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Are you called to make a difference in the world?

The Honours BA in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship is a new program at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, a federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University.

Students will learn to think critically about their faith, the world, and their place in it. Effective communication, social responsibility, spiritual awareness, appreciation of diversity and experience in serving the community are some of the outcomes of this program. Students will have the opportunity for international study experiences.

Graduates can go on to careers in church leadership, teaching, postgraduate studies, law, international business, chaplaincy, counselling, journalism, public service, international development, community organizing, public policy and advocacy.

Click here for the Christian Studies and Global Citizenship in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar 2013-14


Student Testimonial:

The moment I heard of the Christian Studies and Global Citizenship program, I knew WLU was the place to be. Even though that meant leaving Calgary AB, I hold no regrets. My uncertainties were settled and my expectations are continually exceeded. The combination of a caring Seminary community with a world class university cannot be matched. Together, I believe this arrangement will prepare students both academically and spiritually for the journey ahead. For myself, I plan on tackling the issue of human trafficking and more specifically the sex slave industry…A challenge that requires a solid foundation. Where better to start building than in such a program as this? Held in a school where the Dean (David Pfrimmer) sometimes mentions that, “It is not just about what knowledge you obtain in school, but what kind of person you become…”

--Andrew Fawcett, BA Christian Studies & Global Citizenship, March 2013

Honours BA Christian Studies and Global Citizenship

The Honours BA Christian Studies & Global Citizenship program consists of 20.0 credits, of which not more than 6.0 may be at the 100 level. The program must include at least 10.0 but no more than 12.0 credits in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship.

Required Courses:
GC101, GC102 (0.5 Credit each)
GC201* (1.0 Credit)
GC202* (1.0 Credit)
GC401* (1.0 Credit)

Other Requirements:
6.0 credits in GC courses at the 200 level or above;

Language Credit Requirement (1.0 credit):
In addition to the Christian Studies & Global Citizenship course requirements above, students must also complete 1.0 credit in non-English language study. Language courses may be taken (a) at WLU, (b) at other recognized universities in Canada on a letter of permission, or (c) abroad on a letter of permission and with the prior written consent of the Christian Studies & Global Citizenship Program Director. Courses taught in English may not be counted as a substitute for this requirement. Christian Studies & Global Citizenship Majors may count up to 1.0 credit of senior language study toward the senior Christian Studies & Global Citizenship credit requirements for the degree. For Christian Studies & Global Citizenship Majors who take 100 level language courses during Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4, and who have already accumulated 6.0 junior credits, these courses (up to a maximum of 1.0 credit) will not be counted toward the maximum 6.0 limit on 100 level credits. Students who are actively in the process of learning English as a second language in the course of their studies at Laurier may apply to have this language credit waived by the Christian Studies & Global Citizenship Department.


Of the credits taken outside the Christian Studies and Global Citizenship program at least 7.0 credits must be taken in courses from departments within the Faculty of Arts. At least 3.0 of these credits must be from courses at the 200 level or above which focus on understanding the student’s own social and cultural context (for example, Canadian students must takes courses studying Canadian history, literature, politics, etc.). These courses should be selected in consultation with the program director after completing a statement of learning goals. The student is responsible for fulfilling all prerequisites for selected courses.

In addition, 2.0 additional credits may be taken in Christian Studies & Global Citizenship or any other discipline. These courses should be selected in consultation with the program director.

Recommendation:
It is recommended that each student undertake a Global Citizenship Experience in a context other than the student’s own native context. To apply for the GCE and enroll in GC398, students must be in either the honours or combined honours program, have completed at least 2.0 GC credits at the 200 level, and have attained at least a 7.00 (B-) average in their GC courses. Students who complete the GCE are expected to enroll in GC399, “Post-Placement,” in the following fall term.


The  Honours BA Christian Studies and Global Citizenship program can be combined with another Honours BA program at Laurier.  Click here for more information.

