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Concentration in Oriental Orthodoxy

Concentration in Oriental Orthodoxy

The Oriental Orthodox Concentration is designed specifically for students who are members of Coptic, Syriac, Armenian, Ethiopian, and Indian Orthodox churches. Anyone outside of these traditions should select General Theology or one of the other Concentrations. See also the more general description of the St. Stephen’s Certificate program.


The 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:

Unit I:

  • 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

  • Unit II:
    Church History II: Oriental Orthodox History after the Fifth Century*
  • Holy Scripture I: Old Testament
  • Project I

Unit III:

  • Holy Scripture II: New Testament
  • Liturgical Theology II: Sanctification of Life
  • Patristics I: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years

Unit IV:

  • Patristics II: The Syriac Fathers*
  • Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
  • Project II

Unit V:

  • Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
  • Pastoral Theology I
  • Doctrine III: Oriental Orthodox Christology*

Unit VI:

  • Option to pursue Master’s thesis

*courses specific to the Oriental Orthodox Concentration

Directed-Project Courses

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.

Program Completion

Students who successfully complete the required coursework of the Oriental Orthodox Concentration, and who hold a Bachelor’s degree, may choose to pursue a Master’s thesis during the final semester of their third year, leading to the degree of M.Th. in Applied Orthodox Theology. 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.

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