Students who successfully complete a graduate specialization in
Church History will:
- demonstrate proficient breadth of knowledge concerning the
global history of the Catholic Church from the first century
through the current era;
- demonstrate depth of knowledge in one or more focused areas of
Church History through the completion of elective coursework;
- integrate and synthesize breadth of knowledge through a
specific area of focus in the directed research project.
Core Courses (9 credits):
- Early Church History (3 credits)
- Medieval Church History (3 credits)
- Modern Church History (3 credits)
Electives (6 credits)
Church history electives are accepted among the 30:xxx courses.
Additional courses, outside Church history, may be applicable. See
the Director of Lay Degree Programs.
Directed Research in Church History (3 credits)
The directed research project is a 25- to 30-page research paper
that demonstrates achievement of theological literacy in the
particular area of concentration.
Its purpose is twofold: to demonstrate a proficient breadth of
knowledge across the general subject area and to bring that content
to bear upon a particular area of focus. The successful candidate
will gather material around a particular topic from the wider area
of study and accurately communicate that information in a way that
illuminates expertise in that broader area.
Your faculty director will assist you in developing a
bibliography, choosing a topic and planning a calendar of dates for
drafts of the paper and its final completion, as well as grading
the final product. You must earn at least a “B-” to pass the
project and earn the certificate.
Prerequisites for the research project
- Required core courses and electives satisfactorily completed –
at least 12 credit hours
- A GPA of 3.5 in area of study
- Approval by faculty specific to the area of research