Theology (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts

The BA Theology (Honours) program allows greater specialization than is possible in the standard BA Theology program. It is designed for students who wish to obtain deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set.

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The BA Theology (Honours) program allows greater specialization than is possible in the standard BA Theology program. It is designed for students who wish to obtain deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set.

This program guides students into the rich and complex heritage of Christian belief and practice. By more deeply understanding the intricacies of the Christian tradition, students will be better able to interpret it within contemporary culture and to appreciate the complex traditions of others. An important component of this involves the careful use of the Christian Scriptures, and so all BA Theology (Honours) students gain competency in the study of a biblical language. Students also gain skills to think and write clearly as they analyze sophisticated theological ideas. Since a high priority in the program is placed on robust dialogue and discussion, students learn important relational and communication skills.

Finally, since theological ideas shape living and character, students are pushed to become competent and effective leaders in whatever context they find themselves. This program offers broad preparation for a variety of careers. The BA Theology (Honours) also offers an excellent foundation for graduate studies in fields such as theology, religious studies, and pastoral ministry.

Entrance into this program is by application following the completion a minimum of 45 credit hours, and the student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 at the time of entry. Approval is subject to faculty availability and competence in the area of research. 

Requirements

The BA Theology (Honours) requires the completion of 51 credit hours of major requirements, including 33 credit hours at the 300-400 levels with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 400 level. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Theology (Honours) requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

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Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)


BA Core Curriculum (54 credit hours)


Required Courses (15 credit hours):

RLST 410 Methods in the Study of Religion
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology
THEO 203 History of Christian Theology I
THEO 204 History of Christian Theology II

Theology Electives (27 credit hours):

27 credit hours of Theology electives, including at least 12 credit hours at the 400 level. Can include upper level Greek and Hebrew courses:
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I
GRK 400 Greek Exegesis II
GRK 401 Advanced Greek Exegesis
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
HEB 400 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II

THEO 497 Honours Reading Course (3 credit hours):

Students must complete THEO 497 Honours Reading Course or a 300-400 level course closely related to the content of the student's Honours thesis.

THEO 498/99 Honours Thesis (6 credit hours):

Students are required to complete THEO 498/99 Honours Thesis (6 credit hours), including an oral defense or public presentation and the production of a library-acceptable copy. The Honours thesis must be defended before two faculty members, one of whom (typically the second reader) may be a non-Briercrest faculty member.

Cognate Language Requirements (12 credit hours):

6 credit hours of a single biblical language (Greek or Hebrew) and 6 credit hours of:
(a) upper level Greek or Hebrew or
(b) of a second biblical language or
(c) a modern foreign language

Biblical Studies requirement (21 credit hours with a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 300+ level):

BLST 304 Acts
BLST 305 Wisdom and Poetry Book Study
BLST 306 Romans
BLST 309 John
BLST 310 1 Corinthians (CDE)
BLST 324 Bible Synthesis
BLST 325 Bible Origins: Text, Transmission, and Canon
BLST 331 Scripture and Contemporary Theology
BLST 367 Pentateuch Book Study
BLST 371 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
BLST 378 Women and Vocation
BLST 381 Hebrews
BLST 385 Revelation
BLST 436 The Gospel of Matthew
BLST 437 The Gospel of Luke
BLST 438 Galatians
BLST 439 The Pastoral Epistles
BLST 440 The Thought and Theology of Paul
BLST 415 Advanced Studies in New Testament Literature
BLST 423 Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation
BLST 425 Advanced Studies in Old Testament Literature
BLST 434 Prophets Book Study
BLST 435 Synoptic Gospels
BLST 454 Religious Studies Seminar
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I
GRK 400 Greek Exegesis II
GRK 401 Advanced Greek Exegesis
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)


Kevin Daugherty, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology
kdaugherty@briercrest.ca
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Kenneth Guenter, MA
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History
kguenter@briercrest.ca
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Carl Hinderager, PhD
Professor of New Testament
chinderager@briercrest.ca
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David Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
dmiller@briercrest.ca
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Wes Olmstead, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament
wolmstead@briercrest.ca
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Eric Ortlund, PhD
Associate Professor of Old Testament
eortlund@briercrest.ca
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Don Taylor, DTh
Associate Professor of Old Testament
dtaylor@briercrest.ca
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Susan Wendel, PhD
Assistant Professor of New Testament
swendel@briercrest.ca
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