Grading Scale

Grading Scale.   The mark for each course will be entered on the student’s record by a letter grade which has a numerical equivalent as follows:

Grade Point Average.  Grade points are established by multiplying the semester hours of the course by the numerical equivalent of the course grade. A grade point average for the semester is computed by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of semester hours. The minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree is a grade point average of 2.00, computed on the courses used for credit towards the degree.

The letter grade “I” (Incomplete) does not refer to the quality of the student’s work but to the fact that he has failed to take the required examinations or do the prescribed readings or papers. If not removed, the “I” appears as “NC” on the transcript.

Letter Grade Percent Grade Point
A+ 90-100 4.33
A 85-89 4.00
A- 80-84 3.67
B+ 76-79 3.33
B 72-75 3.00
B- 68-71 2.67
C+ 64-67 2.33
C 60-63 2.00
C- 55-59 1.67
D 50-54 1.00
NC 0-49 0.00
Au Audit
I Incomplete
W Withdrew

Faculty of Arts

Aim

The normal academic requirement for admission to the Faculty of Arts is graduation from Grade 12 on a university entrance program. A student who does not have this standing and who, after being out of school for a number of years, wishes to become a priest, may apply as a mature student. Each application will be considered on its own merits.

Lower and Upper Divisions

Lower-division courses are numbered in the 100s and 200s and provide a foundation in the humanities during the first and second year. Upper-division courses are numbered in the 300s and above and lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Semester Hours

Courses are evaluated for credit in terms of semester hours. The number of semester hours is indicated immediately after the course number: thus PHIL 200 (3) INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY is a 3-semester-hour course. This is equivalent to 3 lectures per week during one semester. The academic year consists of a fall semester (September-December) and a spring semester (January-April).

Bachelor of Arts Program

The Seminary’s four-year BA program. Focuses on subjects within the Humanities which have special relevance for the study of Theology.

The Seminary’s four-year B.A. pro- gramme focuses on subjects within the Humanities which have special relevance for the study of Theology.

The Code of Canon Law (Canon 250) requires two full years devoted to philosophical disciplines, while the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in its Program of Priestly Formation specifies metaphysics, epistemology, anthropology, natural theology, ethics, logic, the history of philosophy and a thorough treatment of the philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas. Furthermore, Vatican II’s Optatam Totius (n. 13) presupposes that seminarians have a “literary and scientific education”, including the study of Latin.

To satisfy Church regulations and to meet the B.A. standards of the Seminary Charter, the Seminary offers majors of 20 or more semester hours of upper-division work in Philosophy and History with minors of 12 upper-division semester hours in English, History of Liturgy (within Religious Studies), and Latin.

Bachelor of Arts requirements:

  1. a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit, with at least 48 in courses numbered 300 and above.
  2. 20 semester hours in courses numbered 300 and above in one field of concentration.
  3. 12 semester hours in courses numbered 300 and above in another field.
  4. a grade point average of 2.00 or higher.

A student  is expected to carry not less than 15 nor more than 19 semester hours in any semester.

Pre-Theology Program

The Seminary’s Pre-Theology program is intended to give, in one or two years of academic work, adequate preparation in the Humanities for the study of Theology.

Admission requirements

With the agreement of the Admissions Committee, mature candidates or candidates with a previous undergraduate degree may be admitted to the Pre-Theology program.

Academic Program

The concentration is on Philosophy, with a minimum of 18 semester hours. Other courses from the Faculty of Arts are taken, depending on the individual’s needs and interests. A student is expected to carry not fewer than 15 or more than 19 semester hours per semester. No degree or diploma is awarded, but the student will have fulfilled the academic requirements for the Seminary’s Faculty of Theology programs.

Faculty of Theology

The M.Div. and B.Th. Programs

The Seminary offers two programs of theological studies, one leading to the Master of Divinity professional degree, the other to the Bachelor of Theology degree conferred in virtue of the seminary’s provincial charter. The Bachelor of Theology program includes the possibility of an Honours year. The student must determine his program choice by the beginning of the second semester of his third year.

Semester Hours

As the Seminary accepts only priesthood candidates, it can readily carry out the directive of the Holy See’s Basic Plan for Priestly Formation (#94) that “the pastoral aspect must receive special emphasis in all the subjects which are taught.” During the four-year programme students regularly earn between 120 and 132 semester hours of credit. The curriculum normally includes:

  • Sacred Scripture: 24 semester hours
  • Dogmatic Theology: 24 semester hours
  • Moral Theology: 24 semester hours
  • Church History and Patrology: 12 semester hours
  • Canon Law: 8 semester hours
  • Pastoral and Liturgical courses: 30 to 42 semester hours

Liturgy is emphasized also in the Faculty of Arts where historical studies of the liturgy normally account for 18 of the required 120 semester hours of credit.

The M.Div. Program

Admission requirements:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Arts.
    The Seminary Admissions Committee may waive the BA requirement if the student satisfies the other requirements for entering the M.Div. Program and has been in seminary residence for at least two years as an Arts or Pre-Theology student.
  2. A minimum of eighteen undergraduate semester hours in Philosophy.
    The Seminary Admissions Committee may require the student to take some courses in the Pre-Theology program to make up for deficiencies in such subjects as English, Latin, History and Sociology.

Degree requirements

  1. The successful completion of at least 110 semester hours in academic and pastoral subjects with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  2. A minimum of three years of seminary residence, the final year being at the Seminary of Christ the King.

The B.Th. Program

The Bachelor of Theology program. Includes the possibility of an Honors year, with degree requirements listed below. Students in the B.Th. Program also receive the Master of Divinity diploma when they have fulfilled its requirements.

Admission requirements:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Arts.
  2. A minimum of eighteen undergraduate semester hours in Philosophy.
    The Seminary Admissions Committee may require the student to take some courses in the Pre-Theology program to make up for deficiencies in such subjects as English, Latin, History and Sociology.

Degree requirements:

  1. The successful completion of at least 90 semester hours in academic and pastoral subjects with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  2. A minimum of three years of seminary residence, the final year being at the Seminary of Christ the King.

Degree requirements for the B.Th. (Hons.):

  1. The successful completion of at least 120 semester hours in academic and pastoral subjects with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
    The successful completion of an Honours tutorial course and a graduating essay may also be required.
  2. A minimum of three years of seminary residence, the final year being at the Seminary of Christ the King.