Textbooks: Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, Revised and Updated (HarperCollins, 2010).
Instructor: Ariel Berkowitz, M.Div
Course Options: This class can be taken as a standalone class or can be taken as part of a certificate program.
Standalone: The History of Christianity is a two-term course spanning the approximately two-thousand-year history of Christianity in its many forms. This type of course is frequently called “Church History.” However, for reasons that we will discuss in the course itself, we have chosen to refer to it by the name “The History of Christianity.” In the first term we will cover the first century through the prelude to the Reformation in Europe. In the second term we will examine the history from the time of the Reformation to our present day. During this – 19 – Course Descriptions course, we will pay particular attention to the relationship between Christianity in Europe and the Jewish people with whom it came into contact.
Program Path: Those who are looking for a more structured workload will find this course is not required for any certificate program but does count for elective hours (which are required for two and three-year certificates). This class counts for 3 quarter hours each quarter within the certificate program.
Course Requirements: Students must have the ability to proficiently read the English language, have access to and a basic knowledge of a computer with an internet connection. This course does have videos and maps to look at, so those who are visually impaired are very welcomed to take this course but should be aware of this kind of content.
Workload: The average workload each week is around 3 hours. This includes a weekly lecture, assigned reading, and interaction in the class forum. A final exam is also required at the end of the class to complete the course.