M.A. Concentration in History of Christianity

This specialization focuses on the study of the history of Christianity and is intended as a course of study for those with a particular interest in history, for those interested in pursuing further graduate studies in this field, and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Sample Concentration Courses

(Note: The courses below may not all be required.  In some cases, students select one or more courses from a longer list as a means of fulfilling a requirement.) See the online catalog for more details..

HC0315  History of Christianity: Beginnings to 1400: Confessing Christ through the History of Christianity (Full course)
An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation.  This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns during the formative years of Christianity.  Attention will be given to the diverse Christian expressions as they began and developed in different parts of the ancient world of Asia, Africa and Europe.

HC0330  History of Christianity: 1800 to the Present: Confessing Christ through the History of Christianity (Full course)
An examination of how Christians have embodied, understood and confessed their faith from its beginnings to the eve of the Western Reformation.  This course considers the challenges of confessing the Christian faith and pays particular attention to how disputes over orthodoxy, heresy, society, culture, and politics have affected and been affected by missional concerns.  A survey of major events, movements and figures that have influenced the history of Christianity and its mission since the French Revolution in Europe and, in America, since the seventeenth century; with special attention to expansion of Christian missions to Asia and the Global South. 

HC1335  The Demonic in Christian Thought (Half course)
This course is a study of the demonic in the history of Christian thought.  Special attention will be given to the function of the concept in dogmatics, its role in the understanding of evil as the will to undo, and the theological contributions of major figures including Augustine, Luther, and Tillich.

For a complete list of courses and more thorough curriculum and concentration detail, see the online catalog.