Author Topic: Orthodox Graduate Studies  (Read 2787 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Maksim

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 86
Orthodox Graduate Studies
« on: August 16, 2007, 07:06:44 PM »
Does anyone here have any experience with attending a seminary for the purpose of graduate study?  In other words, without the intention of entering the priesthood? 

I know that Holy Cross and St. Vladimir's both offer programs along those lines....are there any other seminaries or institutions worth looking into?

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,215
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2007, 08:54:27 PM »
Does anyone here have any experience with attending a seminary for the purpose of graduate study?  In other words, without the intention of entering the priesthood? 

I know that Holy Cross and St. Vladimir's both offer programs along those lines....are there any other seminaries or institutions worth looking into? 

If you wish to enter the priesthood and want to study in this country, your options are limited: Holy Cross and St. Vladimirs, St. Tikhon's, St. Herman of Alaska (in Alaska), Christ the Saviour (Johnstown, PA - ACROD) and the Serbian Seminary near Chicago are the ones I know of.  Each school will take students from any jurisdiction, but your jurisdiction may have a preference as to where you go (because of differences in the way the services are done, supplementary languages, music, etc.).



HC and St. Vlad's are the biggest and best-known of the Seminaries.  Each one has its pros and cons.
The others are smaller and will provide a distinctly different environment.
« Last Edit: August 16, 2007, 08:55:18 PM by cleveland »
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

Offline arimethea

  • Getting too old for this
  • Section Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,968
  • Does anyone really care what you think?
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2007, 01:17:36 AM »
If you are wanting graduate studies in order to pursue a further degree such as a doctorate then I would limit yourself to Holy Cross or St. Vladimir's. It would really depend on what you want to do with your degree as to which of these schools you would choose.

There are also a few opportunities outside of a seminary where you can receive an Orthodox experience in pursuing a Masters degree. There is the Orthodox Institute in San Fransisco along with programs in Durham and Oxford England. If your Greek is excellent then you also have the Universities in ThessalonĂ­ki and Athens.

Feel free to PM with what you hope to accomplish and I will tell the you some of the pro and cons of each of these places.
Joseph

Offline Elisha

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,567
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2007, 02:38:52 AM »
There is the Orthodox Institute in San Fransisco along with programs in Durham and Oxford England.
I assume you're referring to the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute, which is on the UC Berkeley campus.

Offline recent convert

  • Orthodox Chrisitan
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,993
  • St.David of Wales pray for us
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Patriarchate of Antioch
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2007, 06:49:12 AM »
There is a correspondance St Stephen's course in Orthodox theology for lay persons from the Antiochian Orthodox church: http://www.antiochian.org/638
Antiochian OC N.A.

Offline Thomas

  • Section Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 2,866
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2007, 08:52:10 AM »
Those who attended St Stephens course may attend an additional year and get a masters Degree from Balamond University in Lebanon thru the same program.  Ordained Clergy may do the same for their Doctorate as well. This is the Graduate School for the Antiochian Patriarchate.

thomas
Your brother in Christ ,
Thomas

Offline Maksim

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 86
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2007, 01:13:01 AM »
Thanks for all of the advice, everyone.

Basically I'm just looking to further my own understanding of Orthodox theology and history.  I was a philosophy major in college, and I guess I'd like to move my understanding of philosophical issues into a more Orthodox framework.  If I ended up doing anything with the degree, I might be interested in teaching or academic work of some sort. 

So, given that, are the smaller seminaries ruled out?  I have read that Christ the Savior (ACROD) in Johnstown PA has a program for laymen, but I don't have a good sense of how advanced it is compared to Holy Cross or St. Vlad's.

Offline serb1389

  • Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom!
  • Global Moderator
  • Merarches
  • ******
  • Posts: 8,573
  • MichaÅ‚ Kalina's biggest fan
Re: Orthodox Graduate Studies
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2007, 11:19:33 AM »
If you're looking for a place in Pennsylvania I would HIGHLY recomend St. Tikhon's Seminary, which really has a great program. 

I would say that Holy Cross and St. Vladimir's are definitely advanced in terms of academic studies.  All the different schools have something different to offer. 

Numbers might be a factor for you too.  Holy Cross is pretty expensive and all the other schools are more or less affordable. 

Also at HC there is an Undergraduate program at Hellenic College, so that adds a different dynamic as well. 

What I would suggest is to call each school and see what they have to say, come up with some questions to ask them. 

Also I HIGHLY recomend that you visit the campus of the school you are interested in. 
I got nothing.
I forgot the maps
March 27th and May 30th 2010 were my Ordination dates, please forgive everything before that