Courses and Certificates

The Southwest Institute of Religious Studies (SWIRS) offers courses for students on two different platforms to best address different levels of interest, commitment, and affordability.

For students desiring more affordable courses and slightly less commitment, SWIRS is offering courses on Udemy. These are self-paced classes that offer instruction, free online textbooks, and multiple choice tests that are automated and self-contained within the course without the need for heavy instructor involvement. These Udemy courses will be listed at $40 each.

Students seeking more serious study are able to take classes directly through the SWIRS website via Moodle LMS. These Moodle courses are more expensive (priced at $100 per 8 week course) and involve more essay writing, research, and instructor involvement. Courses provided via Moodle may have one or two required books that have to be purchased as well. However, most of the texts and materials required for any course are open access and provided free of charge. Once the first five courses are live on Moodle, a subscription plan of $30 per month will be available in lieu of purchasing individual courses.

The following information highlights upcoming available courses and the long term for courses that SWIRS intends to offer in the future. SWIRS will also be offering certificates, and eventually non-accredited diplomas. For those seeking a college degree, these classes are meant to supplement that education.

Order of class content creation for the first 10-11 classes:

  1. THEO100- Fundamental Doctrine of the Church (currently in development)
  2. THEO130 The Great Apostasy and Restoration
  3. ANT110- LGBT members and the Church
  4. ANT160 – Polygamy and the Early Church
  5. HIS110 – History of the Church 1815-1846
  6. HIS120 – History of the Church 1844-1877
  7. Theo170 – Doctrines and Beliefs on the House of Israel
  8. SCR100/SCR110 – Study of the Book of Mormon I and II
  9. GEN120- The Role of Men in Church and Family
  10. GEN110 – The Status and Role of Women in Church and Family

The following future classes are divided by certificate focus. Certificate availability is TBD.

Certificate 1 – Theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (8 Courses)

THE100 – Fundamental Doctrines of the Church

THE110 –  The Plan of Salvation

Prereq: THE100

THE120 – Study of the Atonement and Divinity of Jesus Christ (along with Critical Study and Analysis of Jesus the Christ)

Prereq: THE100

THE130 – The Great Apostasy and the Restoration

Prereq: THE100

THE140 – Modern Revelation, Prophets, and Scripture in the Church

Prereq: THE100

THE150- The Nature of God and Man

Prereq: THE100, THE110

THE160 – Doctrines and Beliefs on the Last Days, Second Coming, and Millennium

Prereq: THE100, THE110, THE120

THE170 – Doctrines and Beliefs on the House of Israel

Prereq: THE100, THE130

Certificate 2 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (8 courses)

HIS110 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I: 1815-1846. 

HIS120 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints II: 1844-1877

HIS130 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints III: 1878 – 1898

HIS140 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints IV: 1898 – 1951

HIS150 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints V: 1951 – 2008

HIS160 – History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints VI: 2008 – Present

HIS200 – Introduction to the Global History of the Church

HIS180 – Pioneer Profiles

OR

HIS190 – Introduction to the History of the Church

Certificate 3 – Global History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (8 courses)

HIS210 – Global History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I: 1830 – 1899

HIS220 – Global History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints II: 1900 – 1975

HIS230 – Global History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints III: 1975- Present

HIS240 History of the Church in Europe

HIS250 History of the Church in Africa

HIS260 History of the Church in Asia

HIS270 History of the Church in Central and South America

HIS280 History of the Church in the Pacific Islands and Australia 

Certificate 4 – Anthropology of the Church (8 Courses)

ANT100 – Introduction to Anthropology and Culture of the Church

ANT110 – LGBT members and the Church

ANT120 – African American members and the Church 

ANT130 – Gender Studies in the Church

ANT140 – Music and the Church

ANT150 – Art and Architecture in the Church

ANT160 – Polygamy and the Early Church

ANT190 – Native Americans and the Church

ANT200 – Education and the Church

ANT210 – Study of American Culture and the Church

Certificate 5 – Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Scripture Analysis (8 Courses)

