Course Description Masters Level
McCormick Theological Seminary
Course Number and Title: H300 Church History Survey I
Faculty: Ken Sawyer
Term: Fall Semester, 2010
Course Description: This course presents the story of Christianity as a world movement. We will identify important aspects of the Christian movement, showing the emergence of Christian institutions and practices and the development of distinctive vocabularies of Christian faith. We will also present models of interpretation in the history of Christianity by pursuing issues of identity and method, in order to trace the origins of theological concepts that continue to inform contemporary Christian communities. We will also track movements of renewal and reform within the Church. Theological texts, terms, and traditions will be placed in historical context as we go along. We will seek to introduce aspects of the inter-relationship of Christianity with Judaism and Islam, though this course is consciously and intentionally Christian in orientation and presents the story of Christianity from the perspective of Christians through the ages.
This course is the first of a two-course survey sequence. While it is not necessary to take this course first, it is advised to do so.
1.students will be introduced to the broad outlines of world Christianity through lectures, readings, discussion group work, and written assessments;
2. students will be introduced to printed church history reference works typically found in
library reference collections. Some assignments will be based on use of these reference works.
3. students will be introduced to online resources in church history, and to the ATLA
databases, and will learn to conduct searches of these sources;
4. students will pursue graduate level research projects in description and analysis;
5.students will be introduced to a variety of Christian practices.
6.students will be introduced to aspects of the history of Judaism and the history of Islam, in relation to the history of Christianity.
Masters Program Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes established for each degree program are below. The ones that are underlined are those addressed by the course above. Because a course may be taken by students in any masters degree program, outcomes in more than one degree program may be addressed by this course.
M.Div. Learning Outcomes
MTS Learning Outcomes
MA in Discipleship Development Learning Outcomes
MA in Urban Ministry Learning Outcomes
Primary Texts (and ISBN numbers)
Dale T. Irvin and Scott W. Sunquist. History of the World Christian Movement. Vol. 1 (Orbis,
2001). ISBN-13: 978-157053961 [512 pages]
Andrea Sterk and John Coakley, Editors. Readings in World Christianity vol. 1 (to 1453) (Orbis
2004). ISBN-13 978-1570755200 [435 pages]
Primary documents from the Christian Classic Ethereal Library. free at www.ccel.org 
Approximate amount of work per week students can expect (reading, writing, etc.) an average of seventy-five to one-hundred pages of reading/preparation per week over the course of the semester, plus the reading appropriate to your research projects.
Course Assignments and Projects:
1.A mid-term essay relating to the early church (in class exam).
2. A mid-term essay making use of research skills of a) selection/definition of research topic; b) crafting a research strategy; c)evaluation and documenting primary and secondary sources; d) composing an essay appropriate to the tasks of accuracy and description of issues of interpretation. [6-8 pages]
3.A final research paper based on the essay from #2, suitably revised to include a research topic question joined with an appropriate analysis. This final paper will exhibit skill in research and revision. [12-15 pages]
4.A timeline suited to this course;
5.quizzes, group discussion work, group discussion of texts
6.Memorization of the Apostles’ Creed