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Chinese Studies

Frequently Asked Questions

How many online courses can I take?
CGS and non-degree students may enroll in two online courses. Enrolling in online courses beyond these semester maximums requires special approval. Factors for granting this approval include: not residing near a campus, studying at an extension campus and the requested course is not offered there, and exceptional personal difficulties in coming to campus. You can take up to 30 total semester hours toward your degree program online.
How much do classes cost?
Online classes cost the same as any other master's-level course taken at Dallas Theological Seminary. You can review the financial information in the current catalog. Special scholarship considerations are available for Chinese offerings.
Do I have to be a DTS student to take an online class?
Yes. Before you can register for an online class at DTS, you will need to apply and be accepted under normal admission requirements. The requirements include having a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Is enrollment limited for online courses?
Yes, enrollment is limited and is available primarily to those who are unable to attend courses in Dallas or at one of our extension campuses. Because enrollment is limited, we recommend that you complete an application as early as possible so you can register for courses once registration begins.
What kind of computer do I need?
There are two requirements for DTS online education. First, you must have access to a high-speed internet connection to view streaming video segments. A dial-up connection is sufficient for accessing the threaded discussion class components, but high speed access is necessary for video. Second, you must install the current version of Macromedia Flash. DTS's online education player will work on Windows, Mac, or Linux on most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, Opera, etc.) as long as Macromedia Flash is installed. Also, a student must have some version of Microsoft Word (version 2003 or higher) in order to submit assignments.
How does online education differ from traditional classroom education?
All of the elements necessary for truly life-changing theological education are present in our online format: instruction from world-class faculty, challenging assignments, and a strong community experience. In online education, each of these traditional activities has an appropriate online counterpart. Instead of the traditional classroom format, online students watch several short video clips each week, specifically tailored for online education. Instead of handing in paper assignments, students submit their papers electronically and receive feedback and grades online. Instead of talking with fellow students on campus before and after class, online students participate in online class discussions.
What is an online course like?
Online courses are structured in a very similar format to traditional classroom learning. Courses are broken down into a series of units (usually 1 to 3 weeks in length) and students are assigned a series of tasks to accomplish before the end of each unit. These tasks include watching short video clips of previously captured lecture material, completing written assignments, offering feedback on fellow students' work, and participating in online class discussions.
What if I’m out of town, on vacation, or unavailable while class is in session?
If you have a laptop – or can get online…class can always be in session! That’s the flexibility of online education. However, what if you are away from your computer? Remember, online courses do not meet at a certain time in a given day, but under a given period of days for a particular unit. In other words, since each course is unit driven, flexibility comes in when the work is completed in the given time frame. Like any course, there are due dates for unit projects and unit discussions. In the online community, assignments must simply be posted (i.e. “turned in”) by their due dates. Hence, if someone knows they will be out of town when a particular assignment is due, the work must be completed early and posted accordingly. Although discussion is required for each unit, a student may choose not to participate for 10% of the course discussions without penalty. Special arrangements or emergencies are handled with the assigned facilitator, instructor, or professor of record.
Are courses for credit? Can I audit a course?
All online courses offered through DTS are graduate-level credit courses equivalent to the courses offered in the classroom at DTS. Audit enrollment is available for some courses. However, audit enrollment does not fulfill degree requirements. In addition, class involvement and participation is limited for audit students.
How long is a course?
All online courses in Chinese follow a full semester format in line with normal school system, while taking into consideration some Chinese cultural holidays.