Graduate Theological Union
Dept. of History
2400 Ridge Rd.
Berkeley, CA 94709
History of Christianity and Jewish History and Culture
In the history program at the Graduate Theological Union, students are encouraged to undertake interdisciplinary and comparative research in the histories of Judaism and Christianity. Current areas of faculty competence include Judaism and Christianity in late antiquity and the Middle Ages; the history of religion in early modern Europe; spirituality; American religious history especially colonial, church, and state; Asian immigrant churches; religion in the American West; American Catholicism; and modern Jewish cultures. Students acquire general competence for teaching in the history of Christianity in Judaism front late antiquity to the recent past.
Special Programs or Resources
In addition to their work with faculty of the Graduate Theological Union, students are required to take graduate seminars in the University of California at Berkeley; they must have one member of examination and dissertation committees from outside the GTU usually from the faculty of the University of California. In addition to the library collections of the Graduate Theological Union, students enjoy borrowing privileges at the libraries of the University of California. Together, Berkeley libraries hold exceptionally rich resources for the history of religions.
Contact the Financial Aid Office at the GTU for current information.
Students must take five required seminars distributed across all periods of the histories of Christianity or late antique to modern Judaism. They are expected to take an additional three seminars in their area of particular research interest. They must complete comprehensive examinations (two written and timed and one oral) covering an area of specialization, an outside field, and the general history of Christianity or Judaism.
Information from Department of Education
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Information from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
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Relative Size based on Number of Full-time Faculty: No Data [Explain]
Student Demographics (Fall 2011):
Number of Doctoral Students in Program: 14
New Doctoral Students Entering Program: 2
Proportion of Doctoral Students Receiving Financial Aid: %
Number of Graduate Students Enrolled: 9
Relative Size Based on Graduate Student Enrollment: Small [Explain]
First PhD conferred: Not reported
History PhDs conferred to Date:
Number of PhDs Conferred (2011–12):
Relative Size Based on PhDs Conferred: No Data [Explain]
Last Updated: October 19, 2012