Why does Wheaton College have two graduate church history programs? The first is listed as a Master of Arts in "General History of Christianity". This program includes 30 hours of set study and 6 hours of electives. If a student chooses to write a thesis they only get 2 hours of electives. The second is listed as a Master of Arts in "Religion in American Life". This program includes 26 hours of set study and 10 hours of electives. If a student chooses to write a thesis they only get 6 hours of electives. Thesis in both programs count as 4 hours. Ok, so whats the problem? I only see a difference of 2 classes. In the MA/GHC the student is required to take "The Reformation" and "Topics in the History of Christianity". In the MA/RAL the student takes "Seminar in American Christianity and Historical Theology". The rest of the differences are in the electives. So why have two seperate programs? Maybe the second is aimed more towards students who might go to get a PhD in American History? That is the only reason I can see. Does anyone know the reason? Would it be better for them to offer a MA/History and just have two concentrations? I think so.