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Requirements and Courses Offered for a Certificate in Early Christian Studies

The Certificate consists of 10-12 hours of core requirements, 14 hours of elective requirements, and 2-4 hours of flexible course additions.

Core Requirements (10-12 hours)

BITH 371: Early Christianity: From Rome to Byzantium (4)
BITH 349: Reading Scripture with the Fathers (2)
BITH 388: Christology (2) or BITH 385: Doctrine of the Triune God (4)
BITH 489: Advanced Topics in Christian Thought: Patristic Thought (2)

Elective Requirements (14 hours)

Students select at least one course from each of the following areas:

Ecclesiastical

BITH 381: Spiritual Classics (2)
BITH 385: Doctrine of the Triune God (4)
BITH 388: Christology (2)
BITH 389: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (2)
BITH 396: Roman Catholic Theology (2)
BITH 398: Eastern Orthodox Theology (2)
BITH 378x: Origins of Early Christian Worship (2)
CE 457: Lectio Divina (2)
CE 459 / CFM 694 Recovering Monastic Wisdom: Ancient Spirituality for Contemporary Evangelicals (4)

Contextual

PHIL 311: History of Philosophy (4)
ART 352: Medieval Art: Early Christian to Gothic (2)
HIST 344: Ancient Rome (4)
BITH 354: Women in the World of the New Testament (2)
BITH 357: Women in the Early Church (2)

Textual

LATN 333: Advanced Latin Readings: Latin Fathers(2 or 4)
LATN 495: Independent Readings (with the approval of the instructor and the coordinator of the Certificate program)
GREK 332: Advanced Greek Readings: Sacred Songs (2 or 4)
GREK 33X: Advanced Koine Readings: Greek Old Testament (2)
GREK 33X: Advanced Koine Readings: The Apocrypha
GREK 495: Independent Readings (with the approval of the instructor and the coordinator of the Certificate program)
BITH 349: Reading Scripture with the Fathers (2 or 4) (may be repeated with a different topic)
BITH 397: Readings in Roman Catholic Theology (2)
BITH 399: Readings in Eastern Orthodox Theology (2)
BITH 483: Theology of Augustine (4)
BITH 489: Advanced Topics in Christian Thought (2 or 4) (may be repeated with a different topic)

Flexible course additions (2–4 hours)

On a case-by-case basis, the Certificate in Early Christian Studies can include courses and independent study work in which students participate in a class with related topics and/or pursue work directly related to the issues addressed in the certificate program.

Special Topics Courses that are offered on an occasional basis and address topics related to the early Church (such as readings in patristic literature in primary languages) may be petitioned for acceptance as partial fulfillment of the elective requirements in either the Church, Context, or Text category.

With the permission of the coordinator of the Certificate for Early Christian Studies, students are urged to consider expanding coursework into an undergraduate honors thesis.