The CAS program consists of ten courses, including at least one colloquium or seminar and one directed reading course. The program has three options, or tracks: general, specialized, and research (details below). In general, students construct their own curriculum in consultation with the CAS Director and their advisor, as long as the curriculum falls within the program guidelines specified here and does not duplicate previous graduate work.
An intensive directed-reading course called TH790 CAS Directed Reading is the capstone experience of the program. The student is guided by a member of the faculty on a topic approved by the CAS Director. The course consists of guided reading (approximately 1,500-2,000 pages) on the topic together with appropriate writing projects, normally three critical reviews and a final paper analyzing and synthesizing the materials in the readings. (Note: Tuition for this course is at independent-study rates, 50% higher than regular tuition.) There is no thesis option in the CAS program.
The curriculum for the CAS general track consists of the following:
- Eight 700-level courses or approved 600-level courses
that are augmented and taken as 700-level courses,
- At least one seminar or colloquium
- One directed reading course (TH790)
Students in the general track may take up to one approved independent-study course and any number of approved seminars and colloquia in lieu of the 700-level general course offerings. Students in the general track may take up to six credits in a biblical language at the 600 level.