At SSU, we believe in the current need for the intersection of theology and culture, where education becomes the meeting place of research and practice. In our small, interactive module classes, people’s real questions and life issues are faced in a caring way, so that students gradually become the message they want to convey. We dip into many fountains, both ancient and contemporary, from many parts of the Christian Church, to prepare healthy and authentic leaders for the future. We have designed this new MA in Culture and Theology as a preparation for further study.
The successful completion of the MA Theology and Culture requires a total of 45 credit hours composed of:
- Three classroom modules at St. Stephen’s university, or elsewhere as scheduled (10 credit hours per module or 30 credit hours total)
- One study abroad module involving travel to Italy, Greece/Turkey (six credit hours)
- Research methods/guided thesis research course (thesis proposal phase – 3 credit hours)
- Research-based thesis (60–100 pages – 6 credit hours)
Note: MMin graduates have the option of upgrading to an MA with the addition of the research methods course and a thesis. Consult the Dean for details.
Modules are two-week intensive study periods that include courses in church history, theology, Biblical studies, Christian counselling, and methods of prayer in the Ignatian tradition and philosophy. Students are generally required to read about 3,500 pages before each module and will have written assignments to complete before and after each module.
The modules are normally offered in this sequence over a two-year period (typically one fall module and one winter module per year), but students may start at any time and may choose to complete the modules at a slower pace and in any order. Sufficient time must be allotted to complete the necessary readings in advance.
The first three modules, taken in classroom seminars, give an overview of church history and introduce students to important classical Christian writings from three different periods. For the fourth module, students participate in a two-week study abroad module in Greece and Turkey OR in Israel. The study–abroad module is designed to familiarize students with the historical and cultural context of the Biblical world, as well as to create a rich experience of community around shared learning experiences.
- Module 1—Acts to Benedict’s Rule (1st – 6th cent.)
- Module 2—Gregory the Great to Thomas à Kempis (7th – 15th cent.)
- Module 3—Reformation to Today (16th – 21st cent.)
- Module 4—Study Abroad Module