MINS 2780 CUT Sacraments and Holy Orders
MINS 3280 A Spiritual Perspective on the Issues of Our Time
POLI 1101 Spiritual Principles of Government
PSYS 1201 Spiritual Psychology 1
PSYS 2201 Spiritual Psychology 2
RELS 1005 Survey of the World Religions
RELS 1080 Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters
RELS 1085 Survey of The Summit Lighthouse
RELS 1180 The Science of the Spoken Word
SOCW 2603 Basics of Senior Care
SOCW 2605 End-of-Life Care in The Summit Lighthouse

Previous Semesters

Click on a semester to see a list of courses offered during the semester.

Spring Semester 2021
Fall Semester 2020
Spring Semester 2020
Fall Semester 2019
Spring Semester 2019
Fall Semester 2018
Spring Semester 2018
Fall Semester 2017
Spring Semester 2017
Fall Semester 2016
Spring Semester 2016
Fall Semester 2015
Spring Semester 2015
Fall Semester 2014

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