Over the course of two years, students will undertake rigorous and critical study of the history of the Christian church as it interacted with biblical, theological, social, political, intellectual, economic, racial, gender, and cultural factors. Core courses will provide a comprehensive knowledge of Christian history and equip students with skills necessary for advanced historical work. Students will then have the foundation to progress in their understanding of the field through more in-depth seminar courses. To that end, students may choose to focus the program toward developing an expertise in one of the following concentrations:
- Early Christianity (*)
- Reformation Christianity
- Modern Christianity
(*) Students in the History of Christianity program who select the concentration in Early Christianity are eligible to apply for the WCECS Research Fellowship.
Those who excel in the program will be prepared to undertake doctoral work in the history of Christianity, historical theology, and history.
In addition to the pursuit of academic excellence, skills for service in the church and society worldwide will be fostered as students are given the opportunity to think vocationally about the discipline of history and their contribution as Christians to the field.
The requirements for this program are: