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Pastoral Care Concentration

Pastoral Care Concentration

The Pastoral Care Concentration provides Applied Orthodox Theology students with an opportunity to bridge their studies into competent care for suffering individuals, couples, and families.  An overview of the courses for the Pastoral Care Concentration is provided below.  Unique courses belonging to the concentration will be completed in Units II, III, IV, and V, and are accompanied by an asterisk.


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: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
  • Pastoral Care I: Hypostatic Theology & Human Suffering*

Unit III:

  • Holy Scripture II: The New Testament
  • Patristics I: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
  • Pastoral Care II: Pastoral Ethics & Developing the Person of the Caregiver*

Unit IV:

  • Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
  • Pastoral Care III: Pastoral Care with Individuals in Crisis*

Unit V:

  • Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
  • Canon Law: the Canon Law of the Orthodox Church
  • Pastoral Care IV: Pastoral Care with Couples & Families in Crisis*

Unit VI:

  • Master’s Thesis

*Courses specific to the Pastoral Care Concentration

Directed Praxis

The Directed Praxis requirements of the Pastoral Care Concentration are completed in Units II and IV.  Our pastoral care practicum is a theological learning experience which students will engage under the supervision of a seasoned teacher-practitioner and in the company of peers.  Over the course of these units, students are expected to accrue a total of 40 hours of experience in providing non-fee-based pastoral care in their own local community, for which they will receive 10 hours of group and individual supervision.



An intensive week-long residency takes place in late August or early September at the start of the first two academic years, and is held at the Antiochian Village Conference & Retreat Center in Western Pennsylvania.


Master’s Thesis

Students who successfully complete all of the requirements of the first five semesters of the program may advance to candidacy for the Master’s degree, which will be completed in the sixth and final semester.  For a more detailed description of the Pastoral Care Concentration, including course descriptions, please see the AHOS Catalog.


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