Doctor of Religious and Science (D.Sci.R.) or Doctor of Literature (D.Litt.) Maya Religion’s Affect on Culture

Please note:  The following substitute curriculum is not based on the Great Works Series but is still a “read” program” with additional study materials.

The Maya civilization is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as its spectacular art, monumental architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems.    What was life like for the ancient Maya people that inhabited what is now Central America? This graduate level minor program examines in detail one of the best-known pre-Columbian (prior to Spanish conquest in ca.1500 A.D.) civilizations of the New World: Maya civilization. It will explore how archaeologists use material and textual evidence to understand what life was like in an ancient civilization. Major topics will include ancient Maya social, economic, and political systems, subsistence, and religion. The program focus will be on the achievements of the ancient Maya, but we will also examine the effects of the Spanish conquest of the Maya area and continuing Maya resistance to colonial and post-colonial rule. Archaeology has a crucial role to play in understanding the past, present, and future of the Maya

This major is an interdisciplinary program that ensures the flexibility needed in today’s market. It offers both breadth and depth. Together with your advisor and other appropriate members of the faculty, you will craft your curriculum to fit your individual needs and interests.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Doctoral graduates will demonstrate the capacities to:

1.  Formulate viable research questions; manage information, including conventional bibliographic and electronic information retrieval methods; and design, conduct, and report original research, contextualized within an international sphere of professional activity.

2.  Show a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship

3.  Explore key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the relationship between the area of specialization and international development.

4.  Apply research to refine the international development efforts of voluntary organizations, utilizing alternative approaches while acting as a “change-agent” in seeking to address and solve problems and issues in his or her organization.

5.  Articulate and communicate effectively with skills in listening, speaking, and writing, in order to disseminate the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication to a variety of audiences.

6.   Exhibit the knowledge of an informed professional about the liberal arts in relation to the chosen field of specialization, being able to evaluate the relevance and value of their research to national and international communities of scholars and co-laborers.

Achievement of these learning outcomes is measured by means of course assignments, evaluation of field experience, coursework examination, and completing the doctoral dissertation process.

Required Courses 

Graduate Level 4 

RSRh 401 Advanced Search for Truth in the Humanities (3 Credit Hours) ***
RSRm 401 Advanced Search for Truth in Mathematics (3 Credit Hours) ***
RSRs 401 Advanced Search for Truth in Science (3 Credit Hours) ***
PHIL 401 Advanced Philosophy and the Search for God (3 Credit Hours) ***
THE 401 Advanced Theology (3 Credit Hours) ***

Graduate Level 5 

RSRh 516 Maya Geography (3 Credit Hours)
RSRh517 Maya History (3 Credit Hours)
RSRh519 Maya Art (3 Credit Hours)
RSRh520 Architecture (3 Credit Hours)
RSRh521 Writing and Literacy (3 Credit Hours)
RSRh522 Maya Field Research (30 Credit Hours)

Required to graduate: 60 semester credit hours graduate level

*** Students who meet the necessary years of life and professional experience may substitute essays based on that experience as substitution for these courses.  The essays will be developed by ATU, graded, and the score assigned as a final grade for the course. For more information, see the policy regarding life experience limitation and criteria found in this catalog or request it directly from the registrar at [email protected].