CORE REQUIREMENTS

Approved Courses that meet the Core Curriculum Requirements

Applied Christian Thinking

HMT /SCI 211 Humanities and Science – A Christian Perspective (HAS)
HMT /SCI 213 School of Biblical Christian Worldview (SBCW)
HMT /SCI 215 Transformation School (TS)
HMT /SCI 217 Engaging with God’s World (EGW)

Bible

CHR/ATS 211 Biblical Foundations for the Arts (BFA )
CHR 211 Bible Core Course (BCC)
CHR 213 School of Biblical Studies 1 (SBS 1)
CHR 221/322/323 School of the Bible (SotB, Full 3 quarter sequence)
CHR 225 Bible School for the Nations (BSN)
CHR 227 Introductory Bible Course

Communication

CMC 211 School of Communication Foundations (SCF)
CMC 215 Introduction to Communication
CHR/CMC 287 School of Frontier Media (SOFM)

The Centre for Core Curriculum can help further if you have questions.

4. Secondary (High) School Graduation or Equivalent

All students applying for a UofN Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree programme must satisfy the general requirements of graduation from a secondary (high) school or equivalent as approved by the International Provost. This guarantees that the student will have the skills necessary to obtain the maximum benefit from the University of the Nations courses.

5. Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent

All students applying for a UofN Master’s degree must have satisfactorily earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Approval by the College/Faculty Dean of the degree program and Provost is required.

6. Language Proficiency

A degree candidate must provide proof of the ability to handle university-level course work in the languages in which the courses of the degree programme are offered.

7. Field Assignment/Practicum/Internship Credits

An approved degree programme must include:

  • 16-36 credits of field assignment/practicum/internship for the Associate’s degree,
  • 24-36 credits of field assignment/practicum/internship credits for the Bachelor’s degree, and
  • 12 credits of field assignment/practicum/internship credits for the Master’s degree.

A field assignment is designed to enable students to exercise newly learned knowledge and skills in a supervised setting, usually within a team context, and with a concentrated missions or ministry focus. A student’s learning is significantly accelerated and deepened by the integration of “learning” and “doing” in the field assignment.

An internship places a student in a working environment with another organization (or sometimes in another part of the same organization) to gain on-the-job training and experience under the direct individual supervision of an on site person coordinating with a UofN Academic Advisor, Dean or School Leader.

Ideally, at the Master’s level there would be an opportunity for the student to teach or coach or contribute from his or her own learning experience during the internship.

A practicum is a hands-on experience applying previously gained knowledge or skills, often connected to the lecture phase of a course. It is carried out as a team with a supervisor, often the leader of the original school, and is assessed on the basis of the student’s performance and the success of the project.

8. Seminar Credits

Seminar credits should be directly related to the degree programme. These credits must be approved by the Academic Advisor of the College. Credit for a full learning week seminar and a course cannot be obtained simultaneously.

9. Directed Studies Courses

A Directed Studies course is crafted by a College Academic Advisor working with a UofN student in an area where a formal course is not available. There are clear goals and tasks, which may include readings, research, skills acquisition, assigned classes within the UofN or other learning institutions. The evaluation may include tests, papers, reports, and personal observation. For the BA/BS candidate, directed studies courses may be taken for a maximum of 24 credits. These credits must be preapproved by the College Academic Advisor of the degree programme.

10. Pass/Fail Courses

The DTS course and the DTS seminar are allowed to be graded as pass/fail in the UofN. All other UofN courses and seminars are given a letter grade. The AA/AS or BA/BS candidate may include the pass/fail credits from the DTS in their degree programme. No pass/fail credits are permitted in the Master’s Degree programmes.

11. General Transfer Credits

Maximum allowable transfer credits are: AA/AS – 24; BA/BS – 72. Approval of the College Dean and Provost is required.

For Master’s degrees, the number of allowable transfer credits is at the discretion of the College Dean and Provost.

12. Thesis

A thesis can be an original written research paper based on experimentation, field experience or the referenced work of others, or it may be a thesis project designed, implemented, evaluated and written up in report form by the student. The thesis must be applicable to the curriculum in which the degree will be awarded. The thesis advisor works closely with the student throughout the process.

Guidelines about length, format and style of writing are available through the International Dean or College Academic Advisor. A student who transfers more than 12 undergraduate credits is required to write a thesis for their Bachelor’s degree, but in general, a thesis is not required for undergraduate degrees. A graduate thesis is an option for a Master’s student with a maximum of 6 credits granted, and the student is expected to orally defend the thesis as described in the guidelines.

13. Satisfactory Completion of All Required and Elective Courses

Each College has developed several degree programmes. In addition to the general UofN requirements for an AA/AS, BA/BS or MA/MS, each degree programme will have several other courses that are required for that specific programme. See the specific College sections in this catalogue to understand the additional course requirements of any particular degree programme. Some programmes may allow for one or more elective courses. These courses should be selected by the student in consultation with an approved College Academic Advisor of the programme in which the student is enrolled.

14. Grade Point Averages to be Maintained:

To successfully complete a UofN degree, the student must maintain the following grade point average for their degree: for the AA/AS and BA/BS, a grade point average of “C” is required and for the MA/MS, a grade point average of “B” is required. (Only one “D” grade in a 12-credit course is allowed in an undergraduate UofN degree.)

15. Total Credits

A total of 84 credits is necessary for an AA/AS degree which includes the credits received from a DTS and its field assignment. A total of 144 credits is necessary for a BA/BS degree. This also includes the credits received from a DTS with its field assignment.

A total of 48 credits is necessary for an MA/MS. These credits reflect study beyond the completion of the DTS prerequisite with its field assignment and the previous study of the Bible, at the university level, equivalent to the undergraduate Bible Core Curriculum requirement in the UofN. Note: a degree student may actually accumulate more than the minimum number of credits required because of the student’s particular study objectives and due to extra elective courses taken.