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Master of Arts (Historical Theology)

In our fast-paced, ever expanding global community, we have a great need to understand ourselves and our era in the light of our history. In the M.A.H.T. program, students are equipped with a historically-minded approach to evaluate current events of today in relation to all that has come before. Through this program, WSC endeavors to serve the church by training students to give an honest and coherent account of the past as well as to relate significant issues of historical theology to contemporary intellectual and cultural movements.

Purposes

  • Enable students to gain an understanding of Christian theology with particular attention to the historical development of Christian theological traditions and the critical skills for evaluating them
  • Provide students with the necessary skills for evaluating the various approaches to the study of history (historiography)
  • Read and analyze representative theologians and texts from throughout the history of Christianity and demonstrate a grasp of the history of biblical exegesis
  • Prepare graduates to enter research programs in history or theology or, with further practical training, to use their theological knowledge in such ministries as teaching, missions or lay church leadership

Objectives

  • Articulate a coherent account of the history of exegetical and dogmatic theology
  • Demonstrate historical sensitivity in evaluating theology as well as a grasp of the intention behind the various theological formulations in each historical epoch
  • Relate the great issues of historical theology to contemporary intellectual and cultural movements

Course Requirements

20 units Historical Theology
16 units Systematic Theology & Apologetics
10 units Church History
2 units Biblical Studies
9 units Elective
2 units Graduate Theological Writing and Bibliography
55 units Total Degree Units
16 units Greek and Hebrew Languages
72 units Total Units Including Biblical Languages

Specific course requirements for the Master of Arts (Historical Theology) program can be found in the WSC Catalogue.