The University of Saint Katherine Divinity School is an ideal place for the study of Orthodox Christianity. The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic study of religion at the University of Saint Katherine. The University in its entirety is premised upon its motto, Inquiry Seeking Wisdom, where Wisdom is Holy Wisdom, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Divinity School is part of a vibrant community seeking to explore Orthodoxy as viewed from the broadest possible range of perspectives. This requires serious inquiry into the subjects of Divinity – from history to Patristics to koinonia. And it results in a never-ending conversation that is brought along by lines of inquiry that comprise the teaching and scholarly expertise of the Faculty. Together, students and the Faculty, undertake deep dialogue about the evidence and argument that surrounds Christian thought.
These are dynamic conversations that require careful consideration and serious preparation. Students gain fundamental expertise in these activities throughout the curriculum. The development of deep understanding and scholarship underpins the master’s (MA) and doctoral (PhD) programs in Orthodox Christian theology at Saint Katherine. These academic programs inform various types of professional formation that prepare master’s and doctoral students for careers of scholarship and teaching.
Texts, rituals, and other realities of Orthodoxy allow students the opportunity to engage in the dialogue. Guest speakers, symposia, and inter-institutional research and educational collaborations round out the graduate experience. Deeply-informed and rigorously-minded colleagues from throughout the Saint Katherine community also offer the basis for reflection and conversation.
In 2017, with the blessings and ongoing involvement of His Grace Bishop Irenei (Steenberg), the Saints Cyril and Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies moved to the University of Saint Katherine. This non-degree program permits the formal exploration and study of Orthodox Christianity via an eLearning platform. Symposia and publications are planned for ongoing Institute activities.
*The University currently offers an undergraduate degree in Orthodox Christian theology. Post-graduate certificates in Patristics are also available. The offering of master’s and doctoral degrees is contingent on the approval of WSCUC.