 

 
Christian Studies & Global Citizenship Option

An Option in Christian Studies & Global Citizenship is available to students in any WLU faculty outside WLS.  The option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete the required core courses:

GC101, GC102, GC201, GC202, GC203, GC204


In order to graduate, a GPA of 6.00 (C+) in the courses included in the Christian Studies Option is required. Completion of the 0ption requirements will result in a "Christian Studies Option" designation on a student's transcript and degree. When choosing elective
courses, note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Although these prerequisites may be waived by the program or department administering the course, it is the responsibility of the student to make such arrangements.

 
Christian Studies & Global Song Option

An Option in Christian Studies & Global Song is available to students in any WLU faculty outside WLS and is especially designed for students in the Faculty of Music who wish to attain education which can enhance their ability to be employed in church music programs.

The Christian Studies & Global Song Option consists of a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students must complete seven half-credit required courses:


GC101, GC102, GC202, GC204, GC251, GC252, GC351

for a total of 3.5 credits and one half-credit elective course.

In order to graduate, a GPA of 6.00 (C+) in the courses included in the Christian Studies and Global Song Option is required. Completion of the Option requirements will result in a “Christian Studies and Global Song” designation on a student’s transcript and degree.

 
Applying for Admission to the Honours BA

Admission Requirements to Honours program

A minimum of 6 Grade 12U and/or Grade 12M (U/C) courses and a final overall average of 70.0% are required for admission. Laurier will use the top 6 grades from these courses when calculating the admission average, unless otherwise noted. The following course requirements are listed according to the New Ontario Curriculum.  Grade 12U English must be at a minimum of 60%. 

Applicants and students in the Honours BA in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship are subject to all policies, regulations, requirements and application process for the Honours BA as stated in the Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Apply by January 13, 2013 for Fall 2013.  How to apply: contact Laurier Student Recruitment Office ext. 3385 www.chooselaurier.ca

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Course Offerings by Term

Fall 2013

GC101 Introduction to the Study of Christianity and Global Citizenship I

0.5 Credit
Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:50 pm
Instructor: Dr. David Pfrimmer dpfrimmer@wlu.ca

Description: A survey and methods course which prepares students for deeper study at the 200 and 300 level and functions as a prerequisite for all other courses. This course will introduce the student to the areas of the academic study of Christianity (e.g., biblical studies, historical theology). Course methods will emphasize both individual and collaborative learning. The course will include an extensive service-learning component.

GC 203 Doing Justice and Christian Ethics Today

0.5 credit
Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:50 pm
Instructor: Dr. David Pfrimmer dpfrimmer@wlu.ca

This course will explore the discipline of Christian social ethics, teach skills in social analysis and give students a chance to test their skills in actual community situations. The course will include a service-learning component.

GC202 Survey of Christian Tradition: The Bible (online)

0.5 credit
Online
Instructor: Dr. Tim Hegedus thegedus@wlu.ca

Description: This course is a survey of biblical content, the history of Christianity and the evolution of Christian teaching as well as contemporary methods for interpreting sacred texts and doctrines.

GC321 Asian Christians in North America: A Study of Confucian Culture and Theology

0.5 credit

Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:50 pm
Instructor: Christina Han

This course provides students an opportunity to study the rich and growing literature in Asian North American Studies, Asian Christianity and Asian theology. By “Asian” this course assumes Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Singaporean ancestry for the reason that these people inherit the shared Confucian cultures and values. The main goal of this course is to examine the roles Confucian religious values and Christianity play for Asian immigrants and subsequent generations in the area of resettlement, adaptation and integration.

GC341 Christian Studies and Film

0.5 credit
Mondays 7:00 pm - 9:50 pm
Instructor: Sherry Coman

Description: examines a series of films exploring their theological themes, presuppositions and rhetoric.  Students will learn to interpret film theologically and consider the utility of film for theological discourse as global citizens.

