CAS students with demonstrated advanced research skills, whose primary interest is in theological research, whether simply as the focus of the CAS program or in preparation for doctoral studies, may pursue the research track. Students in the research track may specialize in a particular academic area, approved by the CAS Director, or follow a more interdisciplinary program. Areas for the specialized research track include Biblical Studies (NT, OT, or both), Ecumenical and Interfaith Studies, Moral and Systematic Theology, and Spirituality. In consultation with the Director of the CAS, they choose an advisor and work closely with the advisor throughout the program.
The course of study for the research track is as follows:
- Six 700-level courses or approved 600-level courses that are augmented and taken as 700-level courses
- One seminar or colloquium
- One directed reading course (TH790)
- Two guided research projects, TH791 and TH792, each focused on the preparation of a substantive paper or other appropriate final project. The subjects of the two research projects may be related, though they do not need to be.