Fall 2012 Registration Information

It is very important that you read the following information carefully. You will be responsible for the information on this page. If you skip this page and go right to registration, you will miss important information about how to register, and the specifics of late fees and particular courses.

Students who will begin their studies in the Fall of 2012 (including EPMC students) should not register. I will register your courses for you. You can expect an e-mail with more information in early Summer. Incoming PhD students will meet with Dr. Feenstra during orientation in August and register at that time.

The Fall 2012 course schedule is now available. Registration for returning students will open on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:00 a.m. Registration will close on Monday, May 21, at 11:59 p.m. If you fail to register by the May 21 deadline, you will incur a $50 late registration fee.

You will not be able to register if you have a balance on your account. You will either need to pay the bill in full, or make payment arrangements with the Financial Services office. The Registrar’s Office cannot open registration for you if you have a balance.

To register, click on the “Internal” link on the web site. Go to Current Students/Tools and Resources/Register. Here’s the link: https://internal.calvinseminary.edu/registration/index.php
Reminder: do not register before you read all of the information on this page.

A chart listing all of the electives offered in the academic year of 2012-2013 is available from a link on the Registrar’s Office page, or by clicking here.

Once you are initially registered, you may change, add, or drop courses online without penalty until two weeks into the Fall semester – Monday, September 17, at 4:30 p.m

All independent studies, major papers and theses must be registered by Friday, August 31 2012 at 4:00 p.m. to avoid a $50 late fee. See instructions below.

If you need technical assistance in accessing the schedule, contact Seminary IT. If you have questions regarding course eligibility or other non-technical matters, please contact The Registrar’s Office.


Full-time MDiv students who are following a three year plan should consult the degree program charts on the web site to determine their schedule for the Fall.

All other first degree students should have a program plan that the Registrar has reviewed with you at some point. If you’ve lost your copy of the plan, please send an e-mail to The Registrar’s Office and a copy of the plan will be put into your mailbox. If you’ve never developed a plan, and you would like to do so, you may set up an appointment with the Registrar. Contact The Registrar’s Office and suggest some times that work for you.

ThM students with questions about which courses to take, please should consult with Dr. Avila, Director of the ThM program. Although he is on sabbatical, he is continuing his advising via e-mail.

PhD Students should contact Dr. Feenstra, Director of the PhD program.


First Degree Students (MDiv, MTS, MA) who want to register an independent study or a major paper need to pick up the appropriate form from Vanessa Lake, Assistant to the VP for Academic Affairs. When the form is completed, return it to her office.

ThM students who need to register an Independent Study, a major paper, or a thesis will download the appropriate form from the Registrar’s Office page.

ThM students will need to bring the necessary paper work, complete with the signature of your study/paper supervisor, to Dr. Avila’s office.

All forms must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31 in order to avoid a $50 late fee. Although the forms are not due until late summer, you should make arrangements with a supervising professor well before that time.


The course What Preachers Can Learn from Writers (602B) may be used to meet an admission requirement in Literature if taken for credit.

MA students who need a core course in the Old Testament should register for Interpretation of Old Testament Narrative Literature (461B) with Professor Leder.

MDiv students should note that the course Sermon on the Mount (525B) is not an exegetical elective. Please refer to the electives chart to see which courses qualify as such.

MDiv students who began their studies in the Fall of 2011 should register for Service Learning, Year Two (721B) and students who began their studies in 2009 should register for Service Learning, Year Three (722B).

A chart listing all of the electives offered in the academic year of 2012-2013 is available here (pdf).


Please note that the MDiv Mentoring Groups will ordinarily meet on Mondays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. MA Mentoring Groups will ordinarily meet on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

MDiv Students who haven’t completed Mentoring Groups in their current program should register as follows:

  • If you haven’t started your Mentoring group, you should register for 751B.
  • If you’ve had two semesters (one year) of Mentoring groups, you should register for 753B.
  • If you’ve had two full years of Mentoring Groups, you should register for 755B.

MA Students who have completed their first year of Mentoring groups should register for 782B. If you haven’t started your Mentoring Group, you should register for 780B.

MTS Students who have completed their first year of Mentoring groups should register for 767B. If you haven’t started your Mentoring Group, you should register for 765B.


EPMC in the two year distance program have two course options in the Fall: Hermeneutics (711BX) and Preaching the Word (435BX). You must have completed at least one of the Biblical languages in order to take the preaching course. If you’ve taken a course previously, you should register on your own. If you are a new EPMC student, I will register for you. Look for an e-mail this summer.

Specific Courses

  • Bible Survey (716B) There are two sections of this course. Section A will meet 3 days a week for the Fall Semester only. Section B will meet 1.5 hours a week throughout the Fall and Spring semesters (with a break for J-Term).
  • CRC History/Polity (773/774) These courses are required for students seeking ordination in the CRC. Please note that CRC Polity meets the first 6 weeks of the semester and CRC History meets the last 6 weeks of the semester. They meet in the same time slots and in the same location. You must register for both courses.
  • Gospel Communication (449B) can be used to meet an admission requirement in Speech.

These courses are designed to help you develop and hone skills for your studies and for ministry. Occasionally, you may be urged or required to take a Skill Development course to help you in your studies at CTS.

Generally, it is intended that students audit the Skill Development (SD) courses. For MDiv and MTS students, some SD courses may be taken for one credit. Two SD courses will equal one General Elective in your program. MA:Worship students are required to take four SD courses as part of their program. Please refer to the Degree Program page on the web site to determine which courses qualify.

Some of the Skill Development courses will be offered during Reading Week, which is October 8-12, 2012. The schedule and course descriptions for Reading Week will be posted in the summer. Registration for Reading Week courses only will remain open until October 5. More information will be coming.

Other Skill Development courses offered in Fall of 2011:

  • Written Expression (471B) This course will meet one time a week for 14 weeks beginning Tuesday, September 18. This course does not qualify for credit in any academic program.
    Description: Introduces English writing skills needed for preparing academic papers and engaging in other forms of nonfiction writing. Topics addressed include selecting a topic, engaging sources appropriately, developing a thesis and an outline, following good English style, crafting paragraphs and transitions, and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Hebrew Review (490B) - Reading Week Most students who take this SD course will audit the course. However, some students may be required to take the course for credit.
    Description: Offers opportunity to secure and build upon gains made in Hebrew Fundamentals I in order to provide a solid foundation for using Hebrew in exegesis.
  • Applied Music Skills for Worship Leaders (470B) MA: Worship students may make arrangements with approved musical instructors and receive one credit for one term of lessons. Students may take lessons in two different terms for two credits, which would equal one elective in their program. Check with the Registrar for further details.
  • Dr. Claudia Beversluis (682B) is Adjunct Professor of Education Ministry and Pastoral Care. She serves as Provost at Calvin College.
  • Dr. Neal Plantinga (303B) is President and Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus of Calvin Seminary.
  • Dr. Ferry Yang (647B) most recently served as the Principal of Universitas Pelita Harapan in Tangerang, West Java, Indonesia. At the same time, he was the Director of Professional Development at the Dian Harapan School, and a Professor (Education, Theology) at the University of Pelita Harapan. Dr. Yang is currently completing his Master of Divinity degree at CTS.