The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Spirituality degree is an Oblate initiative in response to an expressed interest and hunger for graduate formation in Spirituality. More and more people are interested in Spirituality and are seeking advanced academic training in the area. Few existing doctoral-level programs in Spirituality focus specifically on the long, deep, and rich history of the Judeo-Christian traditions in prayer, mysticism, and spiritual guidance. This program serves the church and society in an important way by providing doctoral-level scholars in the areas of prayer, mysticism, spiritual discernment, and spiritual guidance. The goal is to immerse each student in the history and tradition of classical Christian Spirituality so as to give him or her the tools to assess religious experience, critically evaluate contemporary movements within Spirituality, help mentor others spiritually, do scholarly research and publishing in the area of spirituality, and develop a vocabulary to articulate both the human spirit and divine revelation more effectively.
The Doctoral Program in Spirituality produces scholars with comprehensive knowledge of the overall discipline as well as a specialization in at least one particular area of Christian Spirituality. The specific approach is academic and theological from the Roman Catholic tradition, with openness to ecumenical and interreligious perspectives.
The goal is to immerse each student in the history and tradition of classical Christian Spirituality so as to give him or her the tools to assess religious experience, critically evaluate contemporary movements within Spirituality, help mentor others spiritually, do scholarly research and publishing in the area of spirituality, and develop a vocabulary to articulate both the human spirit and divine revelation more effectively.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an essential literacy in the discipline of Spirituality and apply critical tools needed for scholarly research as defined by the academy of theology
2. Demonstrate a critical in-depth knowledge of two classical schools of Christian spirituality
3. Comprehend the relationship between religious experiences across ecumenical and interreligious lines
4. Identify resources to discern authentic religious experience from human pathology
5. Articulate the Christian tradition in terms of other or multiple historical/cultural contexts.
1. A Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts degree in Spirituality or Theology or the educational equivalent
a) Students who do not already have a graduate degree in Theology
or Religious Studies are required to obtain the M.A. in Spirituality before applying to the program.
b) Students who have completed an M.A. in spirituality in another institution will be evaluated and prerequisite courses may be required.
Required Courses: 36 Credit hours (All 3 Credit Hours)
DSC 6301 Pro-Seminar (Methods)
DSC 7301 History of Christian Spirituality
DSC 7302 Hermeneutics of Religious Experience
DSC 7303 Contemporary Spirituality
DSC 6302 Foundations
DSC 7305 Seminar and Practicum in Teaching Spirituality
DSE 8300 Selected Classical Writer (1 course)
DSC 7304 Spirituality of the Trinity
DSC 7306 Integrating Seminar (Methods)
DSE 8300 Selected Contemporary Writer (1 course)
DSC 9000 Comprehensives (non-credit)
DSC 9001 Dissertation Proposal Writing (non-credit)
DSC 9003 PhD Dissertation: Research
DSC 9005 PhD Dissertation: Writing
18 required credit hours
(All electives are 3 credit hours. Below is a possible list which will expand as faculty become available.)
Contemporary Hispanic Spirituality
Contemporary African-American Spirituality
Spirituality of Kenosis