GC352 Inshallah: Worship and Global Song

0.5 credit
Tuesdays 4:00 - 6:50 pm
Instructor: Debbie Lou Ludolph dludolph@wlu.ca

Description: In this course, students will be introduced to sacred global song by singing with Inshallah, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary’s global song ensemble. Through readings and discussion, the students will consider the theology and praxis regarding singing global song in a Western culture. This is one term 0.5 credit course with public performances and 9 hours of academic classes each semester. Note: This one-term course runs both Fall and Winter terms.

GC353 Sing Fires of Justice: Music Towards the Common Good

0.5 credit
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:20 pm
Instructor: Debbie Lou Ludolph dludoph@wlu.ca

Description: will explore the vital role music has played in struggles for peace and justice in the past (e.g., South Africa apartheid, Central America liberation movement), the biblical and theological foundations for singing songs of justice, and the current repertoire available for congregational singing. The course will consider the call to a public faith and the potential for musicians from faith traditions to work in partnership with others in the community towards the common good, in part by examining current efforts to do so. Students will be involved in planning a social justice musical event during the term and reflect on the impact it has in the community.

Winter 2014

GC102 Introduction to the Study of Christianity and Global Citizenship II

0.5 Credit
Pre-requisite: GC101
Instructor: Dr. David Pfrimmer dpfrimmer@wlu.ca

Description: This course continues the student's preparation for deeper study at the 200 and 300 level and functions as a prerequisite for all other courses at that level. This course will introduce the student to basic understandings of the meaning of global citizenship and the connection of Christian faith and practices to those concepts. Course methods will emphasize both individual and collaborative learning. The course will include an extensive service-learning component.

GC204 Christian Tradition: History and Theology

0.5 credit
Instructor: TBA
Time: TBA

This course is a survey of the history of Christianity and the evolution of Christian teaching as well as contemporary methods for interpreting doctrine.

GC352 Inshallah: Worship and Global Song

0.5 credit
Instructor: Debbie Lou Ludolph dludolph@wlu.ca

Description: In this course, students will be introduced to sacred global song by singing with Inshallah, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary’s global song ensemble. Through readings and discussion, the students will consider the theology and praxis regarding singing global song in a Western culture. This is one term 0.5 credit course with public performances and 9 hours of academic classes each semester. Note: This one-term course runs both Fall and Winter terms.


Spring 2014 (Days and Times TBA)
GC201 Public Faith and Public Theology
GC351 Lift Up Your Voice: Leading the People's Song in Worship

 
Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Course Descriptions

For all course descriptions, please see this page of the Academic Calendar

 
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is the federated college of Wilfrid Laurier University and the founding institution of both Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo.  Waterloo Lutheran Seminary students are full students of Laurier and degrees are conferred by Wilfrid Laurier University.

At Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, our students discover the best of all worlds -- the close-knit social community of a small college, the rich diversity of a dynamic city, and all the amenities of a world-class university. Our ecumenical, multifaith and inclusive practice creates a diverse and vibrant community.

WLS offers several graduate programs: the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Theology: Christian Studies, the Master of Arts in Theology: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, the Diploma in Multifaith Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership and the Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.  After 101 years of graduate education, WLS launched its first undergraduate program, the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Global Citizenship in September 2012.  For more information on the graduate programs of study, please contact Student Advisor and Admissions Coordinator at seminary@wlu.ca.

Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is located on the southwest corner of Wilfrid Laurier University campus at the intersection of Bricker and Albert Streets, Waterloo.

 
Contact Us

Dr. Allen Jorgenson

Assistant Dean, assistant professor
Email: ajorgenson@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 3619
Fax: 519-725-2434
Background and Biography

Debbie Lou Ludolph

dean of chapel, director of kanate centre for worship and global song, instructor
Email: dludolph@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 4132
Fax: 519-725-2434
Background and Biography

Dan Phillips

student advisor and admissions coordinator
Email: dphillips@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 3234
Fax: 519-725-2434
Background and Biography