Orthodox Christian Theology
Why Orthodox Christian Theology At USK?
In the Orthodox Christian Theology concentration, students learn theological doctrines that concern Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, the Church and its worship, salvation and the life of virtue, the Theotokos, the saints, and the veneration of icons. Students will engage the writings of ante- and post-Nicene fathers such as Ignatius of Antioch, Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus of Lyon, Justin Martyr, Hippolytus, Tertullian, Origen, and Cyprian of Carthage, Athanasius, John Chrysostom, the Cappadocians (Gregory Naz, Basil, Gregory of Nyssa), Ambrose, Augustine, Cyril of Alexandria, Gregory Dialogus, Maximos the Confessor, and John of Damascus. Students will also take courses in the Orthodox practices related to spirituality and worship and courses in the history of the Orthodox Church. Theology degrees typically lead to careers in education or the priesthood and to graduate seminary degrees.
“My time at USK was wonderful; from having evening prayers with my fellow Orthodox students, to learning ancient Greek and studying Russian literature. At USK, I learned perseverance and dedication when dealing with difficult classes and serving for the chapel service. No matter how good the subject is, if the teachers are not of quality character the class will be miserable. From my experience, the teachers at USK were of the highest quality.”
— Jacob Howell | Class of 2020