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Concentration in Iconography

Concentration in Iconography

The St. Stephen’s Certificate with a concentration in Iconography provides a graduate-level theological education across a range of topics – Scripture, Doctrine, Fundamentals of Orthodoxy, Liturgical Theology, Pastoral Theology, Church History, Patristics, and Canon Law – as well as coursework in Iconography. An overview of the courses for the Iconography Concentration is being updated at this time. See also the more general description of the St. Stephen’s Certificate program.


The courses in the Iconography Concentration are identical to those in the standard Applied Orthodox Theology concentration, with the exception of three courses which specifically focus on Iconography. Courses are as follows:

Unit I:

  • Fundamentals I: An Introduction to Orthodoxy
  • Church History I: The Christian Church from Its Foundation through the Seventh Century
  • Liturgical Theology I: Introduction to Liturgical Theology, Baptism and Eucharist

Unit II:

  • Church History II: The Orthodox Church from the Seventh Century to 1453
  • Holy Scripture I: Old Testament
  • Iconography I*
  • Project I

Unit III:

  • Holy Scripture II: New Testament
  • Patristics: The Fathers of the Church During the First Five Hundred Years
  • Iconography II*

Unit IV:

  • Doctrine I: The Doctrine of Knowledge In the Tradition of the Church
  • Pastoral Theology I
  • Project II

Unit V:

  • Doctrine II: The Orthodox Doctrine of the Holy Trinity
  • Canon Law: The Canon Law of the Orthodox Church
  • Iconography III*

Unit VI:

  • Option to pursue Master’s Thesis

*courses specific to the Iconography Concentration

Directed Project Courses

The directed-project courses of the Iconography Concentration are offered in the spring semester of each year (Units II, IV) and will generally address a particular need in the area of Iconography. They will include a proposal submitted for approval to the Iconography Program Director and the Projects Mentor; the directed Project itself; and a Project paper with supporting detail.


An intensive week-long Residency takes place in late August or early September at the start of the first two academic years, and is held at the Antiochian Village Conference & Retreat Center in western Pennsylvania.

Program Completion

Students who successfully complete the coursework of the Iconography Concentration will receive the St. Stephen’s Certificate in Orthodox Theology.

For a more detailed description of the Iconography Concentration, including course descriptions, please see pp. 16-23 of the AHOS Catalog.

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