the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Christianity and the Arts

The Ph.D. in Christianity and the Arts equips students with a biblical and theological framework to interact with the arts. This degree is offered in a modular format and provides a biblical, historical and contemporary perspective to engage with the visual arts, literature, and film.

The Ph.D. in Christianity and the Arts is a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in aesthetics and arts-related subjects. The applicants are expected to have a similar philosophical background as they would in the non-arts Philosophy Ph.D. track.

Incoming Ph.D. students are matched with a supervisor from our world-class faculty who shares their research interests. Professors who can supervise students in this area are:

Seminars provide students the opportunity to engage in focused study on key subjects in their academic discipline. The following list is a sampling of available courses in this area:

  • Aesthetic Theology
  • Christianity and the Visual Arts
  • Christianity, Film, and the Performing Arts
  • Christianity and the Musical Arts

If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process. To prepare for the entrance exam in this area of study, consult the study guide.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.