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Concentrations

One of the unique features of studying at Regent is the opportunity to focus your studies in a particular area of concentration.

Our Christianity and the Arts concentration, for example, gives you the opportunity to produce a professional piece of artwork—whether visual art, a film, a performance, a dance, or a work in another medium. The Marketplace Theology concentration allows you to specialize on applying your faith within a wide range of societal professions.

Concentrations are mandatory for the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (formerly the Master of Christian Studies) and optional for the Master of Divinity. They are not part of the Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies or the Master of Theology programs.

Browse our concentrations and find one that interests you.

Scripture

Biblical Languages

The Biblical Languages concentration focuses on both Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Greek, and attempts to give you a solid base of knowledge and competence in these areas. It is particularly suitable for those who intend to pursue doctoral studies in the Bible, or who desire to teach biblical languages. In this concentration, two years of both languages are required, and language study at the advanced level or within the context of advanced exegetical courses is recommended. Although a firm grasp of both Hebrew and Greek is required, you will choose one language to be your major focus and the other language to be your minor focus. You will take an Advanced Reading course in your major language (which will substitute for a seminar in this concentration) and will have additional readings in your major language in preparation for the comprehensive exam.

Typical courses include:

  • Hebrew (LANG 510, LANG 511, LANG 610, LANG 611, LANG 721)
  • Greek (LANG 550, LANG 551, LANG 650, LANG 651, LANG 720)

Old Testament

In relating the story of God and his chosen people, Israel, the Old Testament lays the foundation for the faith of Christians. The Old Testament concentration leads you to explore, through these ancient writings, the character of God, his commitment to restore his people and all of creation, and both positive and negative human responses to God’s grace. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages you to draw on the rich resources of the Old Testament in expressing your Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in Old Testament. You are encouraged to meet with the coordinator early in your program in order to determine the overall shape of your concentration.

Typical courses include:

  • Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism (BIBL 600)
  • Old Testament Book Studies (BIBL 617, BIBL 618, BIBL 627, BIBL 628, BIBL 635)
  • Advanced Old Testament Exegesis (BIBL 701)
  • Hebrew (LANG 510, LANG 511)

New Testament

In relating the story of Jesus Christ, and in reflecting on what God was doing through Jesus, the New Testament brings the story of the Old Testament to a climax. The New Testament concentration leads you to explore the significance of the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ within the context of restoring his people and all of creation. Complemented by elective courses in other disciplines, this concentration encourages you to draw on the rich resources of the New Testament in expressing your Christian faith, in addition to providing a firm foundation for advanced studies in New Testament. You are encouraged to meet with the coordinator early in your program in order to determine the overall shape of your concentration.

Typical courses include:

  • Biblical Hermeneutics and Criticism (BIBL 600)
  • New Testament Book Studies (BIBL 651, BIBL 655, BIBL 662, BIBL 669, BIBL 679)
  • Advanced New Testament Exegesis (BIBL 702)
  • Greek (LANG 550, LANG 551)

Biblical Studies (only for MA in Theo. Studies, formerly MCS)

A concentration in Biblical Studies is available for students in the MA in Theo. Studies program (formerly the MCS) who want to develop a biblical perspective that involves both the Old and the New Testament. This is a combination of the two previous concentrations, culminating in both an Old and a New Testament comprehensive exam (no thesis option). If you plan to proceed to advanced study in either Testament, however, you are advised that additional language study will likely be necessary beyond what is required for this concentration.

Required courses include:

  • Advanced Old Testament Exegesis (BIBL 701)
  • Advanced New Testament Exegesis (BIBL 702)
  • Old Testament Seminar (BIBL 710) 
  • New Testament Seminar (BIBL 779)

Christian History and Theology

History of Christianity

The study of Christian history is an integral aspect of our identity as Christians. In a postmodern culture that disdains the past, appreciation of our roots becomes all the more important in Christian self-understanding. The Church History concentration leads you to explore the significance of key people, events, and movements in the continuing story of God’s people—the church of Jesus Christ. In addition to basic courses that survey the history of the church, you will also have the opportunity to focus in depth on the life of the church during specific eras.

Typical courses include:

  • History of Christianity I & II (HIST 501, HIST 502)
  • Approaches to Historical Study
  • Globalizing of Evangelicalism (HIST 646)
  • Historical Roots of Evangelical Spirituality (HIST 612)
  • History of Christian Missions (HIST 665)
  • Mapping Gender (HIST 681)

Doctrinal Theology

Theology is the discipline in which we integrate various resources of God’s revelation and human inquiry into as clear an understanding as we can reach of God and his world. Theology is thus the web by which we connect all our thinking as Christians, even as it serves the larger and higher purpose of loving God and serving the world he loves. The Theology concentration gives you the opportunity to explore both broadly and in depth the doctrines of the Christian faith.

Typical courses include:

  • Systematic Theology A: Prolegomena, the Knowledge of God and Revelation (THEO 605)
  • Systematic Theology B: Creation, Christology, Soteriology and Anthropology (THEO 606)
  • Systematic Theology C: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology (THEO 607)
  • Ethics (THEO 697)
  • History of Christian Doctrine (THEO 608)
  • Theology of Culture (THEO 515)
  • Apologetics (THEO 579)

Spiritual Theology

In the Spiritual Theology concentration, you explore the relationship of your life in the world with your real life in God. In contrast to the humanistic search for personal transcendence that passes for “spirituality” today, Christian spirituality is theological: it is founded on and inspired by the triune God revealed in Scripture and in Christ; it cultivates responsiveness to the seeking Father; it fully engages the mind, heart, and body; it is, as William Perkins once said, “the science of living blessedly forever.” But it is not only a personal quest; spiritual theology involves active engagement with the world and the needs of others through mission, work, ministry, and prayer.

