6.2 Placement in Greek and...

6.2 Placement in Greek and Hebrew

Students are not required to have had previous training in Greek or Hebrew to begin the M.Div. or M.A.R. program at Westminster. Matriculating students who have studied Greek or Hebrew before entrance and who wish to try to place out of some or all of either or both languages must take the placement exam in the language(s) in question. The exam(s) should ordinarily be taken upon initial matriculation to the seminary. These exams are given on campus according to the schedule listed in the Academic Calendar. Questions should be directed to the Academic Affairs Office regarding exam logistics. Placement exams may only be taken once.

Based on the sequence of courses with prerequisites, students who are not able to place out of some Greek or Hebrew and who hope to complete an M.Div. degree in three years or an M.A.R. degree in two years are strongly advised to start either Greek or Hebrew during the summer term before their fall matriculation in order to make it possible to complete the sequence of courses within the planned time frame. Students are further strongly advised against planning to take both intensive Greek and intensive Hebrew during the same January term.

Note: Ph.D. and Th.M. students should consult sections 6.8.2.c and 6.11.3  for language requirements for those programs.

In order to avoid complications due to a lack of prerequisites, Greek and/or Hebrew placement exams should ordinarily be taken upon initial matriculation to the Seminary, and instruction in at least one language should be commenced from the outset.

The student should follow a single language track from the beginning, unless the student is granted advanced placement based on the results of the Greek or Hebrew placement exam.  Once a student starts instruction in a biblical language, he or she should complete the sequence of courses in that language in successive terms in at all possible. Since the courses build upon one another (e.g. Hebrew 2 builds on Hebrew 1), having gaps of time between language terms should be avoided. The language curriculum and schedule are designed for the student to follow standard schedules in sections 6.4.2.d, 6.5.2.e, 6.6.2.d and 6.7.2.c. Any deviation from a suggested schedule may result in a course conflict which may delay student progress in a degree program.

The available language courses are as follows:

Available Greek Tracks:

Semester/Term Greek a Greek aa
(same content as Greek a)
Greek b
Greek c
(Rapid review)
Summer NT 011a
(4 hrs.)
none none none
Fall NT 012a
(3 hrs.)
NT 011aa
(4 hrs.)
NT 012b
(3 hrs.)
NT 013c
(2 hrs.)
Winter none NT 012aa
(2 hrs.)
none none
Spring NT 013a
(3 hrs.)
NT 013aa
(4 hrs.)
NT 013b
(3 hrs.)


Available Hebrew tracks:

Semster/Term  Summer sequence  Traditional  sequence Extended sequence
Summer* OT 011 (Hebrew 1)
OT 012 (Hebrew 2)
none none
Fall OT 013 (Hebrew 3) OT 011 (Hebrew 1) OT 011 (Hebrew 1)
Winter* none
OT 012 (Hebrew 2) none
Spring none OT 013 (Hebrew 3) OT 012 (Hebrew 2)
June*, ** none none OT 013 (Hebrew 3)

Fall -
Subsequent Year

none none OT 013 (Hebrew 3)
(same class as OT 013 June sequence)








*Students should be aware that the intensive language terms may demand a full-time commitment and should plan to limit their job and ministry commitments accordingly, or choose to take the non-intensive course offerings.
**The June course may begin as early as the last week of May depending on the calendar year.