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Institute for Christian Studies
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Tuition: $7,650  Students: 100
Address
229 College Street
Toronto, ON      M5T 1R4
1-888-326-5347

Institute for Christian Studies


The Institute for Christian Studies was founded in 1967 as an answer to the need for a school to teach education using the Reformational Christian perspective. It first opened its doors on Lydhurst Avenue, in Toronto, but relocated to its current location in 1972. Its mission is to “witness to Christ in the academic arena by letting the Gospel's message of healing, renewal and restoration shape its pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.” Its values include: Christ-centered learning, Biblical faithfulness, Integral scholarship, Excellent teaching, Cultural relevance, Spirit of partnership, Integrity and dialogue, and Respect for diversity. The ... ... continued below

About Institute for Christian Studies

... Institute also maintains affiliated memberships with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, an evangelical academic organization that includes 100 institutions who are committed to maintaining high standards of intellectual excellence. It is also affiliated with the Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education in North America and the International Association for Promotion of Christian Higher Education. IAPCHE includes groups of five regional bodies in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia/Oceania, and Africa.

Campus: Facilities, Residence and Location

ICS provides resources to its students and the general public as well. The ICS Library offers its resources to everyone, although the students of ICS or Toronto School of Theology have the advantage of borrowing the collection of books much more easily. The ICS Faith and Learning Network helps bring together knowledgeable scholars who have Christian perspectives in their academic work. The Network offers bibliographic database and many other collections of Christian resources in one virtual station. The ICS Bookshop can be accessed online, and it offers transcripts, good books, academic papers, and tapes/cd’s of ICS events. The College’s newsletter is Perspective, and it offers many views and information about ICS and other campus events.

Student Services and Student Life

The The Institute for Christian Studies considers its students as its “Junior Members” and its faculty as its “Senior Members.” It knows that learning is not only confined to the classroom but also to the the community as well. Among it services include: a three-day orientation at the beginning of the year for incoming Junior Members; a twice a year annual retreat as a community; outings around Toronto, potluck dinners, gatherings in outdoor activities, entertainment and sports; off campus housing lists that can be obtained from the Student Service office; research facilities; computer facilities which include access to internet-connected computers and an email account; support from the Student Services office in administering Dossier Service for graduate study; academic employment, grants, and fellowships; assistance in the construction and editing of student papers; and provision of the Junior Member Handbook.

Academic Programs

The College offers masters and doctoral programs in interdisciplinary philosophy. These programs explore the association of philosophy with other fields of study, so it emphasizes six interdisciplinary clusters that are concentrated between the following areas: Aesthetics, Hermeneutics, and Philosophy of Discourse (Courses on the arts, culture, language, rhetoric, and inter religious dialogue); Anthropology and Ethics (Courses on community, ecology, embodiment, gender, and social critique); History of Philosophy (Courses on medieval, modern, and contemporary thought, with special attention to Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Dewey, and Arendt); Knowledge, Truth, and Learning; Social and Political Philosophy (Courses on civil society); and Theology and Biblical Studies (Courses on theological aesthetics and hermeneutics, and spirituality and worship).

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College offers the following scholarships to students: Bernard Zylstra Scholarship, Peter J. Steen Memorial Scholarship, Laura Dale Award, Wilma Cumming Memorial Scholarship, African Student Scholarship, Marinus Koole Memorial Scholarship, GDL Scholarship, Harry and Hilda Fernhout Ph.D. Award, Jean Olthuis Memorial Scholarship, Robert Lee Carvill Memorial Award, and Horticultural Services Scholarship.

Toronto Information

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and is the provincial capital of Ontario. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth-most populous municipality in North America, and the 46th most populous in the world. As Canada's economic capital, Toronto is considered one of the top financial cities in the world.

Toronto's climate is moderate for Canada due to its southerly location within the country and its proximity to Lake Ontario. It has a humid continental climate, with warm, humid summers and generally cold winters, although fairly mild by Canadian and many northern continental U.S. standards. The city experiences four distinct seasons with considerable variance in day to day temperature, particularly during the colder weath er season.

Toronto is a major scene for theatre and other performing arts, with more than fifty ballet and dance companies, six opera companies, and two symphony orchestras. The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Notable performance venues include the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Massey Hall, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres and the Hummingbird Centre.

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