The development of the beliefs, organization, and socio-political character of the Christian communities both in the East and the West is explored in the history courses of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute. The roots of our shared religious past as well as the rich heritage of ethnic and denominational traditions are explored as helpful resources for our contemporary self-understanding.

Note the following abbreviations: PR = prerequisite; CR = corequisite; PR/CR = either a prerequisite or a corequisite. Corequisites may be taken either at the same time as or before the course listed. Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived only with the permission of the Dean and the instructor.

H601 Early and Medieval Church

A survey of the major theological and historical developments of the Christian church from the early church to the eve of the Reformation.  PR/CR = TH601.

H603 Modern Church History

A survey of the history of Christianity from the 16th-century Reformations to the present. PR/CR = TH601. 

H669 Study Tour: The Cities of Paul and John

A study trip to Turkey and Greece to visit the sites and explore the contexts related to the writings of the Apostle Paul and John the Seer, the author of the Book of Revelation. Cross-listed as BS669. PR/CR = BS600, TH601 (or permission of instructor).

H703 The Life and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.

An historical, theological, and socio-cultural analysis of King’s writings, with attention to influences on his thought and to his legacy. Cross-listed as MT703. PR = TH601.

H720 The Church and the Civil Rights Movement

An historical, theological and socio-cultural analysis of some of the major people, places and events of the Civil Rights movement, with particular focus on the implications of the movement for the contemporary church.  PR/CR = TH601.

H731 The Black Churches in America

A study of the nature and development of black churches in American culture from their roots in slavery to their vital role in contemporary American life. PR/CR = TH601.

H737 Leaders of the Black Churches

A study of major leaders in the black church tradition and their contributions to American religious and political life, with an analysis of the qualities necessary for leadership in the contemporary church. PR/CR = TH601.

H752 Classics of Christian Spirituality: Medieval to Modern

A discussion of texts by spiritual writers from the 12th century to the present day. Cross-listed as SP752. PR/CR = TH601.

H760 Early Christian Spirituality

An examination of spirituality in the second to fifth Christian centuries through an exploration of the lives of early Christian men and women who pursued prayer, scriptural meditation, and service to others. Cross-listed as SP760. PR = TH601, H601.