History Course Descriptions

HSTY 5201 – Christian Heritage Ii: the Reformation And Modern Church
The basic introduction to the history of the Christian church is continued in this study from the Reformation to the present. Special attention will focus on the institutional and theological diversity of the modern world church in its cultural settings.

HSTY 5210 – Christian History 1: the Early Church to The Early Reformation (1-16c)
This course offers a survey of Christian history and theology from the apostolic times through the early Reformation. Course material pays balanced attention to Christianity's intellectual and social history, with sustained consideration of the church's evolving relationship to political and social structures and the contested category of orthodoxy.

HSTY 5220 – Christian History 2: Global Christianity (17-21c)
As a continuation of HSTY 5210, Christian History II traces the expansion of the church from Europe into the Americas, Africa, and Asia as well as the division of the church into myriad denominational traditions. Attention is given to the theological, political, and economic contexts that attended this expansion and division, and to the question of unity in diversity.

HSTY 5230 – Christian History 3: North American Christianity
This course traces the mutual impact of Christianity and North American culture, politics, and economics from the sixteenth century through the twentieth, enabling a developmental understanding of the ministry contexts in which students will likely serve.

HSTY 6224 – Early Christian Thought & Life
This seminar includes readings and research on the development of Christian thought and practice during the first six centuries of the church. May focus on a narrowed theme (e.g., Trinity, prayer, preaching, Christology, salvation, anthropology) or particular figure(s) (e.g., Augustine, the desert fathers and mothers, the Cappadocians, etc.).

HSTY 6240 – Ethnic American Religious History
Investigates the intersection of ethnicity and religious experience in the United States, querying the role of dominant narratives and the boundary between public and private religious discourse.

HSTY 6254 – Pentecostal and Charismatic History and Theology
An historical and theological approach to the emergence of the Pentecostal and charismatic traditions in the American experience. Special attention will be given to the varieties of interpretation of the movement and to contemporary controversies within it.

HSTY 6260 – Theology of the Reformers
This seminar provides opportunity to explore more fully the major areas of Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, Radical, and English renewal in the 16th century.

HSTY 6265 – Renewal Movements in Church History Church Renewal
This course contextualizes, identifies causes, and traces outcomes of the renewal of persons and faith communities within key moments and movements of Christian history.

HSTY 6300 – History and Theology of the Covenant Church
This course provides students a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the history and theology of the Evangelical Covenant Church, from its roots in Sweden to its current multiethnic reality. Students will apply skills of historical research and analysis, developed in previous courses, to their own denominational history and explore the significqance of this history to the present mission and identity of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

HSTY 7190 – Special Topics in Christian History
This course will focus on various special topics in Christian history. Previous course offerings have included: Councils and Creeds, the Bible in American life, and Soren Kierkegaard. This course may be taken more than once.

HSTY 7191 – Young Life Staff Training Courses
These courses are offered by Young Life and given graduate credit through North Park Theological Seminary.

HSTY 7192 – Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Staff Training Courses
These courses are offered by Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship and given graduate credit though North Park Theological Seminary.

HSTY 7300 – History and Theology of the Covenant Church
The course is designed to help the student understand and interpret the evangelical and pietistic tradition within which the Evangelical Covenant Church stands. Attention is given to the Reformation and to expressions of pietism and its historic and theological development in Sweden and North America in the 19th and 20th centuries.

HSTY 7390 – Independent Study in History
An opportunity for students to explore a topic of interest outside the regular curriculum. Instructor's permission required. Submission of course proposal/syllabus to the academic dean is required.

HSTY 7490 – Thesis I: Topics in History

HSTY 7491 – Thesis II: Topics in History

HSTY 7511 – History of the Evangelical Covenant Church
This core course assists the student in gaining a deeper knowledge of and appreciation for the history of the Evangelical Covenant Church. This includes background in the Lutheran Reformation tradition, the personal and ecclesial renewal brought by Pietism, the free church movements that influenced the revivals of the nineteenth century, and the subsequent challenges and opportunities of mission and growth. Transplantation from Sweden to North America through immigration provides the initial context of the history and the church's development through the generations in becoming what is today a diverse, multi-ethnic denomination. The course will also focus on several key issues in its ongoing life together.