World Christianity

This track is devoted to historical study of Christianity as it spread beyond its earliest roots. The structure of the major in this track is designed with a two-fold goal:

  • Equip scholar/teachers with a broad knowledge of Christian history
  • Cultivate expertise in a particular period and location of this history

Major Field Requirements

  • Course Work
    • 3 advanced courses per semester, consisting primarily of doctoral seminars
      • Students entering with advanced degrees, such as M.Div. or M.A. in religion typically will complete 4 semesters of course work
        Students entering directly from undergraduate programs typically will complete 6 semesters of course work Note: Courses aimed to develop reading knowledge of a foreign language are not counted in the course load
    • At least 1 course in each of 3 time periods (Students may also do one of their electives in Early Christianity, if they wish):
      • Christianity (600–1500)
      • Christianity (1500–1700)
      • Christianity (1700–2000)
    • In the 3 "time period" courses above, or among their other coursework, students will include study of at least 3 different geographical settings, such as: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America.   
  • Languages
    • Demonstration by exam and course-work of reading fluency in up to 2 primary source languages, as appropriate to the student’s area of concentration (examples: Latin, Greek, Coptic, Chinese, Syriac, etc.)
    • Demonstration by exam of reading competency in 2 modern research languages (German, Italian, French, Spanish, etc.) as selected in consultation with student’s advisor
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Training
  • Preliminary Examinations
    • General exam on major elements of the broad history of Christianity
    • Internal minor exam
    • External minor exam
    • Dissertation exam
    • Oral exam
  • Dissertation

Inside Minor Requirements

  • 2 courses