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The Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) is an academic degree program designed for persons who intend to be teachers or headmasters in Christian schools, to pursue further graduate theological studies, or to become conversant on the dialogue between the Bible and the “Great Tradition” of literature. The coursework provides a solid foundation in two areas: the Bible and selected great texts of the classical Christian (Western) tradition.
Who is it for?
Everyone with a passion for the Bible and the Great Books that helped shape Western, Christian civilization and thought.
This curriculum is indispensable for professionals and educators across the spectrum – attorneys, executives, private and public schools, Christian and Classical academies, home school instructors and professional tutors.
You will engage in what scholars and philosophers have referred to as “The Great Conversation,” a dialogue among some of the sharpest minds and noblest ideas of the past 2,500 years.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or the educational equivalent is required.
The Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) program requires completion of a total of 48 credit hours and a comprehensive paper. To graduate, a student must earn at least a grade of C- (1.7) in each course, and must have a cumulative grade point average of at east 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
Upon successful completion, the student is awarded the Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) degree.
Topics covered include:
• Education, Justice and Social order from Plato’s Republic
• Ethics, Virtue and Community from Aristotle
• God’s sovereign preparation of the Hellenized world to receive the Gospel as read by the Greeks, including Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles.
• Natural law and apologetics from Thomas Aquinas
• Worship and reflections on God from Augustine and Bernard of Clairvaux
• The Christian imagination from Dante, Milton, and Shakespeare
• And much, much more!
A graduate of the MACCS program will:
• See Christ effectively in his suffering and glory throughout the entirety of Scripture.
• Knowledgeably work with and understand the great literary and philosophical books that constitute the Western Tradition.
• Articulate the development of Christian doctrinal reflection through the ancient, medieval, and modern periods.
• Articulate the Christian and non-Christian worldviews and engage the culture both poetically and philosophically.
Total Semester Hours: 48
Christian and Classical Studies 18 Hours / Credits:
Biblical Studies 15 Hours / Credits:
Historical Studies 6 Hours / Credits:
Theological Studies 3 Hours / Credits:
Electives 6 Credit Hours