Fall 2014 Registration Information

Please 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 2014 (including EPMC students) should not register. The Registrar’s Office 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. Bierma during orientation in August and register at that time.

The Fall 2014 course schedule is now available. Registration for returning students will open on Monday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. Registration will close on Friday, May 9 at 11:59 p.m. If you fail to register by the May 9 deadline, you will incur a $50 late registration fee. Once registered, you may add or drop courses without penalty until Monday, September 15, at 11:59 p.m.

The Distance Intensive schedule has been posted here: http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/distance-learning/calendar/intensive-schedule-fall-2014/

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 owed.

To register, go to Portals/Students/Register.
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 2014-2015 is available from a link on the Registrar’s Office page:

http://calvinseminary.edu/portals/students/registrars-office/

Once you are initially registered, you may change, add, or drop courses online without penalty until about two weeks into the Fall semester – Monday, September 15, at 4:30 p.m.

All independent studies, major papers and theses must be registered by Friday, August 29, 2014 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.

Study Plans and Advising

Full-time MDiv students who are following a three year plan should consult the degree program charts on the website 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 never developed a plan, and you would like to do so, you may set up an appointment with the Registrar. Contact Joan Beelen and suggest some times that work for you.

ThM students should consult with Dr. Avila, Director of the ThM program.  PhD Students should contact Dr. Bierma, Director of the PhD program.

Registration Details

To register, go to Portals/Students/Register.

Please note that courses followed by the letter B are residential courses.

Courses followed by the letter D are Distance Learning courses.
Courses followed by the letters BT are for ThM students only.
Courses followed by the letter P are for PhD students only.

Registration of Papers, Independent Studies, and Theses

First Degree Students (MDiv, MTS, MA) who want to register an independent study or a major paper need to pick up the appropriate form the Registrar’s Office page on the web site (under Forms):

http://www.calvinseminary.edu/registrar/index.php?pNav=current

When the form is completed, return it to Denise Mokma in the Academic Office.

ThM students who need to register an Independent Study, a major paper, or a thesis should download the appropriate form from the Registrar’s Office page on the web site (under Forms):

http://www.calvinseminary.edu/registrar/index.php?pNav=current

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 29 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, as professors are out of the office in the summer.

Program Information for MDiv, MTS and MA students

MA students who need a core course in the Old Testament should register for Interpretation of Old Testament Narrative (461B) with Professor Leder. MA students who need a core course in the New Testament may register for Ephesians (462) with Prof. Avila. There will be a New Testament option for MA students in the Spring as well.

MA Educational Ministry students should take the core course Curriculum Design and Teaching (647B), as it is only offered every other year.

MA Mentoring Groups will ordinarily meet on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mentoring Groups will be registered for you.

MDiv students doing their Pastoral Ministry Internship in the summer of 2014 should register for Capstone:  Leadership in Ministry (775B).  This course will meet on May 29 and 30, as well as during the fall semester.

MDiv students who intend to take the course Preaching Practicum II (434B) in the Fall semester need to register for Preaching Practicum I (433B) in the May 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.
Please note that the MDiv Mentoring Groups will ordinarily meet on Mondays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Mentoring Groups will be registered for you.

MTS Students will be preregistered for the 11:30 am section of 411 New Testament Narratives. Please plan to take it at that time.

Mentoring Groups will be registered for you.

Residential EPMC students take the four courses as laid out here:

http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/degree-programs/epmc/e-p-m-c-program-requirements/

  • 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.

All EPMC students will be registered for the 8 am sections of CRC History/Polity.

The Digital Bible Tools Seminar will be December 16-18. Those planning to take it should be registered for 776B.

Please note that the Registrar will take care of registration for you and will contact you in the process.

EPMC in the two year extended learning 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, The Registrar’s Office will register for you.  Look for an e-mail this summer.

The Registrar’s Office will register all Mentoring Groups and Service Learning.

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:

http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/degree-programs/ma/

Skill Development courses offered in Fall of 2014:

  • Planning & Leading Weddings and Funerals (482B) will be offered during the regular Fall Semester. See the Fall Course Schedule for when and where it will meet. MA:Worship students may take this as one Skill Development course requirement.
  • Written Expression (471B) This course will meet one time a week for 8 weeks beginning Tuesday, September 17.  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.

If an elective isn’t listed here, you can view the description on the Course Descriptions page on the web site.

  • Gospel Communication (449B) can be used to meet an admission requirement in Speech.  This course should be taken before Preaching Theory and Methods, which is offered in the Spring semester of Year One.
  • Missiology Elective (670B) – more information TBA.
  • Providence & Free Will (800BT)  An examination of understandings of divine causality in relation to providence and human free choice in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with emphasis on Reformed approaches to human freedom in the context of debate with Arminians, Molinists, and Socinians and altering patterns in early modern philosophy.