The Andover Newton Theological School Catalogue 2014-2015
This Supplement Page contains listings of all changes and additions made after July 1, 2014, to the Andover Newton Catalogue 2014-2015. Members of the Andover Newton community should check this page regularly for information regarding course additions and cancellations, classroom assignments, and all other updates.
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Updates to Policies for Financial Aid, Academics, and Admissions
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November 10, 2014
The following course has been ADDED to the spring 2014 semester:
THEO/ETHI 710S: Theology and Emotions
This seminar uses movies, music, theatre, liturgical theory, affective neuroscientific research and affective theological studies to retrieve the lost emotional foundation of liberal faith. Students will use insights gained from this multidisciplinary work to create new liturgical strategies that can uplift the heart of liberal faith in their own Unitarian Universalist and Christian Sunday services. Limit: 15.
Thursday, 2:00 - 4:50 p.m.
November 10, 2014
Instructor change: The spring 2014 course ETHI 601S: Introduction to Christian Ethics will be taught by Professor Thandeka.
The description has been changed as follows:
This introductory course gives students a spectrum of theological, biblical, and neuroscientific resources for studying ethical reflections in the Christian West. The course pays particular attention to the ethical reflections of four formative figures in the Christian tradition – Paul, Augustine, Martin Luther, and Friedrich Schleiermacher. Major assumptions about human nature by these authors are assessed using insights from affective neuroscience, which studies emotions as “value-coding tools” that guide human thought and behavior. As a consequence of the theological, biblical, and neuroscientific work in this course, students will be able to discern and explain primary sources of mutually conflicting Christian ethical claims about human nature and the role of God, the Holy Spirit, and Christ in human behavior.
October 14, 2014
The following updates have been made to Andover Newton’s Academic Policies:
Adding / Dropping Courses
Students may add or drop courses by submitting an Add/Drop form to the office of the Registrar.
A student wishing to add a course must do so before the second meeting of the class. With online or modular format classes, the student must have the professor’s permission.
A student may drop a course by the second Friday of the term. Courses dropped before the Add/Drop deadline will not appear on transcripts and there will be no tuition charge. Failure to attend classes does not constitute dropping a course.
For winter and summer terms, the first day of class is the deadline for submitting Add/Drop forms.
Students should consult the Academic Calendar for the exact dates of each submission deadline.
Andover Newton professors are required to report student attendance to the Registrar at regular intervals. In addition, individual faculty members will have attendance expectations for their classes that will be articulated in their course syllabi.
Focused Certificate in Theological Studies
This program is similar to the general Certificate program described above, but it invites students to take five courses in a single academic discipline under the advisement of a Faculty member in that discipline. Unlike the general Certificate described above, Focused Certificates may also be earned by students enrolled in the MDiv degree program, in recognition of specializations students develop through their elective courses. In order to earn a Focused Certificate, an MDiv student must take five courses in the area of focus that do not include those that are required as part of the MDiv degree.
Currently, students may pursue Focused Certificates in the following disciplines:
• Ethics and Social Justice (5 courses with JUST designation)
• Ministerial Leadership (5 courses with CMLE designation)
• Spiritual and Pastoral Care (5 courses with CHRS, PSYP, PSYC, and/or PSYF designations)