The M.Th. in Applied Orthodox Theology with a concentration in Byzantine Iconology provides a graduate theological education across a range of topics – Scripture, Doctrine, Fundamentals of Orthodoxy, Liturgical Theology, Pastoral Theology, Church History, Patristics, and Canon Law – as well as coursework on Byzantine Iconology. An overview of the courses for the Byzantine Iconology Concentration is provided below. See also the more general description of the M.Th. Program in Applied Orthodox Theology.
The directed-reading courses in the Byzantine Iconology Concentration are identical to those in the standard Applied Orthodox Theology concentration, with the exception of three courses which specifically focus on Byzantine Iconology. Courses are as follows:
• Fundamentals I: An Introduction to Orthodoxy
• Church History I: The Christian Church from Its Foundation through the Seventh Century
• Liturgical Theology I: Introduction to Liturgical Theology, Baptism and Eucharist
• Church History II: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
• Byzantine Iconology I*
• Holy Scripture II
• Patristics: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
• Byzantine Iconology II*
• Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
• Pastoral Theology I
• Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
• Canon Law: The Canon Law of the Orthodox Church
• Byzantine Iconology III*
• Master’s Thesis
*courses specific to the Byzantine Iconology concentration
The directed-praxis courses of the Byzantine Iconology Concentration are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II, IV, and VI) and will generally address a particular need in the area of Byzantine Iconology. They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the Iconology Program Director and the Praxis Mentor; the directed Praxis itself; and a Praxis paper with supporting detail.
An intensive week-long Residency takes place in late August or early September of the first three academic years, and is held at the Antiochian VIllage Conference & Retreat Center in western Pennsylvania.
Students who successfully complete the required coursework of the Byzantine Iconology Concentration, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may enter the final phase of the Master’s Degree program which will include research and thesis composition focusing on a practical need in the field of Byzantine Iconology. The student is advised to begin thinking about his or her thesis no later than the spring semester of the second year. Preparation would include the following:
• Presentation of a Thesis Proposal (abstract)
• Thesis research and preparation
• Completion and defense of the Master’s thesis focused on Byzantine Iconology