(2) ORAL INTERVIEW AND ADMISSION TO DOCTORAL STUDY All students will have an oral interview with a faculty committee to evaluate their progress and potential for successful com­ pletion of the doctoral program. The in­ terview is schedu led after three semesters in residence, and the completion of at least one significant written work demonstrating the student's skill in research writing. The results of this interview are reported to the faculty which votes either to admit, ad­ mit w ith conditions, or not to admit the student to doctoral study. (3) COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATIONS All st udents must pass a set of four doc­ toral level comprehensive examinations covering the following areas: I ) lntercultur­ al studies, 2) H istory and Theology of Mis­ sion, 3) Society, Technology and Missions, and 4) an advanced examination on the student's area of specialization. These ex­ aminations are given once a year and serve as the major means of evaluating a stu­ dent's suitability to continue studies toward the doctorate. The examinations may be taken any time after completion of the second year of coursework, and must be taken prior to the initiation of dissertation research. (4) FIELD MINISTRYAND LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT All students must complete a minimum of three continuous years of practical mis­ sionary experience in a cross cultural (or cross subcultural) setting. It is assumed t hat the student acquire fluency in a second lan­ guage learned during this missionary ser­ vice , and that this language wil l be t he lan­ guage of fie ld research. (5) ADMISSIONS TO CANDIDACY Official candidacy for the doctorate sig­ nifies an advanced stage in the student's progress, and is characterized by self-di­ rected research and preparati on of a disseration under the direction of a faculty advisor. In order to be admitted to candi­ dacy the student must have: I) successfully completed the Preliminary Oral Interview, 2) passed the comprehensive examina-

tions, 3) completed the field ministry re­ quirement, and 4) received approval of dissertation proposal by the Doctoral Committee. (6) DISSERTATION The doctoral dissertation will be based upon research conducted in the field of ministry, usually over a period of 6 months to I year. The dissertation must demon­ strate high attainment in scholarship relat­ ed to professional missiology. The disserta­ tion topic and proposal must be approved by the candidate's advisory committee pri­ or to beginning of the students field re­ search. Three weeks prior to expected graduation the candidate must submit to the SICSWM dean the original and three copies of his dissertation signed by the dis­ sertation committee. (7) FINAL ORAL EXAMINATION The final exami nation -is an oral defense of the dissertation before the doctoral committee and other invited professionals. M.A. in lntercultural Studies The M.A. in lntercultural Studies is a 42 unit program for the qualified applicant; in cases of extensive undergraduate work in interculturaVmissions and BibleJtheology it may be reduced to a minimum of 32 units. Students with little or no academic or practicaVfield preparation in intercultural studies ancVor biblical and theological areas may be required to take up to a minimum of 20 additional units, including ICS 300 or HTM 640, ICS 3 IO or ICS 413, BE 505, 5 18, 603 and a biblicaVtheological elective. In order to graduate the student must: A Complete the required courses listed beiow: I . I 5 units of core consisting of: SICS 502, 520, 662; STM 562; and 3 units of linguistics or Bible translation. 2. 6 units of intercultural studies (ICS) electives. 3. 6 units of missiology (HTM or STM) electives. 4. 9 units of BibleJtheology, includi ng STM 570 ancVor 672.

5. 6 units of advisor-approved electives. This may include 6 units of 400-level media communications course work with consent of the ad­ visor. B. Successfully pass a comprehensive ex­ amination over one's course work. C. Maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4-0 scale. M.A. in MISSIONS The M.A. in Missions is a 62 unit pro­ gram. However, students with qualified un­ dergraduate strength may graduate with fewer units, t hough in no case fewer than 32 units, of which at least 24 must be taken at Biola University. In order to graduate the student must: A Complete the required courses listed below: I . 14 units of core consisting of: ICS 502; HTM 546, 640; and STM 562, 66 1. 2. 9 units of missiology (HTM and STM electives) 3. 6 units of intercultural studies electives. 4. 24 units of BibleJtheology, chosen from HTM 751; STM 570, 672; TBE 505, 506, 518, 603, TTH 605, 606, 709. 5. 6 units of advisor-approved gradu­ ate level electives. B. Submit an acceptable thesis chosen in consultation with their advisor. Two un­ bound copies are to be submitted to the librarian. C. Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students interested in Bible translation should plan to take course work in begin­ ni ng linguistics at one of the summer schools of the Summer Institute of Linguis­ t ics. Advanced linguistics can then be taken at SIL or course work listed below as 510, 610 and 710.

Thesis must be done in accordance with the M.A. thesis guidelines set forth in the Student Handbook of Talbot Seminary and School of Theology. The student must complete the pro­ gram in no more than 5 years . Exceptions may be made in cases where furlough time is not sufficient to complete the program in 5 years. TOEFL is required for internat ional ap­ plicants along with proof of their abil ity to support themselves. Course Descriptions* INTERCULTURAL STUDIES ICS 50 I DYNAMICS OF THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (3) A treatment of conceptions of the super­ natural, the function of religion in society, religion and social control, the nature of religious ritual and paraphernalia, sacred places and religious practitioners. ICS 502 SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (3) Cross cultural study of the basic human groups of family, kin and community, en­ gaging the student in field methodology and research , and application of principles and data of social organization to mission strategy. ICS 510 GENERAL LINGUISTICS (3) The study of descriptive linguistics and its relevancy in language learning and Bib le trans lation. ICS 520 INTERPERSONAL AND INTER­ CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT (3) Issues relating to intercultural living with fo­ cus on personal and interpersonal adjust­ ment with nationals and other missionaries ; language, value conflicts, status and role, culture shock, stereotypes, cultural limita­ tions and related topics. ICS 532 PEOPLES OF THE WORLD (3) Specific area studies with emphasis on cus­ toms, social structures, religion, arts, histo­ ry and intercultural communication. One or more sections offered every year in areas such as: Africa, Asia, Native Amer ica, Middle East, South Pacific, Europe. May be repeated with different course content.


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