CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES

CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES

The Curriculum of John Wycliffe Theological College

Our Bachelor's of Theology (B.Th.) curriculum is designed to be completed in three years of full-time study. Of course, we also accomodate part-time students who will require additional time to complete their degree. An overview of each year of study,including the additional year for an Honors degree, is provided below. For detailed information about the courses required for each year, please contact us.

First-year students will be introduced to the theology of the Old and New Testaments, develop their academic skills, and study ethics, counseling and basic church history. In addition, they will learn the fundamentals of the Greek and Hebrew languages.

Second-year students will pursue in-depth study of the Old and New Testaments, study church history, begin to address dogmatics, take a course on preaching, and learn to apply God's Word to various aspects of daily life.

Third-year students will focus on specific aspects of Old and New Testament theology,in addition to dogmatics, hermeneutics, exegesis, and training in pastoral duties.

Honors students will choose five courses to take, and write a mini dissertation. The course topics include dogmatics, homiletics, missiology, Old Testament, New Testament, ethics, church history, and counseling, all of which are addressed at a more advanced level than in our B.Th. level courses.

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Method of Teaching

Courses are currently offered by way of modules, and each course is treated as a unit. Lectures are typically spread over a one to two week period, and are preceded by preliminary work prior to the start of class and followed by assignments after lectures end. Students must complete most of the prescribed reading before attending lectures, which ensures maximum benefit from the lectures in which interaction with the instructor is vital to learning. By means of this contact, we recognize that the lecturer's role is not to merely inform the students, but to facilitate their learning. Such an emphasis is essential to their ongoing studies in the work of gospel ministry.

Attendance

Students must attend all lectures, which are typically held at the North Riding campus. Most lectures meet in the evenings and on Saturdays to accommodate the students who work to support themselves and their families. Pastors' conferences and student forums hosted by the English Reformed Church are also compulsory. Unexcused absences may lead to a course failure and even dismissal from the college. We do not offer correspondence studies.

Resources

We have a campus on the beautiful grounds of the English Reformed Church.

We have a library building which houses over 9000 catalogued books for the use of our students, and there is an extension library in Chatsworth, Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the use of the men from that area. Students also have on-site access to IT facilities (especially for contact with guest lecturers) and some of the latest computer resources related to biblical and theological research. The John Wycliffe Theological Library is also open to members of the public who wish to make use of it for a small annual fee.

All lectures are audiorecorded for the use of the students on the course to enable them to concentrate as fully as possible on the learning process in the class. We also have a college secretary/registrar and resident faculty member who are able to assist with queries.