Walsh University Graduate Catalog 2012-2013
THEO 701 and THEO 702 Integration Project/Integration Thesis 3-6 sem. hrs.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Theology degree include completing either an Integration Capstone Project or Integration Thesis, normally in the last semester of the degree program. The project/thesis assists the student in integrating various foundational and elected courses within the program with the past, present, and future ecclesial leadership role/ministerial context of the students. Students develop the project/thesis using the particular interest or emphasis that has been identified within the seminar and which has been supported throughout the course of study. This culminating assignment is intended to foster an internalized appropriation of the foundational doctrines of the Church in a way that relates them to Christian life and ecclesial leadership. will help develop the skills necessary for sound theological and ecclesial/ministerial judgment, promoting integration of theory and practice Through project/thesis involving a contribution to the wider community, (e.g., related to social justice, spiritual renewal, education and formation, pastoral administration or pastoral care), students will demonstrate in a structured format the ability to articulate, exercise and apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the degree program. Typically a paper of approximately 60-75 pages is required. Students should present a substantive, well crafted and focused project/thesis that is of significant pastoral interest. The student will demonstrate competence in a specific area chosen in consultation with a major advisor. The completed project/thesis will reflect the student's graduate-level ability for in-depth research and will include:
* Scholarly exposition of appropriate primary and secondary literature,
* Informed, critical analysis of major issues involved, and
* Thoughtful and academically defensible disclosure reflecting the student's position on the chosen research question.
Although the project/thesis format may vary according to the nature of the topic to be explored, scholarly and academic standards are expected throughout. The student is not expected to conduct research with the expansive rigor of a doctoral dissertation. However, he or she is expected to demonstrate both familiarity with scholarly literature and growing expertise in the chosen area. The student will be responsible for proof-reading the final work, checking for clear grammar, academically appropriate style, expressing oneself clearly and effectively, and exploring abstract thinking. The last component of the Culminating Assignment is a one-hour oral qualifying exam/discussion with a panel of the theology faculty The work signifies that, through this project/thesis and this discussion, one has developed an integrated framework in ecclesial leadership praxis.