Specialized Tracks

CAS students may specialize in one of the following departments: Biblical Studies, Ecumenical and Interfaith Studies, History, Moral Theology (Theological Ethics), Practical Theology, Religious Education, Spirituality, and Systematic Theology. Students who concentrate in one department pursue the following sort of curriculum:

  • Eight 700-level courses (occasional 600-level courses may count with pre-approval), with at least four courses in one department (e.g., Biblical Studies or Moral Theology) Note for students specializing in Biblical Studies: All students must take at least four 700-level courses, normally including one OT and one NT course (non-language). Students with advanced standing may take up to six credits in biblical languages, while students without advanced standing may take up to twelve credits in biblical languages.
  • One TH795 seminar, departmental seminar (xx794), or colloquium (TH799)
  • One TH790 directed reading course in a subject related to the department of specialization

Students in a specialized track may take up to two approved independent-study courses and any number of approved seminars and colloquia in lieu of the 700-level general course offerings, as long as four of their total courses (counting courses, seminars, and independent studies) are in one department.

Note: All CAS matriculants may take certain 600-level courses at the 700 level (with some additional work required) with the permission of the instructor and the Dean.