Course of Study

Training and educating local pastors to continue to lead in The United Methodist Church.

The Course of Study (COS) is a five-year program that offers training and education for people who are interested in becoming full or part-time local pastors in The United Methodist Church. Learn more about COS here.

The Western Jurisdiction Course of Study is the basic five-year theological education program of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry taught by faculty from Claremont who are leaders in their field from across the Western Jurisdiction. Learn more about the theological courses of Course of Study by clicking here.

We are continuing to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with adjustments to the 2020 Western Jurisdiction Course of Study course offerings. Below are our current 2020 offerings.

Click here to register for COS.

COS 122 – Theological Heritage I: Introduction; Grant Hagiya

  • July 6, 8, 10, 13, & 15
  • Zoom meetings 1:00 p.m-3:00 p.m. (PST)
  • Online Threaded Conversations through Sakai on the off days and weekends
  • Syllabus

COS 123 – Formation and Discipleship; Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook

  • June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18. (Tuesdays and Thursdays).
  • Zoom meetings 4:00 p.m.-6 :00 p.m. each session
  • Additional advance work and reading
  • Syllabus

COS 124 – Transformative Leadership; Grant Hagiya

  • August 3, 5, 7, 10, & 12
  • Zoom Meetings 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. (PST)
  • Online Threaded Conversations through Sakai on the off days and weekends
  • Syllabus

COS 321 – Bible III: Gospels; Mark Kim (updated 6/30/2020)

COS 422- Theological Heritage IV: Wesleyan Movement; Jared Maddox

  • June 29-July 5, July 6-12, 13-19
  • Zoom meetings on Monday (6/29), Wednesday (7/1), and Friday (7/3)
  • 8:30 am – 12 noon (breaks included)
  • Two weeks of online (Sakai) discussions/readings, July 6-12, and July 13-19.
  • Pre-Class Assignment
  • Syllabus

COS 521- Bible V: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation; Mark Kim (Updated 6/30/2020)

COS 524 – Theological Reflection on the Practice of Ministry; Belva Brown Jordan (Updated 8/11/2020)

The following classes will NOT be offered at this time: 121, 221, 222, 223, 224, 322, 323, 324, 421, 422, 424, and 523. Click here for the GBHEM website to see their offerings and register. We’ll be considering how we might offer some of these in a hybrid or online setting later in the year and in 2021.

Further Information

Please feel free to contact us about any information you need or concerns you have.
Call or email Rev. Dr. Faith J. Conklin at  760-443-9664 or

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