Doctor of Philosophy in Renewal Studies (Ph.D.)


Overview

The Ph.D. in Renewal Studies allows you to obtain your degree while remaining within your life or career context. This terminal degree provides Christian education for teachers and researchers in theological colleges and universities, and scholarly enhancement for those serving the Renewal movement worldwide. Students explore both the academic and spiritual aspects of biblical studies, history and theology to enhance their studies and research acumen. Graduates are prepared to contribute to the wider conversation of the theological academy from a Renewal perspective.

Length: 48 credit hours (This does not include comprehensive exams and dissertation.) Students typically complete this degree in five to seven years. Students have a maximum of seven years from the date of entry to fulfill all degree requirements, and they must maintain an active registration status throughout this period. Students may begin the program in the fall semester.
Format: The Ph.D. program is offered through a combination of intensive on-campus residencies and online coursework. Students complete pre- and post-residency assignments at home while interacting with faculty and peers online throughout the semester. While the program does not require students to relocate to Virginia Beach, students will attend a two-week residency each semester. Ph.D. students are required to attend a total of 24 weeks of residency over the course of the program.
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Features: The Ph.D. is available in three concentrations.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

Engage with Renewal methodology and application in biblical studies, history or theology.

Publish original research in biblical studies, Christian history or Renewal theology.

Apply advanced academic research methods and approaches, with special reference to Renewal Studies.

Develop familiarity with instructional planning, learner needs, teaching strategies, technological media and assessment techniques.

Core Courses

RTCH 700 Renewal Studies and the Academy
RTCH 703 Advanced Research Methodologies
RTCH 774 Research Based Pedagogy

Concentration Core Courses

RTCH 701 Renewal Theological Method
RTCH 713 The Theory and Art of Historiography
RTCH 751 Interpreting Scripture
RTCH 781 Guided Research in Biblical Studies, History, or Theology
RTCH 782 Guided Readings in Biblical Studies, History, or Theology

Elective Courses

The Ph.D. in Renewal Studies is an elective-driven program. The Ph.D. program coordinator and advisors assist students in selecting courses. Electives offered in the past few years include:
RTCH 711 Christian History in Pneumatological Perspective 1
RTCH 712 Christian History in Pneumatological Perspective 2
RTCH 715 Systematic Theology
RTCH 720 Contemporary Theologies
RTCH 739 Theology in World Context
RTCH 746 Pneumatology: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
RTCH 764 The Miraculous in the Biblical Tradition
RTCH 768 Eastern Christianity
RTCH 770 Theological German
RTCH 785 Nature and Grace in the 12th Century
RTCH 785 Renewal and Politics
RTCH 785a Post-Exilic Prophets
RTCH 785a Renewal Biblical Hermeneutics
RTCH 785b Early Christian Spirituality
RTCH 785b Special Studies: Book of Acts
RTCH 785b African American Renewal History
RTCH 785c Charismatic Movement Today
RTCH 785c Hermeneutical Philosophy

Qualifying Examinations

Upon completion of all coursework and requirements, students will complete written and oral exams. Students must have a 3.25 GPA to qualify. Exams are administered on-site at Regent University.

Dissertation

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must present an acceptable dissertation that demonstrates competence in their field and original research. After passing the qualifying exams, students enroll in dissertation research (1 credit hour per semester) until completion of the program. Once complete, students will present an oral defense of the dissertation to their dissertation committee, invited guests and the public.

Concentrations

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration prepares students to teach and produce research at the intersection of Renewal Studies and Biblical scholarship. Graduates will usually focus on either Old or New Testament, or on related areas as agreed upon with his or her advisor. Graduates will also be equipped to bring Renewal hermeneutical perspectives to bear in the field of biblical studies in general and in their areas of research more specifically. Student dissertations may include discussion of related topics on ancient Israel, the developing idea of the Holy Spirit during the intertestamental period, charismatic gifts in the early and post-apostolic church, or any number of other book, literary or historical studies topics agreed upon with the advisor.

Christian Theology

The Christian Theology concentration prepares students to teach and produce research at the intersection of Renewal Studies and Theological Studies. Graduates will gain expertise in a more focused area of study—one of the theological loci, a dogmatic tradition, comparative theology or another area agreed upon with his or her advisor. Graduates will also be equipped to bring Renewal methodological perspectives to bear on the field of Theological Studies in general and on their areas of research more specifically. Student dissertations may include discussion of theologies of the Spirit in various contemporary theological traditions, comparative doctrinal or thematic studies, ecumenical explorations involving Renewal perspectives, constructive theological works, or any number of other topics in Christian theology agreed upon with the advisor.

History of Global Christianity

The History of Global Christianity concentration prepares students to teach and produce research at the intersection of Renewal Studies and Christian or Church history. Graduates will usually gain expertise in a more focused area of study—i.e., Patristics, medieval Christianity, the Reformation, early modernity, the twentieth century Pentecostal or charismatic renewal, or another area agreed upon with his or her advisor. Graduates will also be equipped to bring Renewal historiographical perspectives to bear on the field of Christian history in general and on their areas of research more specifically. Student dissertations may include discussion of the Holy Spirit in the theology of Athanasius, renewal movements in the medieval and Reformation periods, the charismatic gifts in various historical traditions, ecclesial or biographical studies of prominent renewal movements or personalities, or any number of other topics in the history of global Christianity agreed upon with the advisor.









David Stine, D.Min. '07

David Stine, D.Min. '07

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