Continuing Education

CTS is committed to providing on-going opportunities for graduates to continue studying with our faculty – and each other.

Online Courses

As part of an emerging effort to better meet the needs of our constituency and expand access to our leading edge faculty, CTS offers courses online. Students do not need to be enrolled in a degree program to take online courses. What’s more, CTS alumni/ae may audit courses at a reduced rate.


Student At Large

Student At Large Status allows you to take courses in an area of interest at your own pace without the expectation to complete the requirements of a degree program. Students At Large may attain a Certificate of Theological Studies, if they successfully complete six courses.


“J” Term

Every January, between fall and spring semesters, you may enroll in one and two week intensive courses at CTS and many of the ACTS institutions. J-Term courses provide an opportunity to study coursework required by your denomination, or to learn about a focused topic presented by faculty.



The Raging Issues Of Today Conference (RIOTcon), hosted in the spring, by Chicago Theological Seminary, is quickly becoming one of the leading events for social justice. CTS invites activists, students, scholars, religious leaders, artists, and concerned community members to engage in the RIOTcon. Join us for two dynamic days of keynote addresses, panel discussions, and breakout workshops.



Raging issues of today continue all year long – and for that reason we schedule RIOTconversations throughout the year. CONNECTS and RIOTconversations present continuing education workshops for CTS alumni/ae, students, and friends. The topics for the day-long workshops explore pressing issues of today – like women’s rights, and the current political climate.


Annual Lectures

Chicago Theological Seminary hosts a number of public programs and lectures during the year. The C. Shelby Rooks Lecture held in the fall is named for the first African-American to serve as president of a predominately white theological school. The lecture launches a series of programs, open to the community, that invites individuals and communities, lay, clergy, and scholars to engage in religious and theological reflection on issues relevant to African-American faith, freedom, and justice.

The Gilberto Castañeda Lecture held in the spring was established in 1994 in loving memory of Gilberto Castañeda, the “adopted” son of Dr. Theodore Jennings and Rev. Ronna Case, who at the age of 29, died of complications due to AIDS. This annual event brings students, faculty, scholars, activists, faith communities and individuals together to engage in religious and theological reflection around LGBTQ issues, and is an expression of the seminary’s commitment to helping transform congregations from places of hostility and alienation to communities of hospitality and empowerment.


Faculty Book Recommendations

Find out what our faculty is reading, writing, and assigning. Learn about the new books our professors find most compelling and provocative. View the recommended list here.