Bachelor of Theology
Three years full time (24 units - 216 credit points)
The Bachelor of Theology degree is a primary qualification in theology and is the basis for further study at postgraduate level. It is a broad course combining both theological and practical studies. All relevant components and course units of the Bachelor of Theology are normally completed over no less than a four-year period. In fact the Bachelor of Theology constitutes only one part of an overall four-year schedule of theological education and training.
At present, the Bachelor of Theology serves as the principal means of training men for ordination or active ministry within the Church and as such admission to this program is limited to persons aspiring to this end. In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Bachelor of Theology at pass level, students are required either to complete the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) program or to complete a course of study determined by Faculty in the area of pastoral studies and within the framework of the Graduate Diploma of Arts program. Ordinands who have pursued the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) option as part of their four year program of study may be required to complete a small number of additional pastoral studies units prior to or following ordination.
At the same time, applicants are advised that completion of their studies does not constitute a guarantee of ordination in the Orthodox Church. Among other things, applicants considering ordination should keep in mind that the years of education and training at St Andrew's serve as a period of discernment, and that ordination itself is regulated by the canon law of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Application of the relevant canons as well as the establishment and application of any other requirements relating to ordination lies exclusively with the competent ecclesiastical authority. Applicants who have questions concerning their eligibility for ordination should consult with their appropriate ecclesiastical authority. They may also seek further information from the Registrar.
Although part-time study is available, priority is given to prospective full-time students during the admissions process.
All prospective students are advised to consult the complete 2013 Handbook for full details.
UNITS OFFERED IN 2013
AL121A Greek 1
AL222A Greek 2
BB111A Introduction to the Old Testament
BB150A Introduction to the New Testament
BB364A The Pauline Literature
BB368A The Johannine Literature
CN146A Theory and Practice of Pastoral Counselling
HS110A The Early Church
HS230A Early Byzantine History
HS332A History of the Orthodox Churches Since 1453
LS175A Introduction to Orthodox Liturgical Studies
LS232A Hymnology and Hymnography
PT101A Introduction to Pastoral Theology
TH104A Introduction to Orthodox Theology
TH182A Early Christian Patristic Theology
TH207A Dogmatic Theology 1
TH383A Early Byzantine Patristic Theology
TH384A Later Byzantine Patristic Theology