7406 Alban Station Ct.

Suite B-207, Springfield, VA 22150

1.866.GO.AGORA

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

HTC

Our Mission

Our Mission is to establish a community of Christian thinkers, where members can grow spiritually and academically, develop in character, and witness in the contemporary world. We believe in a future where our graduates are ready to impact their society by building bridges between Orthodox Christianity and the humanities through distance learning.

History

Established in 2015 as Holy Transfiguration College (HTC), Agora University initiated innovative, interdisciplinary Master’s degree programs aimed at community-building through Orthodox Christian tradition thought across divergent domains. In March 2017, the institution was renamed Agora University, designating HTC as the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion. HTC aims to be the nucleus of Agora University’s vision to be a pioneering institute dedicated to the humanities from an Eastern Christian perspective. HTC continues to focus on developing interdisciplinary venues between the Eastern Christian tradition and the humanities. HTC is committed to providing high quality Orthodox Christian foundations while also maintaining a vigorous tradition of high-quality research on subjects pertaining to the intersection between theology and the humanities.

Our world-class faculty come from renowned institutions worldwide including University of Oxford, University of St. Andrews, University of Aberdeen, UCLA, King’s College London, University of Toronto and Claremont Graduate University.

Our diverse student body comes from all over the world including USA, Canada, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, and Iraq with various professional experiences ranging from engineering, medicine, social work to physics and ministry.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Theological knowledge: a coherent understanding and spiritual encounter of the Orthodox Christian theological tradition in light of Eastern Christian wisdom.
  • Theological skills: the ability to reflect, analyze, synthesize, communicate, interpret, and apply that tradition in a religiously and culturally diverse world.
  • To create a communal environment that nurtures collaboration, inspires an apostolic spirit, and supports the development of the spiritual life appropriate to work and ministry in a changing world.
  • Leadership skills: the ability to interact with others in a spirit of openness and collaboration, to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Spiritual maturity: an integration of affective and intellectual growth and commitment to the practice of spiritual disciplines, both personal and communal.
  • To affirm the richness of intercultural diversity through the ways in which we foster community, construct our learning environments, and invite students, staff, and faculty to share their intercultural experiences and insights as a means of shaping students’ academic understanding, spiritual development, and pastoral practice.
  • Intercultural communication: an ability to interact with persons of diverse cultures with empathy, mutuality, and respect

These broad goals arise out of the ways in which students and faculty, staff, and public partners participate in the school’s programs. Each of these, in turn, aligns with Program Learning Outcomes for degree programs, and Student Learning Outcomes in individual courses.

Accreditation

European Union