Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum

What is a core course?
A core course is a specific course which is required for the degree (i.e. RLGS 1013 Hebrew Scriptures is required for the BA degree).

Why do we have a core when so many Canadian universities no longer have one?

  • We believe that it is beneficial for all educated people to have a common deposit of general knowledge which forms the basis for conversation and debate within our culture (cultural literacy).
  • We want our students to understand both the ways in which the Bible and Christianity have shaped Western culture and the ways in which Western culture is anti-Christian, so we require sustained engagement with both our cultural heritage and the Bible.
  • We teach highly important transferable skills through the core such as reading, oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.
     

What counts as a course in the major?
Courses in the major are only courses that are coded as being in that discipline (i.e. PHIL is a Philosophy course).

Why do we require all students in the BA to have a major?
We require all students to take a major because it allows them to explore the content, methodology, theories and points of debate at the edge of human knowledge in that area. It also helps to avoid intellectual shallowness and exhibits the coherence of knowledge in one area of the created order.

What is a cognate course?
A cognate course is one which is required for a given major but is in a different discipline from the major (i.e. ECON 1013 Microeconomics is a cognate course for the Business Administration major).

Can one course satisfy two different requirements?
Yes, the same course can be used to satisfy multiple requirements (i.e. HIST 1013 satisfies both a core requirement and also counts as one of the 12 courses required for the History major).

What disciplines are outside of Arts and Sciences?
At Tyndale, courses with the following codes are outside the Arts and Sciences: BUSI, CHRI, GMIN, IDVP, RECL, and RECR. Other non-Arts and Sciences disciplines that you might encounter in transfer situations include Education, Engineering and Nursing.



Course Selection

What do I do if I want to take a seminary course?
University College students are not permitted to take seminary courses unless it is a joint course, in which case it will be included in the UC Course Offerings list and will have its own course code. This applies to all courses, including Intersession, Spring & Summer School and Distance Education.

What do I do if I want to take a course at another academic instituitions?
The following policy is taken from the 2010-2011 Academic Calendar:
1. The student is required to prove the eligibility of the course first to his or her faculty advisor(s) and then to the office of the Academic Dean.
2. The student is responsible for all communication between the home and host instituitions, including all syllabi, official transcripts (within a sealed envelope) and the letters of permission themselves.
3. The student must receive a minimum grade of 2.30 (C+) or equivalent in the course in question to have it transfered to his or her program at Tyndale University College.
4. The student must be aware that if the transfer credit is allowed in the final year of study, and that the credit is the final credit required for graduation, then the student will most likely not graduate in that session, but must wait for the next graduating session.

Additional guidelines can be found in the 2010-2011 Academic Calendar or on the second page of the Letter of Permission form.

If I am a student in a regular BRE program, can I take a DCP course?
Only students in the DCP program are permitted to take DCP courses.

What do I do if I want to add or drop a course?
You should meet with your faculty advisor and discuss your academic program plan and make sure the change will not disrupt your plan to take other courses and graduate on time. For example, if a student in 3rd year drops a course which is both required for the major and offered only in alternate years, that student will not be able to graduate with his/her class. If your faculty advisor sees that the course change is not a problem, he/she will sign the Add/Drop form that you have obtained. If your faculty advisor thinks the proposed change is not in your best interest, he/she will not sign the form, but will speak with the Registrar. See the Registrar's website to download a copy of the Add/Drop form.

What do I do if I want to take a directed studies course?
The following policy is taken from the 2010-2011 Academic Calendar:
1. Students must have completed at least one year in their program before they can request a Directed Studies course.
2. Students must have the stated prerequisites for the course.
3. No student on academic probation is eligible to take a directed studies course.
4. Directed Studies courses may not be taken as a substitute for an equivalent classroom course in the same semsester. (Exception: a potential graduate who has a schedule conflict involving the course in his/her year of graduation.)
5. The desired course must be discussed with the professor of the course and written approval obtained from the Academic Dean prior to registration for the course.
6. The student must provide the Registrar’s Office with a copy of the course requirements at the time of registration.
7. Registration for such courses will take place during normal registration times and students are expected to complete such courses within the framework of a normal semester.

Once the student has ensured that all requirements are met, he or she must fill out a Registration in a Non-Classroom Course form and submit it to the Dean's Office after all required information has been filled out including his or her faculty advisor's signature.

What happens if I need a certain course to graduate and this is my graduation year, but the course is full?
The Registration Office has a Waiting List Policy to ensure fairness. Be sure to inform the Registration Office and your faculty advisor if you find yourself in this situation.



Program Changes

What do I do if I want to transfer from one program to another?
In this case, you should make an appointment with your faculty advisor to talk about your reasons for the change and about your career plans. Your faculty advisor should go over your current program sheet and the new one, pointing out the implications of changing majors. If you still want to go ahead, your faculty advisor will help you fill out the Change of Program form. You will then have to obtain the signature of your new faculty advisor. Click here to download a copy of the Change of Program form.

What do I do if I want to change from one degree/certificate to another degree/certificate?
In this case, you should make an appointment with your faculty advisor to talk about your reasons for the change and about your career plans. Your faculty advisor should go over your current program sheet and the new one, pointing out the implications of changing majors. If you still want to go ahead, your faculty advisor will help you fill out the Change of Program form. You will then have to obtain the signature of your new faculty advisor.



Graduation

What do I have to do to qualify for graduation (besides the academic requirements)?
You must submit an Intention to Graduate form to the Registration Office. The graduation fee for a degree is $135 and $70 for a certificate.

What is an exit interview and what am I supposed to do about it?
All students are encouraged to schedule an Exit Interview with their faculty advisor before graduation. Please go to Student Forms to view the Exit Interview form.