Spring 2014 Registration Information

It is 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.

The Spring 2014 course schedule is now available. Registration will open on Wednesday, November 6, at 7:00 a.m. Registration will close on Monday, November 25 at 11:59 p.m. If you fail to register by the November 25 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, go to Portals/Students/Register.

Once you are initially registered, you may change, add, or drop courses online without penalty until 1.5 weeks  into the Spring semester – Thursday, February 13, at 11:59 p.m..

All independent studies, major papers and theses must be registered by Friday, January 17, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. to avoid a $50 late fee.

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.

Course descriptions can be found here: Course Descriptions

A list of electives available this year can be found here.

Additional information regarding specific programs is noted below.  If you are a student in a Certificate or the Diploma program, please consult the Registrar if you have questions about course options.

Full-time students should consult the appropriate degree program chart on the website.

Students taking the program at a different pace will likely 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.

The Mentored Ministries Office will register you for the appropriate Mentoring Group. You do not need to register for your group.

MDiv students may take some of the ThM electives for two credits. If an elective beginning with the number 8 is listed twice on the schedule, the course without the T behind the number is an option for you.

To register for an independent study or a major paper,  download the form posted along the right side of the Registrar’s Office webpage.    When the form is completed, submit it to Denise Mokma, in the Academic Office.

If you need to meet an admission requirement in Literature, the course Theological Biographies (875B) will meet the requirement.

Please note that the course Shalom: Meaning and Significance is an English Bible course.

The course Written Expression (471B) is a Skill Development course that is open to anyone. Due to the nature of the course, it cannot be taken for credit in your program.

If you are registered for the evening section of Bible Survey (716Y), you do not need to register the course again in the Spring.  You were registered for all 3 credits in the Fall.

 

Please remember that all distance courses are indicated with the letter D following the number.

The intensives for all courses required in year one (410, 305, 712) will not overlap. The intensives for all courses required in year two (412, 321, 441) will not overlap.

If you are taking courses generally intended for another year in your program, please check the intensive schedule for any conflicts. The schedule will be posted here: http://calvinseminary.edu/academics/distance-learning/on-campus/ (scroll down to the bottom).

These are the courses scheduled for this Spring:

Church in Historical Context II (305D) - You may take this course even if you have not taken Church in Historical Context I.  You may seek Advanced Placement in either Church in Historical Context I or Church in Historical Context II.

Greek Fundamentals 2 (410D) - This course assumes you have taken Greek Fundamentals I or its equivalent elsewhere.

Theological Education as Formation for Ministry (712D)

Hebrew II (321D) - This course assumes you have taken Hebrew I or its equivalent elsewhere.

New Testament Letters (412D) - This course assumes you have taken Greek Fundamentals 2 or its equivalent elsewhere.

Evangelism and Cross Cultural Ministry (441D)

To accommodate transfer students or others who would like to take an additional course, we are also offering Ethics and the Christian Life (451D).

The Mentored Ministries Office will register you for the appropriate Mentoring Group. You do not need to register for your group.

There are three courses available this Spring:

  • CRC Polity (773BX, 1.5 credits) meets the first 6 weeks of the semester, beginning the week of February 3.
  • CRC History (774BX, 1.5 credits) meets the second 6 weeks of the semester, beginning the week of March 24.
  • Christian Theology in Reformed Confessions (303X-3 credits) meets the entire semester.

All of the MA programs require one OT course and one NT course, except the MA in Bible and Theology, which requires two courses in OT and two courses in NT.  There is one English Bible courses offered this Spring:

  • Shalom: Meaning and Significance (463B)

Students who took the Gateway course in 2013 are required to take the course Digital Bible Tools (715B) for one credit.

If you need to meet an admission requirement in Literature, the course Theological Biographies (875B) will meet the requirement.

The Mentored Ministries Office will register you for the appropriate Mentoring Group. You do not need to register for your group.

If you are registered for the evening section of Bible Survey (716B), you do not need to register the course again in the Spring.  You were registered for all 3 credits in the Fall.

To register for an independent study or a major paper,  download the form posted along the right side of the Registrar’s Office webpage.    When the form is completed, submit it to Denise Mokma, in the Academic Office.

MA: Worship students may register for Applied Musical Skills (470B).  Students 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.

MA: Worship students may also want to consider the one credit Skill course offered during the Reading Week (March 3-7) entitled Planning Intergenerational Worship. This course will fulfill a requirement for one of your Skill Development courses. You may register for it now, or wait until later.

MTS students may take some of the ThM electives for two credits. If an elective beginning with the number 8 is listed twice on the schedule, the course without the T behind the number is an option for you.

To register for an independent study or a major paper,  download the form posted along the right side of the Registrar’s Office webpage.    When the form is completed, submit it to Denise Mokma, in the Academic Office.

If you need to meet an admission requirement in Literature, the course Theological Biographies (875B) will meet the requirement.

Please note that the course Shalom: Meaning and Significance is not an exegetical elective.

If you are registered for the evening section of Bible Survey (716B), you do not need to register the course again in the Spring.  You were registered for all 3 credits in the Fall.

The Mentored Ministries Office will register you for the appropriate Mentoring Group. You do not need to register for your group.

If you are uncertain about which courses to register, please consult with Dr. Avila, Director of the ThM program.

Only PhD students may register for courses that begin with the number 9 and have a P listed after the number. ThM students may seek special permission to take a PhD level course if they meet the following criteria:

  • They have been a student at CTS for minimum of one semester
  • They have a minimum cumulative GPA at CTS of 3.3
  • There is room in the course after PhD students have registered

We will not know if there is room in a PhD course until after registration has closed.  If you would like to be on a waiting list to take a PhD course, you may contact the registrar at email hidden; JavaScript is required

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

You 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 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17 in order to avoid a $50 late fee. Though the forms are not due until January, you should make arrangements with a supervising professor well before that time.

ThM student may want to consider taking or continuing the course Written Expression in the Spring term. Students who were required to take the course as a condition of their admission must take one semester of the course for credit. Other students may choose to audit the course.

You can find the description for most courses on the Course Description page.

Some courses are new or unique to this semester, and are described below.

Introduction to Mission and World Christianity (842BT and 842B)

Taught by Professor Albert Strydhorst – Lee S. Huizenga Distinguished Missionary in Residence and Michael Goheen – Professor of Missiology.

An introductory overview of mission studies and world Christianity today in which we will: sketch the Biblical and theological foundations of mission; briefly trace the historical development of mission to the present; survey the contemporary world church; examine selected current missiological issues such as the scope and nature of mission, gospel and culture(s), world religions, mission in western culture, urban mission, missional ecclesiology, and missions.

Reformation and Revolution (550B 05 550BT)

Taught by Dr. Katherine Van Liere, Professor of History at Calvin College. This course is offered at Calvin College, and is cross-listed for upper level Calvin College students. It is appropriate for MDiv/MTS Students, and the assignment can also be adapted for ThM students. This course meets on MWF from 10:30 – 11:20 am in room 477 of Hiemenga Hall. Here is the description:

This course will explore European political and social history from the early sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century, a tumultuous period which marked the transition from medieval to modern culture. We will begin with study of the Protestant Reformation and its social and theological origins, and consider the ways that diverse Reformation movements  altered the lives of Europeans from the Holy Roman Empire to the British Isles, including social revolts, political revolutions, and changes in devotion, daily life, and family and gender relations.