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Course and degree requirements

Degree requirements

  1. The Bachelor of Theology is either a 120-credit program (for those admitted from outside Quebec and without a prior Bachelor's degree), a 90-credit program (for those who apply on the basis of a Quebec DCS or equivalent) or a 60-credit program (for those who apply on the basis of a recognized Bachelor's degree.
  2. Students must achieve satisfactory academic standing (a grade of C or better) in all required courses and the complementary courses specified in year three, and accumulate sufficient acceptable credits to make a total of either 60 or 90-credits, in order to receive their degree. It should be noted that students who take the B.Th. program as part of the Master of Divinity program need to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5 to be eligible for the M.Div. degree.
  3. Normally the program credits must be earned within five years from the date of entrance.

BTh Honours

Students who have achieved a CGPA of 3.30 at the end of B.Th. 2 year may apply to the Bachelor of Theology Committee for permission to enter the Honours program. They will be required to complete RELG 494, 495 in B.Th. 3 with a grade of B or better, to complete the degree with Honours.


Course requirements

Unless otherwise mandated by the Bachelor of Theology Committee, courses are as follows:

First Year (U0) courses (30 credits)

Students entering the Bachelor of Theology as a first degree program take 90 or 120 credits, beginning with the following courses:

Required courses (9 credits)

ENGL 204 course description not available
PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1
PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy 2
RELG 203 Bible and Western Culture
RELG 207 The Study of World Religions 1

* Students may select either RELG 203 Bible and Western Culture or ENGL 204 course description not available, PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1 or PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy 2 .

Complementary courses (21 credits)

3 credits in History and Classical Studies at the 200 or 300 level
3 credits in Catholic Studies, Jewish Studies, or Islamic Studies at the 200 or 300 level
6 credits in languages (ancient or modern), literature (other than biblical), Art History, or Music at the 200 or 300 level.
9 credits to be determined in consultation with the B.Th. program adviser

Note: All courses at the 300 level require Faculty approval.

Year 1 (U1) courses (30 credits)

Required courses (12 credits)

Students admitted to U1 on the basis of a Quebec Diploma of Collegial Studies (DEC) will normally take the following required courses in their first year.

By permission of the B.Th. Committee, students may substitute courses for any of the required courses if they have already taken them or similar courses for credit elsewhere.

RELG 204 Judaism, Christianity&Islam
RELG 210 Jesus of Nazareth
RELG 321 Western Intellectual Tradition
RELG 334 Christian Thought and Culture

Complementary courses (18 credits)

3 credits selected from the following list (or another approved course in ethics):

PHIL 230 Intro to Moral Philosophy 1
PHIL 240 Political Philosophy 1
RELG 371 Ethics of Violence/Non-Violenc
RELG 376 Religious Ethics

3 credits selected from the following list (or 3 credits in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, or Philosophy and Western Religions):

RELG 331 Religion and Globalization
RELG 375 Religion, Politics and Society

12 credits to be determined in consultation with the B.Th. program adviser

Year 2 (U2) courses (30 credits)

Required courses (24 credits)

Students entering the B.Th. as a second degree program would normally take 60 credits and begin with Year 2 (U2) courses. These students should verify with their program adviser regarding course substitutions if they have completed similar courses elsewhere.

RELG 302 Literature of Ancient Israel 1
RELG 303 Lit of Ancient Israel 2
RELG 311 New Testament Studies 1
RELG 312 New Testament Studies 2
RELG 322 The Church in History 1
RELG 323 The Church in History 2
RELG 333 Princip of Christian Theol 1
RELG 341 Intro:Philosophy of Religion

Complementary courses (6 credits)

To be chosen from among the 300- or 400-level courses offered in the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies programs (or RELG 280D1/RELG 280D2) in consultation with the Bachelor of Theology program advisor.

RELG 280D1 Elementary New Testament Greek
RELG 280D2 Elementary New Testament Greek

Year 3 (U3) courses (30 credits)

Required courses (12 credits)

RELG 420 Canadian Church History*
RELG 434 Princip of Christian Theol 2
RELG 470 Theological Ethics
RELG 479 Christianity in GlobalPerspect

* Exception permitted if recommended by College advisor.

Complementary courses (18 credits)

One 3-credit course in a religious tradition other than Christianity, such as:* ISLA 380 Islamic Philosophy & Theology
RELG 252 Hinduism & Buddhism
RELG 253 Religions of East Asia
RELG 306 course description not available
RELG 352 Japanese Religions
RELG 354 Chinese Religions

*Students who have previously taken a university-level course in world religions may replace this with another complementary course.

9 credits, one 3-credit course in each of the following areas:

Old Testament
3 credits from:
RELG 407 The Writings
RELG 408 The Prophets

New Testament
3 credits from:
RELG 411 New Testament Exegesis
RELG 482 Exegesis of Greek New Testamnt

Christian Theology
3 credits from:
RELG 330 Reformed Theology
RELG 336 Contemp Theological Issues
RELG 399 Christian Spirituality
RELG 423 Reformation Thought

6 credits, to be chosen from among the 300 or 400 level courses offered in the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies programs (or RELG 280D1/RELG 280D2) in consultation with the Bachelor of Theology program advisor.


Exceptions

  • By permission of the Bachelor of Theology Committee, students may substitute a course for any other required course if they have already taken said course or similar elsewhere (for credit).
  • Permission is needed from the Bachelor of Theology Committee for courses selected from the curriculum of other departments of the University.
  • By permission of the Dean and the Chair of the Bachelor of Theology Committee, students may also enroll for courses at any university in the Province of Quebec. See Inter-University Transfer Agreement in the General Calendar for details.
  • Professional and vocational courses (e.g., leading to ordination) are available through the In-Ministry Year (Master of Divinity (MDiv)) upon the completion of the Bachelor of Theology degree.