The student is required to fulfill the degree requirements as listed in the UofN Catalogue, either in the year they filed their “Degree Programme Planning Form” or in a newer version of the catalogue. If the student chooses to graduate under a new version of the catalogue, they must change entirely to the degree requirements of that new catalogue and file a new “Degree Programme Planning Form” with the College/Faculty Academic Advisor.
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is an entry-level prerequisite for all other courses and all degree programmes. All UofN applicants must first satisfactorily complete a fully qualified DTS, including the field assignment, before being permitted to attend any other course or being accepted into a degree programme. The DTS is the gateway into the College of Arts and Sports.
The DTS is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 8-to-12-week practical field assignment. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, to deepen a living relationship with God and to identify their unique individual gifts and callings in God. Further details are found in the Centre for Discipleship Training Schools’ description under Centres and Institutes. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, which prepares the students to reach current and future generations and to answer the call to “Go into all the world and disciple all nations” (Matt 28:19).
2. Cross Cultural Requirement
The purpose of the cross-cultural requirement is to give graduates practical experience and understanding of cross-cultural living and ministry. A Bachelor’s degree student is required to complete a minimum of two UofN schools, i.e. two lecture phases (with their corresponding field assignments/practicums/internships if applicable) in a zone other than the one from which the student holds their nationality, and in an environment which will provide an approved cross-cultural experience. A Master’s degree student is required to meet the cross-cultural requirement; however, there are a variety of means by which that may be done.
3. Core Curriculum Requirement
The Core Curriculum is recommended for all students, but is required for all Bachelor’s degrees, and one of the three Core Curriculum Courses is required for some Associate’s degrees. For the Master’s degrees, previous study of the Bible at the university level, equivalent to the undergraduate Bible Core Curriculum, is required. The Core Curriculum has three requirements as described below.
The Applied Christian Thinking (ACT) requirement (12 credits) enables a student to develop a biblical understanding of worldviews, history, human institutions, culture, science, and the arts. Critical thinking skills are applied to current issues with a view to action.
The Bible requirement (12 credits) enables a student to understand the message of the Bible and develop skills for a lifetime of Bible reading, memorization, meditation and study, and to apply the Scriptures through further study, worship, prayer and obedience.
The Communication requirement (12 credits) enables a student to gain a biblical basis for communication, together with the basic skills of reading, researching, writing, and public speaking. It brings direct experience in interpersonal, intrapersonal, and cross-cultural communication, including the use of various media to communicate the message to a variety of audiences.
These Core Curriculum Courses reflect the foundations of the UofN, preparing students to engage with culture and society with the message of God’s Word and its application to all of life. Students are also prepared with tools for lifelong learning and development.