The History and Ecumenics Department has two areas of study—Mission, Ecumenics, and History of Religions (MEHR) and the History of Christianity. Both are vital to the MDiv and PhD programs as students learn the inter-religious dimensions of Christianity from its earliest years to the present.
MDiv students gain a broad perspective in the historical tradition. Students are required to take twelve credits in the department, including one course in each of the following areas: Early and Medieval History, Reformation History, Modern European or American History, and Mission, Ecumenics, History of Religions, or Sociology of Religion.
Women Leaders of the Medieval Church surveys specific women who influenced medieval Christianity:
abbesses, educators, playwrights, mystics, reformers, mothers, legends,
monarchs, martyrs, composers, saints, and other theologians.
Popular Religion and Popular Culture in Modern Europe offers a
social and cultural approach to the history of modern European
Christianity, with attention to popular religious practices and
attitudes toward issues such as religion and gender roles and familial
organizations, poverty, disease, death, and superstition.
Pentecostalism in the Americas explores the history and theology of the Pentecostal
and Holiness faith traditions in the Americas. Examining the major
movements, historical figures, and roots of the Pentecostal tradition,
this course will give particular attention to the operation of race,
gender, and class within the Pentecostal context. While considerable
attention will be given to the historical origins of the Pentecostal and
Holiness movements, there will also be significant time devoted to
studying the contemporary outpouring of Pentecostal worship traditions
across many denominations and faith traditions.
Global South Public Christianities reviews Christian public discourses from the Global South, as they
reflect on the intersection between Christian faith, political action,
and public policy. It examines theological responses to the challenges
posed to Global South Christians as they engage the public square,
through the lenses of Global South scholars. It explores different views
about religion’s role in public life, highlighting critical issues, and
offering a range of approaches and understandings of citizenship and
justice in the Global South.