What will I learn with a Quaker Studies degree?
The Master of Arts in Quaker Studies (MAQS) offers a rich examination of the Quaker (Friends) movement from a Christ-centered perspective, including its unique history, deep convictions, distinctive practices, and sense of purpose. This program is for church leaders, professionals, and anyone who would like to discover more about the Friends Church and its place in our world today.
Additional Benefits of the MA in Quaker Studies:
- Complete program in only 2 years (4 semesters), a total of 36 credit hours!
- 100% online – so students can further their education wherever they go!
- Affordably priced – with Graduate Leadership Scholarships available!
- Accredited – by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Quaker Studies Course Requirements
Master of Arts in Quaker Studies (12 credit hours)
MAQS512: Quaker History (3) – This course provides a survey of the Friends Church from its origins in the 17 th century to the present. Friends history is examined with its distinctive practices, reform efforts, church polity, and the ongoing challenges of cultural relativism and relevancy. The worldwide movement of Quakers is studied.
MAQS522: Quaker Beliefs (3) – Friends affirm the unity of the true Christian Church, while also recognizing the theological contribution that each corporate body makes to the whole. This course examines the essential truths of the Christian faith held in common by Christ-centered Friends, while also exploring the background and biblical basis of several distinctive Quaker perspectives.
MAQS532: Quaker Classics (3) – This course provides a study of classical literature by prominent Friends leaders, tracing a Christ-centered theme throughout the story of Quakerism. Students will learn from the writing of authors such as George Fox, Robert Barclay, and Joseph John Gurney, applying historic Quaker insights to life and ministry today.
MAQS542: Quaker Missions (3) – God has not called Quakers to reach everyone in the world for Christ by themselves, but there is a portion of the Great Commission for which they will be held accountable. This course investigates the advent and worldwide spread of Friends through humanitarian aid, the proclamation of the gospel, the planting of churches, and the rise of cross- cultural missions. Special attention is given to the engagement of Friends in world missions over the past 150 years.
Master's Course Requirements
MAO501: Orientation (0) – This is a one-week course designed to introduce students to the graduate program at Barclay College, including: classmates, course instructors, the mechanics of the online portal and discussion forum, and the academic rigors of graduate studies.
Theology Core (15 credit hours)
MABI511: Old Testament Hermeneutics (3) – God’s revelation through the Old Testament illuminates His timely message and timeless story for His people, while also providing the context and foundation for the New Testament. In this class, students will investigate the richness of the Old Testament and its relevance for today, including the principles and procedures for its interpretation, application, and exposition.
MABI521: New Testament Hermeneutics (3) – The narrative of Christ and His Church, foreshadowed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament, provides the framework for Christian faith and practice. This class in biblical interpretation and exegesis focuses on the life and teachings of Christ, the experience of believers, and the eternal hope of the Church as recorded in the gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic literature.
MATH531: Christian Theology (3) – This class investigates the essential teachings of the evangelical Christian faith, with special attention given to the person and work of Christ, sin and salvation, the role of the Holy Spirit, the life of the Church, and contemporary theological issues. Students will become better equipped to apply and articulate theological convictions in ministry settings.
MATH541: The History of Christianity (3) – This course addresses the major events, issues, personalities, and movements that shape and define the story of the Christian Church. Topics such as the birth and growth of the Early Church, the threat of persecution, the rise of monasticism, the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon, the Reformation, the Great Awakenings, ecumenical efforts, and the globalization of the gospel provide a deeper understanding of the Church and a relevant perspective for ministry today.
MAMM513: The Missional Church (3) – We may not all be called to serve Christ as missionaries in a foreign land, but we are all called to be “on mission with God” wherever He may lead us. In this course, students are challenged to examine their purpose and calling in life, maximize their capacity to build bridges, and bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and around the world.
Research and Application (9 credit hours)
MARA523: Research Methods (3) – This course is an introduction to the research methods that are applicable in a variety of academic and organizational settings, including both quantitative and qualitative strategies that are commonly used in a graduate Capstone project.
MARA533: Applied Research I (3) – In this research and application course, students will identify and begin to investigate a potential Capstone project that relates to their chosen concentration of graduate studies. Through practical examination, each student will focus on their field of study using a variety of potential methods, some of which may include: field experience, literature review, and other forms of data collection.
MARA543: Applied Research II – Capstone Project (3) – This course involves the completion of a written Capstone project that serves as the culmination of a student’s research and their graduate school experience. Students will integrate their research findings with their chosen area of concentration, making application to life, service, and leadership today. In addition, each student will demonstrate their acquisition of scholarship, critical thinking, creativity, and written communication skills.
Jim LeShana, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Quaker Studies
Ph.D. (History) University of California, Riverside; M.Div. (Ministry) Azusa Pacific University; M.A. (Theology and Marriage and Family Ministries) Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A. (History) University of California; B.A. George Fox University