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Description of PhD
The Doctor of Philosophy with a major in religion provides an opportunity for qualified students to do graduate work in this discipline at the highest level and in the university setting. It provides preparation for research and teaching in graduate theological education and in the college and university setting where religion is taught as one of the liberal arts and in relation to other such disciplines, particularly the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The Baylor program offers work in four areas: New Testament, Old Testament, Church History, and Theology (Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, Contemporary Theology, Religion and Literature).
For the Ph.D. in religion, a total of forty-eight (48) hours is required. Thirty-nine (39) semester hours (minimum) are required in Religion as indicated here:
•Major: Thirty-three (33) semester hours (minimum) in the field declared as the area of concentration (Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Theology). All courses in the major must be at the 5000 level.
•Cognate: A total of nine (9) semester hours (minimum) at the 5000 level in a cognate field (Old Testament/New Testament; Church History/Theology).
•Elective Courses: A total of six (6) semester hours of graduate courses within the Religion Department (but not in major or cognate field) or graduate courses in other departments. Electives should be chosen in consultation with area faculty, to enhance the research or teaching interests of the student.
The requirement of foreign languages as research tools is related to the major field of study and to research needs. The basic requirement is intermediate proficiency in two foreign languages, one of which must be attained prior to the fall semester. Methods for achieving the proficiency are described in the Graduate School Catalog. The following statements indicate the basic policy in each area:
•Old Testament and New Testament: The requirement is German and French. The area faculty may approve the substitution of another language for French if the student's research needs justify the substitution.
•Historical Studies: (1) Students concentrating in Church History will achieve intermediate proficiency in two of the following: German, French, Latin.
•Theological Studies: The requirement is German and French. The area faculty may approve the substitution of another language for French if the student's research needs justify the substitution.
Additional language study may be required in relation to research needs. One language must be completed before the beginning of course work in the fall semester, and the faculty recommends that all language work be completed in summer sessions. All foreign language requirements must be completed before students begin the last twenty-four semester hours of course work.
Doctoral students will take preliminary examinations at the completion of course work. Each student is required to take three preliminary examinations within the student's field of specialization.
Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. with a major in religion requires 1) satisfaction of foreign language requirements; 2) satisfactory completion of preliminary examinations; 3) approval of student's dissertation prospectus by Religion Graduate Faculty; and 4) certification by the Dean of the Graduate School.
The purpose of the teaching colloquy is to help students 1) gain insights into the intellectual development of students; 2) learn practical approaches to classroom instruction; 3) receive exposure to modern theories of teaching and learning; and 4) receive assistance in preparing for the employment application process.
Graduate Ph.D. students may receive the opportunity to teach courses within the religion department. Students wishing to teach must meet the following requirements:
The final stage in the doctoral work is the satisfactory completion of a dissertation in accordance with guidelines provided by the Department and by the Graduate School.