CSU Live Testimonial

Katherine Spackman

Katherine Spackman

Graduate Diploma of Theology

"As a Christian, I was interested in learning more about the theology, history, heritage and beliefs of different denominations, and this course appealed to me as it did not require a prior theological degree.

"The three main factors that influenced my decision to study with Charles Sturt University (CSU) were location (Canberra), study mode (on campus) and the ethos and values of St Mark’s National Theological Centre. I had lived and worked in Canberra for about four years and St Mark’s, as a partner in the School of Theology, was one of a few theological colleges in Canberra to offer on-campus classes. I decided face-to-face classes were important for a discipline like theology where I could interact with lecturers and classmates. I also wanted to be a part of a community which was orthodox in outlook but collaborative in being ecumenical.

"Studying theology is a unique discipline and participating in St Mark’s community activities such as daily morning prayer and morning tea was important to complement my academic studies. St Mark’s is a small community where the lecturers are caring, flexible and eager to see students succeed.

"Studying helped me further develop my discipline, focus and critical thinking. I also appreciated the Study Link course about grammar. Attending my graduation was a memorable moment to celebrate my achievement.

"My degree has given me a greater understanding of the Christian theology, its faith and heritage. I have also been employed by my church as its Family Minister.

"To anyone considering studying at CSU, this course provides a unique opportunity to study and yet be part of a caring and supportive community."