Well, with the incompletes I took in both Biblical Hebrew and Europe’s Reformations in order to reduce stress, and the finishing up with them both, I am officially through with another semester of school. The grades I received were as follows:
Biblical Hebrew: A-
Witchcraft and Christianity in the Atlantic: A
Ancient Greece II: A-
Europe’s Reformations: B
Judaism and the Origins of Christianity: A+
All of this totaled for me a 3.78 semester GPA which is not the best semester GPA I’ve ever had but my GPA is now bumped up to a total of 3.66 combined. Seeing that Oxford’s Oriental Studies program only requires a 3.5 GPA from U.S. students, applying there for an M.Phil. in Eastern Christian studies is doable (though as Auntie said yesterday, you don’t need a doctorate in Christianity to be a Christian!) though I’m still leaning heavily toward Auntie’s school where she used to work at, it’s nice that Oxford is another place I might be able to study at doing the studying I just simply love most–liberal arts!
This summer, I’ll be taking a religion and moral issues course. I’m hoping I don’t get one of those professors who just shows people the diversity within religious moral views as a way of saying–“See?!? You can be religion x without having to believe in such a moral value!” Those professors are boring. This is a grad student teaching it though so I’ll see how it goes and since he teaches both philosophy and religious studies from his pro-file, it seems like it’s going to be a much more critical thinking course. Which is good and it may come in handy for applying to the Catholic University of America (another option I have) for an M.A. in historical and systematic theology (unless I decide I’d rather go into moral theology).
This fall, I will be studying the following:
Literary Approaches to the Hebrew Bible (same professor as my Biblical Hebrew and Judaism and the Origins of Christianity professor)
Approaches to Religion (necessary for my religious studies major)
Russian Revolution (it’s my senior thesis course and so I hope the professor allows me to look at the political philosophy leading up to it or I could look at the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in it as well)
England to 1689 (the professor is apparently one of the most qualified historians of England in the world)
Philosophy of Law (with a regent’s professor–ASU’s equivalent to a distinguished professor–and holds a J.D. as well but studies Native American law so no cheesy or cheap promotion of the superiority of U.S. law will occur in this class!)
These are some of the books I get to read for school this fall. I can’t remember all of them and since something on the ASU site isn’t working right now or undergoing remodeling, I won’t be able to recall until Sunday.
Regardless, I’m happy to find myself in a situation right now where I have the opportunity of exploring some of the best graduate schools to study Eastern Christianity, historical theology, or the history of ancient philosophy and I’m going to get a big chunk of work done on applying for those schools throughout the semester and hopefully turn them in by winter! Maybe I’ll find out if I get in though since I graduate next spring, it may only be an “in but pending”. We’ll see, I guess, right? I just don’t know where God wants me to go at all and wish I did but I think right now, he wants me to go where help is offered, not where help is not. I’m done doing everything on my own.