Master of Arts
The M.A. program is designed to enable students
to explore personal interests or vocational options, to acquire a background
for teaching at the secondary level, and/or to attain a foundation for
further studies at the doctoral level. A thesis is required. Candidates
may choose one of the following three programs:
1. Specialty M.A. This program involves a concentration in one or the
sub-specialties of religious study. Students will select a major of at
least 12 hours and a minor or at least 6 hours from the following:
- ethics and society
- Hebrew Bible
- historical studies
- history and critical theories of religion
- homiletics and liturgics
- Jewish studies
- New Testament and early Christianity
- religion, psychology, and culture
- theological studies
The remaining hours may be chosen from the above areas
or other departments or the Graduate School.
2. Cross Disciplinary M.A. This program provides an opportunity for students
to relate one of the sub-specialties of religious studies to an appropriate
supportive discipline in the university. Normally, 12 hours are taken
in one of the areas listed under the specialty M.A., with the remaining
hours taken in another department of the Graduate School. The thesis will
embody an effort to integrate the methodologies and subject matters of
the two disciplines in relation to a chosen problem.
All M.A. candidates demonstrate reading competence in one foreign language,
ancient or modern, as may be required in the programs or area of concentration.
This requirement may be satisfied by passing the ETS Graduate School Foreign
Language Test with a score of 450 or better or by presenting an acceptable
record of at least 12 semester hours (or its equivalent) in a language.
Candidates specializing in Hebrew Bible or New Testament are expected
to work with the original texts in Hebrew or Greek. Students designating
Greek or Hebrew as the foreign language may not count introductory courses
in these languages toward the requisite 24 hours for the degree.
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