The Associate in Theology (A.Th.) program is a course of study designed for persons who are interested in increasing their knowledge and appreciation of Christian belief and practice. As well as developing their pastoral skills, this program also provides a theological base for persons assuming leadership and ministry within the life of their faith community.
The Associate in Theology requires that a student complete ten (two credit hour) courses. These courses may be taken on a full-time or a part-time basis, but all requirements for the Associate must be fulfilled within seven years from the date of first registration. Students may complete their ten courses on site at Queen’s College, correspondence, or a combination thereof, in accordance with program requirements. The Associate in Theology constitutes a complete program in itself, but students may also build on the Associate and use toward the Bachelor of Theology by Distance.
Beginning in September 2005 Queen’s College will be offering Youth Ministry courses that can be used toward a major in the A.Th. Program, or a Certificate inYouth Ministry.
There are six disciplines:
1.Biblical Studies (i.e., Old Testament, New Testament)
2.Pastoral Studies (i.e., Pastoral Care, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Education)
3.Liturgical Studies (i.e., Liturgy, Homiletics)
6.Youth Ministry Studies
The A.Th. curriculum requires:
1. 2 courses in Biblical Studies (Introduction to Old & New Testament)
2. 1 Course in Church History
3. 1 course in Theological Studies
4. 1 Course in Pastoral Studies
5. 1 Course in Liturgical Studies
6. 4 electives as needed
7. Four corses in one of the following Pastoral Studies, Biblical Studies, or Youth Ministry Studies, which will constitute a major.
8. Two courses in one other discipline which will constitute a minor.
In order to quality for the A.Th., the candidate must:
1.Maintain a minimum average of 65% with no mark below 60% in all courses so graded.
2.Complete all requirements for this program within seven years from the date of first registration.