The St. Stephen’s Certificate with Oriental Orthodox Concentration provides a graduate-level 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 the Oriental Orthodox tradition. An overview of the courses for the Oriental Orthodox Concentration is provided below. See also the more general description of the St. Stephen’s Certificate program.
The directed-reading courses for the Oriental Orthodox Concentration are a customized hybrid of those in the general Applied Orthodox Theology program and the Youth Ministry Concentration, with three courses focused specifically on the Oriental Orthodox tradition. 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: Oriental Orthodox History after the Fifth Century*
• Holy Scripture I: Old Testament
• Holy Scripture II: New Testament
• Liturgical Theology II: Sanctification of Life
• Patristic I: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
• Patristics II: The Syriac Fathers*
• Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
• Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
• Pastoral Theology I
Practical Aspects of Youth Ministry: Moral and Ethical Issues Confronting Orthodox Youth
• Pastoral Theology II
• Doctrine III: Oriental Orthodox Christology*
*courses specific to the Oriental Orthodox Concentration
The directed-project courses of the Oriental Orthodox Concentration are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II, IV, and VI). They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the Project Mentor; the directed Project itself; and a Project 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 first three years of the Oriental Orthodox Concentration, and who satisfy the other prerequisites, may choose to enter a final (fourth) year leading to a M.Th. in Applied Orthodox Theology. The fourth year is dedicated to research and thesis composition focusing on a practical need in the Oriental Orthodox tradition. Students who do not wish to pursue the Master’s degree will receive the St. Stephen’s Certificate in Orthodox Theology.
For a more detailed description of the Oriental Orthdox Concentration, including course descriptions, please see pp. 24-27 of the AHOS Catalog.