Early Christianity

Early Christianity prepares students for academic careers in teaching and research or for other professional work for which strong competence in this field would be important.

 

Major Field Requirements

  • Course Work
    • 3 advanced courses per semester
    • Students entering directly from an undergraduate program will normally complete 6 semesters of course work, consisting primarily of doctoral seminars
  • Languages
    • Demonstration by exam and course work of reading fluency in Greek and Latin. For those intending to work in the fields of Eastern Christianity, a third language will be required and chosen from: Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Arabic, or Ethiopic
    • Demonstration by exam of reading competency in German and French (or a substitute modern European language)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Training
  • Preliminary Examinations
    • Written general examination (Christianity from the 2nd to 7th Centuries), with the focus of the examination on the areas of the student's interest
    • Written examination on internal minor
    • Written examination on external minor
    • Written examination on dissertation area
    • Oral examination
  • Dissertation

Inside Minor Requirements

  • 2 courses

Early Christianity

Tom McGlothlin: "Raised to Newness of Life: Resurrection and Moral Transformation in Second- and Third-Century Christian Theology." 2015. Advisor: J. Warren Smith

Maria Doerfler: "Law and Order: Monastic Formation, Episcopal Authority, and Conceptions of Justice in Late Antiquity." 2013. Advisor: Elizabeth Clark