The course will give students a thorough grounding in approaches to the study of theology by introducing methods for research. Through close reading of select texts from a variety of historical and cultural contexts and introductions to exemplary projects from the various sub-disciplines of religious studies, students will develop a comprehensive grasp of key figures in the development of academic theology and their distinctive methodologies. The class will identify main themes and commitments of various disciplinary approaches, paying attention to how cultural situations shape the hermeneutical process. Students will learn to master concrete skills while also learning to articulate and hone their own research questions by refracting their hermeneutical question(s) through various paradigms and frameworks from different sub-fields of theological studies. Suitable for STL, MA, MTS, and ThM students.