New master's degree in religious education at QU targets wide group

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 9:28 am Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 10:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Daniel Strudwick believes Quincy University's newly developed master's degree in religious education will be a godsend for many.

Strudwick, chairman of the program, says those connected with religious education should especially benefit from the design of the study. That includes teachers, administrators and clergymen, plus those interested strictly from a personal development standpoint.

"You need to know what you're talking about," Strudwick said. "You feel like you want to be at the top of your game."

A former youth pastor, Strudwick said the program encompasses the needs of and can strengthen the roles of Diocesan administrators, undergraduates with theology degrees, high school religion/theology teachers, pastors focusing on religious education and parish workers in general.

"Anyone who desires a deeper understanding of God, divine revelation, scripture, the world, the relationship of faith and reason and Christian ethics will benefit from the program," Strudwick said.

This 33-credit program (10 courses and a culminating experience) includes a two-year academic cycle of required courses and electives, allowing students to complete the program at their own pace -- from as little as 18 months up to five years.

During each fall and spring semester, students enroll in up to two online courses (6 credits). The two-week summer session allows students to enroll in up to 9 credit hours. Courses during the second summer session may be taken in residence or online.

Students may begin the 3-credit culminating experience upon completing eight courses (24 credits). With faculty guidance and approval, the student chooses an experience most fitting to his or her vocational goals.

"The program has a real focus to it, and I think people will be attracted to it," Strudwick said. "People will like the flexibility."

Questions abut the master's degree in religious education program should be directed to Daniel Strudwick at (217) 228-5432, ext. 3202.