SCR100 Study of the Book of Mormon I

SCR110 Study of the Book of Mormon II

SCR120 Study of the Doctrine and Covenants I

SCR130 Study of the Doctrine and Covenants II

SCR140 Study of the Pearl of Great Price and Old Testament I

SCR180 Study of the Old Testament II

SCR160 – Study of the New Testament I

SCR170 Study of the New Testament II

Certificate 6 – Masculine Studies in the Church ( 8 Courses)

HIS410 – Profiles of Men in the Church

GEN120 – The Role of Men in Church and Family

GEN140 – Fatherhood and the Church

THE300 – Priesthood and the Church

THE310 – Study of Men in the Book of Mormon

THE320 – Study of Men in the Bible 

ANT130 – Gender Studies in the Church

THE340 – The Doctrine of Heavenly Parents

Certificate 7 – Feminist Studies in the Church (8 Courses)

HIS300 – History of the Relief Society

HIS310 – Profiles of Women in the Church 

GEN100 – Evolution of Women Roles in the Church

GEN110 – The Status and Role of Women in Church and Family

GEN130 – Motherhood and the Church

THE330 – Study of Women in the Scriptures

ANT130 – Gender Studies in the Church

THE340 – The Doctrine of Heavenly Parents

Certificate 8 – World Religions (8 Courses primary certificate, 6 courses supplemental certificate if desired)

WOR100* – Comprehensive Study of World Religions I

WOR110* – Comprehensive Study of World Religions II

WOR120 – History of Hinduism

WOR130 – History of Buddhism

WOR135 – History of Taoism

WOR140 – History of Islam

WOR150 – History of Christianity 

WOR160 – History of Judaism 

WOR170 – Comparative Study of World Religions vs. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

WOR180 – Religions of Asia

WOR190 – Religions of the Middle East

WOR200 – Indigenous Religions  

WOR210 – Greek and Roman Mythology

HIS200 – Introduction to the Global History of the Church

Certificate 9 – Interdisciplinary Studies of the Church (8 Courses) 

SCR100 – Study of the Book of Mormon I

SCR110 – Study of the Book of Mormon II

THE120 – Study of the Atonement of Jesus Christ

ANT100 – Introduction to Anthropology and Culture of the Church

HIS200 – Introduction to the Global History of the Church

HIS190 – Introduction to the History of the Church

THE460 – Scripture and the Church

THE160 – Doctrines and Beliefs on the Last Days, Second Coming, and Millennium

Certificate 10 – General Studies of the Church (8 Courses)

Mix and match available courses to complete 8 classes. 

Possible Additional Courses:

Teachings and John Taylor

Teachings of Howard W. Hunter

Teachings of Gordon B. Hinkley

Teachings of Wilford Woodruff

Teachings of Lorenzo Snow

Teachings of Joseph F. Smith

Teachings of Harold B. Lee

Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith

Teachings of David O. Mckay

Teachings of Thomas S. Monson

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson

Teachings of Joseph Smith

Teachings of James E. Talmadge

Teachings of Bruce R. Mckonkie

Teachings of Brigham Young

Teachings of Heber J. Grant

Teachings of George Albert Smith

Teachings of Russell M. Nelson

The Works of Hugh Nigby

The Works of Truman G. Madsen

The Works of LeGrand Richards

The Works of James E. Talmage 

The Works of B.H. Roberts

The Works of J. Reuben Clark

The Works of Neal A. Maxwell

Diploma 1 – Comprehensive Study of the Church (32 Courses)

Requires completion of certificates 1, 3, and 5 plus one additional certificate or 8 courses.

Diploma 2 – Advanced Study of the Church (60 Courses)

Completion of 8 courses in each of the first 7 certificates/focuses provided for a total of 56 classes plus WOR100 and WOR110  and two additional courses below. This diploma requires Completion of Diploma 1 first. All credits applied to Diploma 1 are also applied to Diploma 2. This is meant to be like unto a master’s program.

ADV600 – Capstone/Research Project

ADV610 – Capstone/Research Project II