Welcome to the orientation and registration webpage, a resource designed to help prepare you for a rich and rewarding two days* of face-to-face orientation. This page contains various documents and informational links along with the schedule for orientation for the Spring 2019 semester. The orientation session on January 11th is required for all entering MDiv, MTS, MATM, and CTS students. Special Students who anticipate applying for admission to a degree program are encouraged to participate as well. *Advanced program students (ThM, PhD, and DMIN) will attend only on Thursday, August 16.
On Friday, January 11, orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, juice, and pastries in the Bass Conference Center Section C (room 110) of the Harrison Building. We will then move to the adjacent side of Bass Conference Center for a series of greetings, teaching and learning sessions, and panel discussions designed to orient you to Brite’s faculty, programs, community life, and the many resources available through Brite and TCU to help you flourish in your studies.
Friday’s schedule includes a complimentary luncheon with faculty and staff in the Bass Conference Center and the opportunity to meet with your assigned academic advisor.
Other notable requirements include the session on “Thinking Theologically,” in preparation for which you should have purchased and read How to Think Theologically by Howard Stone and James Duke (Fortress Press; 3rd edition, 2013) and the seminar on “Healthy Relationships and Boundaries.”
Orientation inevitably involves an abundance of new information. We have included as much as possible on this webpage so that the time spent together in orientation can focus on building community and on beginning the rich inquiry into scholarship, justice, and practice that will inform your time at Brite.
We look forward to welcoming you and to offering support, now and throughout your tenure at Brite. Please know that if you have any questions or concerns, you may call on our office at any time.
All best wishes,
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This short video will guide you through the steps for enrolling in courses at Brite.
The following courses meet core requirements for all incoming masters students:
- CHET 60013 Introduction to Contemporary Theological Ethics
- CHHI 60013 History of Christianity I, Early to Medieval
- CHHI 60023 History of Christianity II, Reformation and Modern
- CHHI 70023 The Church in the Midst of Pluralism: History of Christianity in Asia
- CHTH 60003 Introduction to Christian Theology
- CHTH 70033 Derrida and Theopolitical Issues
- HEBI 60003 Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
- JWST 60003 Introduction to Judaism
- NETE 60003 Interpreting the New Testament
The following courses also meet core requirements for entering MDiv and MATM students:
- PRTH 70970 Special Topics in Practical Theology: Leadership in Non-Profit Organizations
- PTPC 60003 The Ministry of Pastoral Care
- SPIR 60003 Spiritual Life and Leadership
- SPIR 70043 Howard Thurman: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice
Other elective courses that may be of interest include:
- CHHI 70293 Issues in American Religious Life and Thought: The Bible in the Protestant American Experience
- HOML 70970 Special Topics in Homiletics: Narrative and the Preacher’s Task
- HEBI 70013 Biblical Hebrew I
Courses that meet denominational requirements:
- CHHI 70134 History and Doctrine of the United Methodist Church