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Master of Arts (Religious Studies)

Dr. Zainab Alwani, Chairperson

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Arts (Religious Studies) degree program is designed for persons interested in more advanced study of religion, and who wish to pursue vocations other than that of pastoral ministry, such as denominational staff work, social justice advocacy, religious education, or lay ministry and leadership in the local church. It is particularly desirable as a foundation for persons seeking advanced theological education. It also provides an opportunity to augment one’s expertise in a related field or to explore one’s interest in religion and spirituality.

The Master of Arts (Religious Studies) degree program requires a minimum of 48 credits. The Program offers three areas of concentration: Biblical Studies, Islamic Studies, and Ethics and Social Justice.

BIBLICAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

(A) MA(RS) Core (9 credits)
  a. Introduction to the Study of Religion 3 credits
  b. Philosophy of Religion OR World Religions 3 credits
  c. MA(RS) Colloquy 3 credits
 
 
(B) Biblical Studies (12 credits)
  a. Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible I 3 credits
  b. Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible II 3 credits
  c. New Testament Critical Introduction 3 credits
  d. Scripture and Hermeneutics 3 credits

(C) Biblical Languages (18 credits)
  a. Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Track  
    i. Hebrew 12 credits
    ii. Greek 6 credits
  OR  
  b. New Testament Track  
    i. Greek 12 credits
    ii. Hebrew 6 credits
 
 
(D) Electives 6 credits

   
(E) MA(RS) Thesis * 6 credits
     

Master of Arts (Religious Studies)
Thesis A major paper of 35 to 50 pages in the area of concentration is required of all students in the Biblical Studies and Islamic Studies concentrations. It shall be an in depth study of a given subject which reflects the use of sound research methodology, good critical judgment, clarity of expression, and proper form.

ISLAMIC STUDIES CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

(A) MA(RS) Core (9 credits)
  a. Introduction to the Study of Religion 3 credits
  b. Philosophy of Religion OR World Religions 3 credits
  c. MA(RS) Colloquy 3 credits
 
 
(B) Quranic and Prophetic Tradition (12 credits)
  a. Introduction to the Qur’an 3 credits
  b. The Qur’an in Muslim Life 3 credits
  c. Ethics and the Prophetic Tradition in Islam 3 credits
  d. Scripture and Hermeneutics 3 credits

(C) Historical Studies (6 credits)
  a. Dialogue with Islam in Christian Society 3 credits
  b. Islam in America 3 credits
 
 
(D) Legal and Social Justice 6 credits

a. Women, Gender and Family in Islamic Context 3 credits
  b. Methodology of Islamic Legal Theory and American Constitutional Law 3 credits
     
(E) Arabic Language 6 credits
     
(F) Electives 6 credits
     
(G) MA(RS) Thesis * 3 credits


* Master of Arts (Religious Studies) Thesis
A major paper of 35 to 50 pages in the area of concentration is required of all students in the Biblical Studies and Islamic Studies concentrations. It shall be an in depth study of a given subject which reflects the use of sound research methodology, good critical judgment, clarity of expression, and proper form.


ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

(A) MA(RS) Core (9 credits)
  a. Introduction to the Study of Religion 3 credits
  b. Philosophy of Religion OR World Religions 3 credits
  c. MA(RS) Colloquy 3 credits
 
 
(B) Biblical Studies (9 credits)
  a. Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible I 3 credits
  b. Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible II 3 credits
  c. New Testament Critical Introduction 3 credits

(C) Theological Studies (6 credits)
  a. Systematic Theology I 3 credits
  b. Theology of MLK or Black Theology 3 credits
 
 
(D) Historical Studies (3 credits) 6 credits

a. History of the Black Church OR African American Religious History 3 credits
     
(E) Ethics/Social Justice (9 credits)  
  a. Introduction to Christian Ethics 3 credits
  b. Christian Social Ethics 3 credits
  c. Prophetic Ministry 3 credits
     
(F) Field-Based Project ** 3 credits
     
(G) Electives 9 credits

** Field-Based Project
In lieu of the MA(RS) Thesis, a semester-length Field-Based Project is required of all students in the Ethics and Social Justice Concentration.  






updated: February 3, 2015




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