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Course of Study
The PhD in Historical Theology requires 54 hours of coursework over three years. It is comprised of four components: (1) 12 hours of mandatory courses; (2) 12 hours of doctoral seminars in the major field and six hours of seminars in the minor field; (3) 6 hours of electives; and (4) 12 hours of dissertation research and a 6-hour course in which the dissertation prospectus is completed. The following tables illustrate the normal sequence of courses.
|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)|
|Doctoral Seminar in Major Field (THEO 611-614)
||Doctoral Seminar in Major Field (THEO 611-614)
|Doctoral Seminar in Minor Field (THEO 611-614)
||Doctoral Seminar in Minor Field (THEO 611-614)
|Dissertation Research (6 hours, THEO 699)
||Dissertation Research (6 hours, THEO 699)
|Prospectus (THEO 621)
||Prospectus (THEO 621)|
Topics for the doctoral seminars are drawn from the faculty member's current research, but each student is encouraged to discover how they can use that topic to explore their possible dissertation topic. Seminars focus on primary source texts, and students will have opportunities to develop their linguistic skills in the relevant primary and secondary source languages. Students are also encouraged to complete seminar papers that have the potential for peer-review publication, and often these papers are published in journals or edited collections. The ultimate aim of these seminars is to challenge students to formulate original research questions and engage in the relevant methods needed to answer those question in a coherent and compelling manner.
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, the student must be continuously registered, even if for 0 credit hours. Otherwise the student is not considered a student at the university. Continuous registration for the fall and spring semesters (but not the summer) is the responsibility of the student; failure to register each semester results in significant fines imposed by the Graduate School.
■ Required Grades: To remain in good academic standing the Department expects the student to maintain a 3.5 (B+) grade point average. Regarding lower grade point averages, the policy of the Graduate Education Catalog is as follows:
"If the cumulative GPA of a Classified student falls below 3.0 (on the four-point scale, ‘B' = 3.0), that student is automatically placed on academic probation ... To continue degree pursuit, the student must progress toward a 3.0 cumulative average and is expected to emerge from academic probation within nine credit hours or two successive academic terms during which coursework registrations are recorded. A student will not be advanced to candidate status while on academic probation. In general, doctoral students are expected to achieve at the 'B+' level."
■ Time Frame: The student is expected to complete the program and graduate within five years (from the date the student began the Ph.D. program). Extensions are granted reluctantly, and only upon evidence of progress in research and writing. Extensions are never granted unless the student has completed 12 hours of dissertation research. If the student, however, does not complete the dissertation proposal within one year after passing comprehensive examinations, the department will not recommend any extension of time for completing the dissertation.
■ Residency: Ph.D. students are expected to remain in residence, doing study and research. In rare cases, students may petition to be non-resident only after they have completed all their course-work and their examinations, and have had their prospectus approved.
■ Participation: The student is expected to participate in the life of the university and of the department. Each student should contribute to the development of a community of scholars. Attendance at special academic events sponsored by the Department is of utmost importance. Those who have advanced to candidacy are required to participate in a doctoral colloquium until the dissertation is completed and accepted.
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