This concentration allows a student to focus on the academic study of religion and theology. Religion as a human phenomenon is studied in its various manifestations throughout time and around the world through the lens of multiple disciplinary perspectives: historical, sociological, psychological, cultural, ethical, philosophical and theological. Whether this course of studies is undertaken in preparation for a Ph.D. in an area of religious and theological inquiry or simply as an end in itself, the concentration allows for in-depth examination of religion in an academically rigorous manner. This concentration is available for the master of arts (M.A.) only.
At the completion of the program students will be able to demonstrate:
- Broad, basic acquaintance with significant portions of the biblical origins and subsequent major lines of development of the Christian tradition up to modern times
- Broad, basic acquaintance with the present global diversity of Christian theological expression
- Ability, at a basic level, to analyze and evaluate these faith traditions in relation to their contexts and the graduate’s own context(s)
- Ability, out of the integration of religious traditions, contexts, and self, to construct a theology or worldview that is meaningful for the student’s faith community or community of meaning
- Mastery of the tools of academic research and writing assumed at the graduate level of theological inquiry and a high level of knowledge in a particular area of theological study as defined by one of the four concentrations within the degree program
In addition to the basic requirements of a M.A., except as otherwise noted, for this concentration a student must complete: