Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog]

Rawlings School of Divinity

Administration

Edward E. Hindson, B.A., M.A., Th.M., Th.D., D.Min., D.Phil., F.I.B.A.
Dean, School of Divinity
Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Religion

Gabriel Etzel, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.
Administrative Dean, School of Divinity
Associate Professor of Religion

John Cartwright, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Residential Programs, School of Divinity
Assistant Professor of Religion

Mary Lowe, B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs, School of Divinity
Professor of Christian Education

Troy Temple, B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, School of Divinity
Professor of Religion

Mark Allen, B.A., Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Jonathan Geukgeuzian, B.S., M.R.E., D.Ed.Min.
Chair, Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries
Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministries
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries

Melody Harper, B.A., M.S.W., M.A.
Chair, Department of Global Studies
Director, Undergraduate Global Studies Programs
Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Chad Thornhill, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theological Studies
Director, Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics
Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Biblical Studies

Benjamin Forrest, B.A., M.A.R., M.R.E., Ed.S., Ed.D.
Department Chair
Director, Master of Arts in Religion Program
Assistant Professor of Christian Education

Steve Lowe, B.S., M.R.E., Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor of Christian Education

Chet Roden, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Old Testament

Chris Hulshof, B.S., M.R.E., M.A.R., M.Div.
Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Religion

Scott Phillips, Th.G., B.A., M.A.B.S., M.Div., Th.M., D.Min.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Religion

Rick Rasberry, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.R., D.Min.
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Religion

Martin Sheldon, B.A. M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Religion


Faculty

All faculty are listed at the end of this catalog in the Faculty Roster. There are separate rosters for Full-Time and Part-Time faculty. The entire roster can also be viewed online at https://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=24 where faculty can be searched for by Department.

HISTORY
The history of the School of Divinity is part of the history of Thomas Road Baptist Church and is the oldest graduate school of the University. The other schools are Liberty Christian Academy, Willmington School of the Bible, and Liberty University. The Seminary is an outgrowth of the vision of Dr. Jerry Falwell, the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist Church. Dr. Falwell believed in Christian education. He believed that one of the most effective means of winning millions to Christ is by training young men and women to serve the Lord in aggressive, evangelical, soul-winning Baptist churches as pastors, staff, and members. The University was founded to help achieve that goal.

Another need, however, still existed. Professional, graduate level training was needed for graduates of Liberty University and other colleges desiring graduate theological education as preparation for ministries in churches similar to Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Founded as Lynchburg Baptist Theological Seminary in September 1973, it began with an enrollment of 41 students with Dr. Jerry Falwell as President and Chancellor. Over forty years later, the School of Divinity continues to demonstrate that a seminary can be built on faith, dedication, and the blessings of God, from Whom comes Truth.

In 1975, the Seminary was given approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to grant graduate degrees. In 2015, approval was granted by Liberty University's Board of Trustees to combine the School of Religion with the Seminary into the School of Divinity.

The School of Divinity provides quality, well-rounded education, based on academic excellence, emanating from the belief that Christian education should be superior, not inferior, to that provided by other schools. The School of Divinity is committed to the principle that a person’s most effective ministry will be in conjunction with a local church, and the vision of the School of Divinity is to equip Christians to reach the entire world through aggressive New Testament church evangelism.

DISTINCTIVES
The School of Divinity is characterized by commitment to the core doctrines of the faith and providing significant experiences to develop practical ministry skills.

The faculty of the School of Divinity are committed to model both scholarship and practice for students. Graduates are grounded in the knowledge of God’s Word, a desire to impact the world for God’s kingdom, and the skills to engage the culture with the gospel.

Evangelism is a core value throughout the curriculum. Every faculty member and student is expected to manifest a compassion for the lost and a desire to see their salvation.

The School of Divinity is committed to the local church, and prepares graduates to enter into leadership positions in the local church and para-church organizations. As such, experiential learning is essential to the School of Divinity’s programs of study.

The Mission of the Rawlings School of Divinity

The School of Divinity exists to come alongside the local church and help it fulfill the Great Commission. In accordance with the mission of Liberty University and within the historic Baptist tradition, the School of Divinity provides undergraduate and graduate programs that train graduates for traditional, Christian ministry positions. The School of Divinity offers programs designed to equip people for lay ministry, personal enrichment, global leadership, church leadership, and advanced scholarly research.

