The Ph.D. in Church History and Historical Theology trains students to assess significant people, important events, and theological trends in Christian history. Students to specialize in specific historical areas such as the Patristics, the Reformation, American Christianity or Baptist History.

Students take 5 courses in their area of study and 3 “flex” seminars in whichever area they are interested.  The following are just a few of the courses available to church history students.


American Religious History to 1860 This seminar will cover issues in the development of religious life in America during the colonial, revolutionary, and early republican periods.
John Calvin and the Reformed Tradition This seminar will cover the thought of John Calvin in the immediate and larger context of the Reformed tradition.
Life and Worship in the Early Church A study of the spiritual lives, worship, and liturgical developments in the earliest centuries of the church, examining specific theologians, writings, doctrines, and church practices within the ancient context.

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.