Home | About CITS | Statement of Faith | Bookstore & Gift Shop

Central Institute of Theological Studies

Advanced Certificate Program

CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS HISTORY
with a concentration in Christian History

You can earn your Advanced Certificate of Studies in the academic discipline of Cultural and Religious History. You may proceed to take these courses for your advanced certificate if you have already completed a standard Certificate of Studies from  Central Insititue of Theological Studies. Please make sure you complete the following three evaluation courses first. 

 

Language and Grammar 101

General Science 101

Standard Mathmatics 101

 

You may turn your test results in with your completed Advanced Certificate study courses.

 

This Advanced Certificate of Studies program is presented in five levels. All five levels must be completed to earn your degree. Follow the instructions carefully for each level and mail all of the course materials and examinations to CITS under the same cover with a Certificate completion form found on the link above. The fee for each level is $ 20.oo. You may have to purchase some of the additional materials required to take the course, if you do not already own the required materials. Resources where these materials can be purchased will be provided for you.

LEVEL ONE

 

To complete this course level, you will need to obtain a copy of the video documentary titled EMPIRES : The Roman Empire in the First Century. This is a PBS production (product # REFC600). One resource for purchase is www.shoppbs.com  It is generally available on DVD or VHS. After you have viewed the program, answer all of the questions listed in the Level One Examination (Click here for Level One Examination). You may want to answer the questions as you watch the program – this is a great way to learn. Be sure to answer the two brief essay questions. Together the two essay questions count for 40% of your grade on this level.  You must have a minimum score of 80% to pass this level. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support staff at anytime via email.        

 

LEVEL TWO

 

To complete this course level, you will need to obtain a copy of the video documentary titled  THE CRUSADES Crescent and the Cross. This is a History Channel production (ISBN 0-7670-8654-6). One resource for purchase is www.historychannel.com  It is available on DVD. After you have viewed the program, answer all of the questions listed on the Level Two Examination  (Click here for Level Two Examination). You may want to answer the questions as you watch the program – this is a great way to learn. Be sure to answer the two brief essay questions. Together the two essay questions count for 60% of your grade on this level.  You must have a minimum score of 80% to pass this level. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support staff at anytime via email.       

 

LEVEL THREE

 

To complete this course level, you will need to obtain a copy of the video documentary titled  WHO IS THIS JESUS? : Is He Risen?. This is a Coral Ridge Ministries production (product # 112475). One resource for purchase is http://www.coralridge.org It is available on VHS or DVD. You may also want to obtain the parallel book bearing the same title by D.James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe available from Coral Ridge Ministries P.O. Box 40 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33302-0040. The book contains the entire transcript of the video production is in the book.   After you have viewed the program and / or read the book, answer all of the questions listed on the Level Three Examination  (Click here for Level Three Examination). You may want to answer the questions as you watch the program or read the book – this is a great way to learn. Be sure to answer the two brief essay questions. The essay question counts for 50% of your grade on this level.  You must have a minimum score of 80% to pass this level. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support staff at anytime via email.        

  

LEVEL FOUR

 

To complete this course level, you will need to write a book report on one of the books listed below. Your report should be a minimum of 1000 words and should yield a adequate outline of the book’s chapters including your comments on a minimum of three direct quotes from the book you select.

Fabricating Jesus by Craig A. Evans 2006  IVP Books  ISBN 10 0-8308-3318-8

The Story of Christianity  by Matthew Price and Matthew Collins 1999 Tyndale House Publishers  ISBN 0-8423-3197-2

Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D.Kelly 1978 Prince Press ISBN 1-56563-911-1

In the Fullness of Time by Paul L. Maier 1998 Kregel Publications  ISBN 0825433290  

If you cannot locate any of these books in your local public or church library you may purchase any of these books from a local religious bookstore or at www.christianbook.com If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our support staff at anytime via email.        

  

LEVEL FIVE

 

To complete this course level you will need to write your research paper. You should combine the knowledge you have learned from the four levels of study in this certificate program into a paper which sufficiently displays what you have learned along with your own personal beliefs and perceptions of the study material content. You must also present the parallels between various cultures and religions as you have learned them in this certificate program. You should utilize a minimum of eight (9) direct quotes (at least three (3) from the material you studied in each level) identifying the source adequately in foot notes or end notes. You may use other sources for references that were not required for use in this certificate program. Your written paper should be a minimum of three thousand (3000) words in length. 

 

Central Institute of Theological Studies
P.O. Box 750491
Dayton, Ohio    45475