As a Christian community, the School of Divinity seeks to cultivate spiritual growth and faithful service to Christ and His church. As an academic community, the School of Divinity seeks to impart knowledge and necessary skills to men and women for service and leadership in Christian ministry. As a service community, the School of Divinity-seeks to respond to the needs of local churches and Christian ministries as they participate in worship, global evangelism, discipleship, and scholarship.

Program Goals and Objectives

In keeping with its stated mission, the School of Divinity strives to achieve the following institutional goals:

Personal Goals

COMMITMENT
We seek to provide an environment in which students are encouraged to strengthen their commitment to Christ, certify their call to service, and develop an abiding love for God and His Word.

LIFESTYLE
We seek to develop a lifestyle of actively communicating the Christian faith through personal integrity, evangelistic witness, and responsible scholarship.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
We seek to foster an awareness of the Christian’s responsibility to be a productive member of society and to be responsive to the needs and concerns of diverse cultures.

Academic Goals

KNOWLEDGE
We seek to develop cognitive skills for ministry and scholarship through rigorous interaction with the biblical text and disciplines related to professional vocation.

UNDERSTANDING
We seek to provide theological, historical, and intellectual understandings necessary for a self-conscious, critical, and Christian response to the world.

Vocational Goals

RELATIONSHIPS
We seek to develop communicative, administrative, and relational skills necessary for professional competence.

ETHICS
We seek to provide opportunities for students to explore the moral dimensions and ethical implications of their chosen vocation.

EVANGELISM
We seek to cultivate sensitivity to others and a concern for world evangelization through local church ministries and vigorous defense of the gospel.

CHURCH GROWTH
We seek to develop biblical and scientific expertise in establishing, developing, and sustaining growing churches and ministries.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the Rawlings School of Divinity can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.


Centers

Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement

Joshua D. Chatraw, B.B.A, M.Div., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement
Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics

The culture around is changing and Christians need to be prepared to defend their faith both from internal and external challenges to Christianity. To this end, the Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement partners with departments across Liberty University and with other organizations to equip students, faculty, and the wider Christian community. The Center resources Liberty University and Christians worldwide by hosting various events and featuring a website with articles and video clips from our Fellows, Liberty lecturers, and scholars from around the world.

The Center’s Distinguished Senior Fellows are Liberty faculty members from various University departments who are known as outstanding scholars in their field and have years of experience engaging the culture. These Senior Fellows take part in faculty/student engagement events, are featured in videos on our website, take part in our theological fellowships, and serve as advisors to the Center. Our current Senior Fellows include:

The Center also includes an interdisciplinary Student Fellowship Program. Student Fellows are Liberty students of various majors who have excelled academically and have the goal of leading in cultural engagement. Student Fellows have the opportunity to learn from our Senior Fellows, serve as ambassadors for the Center, and research and write in the area of apologetics and cultural engagement.

PURPOSE
The Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement is a cooperative effort between the School of Divinity and the Seminary designed to inform and equip individuals to engage culture by addressing the biblical, theological, philosophical, and cultural questions of today’s world from a distinctively Christian worldview.

Center for Asian Ministries

Timothy T. Chong, B.A., M.Div, S.T.M., Ph.D.
Dean, Center for Asian Ministries
Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies

The Center for Asian Ministries at Liberty University exists to support and guide ministries and programs that have Asian ties geographically, ethnically, socially, ministerially, and academically. The purview of the Center extends beyond Asia to all parts of the world through Asian connections and promotes the growth of Asian ministries for Christ. As the Center is located in the United States, it also engages in Asian American issues.

The Center is not limited only to Asians but to all those who want to serve in Asian ministry contexts. It provides the students, faculty, staff, and those who are interested in Asian ministries with biblical, theological, and other types of support so that they may become effective followers and leaders in the discipleship ministries of Jesus Christ.

As such, the Center endeavors to stand alongside Asian churches, promote Liberty University in Asia and beyond, assist Liberty University’s academic programs to be strengthened on campus and to expand in Asia and beyond, train and mobilize champions for Christ who work in relation to Asian ministries in global locations, research the futures of Asian churches.

