grade point average of 3.50 are gradu­ ated with Honors . Students with a 3. 70 G. P.A. are graduated with High Honors. Students with a 3.90 G.P.A. are graduated with Highest Honors. SPECIAL STUDIES The following are special studies courses to assist students in becoming proficient in writing ski lls essential for an effective seminary education. Spe­ cific enr ollment requirements are indicated in each course description. SS 500 Theological Writing (0) Grammar, sentence structure and para- graph deve lopment fo r theological writing. Cri ti cal thinking and composi- tion including exu·acting information from sources, synthesis, format for writ- ten papers . Experience in wr itin g papers in theological and related areas. A two-semester-hour, non-credit course required in the first semester of semi- nary study for students assigned by the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam or students who have completed the ESL sequence. Fee: Afee equivalent to one semester hour of tuition is required. SS 510 Theological Research Methodologies (1) Research skills for use of library and th eological reference works. Meth­ ods of theological writing with empha­ sis on critical thinking, persuasion, and evaluation. Must be taken within the first 15 units of study. Required of al l M.Div. and M.A. students. Prerequisite: SS 500 (no concurrent enrollment), or passing score on Talbot Writing Profi­ ciency Exam (TWPE) .

credit decisions at the point of accep­ tance. Transfer credit for late appli ca­ tions wi ll be accomplished during the fall semester. Graduate courses with grades of C or above at accredited in st itu tion s or th ose va li dated with grades of B or above from approved unaccredited schoo ls are considered as acceptable on a transfer basis. For in formation on the validation proce­ dure for unaccredi ted work , contact the Registrar's Office. Course Prefixes Course prefixes indicate: BE Bible Exposition

her collegiate curriculum so that mod­ erate competence wi ll be possessed in all of these areas and skills developed so that one can communicate easily, having the abili ty to write and speak clearly with correct Engli sh prose. Note: The numerals in parentheses indicate the suggested minimum number of

correspondence and ITS courses to be counted toward a student's program. A unit of credit is generally con­ sidered to consist of one class hour (50 minutes ) a week for a semester. In some cases, such as laboratory ses­ sions , a unit of credit may in vo lve more than one class period a week. As indicated on the curricu lum charts fo r each program, th e- various cunicula require 14-18 units per semes­ ter in order to graduate in the number of years specified by the chart. However, students who find it necessary to work 20 or more hours weekly to provide liv­ ing expenses should plan to reduce their academic load. Such a reduction would ex tend the time required for a degree program, though participation in summer session and interterm could help offset the difference. Admission of International Stu­ dents and Resident Aliens It is essential that students from other countries be able to understand directions and lectures in English and also to be able to express their though ts clearly in spoken English immediately upon anival on campus. In order that the applicant's proficiency in English may be determined, the applicant must take the Test of English as a Foreign Lan­ guage (TOEfl.) as administered by the Educational Testing Service at the near­ est overseas examination center. The minimum score for admi ssion is a total of 550 for the graduate student (and a score of 55 or above for each of the three sections). For additional information see admissions and registration section of the university or graduate catalog. Accepted students will also be required to take the English Diagnos­ tic Examination during orientation, prior to beginning their first semester. This examination will be waived for applicants who score a minimum of 600 on TOEFL, who wi ll instead be required to take the Talbot Writing ProficiencyExamination. Classification of Students: M.A. First Year 1-28 units Second Year 29 +units M.Div. First Year 1-28 units Second Year 29-57 units Third Year 58-86 units Fourth Year 87+ units Pre-Seminary Study The following pre-seminary study guidelines are recommended for stu­ dents who are planning to attend Tal­ bot. The student should plan his or

semester units for each discipline. I. General Understandings

A. Understanding of Humanity ■ Ph ilosophy (3) ■ Psychology (3) B. Understanding of modern social institutions and prob­ lems• Social Science (6) C. Understanding of cultural history ■ History (6) ■ Fi ne Arts (3) D. Understanding of science and technology ■ Math / Science (8) E. Understanding of the modes of communication ■ English-composition and literature (9) ■ Speech (3)


CE Christian Education DE Doctor of Education OM Doctor of Min istry HE Thesis

HT Historical Theology LG Research Languages NT New Testament Language and Literature OT Old Testament and Semitics PH Philosophy of Religion PT Practical Theology SHM, SCL, SST Missions SS Special Studies TH Systematic Theology TS Independent Studies GRADUATION INFORMATION Graduation with Honors Those gradua tin g with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher are elected to membership in Kappa Tau Epsilon, the Talbot scholas ti c honor society. This honor is noted on the permanent record card . For graduation honors, students comp le ting their program wit h a

II. Theological Understandin gs A. Bible content and interpretation (6)

B. Theological methodology and interpretation (6)

III. Linguistic Skills (12)

At least one of the following: ■ French ■ German ■ Greek ■ Hebrew ■ Latin ■ Spanish


Astudent must register in a th esis class each semester until the thesis is completed and accepted for binding by the library. A student fini shing course work in December has I 1/ 2 years to complete the thesis. A stu­ dent fini shing course work in June has one year to complete the thesis. If geographic location prevents registrat ion in person, it is the stu­ dent's responsibility to contact the Reg­ istrar's Office for registration materials. Registration by mail is subject to the same rule as registration in person. Transfer of Credit Transfer credit for acce ptable work done in other graduate schools wi ll be allowed for courses which are parallel to those required in the cur­ riculum. Appli cations received by May I will be provided with transfer

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