Credit Earning Courses Through Byzantine Online
As part of our mission to teach and nurture leaders for the Lord’s work, the Byzantine Catholic Seminary will be offering credit courses through their distance-learning program, Byzantine Online, starting in January 2015. These courses will be offered over three semesters—Spring, Summer and Fall—and consist of 14 weeks of video lectures with readings, course discussions and interaction with instructors. Byzantine Online’s courses mirror the introductory residential courses that one would find at the Seminary but are offered asynchronously, meaning that students are not required to be online at the same time. While there are some aspects that can by time-dependent, such as online chat sessions or web-conferencing, Byzantine Online is both flexible and responsive to demanding schedules that make brick-and-mortar learning difficult. As such, a high level of participation, reading and writing is required.
Byzantine Online’s credit courses serve as one component of a hybrid degree program. That is, students have the opportunity to earn up to 27 credits, or the equivalent of one full year of residential credits online, before relocating to Pittsburgh to complete their programs. Or, if one is simply looking to begin graduate work in this area, these courses are intended as credit-earning introductory courses that orient and educate learners in the vast and rich Eastern Christian traditions.
The Byzantine Catholic Seminary is an accredited institution of the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and authorized to offer degrees by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.