Typical courses include:

  • The Christian Spirit (SPIR 500)
  • Conversion and Transformation (SPIR 635)
  • Spiritual Discernment
  • Historical Roots of Evangelical Spirituality (SPIR 612)
  • Classics of Christian Spirituality (SPIR 670)

Christianity, Church, and Culture

Marketplace Theology

Regent College is an international centre for vocational integration and spiritual formation. In the Marketplace Theology concentration, students focus on expressing the Christian faith within the context of the public square of ideas, values, and institutions. The field education component can be done in a local workplace or church setting. Regular faculty resources are complemented by Faculty Associates—friends of the College currently serving in various societal careers who assist faculty and students in working on integrational issues. This concentration includes an eight-month field education experience, normally beginning in September and ending in April.

Typical courses include:

  • Vocation, Work and Ministry (APPL 573)
  • Marketplace Ministries
  • Supervised Immersion in the Marketplace (APPL 692)
  • Doing God’s Business: Theology & Spirituality of Executive Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship and Tentmaking
  • Christianity & Capitalism (INDS 583)

Interdisciplinary Studies

The mission of Regent College involves the recognition that God calls his people to claim the whole of human life for Jesus Christ. The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration fosters this by learning to think Christianly in the context of exploring topics that normally lie outside the theological curriculum. In Interdisciplinary Studies courses, you are challenged to reflect, from a Christian perspective, on topics such as philosophy, politics, economics, psychology, art, literature, and more. You have the opportunity to explore a wide range of such topics in your concentration, or to delve deeper in one area.

Typical courses include:

  • Medical Ethics (INDS 552)
  • Christian Faith and Practice in a (Post)Modern World (INDS 581)
  • The Christian Mind
  • Christianity and Capitalism (INDS 583)
  • Reading Film: A Theological Approach (INDS 507)

Christianity and the Arts

Regent College recognizes the importance of the arts as an expression of human creativity. The Christianity and the Arts concentration offers you the opportunity to integrate various forms of art with the Christian faith. Building on a foundational course in aesthetics (The Christian Imagination), you may choose from a diverse selection of courses in literature, poetry, music, graphic arts, and dance. The course mixture is further enriched by Regent’s own Lookout Gallery, performance space both in Regent’s main auditorium and atrium, and by the presence in Vancouver of many Christian artists who are associated with Regent College (e.g., Pacific Theatre). Furthermore, Regent can assist you in seeking a mentored relationship with a local artist, playwright, or musician.

Typical courses include:

  • The Christian Imagination (INDS 560)
  • Jesus in Literature (INDS 563)
  • History of Visual Arts
  • Spiritual Vision of Artists (INDS 574)
  • Spiritual Pilgrimage: Image and Experience (INDS 638)
  • Jesus and Film

World Christianity

This concentration focuses on the emerging field of World Christianity, which seeks to understand Christian thought and practice around the globe through integrated studies in history, theology and mission.

Students will gain deeper understanding of the changing face of global Christianity and its implications for the ongoing development of Christian tradition worldwide. They will cultivate familiarity with selected regional studies of Christianity, particularly those in the Majority World where the gospel is expanding most rapidly (e.g., Africa, Asia, and Latin America) as well as those among marginalized peoples of North America (e.g., First Nations and Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and other immigrant populations). They will also develop further competence in key issues such as gospel and culture, indigenous expressions of Christianity, globalization, inter-faith relations, renewal movements, and current trends in global theology and mission.

Through concentrated studies in this field, students will become equipped as scholars and practitioners of the Christian faith in its local and global expressions. The program is applicable for those who anticipate teaching, further research, or leadership in various capacities within the broad sphere of world mission.

Typical courses include:

  • Introduction to World Christianity (APPL 533)
  • World Religions (INDS 530)
  • Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization (APPL 610)
  • Christian Apologetics (THEO 579)
  • History of Missions (HIST 665)

Applied Theology (only for MA in Theo. Studies, formerly MCS) and Pastoral Ministry (only for MDiv)

At Regent, we recognize the importance of assimilating Scripture, theology, and languages into the Christian lifestyle. The Applied Theology concentration (for students in the MA in Theo. Studies program, formerly the MCS) and Pastoral Ministry concentration (for students in the MDiv program) are concerned with the personal application of faith as lived experience. Under the guidance of faculty members who have spent significant portions of their lives immersed in the practice of ministry, these concentrations provide opportunity for the integration of theory and practice relevant to Christian service in the church, parachurch, mission, or society at large. The concentrations include an eight-month field education experience, normally beginning in September and ending in April.

Typical courses include:

  • Preaching and Worship (APPL 619)
  • Soul of Ministry (APPL 500)
  • Introduction to Christian Counselling (APPL 530)
  • Empowering the Church for Re-Evangelization (APPL 610)
  • Christian Education and Equipping (APPL 522)
  • Ministry and Spirituality (APPL 572)

Please note that the concentrations were revised in February 2013. The details of the concentrations are still being worked out, and you will see more edits to this page. If you are a current student and have concerns about how the changes will affect the concentration you are currently enrolled in, please contact the Academic Advisor.