Saint Louis University

Course of Study

The PhD in Historical Theology requires 54 hours of coursework over three years. The following tables illustrate the normal sequence of courses.

Year 1

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

Methods of Historical Theology (THEO 601)
Survey of Medieval Christianity (THEO 603)
Survey of Early Christianity (THEO 602)
Survey of Modern Christianity (THEO 604)
Doctoral Seminar in Major Field (THEO 611-614) Doctoral Seminar in Major Field (THEO 611-614)



Year 2

Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Doctoral Seminar in Major Field (THEO 611-614)
Doctoral Seminar in Major Field (THEO 611-614)
Doctoral Seminar in Another Field (THEO 611-614)
Doctoral Seminar in Another Field (THEO 611-614)
Elective Elective

 

Year 3
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Dissertation Research (6 hours, THEO 699)
Dissertation Research (6 hours, THEO 699)
Prospectus (THEO 621)
Prospectus (THEO 621)


Seminars focus on primary source texts, and aim to provide students opportunities to develop their skills in the relevant primary and secondary source languages. These seminars challenge students to formulate original research questions and methodologies needed to answer those questions.

General Regulations of the Doctoral Program
(see the Graduate Education Catalog for a complete list of Rules and Regulations)

■ Continuous Registration: From the first semester of course work until the final semester of graduation, students must be continuously registered, even if for 0 credit hours. Otherwise they are not considered students at the university. Continuous registration for the fall and spring semesters (but not the summer) is the responsibility of the student.

■ Expected Grades: To remain in good academic standing, the Department expects students to maintain a 3.5 grade point average.

■ Time Frame: Students are expected to graduate in five years' time. Extensions are granted upon evidence of progress in research and writing.

■ Residency: Ph.D. students are expected to remain in residence during the first three years. Students may petition to be non-resident only after they have completed the oral defense of their prospectus.

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