MA with Major in Abrahamic Studies

Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

Program Description

MA with Major in Abrahamic Studies

Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

The MA with a major in Abrahamic Studies prepares you to work in the Abrahamic communities of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam through gaining an understanding of the basic concepts and theories of these global cultures. You will acquire language essentials for the study of the Abrahamic traditions, and learn to discern the points of intersection among these faiths. This will enable you to serve in and with Abrahamic communities and organizations based on respectful understanding of their beliefs and practices, engendering humanitarian contributions to local and global cultural goals.

You will complete the general core requirements (15 credit hours) and concentration specific requirements (21 credit hours) to complete this 36 credit graduate degree. You may choose between a concentration in Islamic Worldviews or a student-crafted concentration in Abrahamic Worldviews.

If you are interested in this program you should apply for Graduate Admission to GIAL. If previously enrolled at GIAL in anything other than “graduate admission status”, you will need to change your admission status.

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Prerequisites

Prior to admission to the program, you must complete the following prerequisite requirements:

AC4315 Old Testament Survey

Course Summary

A survey of the history, literature, and message of the Old Testament.

Course Details

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Term(s) course is offered: Fall

AC4316 New Testament Survey

Course Summary

A survey of the history, literature, and message of the New Testament.

Course Details

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Term(s) course is offered: Fall

*You may petition to waive these prerequisite requirements it you have taken equivalent courses elsewhere. Courses are evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

General Core Requirements

Abrahamic Language (6 credits):

  • AC5241 Arabic 1*
  • AC5242 Arabic 2*
  • AC5243 Arabic 3*

OR

  • AL5321 New Testament Greek for Translators
  • AL5322 New Testament Greek for Translators 2

OR

  • AL5326 Biblical Hebrew for Translators
  • AL5327 Biblical Hebrew for Translators 2

AND

  • AC5315 Abrahamic Monotheism
  • AC5319 Abrahamic Messianism
  • AA5321 Multicultural Teamwork

*Arabic 1, Arabic 2, and Arabic 3 (Two credits each) are required for the Islamic Worldviews concentration.

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Islamic Worldviews

The following are the requirements for the Islamic Worldviews Concentration with a thesis or non-thesis option. (Note that Arabic 1, 2, and 3 are the required language in the core course requirements.)

Islamic Worldviews Concentration specific courses:

  • AC5310 Core Components of Islam
  • AC5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples
  • AC5318 Understanding the Qur’an
  • AC5312 Islam in the 21st Century OR AC5314 Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements

One approved elective in Islamic Studies

Thesis/Non-thesis options

Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)

  • 2 Electives (6 hours)

Thesis option

  • Thesis (6 hours)

Abrahamic Worldviews (student-crafted)

The following are the requirements for the Student-crafted concentration in Abrahamic Worldviews with a thesis or non-thesis option. For this concentration, the student will work with their advisor to design a concentration in Abrahamic worldviews based upon his/her needs or goals. Each program is subject to approval by the Abraham Center.

Student Crafted Concentration courses:

Five approved courses in Abrahamic studies

  • AC5322 Abrahamic Worldviews: Shared Stories
  • AC5310 Core Components of Islam
  • AC5318 Understanding the Qur’an
  • AC5312 Islam in the 21st Century
  • AC5314 Modern Islamic Religious and Political Movements
  • AC5316 Contextualization Issues Among Muslim Peoples
  • AC5309 Theology of Translation
  • AL5319 Biblical Backgrounds

Thesis/Non-thesis options

Non-thesis option (comprehensive exam)

  • Two Electives (6 hours)

Thesis option

  • Thesis (6 hours)
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