PhD in Christian Wisdom

Requirements for the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Wisdom

60 credits, 30 of which can be waived for an acceptable Master of Arts degree. *

Of the remaining 30 credits, all of which must be at the graduate level (500 and above) 12 must be from doctoral level classes (600 or above) and 6 from either doctoral level classes or dissertation. **

A novella length fiction or analytical dissertation reviewed and approved by at least two professors including the program Director.

Up to half of the classwork applied to the degree can be from transfer classes approved by the program director, Dr. Pamela Fox, pamfox@juno.com ***

Doctoral Level classes (numbered 600 or above): 

Our doctoral level classes are essentially student-created independent studies in which the student researches to find the most relevant books or other resources on a topic listed below, then plans a course of study and petitions for a professor to approve, suggest, or require additions or substitutions. Once approved, the student reads, summarizes and writes about the learning journey the class has provided, highlighting insights and struggles and the final result in the formation of his or her attitudes.  One of the class projects may be the germ of the dissertation.

Currently approved general topics:

Wisdom 601, The Crusades from Christian and Islamic perspectives

Wisdom 602, Revivals (worldwide), a historical perspective.

Wisdom 603, Revivals (American), a historical perspective

Wisdom 604, World Religions: Native American, Moslem, Hindu, Taoist 

wisdom 605, Philosophical roots of Christian theology: Aristotle, Plato, Stoicism.

Wisdom 606, Historical Controversies (such as free will vs. predestination, interpretations of the Holy Trinity) 

Wisdom 607, Biblical inerrancy

Wisdom 608, Controversies in the Christian community (such as gender, homosexuality, abortion)

* Although traditional fifteen to eighteen week semesters do not apply to our classes, we use the standard semester/hour requirement of at least 40 hours of applied study for each credit, or 120 hours for each three credit class.

** Our classes are about reading and writing. As a general rule, we consider each ten pages of reading to equal one semester hour, and each 250 word page of writing to equal 2 semester hours.

*** General Electives can be college classes, or credit for life experience, which is explained on a handout we will send upon request.