Why Pursue an M.A. in History of Christianity?
The History of Christianity program equips and mentors graduate students seeking general and advanced study in Christian History by providing training in historical research and writing, critical reading and analysis, historiography, foreign language study, faith integration, and vocation formation
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The History of Christianity program at Wheaton College provided opportunities to explore the richness and complexity of the history of the church.— Allison Brown M.A., '15, Writer and Editor, Museum of the Bible, Oklahoma City, OK.
Our program offers training in the discipline of Christian history by equipping students with a comprehensive knowledge of the Christian story across two millennia as it intersected with social, political, economic, racial, gender, and cultural factors in the context of global history. To that end, students will receive training in social history, historical theology, and the history of biblical interpretation.
Our program models and encourages methodologically-sound integrative thinking for Christians in the field of history. Through mentoring as well as courses such as “Vocation Formation” and “Historiography,” graduate students will have opportunities to reflect, discern, and prepare for their calling. They will be encouraged and equipped to use their gifts as faithful scholars in a variety of contexts, whether for the academy, for the church, or for society. We believe that knowing Christian history is vital to the Christian faith and ministry.
Though not required, interested students have the opportunity to select a concentration in one of the three periods of study: Early Christianity, Reformation Christianity, or Modern Christianity. For those in pursuit of doctoral studies, this option is highly recommended.
Explore the life and thought of the Christian church in its first seven centuries through the teaching, research, and publications of the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.
Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D. - Degree Coordinator
Dr. McNutt is the Degree Coordinator of the M.A. in History of Christianity and M.A. in Theology programs. As Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity, she specializes in the history of Christianity from the Reformation through Enlightenment.
"It's a privilege to teach and mentor graduate students at Wheaton as they pursue advanced study in Theology and Christian History, discern their various vocational callings, and continue to grow in their commitment to Christ."
BITH Grad Women's Fellowship
The BITH Grad Women’s Fellowship was started over a decade ago to provide a space for female graduate students in the department to meet together regularly throughout the year with female faculty, build relationships, provide support, and enjoy each other’s company. The group was started by Dr. Karen Jobes (Emeritus) and is led today by Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt. Food, fellowship, and prayer are the focus of our time together. If you are a female BITH student in an MA or PhD program then please join us!
Calvin Meets Voltaire
Based upon a decade of research on the sources at Geneva's Archives d'Etat and Bibliotheque de Geneve, Dr. Jennifer Powell Mcnutt provides the first comprehensive monograph devoted to Geneva's Enlightenment clergy.
The People's Book - The Reformation and the Bible
This collection of essays, edited by Dr. Jenniffer Powell McNutt and Dr. David Lauber, brings together the reflections of church historians and theologians on the nature of the Bible as "the people's book." With care and insight, they explore the complex role of the Bible in the Reformation.
The Slain God
Despite being a major site of friction between faith and modern thought, the relationship between anthropology and Christianity has never before been the subject of a book-length study. Dr. Timothy Larsen examines the point where doubt and faith collide with anthropological theory and evidence.
George MacDonald in the Age of the Incarnation - Tim Larsen, Ph.D.
Dr. Timothy Larson
Carolyn and Fred McManis Professor of Christian Thought
"George MacDonald in the Age of the Incarnation" (A three-part lecture.)
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History of Christianity Comprehensive Exam Study Guide
Comprehensive Exams are offered twice each academic year. Students must register for BITH 692, Comprehensive Exam, in the semester in which they plan to take the exam.