Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Specialization in Church History

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Program Outcomes 

Students who successfully complete a graduate specialization in Church History will:

  • demonstrate proficient breadth of knowledge concerning the global history of the Catholic Church from the first century through the current era;

  • demonstrate depth of knowledge in one or more focused areas of Church History through the completion of elective coursework; and

  • integrate and synthesize breadth of knowledge through a specific area of focus in the directed research project.


Core Courses (9 credits):
  • Early Church History (3 credits)

  • Medieval Church History (3 credits)

  • Modern Church History (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Church history electives are accepted among the 30:xxx courses. Additional courses, outside Church history, may be applicable. See the Director of Graduate Theology Programs.

Directed Research in Church History (3 credits)

The directed research project is a 25- to 30-page research paper that demonstrates achievement of theological literacy in the particular area of concentration.

Its purpose is twofold: to demonstrate a proficient breadth of knowledge across the general subject area and to bring that content to bear upon a particular area of focus. The successful candidate will gather material around a particular topic from the wider area of study and accurately communicate that information in a way that illuminates expertise in that broader area.

Your faculty director will assist you in developing a bibliography, choosing a topic and planning a calendar of dates for drafts of the paper and its final completion, as well as grading the final product. You must earn at least a "B-" to pass the project and earn the certificate.

Prerequisites for the research project

  • Required core courses and electives satisfactorily completed - at least 12 credit hours

  • A GPA of 3.5 in area of study

  • Approval by faculty specific to the area of research