MISSION
Through Liberty University, the Center for Asian Ministries supports and guides Christ’s champions and ministries for Asia and beyond in fulfilling the Great Commission, alongside the church. (Matt 28:18-20)

VISION
The Center for Asian Ministries envisions the uniting of all peoples together in Christ by assisting Christ’s champions and ministries for Asia and beyond in order to reach the world with the Gospel. (Eph 1:10)

Center for Chaplaincy

Steven E. Keith, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
Director, Center for Chaplaincy
Chaplain, Colonel, USAF, Retired
Professor of Chaplaincy

The culture in which chaplains serve is progressively becoming more secular and pluralistic. Chaplains are faced with ministry challenges not previously experienced.  The Center for Chaplaincy prepares students to minister effectively in the changing environment by providing exceptional education, research, publications, outreach opportunities, and strategic partnerships. Educationally, the Center develops cutting edge curriculum to best prepare students to be biblically sound spiritual leaders and soul care providers. Further, the Center designs and conducts research to advance understanding for chaplain-care and leadership. Additionally, the Center produces and encourages scholarly chaplain publications to advance effective evangelical chaplain ministry. Furthermore, the Center organizes and promotes chaplain outreach locally and globally. Finally, the Center forms strategic partnerships across Liberty University and with other likeminded Universities and organizations to synergize education and ministry efforts.

PURPOSE
The Center for Chaplaincy’s purpose is to educate and equip chaplain students to be Champions for Christ in secular and pluralistic ministry environments.

Center for Judaic Studies

J. Randall Price, Th.M., Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Judaic Studies
Distinguished Research Professor
Curator of the Liberty Biblical Museum

The Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, came to us through Jewish hands. Jesus and His disciples were Jewish, as was the Apostle Paul who spearheaded the outreach of the Gospel to the Gentiles. The history of the Church reveals an ignorance of Christianity’s Jewish roots and therefore, a misunderstanding of and an adversarial relationship with the Jewish people. Evangelical Christians have recognized that God chose the Jewish people and the Land of Israel to fulfill His redemptive program for mankind.

Since its founding, Liberty University has supported this understanding and the modern Jewish State as evidence of God’s faithfulness to His biblical promises. Training in Jewish studies enables Christian students to impact their world academically, spiritually, and politically with a biblical and balanced worldview of Israel and the Jewish people.

Part of the Center for Judaic Studies, the Liberty Biblical Museum is a unique educational collection of authentic biblical-era artifacts that provide the historical and cultural background of the Jewish people over a 4,000 year period. The exhibits give faculty, students and the public access to a firsthand encounter with the ancient past and a realistic touchpoint with the facts of the biblical faith. The museum is generally open the same hours as the Center for Judaic Studies for viewing. Guided tours are available by appointment only.

PURPOSE
The Center for Judaic Studies offers students preparing for Christian ministry or service a biblical perspective of the Jewish mission. It also equips the Church in making a biblical response to the Jewish people and the modern State of Israel. Our program in Jewish Studies provides instruction to students at the undergraduate level to prepare them for graduate studies, for Jewish outreach ministries, and for academic careers in the field of Judaic studies.

Center for Youth Ministries

Jonathan Geukgeuzian, B.S., M.R.E., D.Ed.Min.
Chair, Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries
Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministries
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries

The world’s youth population ages 10-24 has grown to 1.8 billion and is at a historic high. There is some estimation that 40% of the world’s population is comprised of all those under the age of 24, both children and youth. The growing trend of religious un-affiliation among young people continues to be a concern to pastors, youth pastors, parents, and churches. This demographic in our culture is one of the greatest mission fields in the world, not to mention that many countries definition of youth is expanding upward to the age of 39.

The Center for Youth Ministries partners with departments across the university to assist local churches, pastors, youth pastors, and parents with resources to help understand the culture of youth in the world in which they live. The Center also seeks to help equip students who are training for youth ministry, as well as those who currently serve youth in ministry, by providing training in a co-curricular effort alongside the Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries.

PURPOSE
The Center for Youth Ministries exists through the School of Divinity to recruit, equip, and network those called to youth work, both in the local church and youth organizations to carry out the Great Commission to students and their families.

Department of Biblical Studies

Mark Allen, B.A., Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies
Director of Biblical Languages
Associate Professor of Religion

Biblical Studies Major (B.A.)

The B.A. in Biblical Studies focuses on foundational studies prior to seminary or graduate programs. This program offers a thorough study of the books, themes, history, and development of the Christian Bible.

PURPOSE
The B.A. in Biblical Studies is a well-rounded degree that seeks to provide students with a foundation in Old Testament, New Testament, biblical languages, biblical backgrounds, hermeneutical methodology.  This purpose is accomplished with a view to preparing students for their chosen vocation and to equipping them to engage the culture relevantly with the truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  2. Apply the principles of biblical interpretation.
  3. Analyze the syntax of biblical Greek.
  4. Analyze the background, theological motifs, literature, and content of the Bible.

Program of Study

Biblical Studies Major (B.A.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (42 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 410 Genesis 3
BIBL 425 Romans 3
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
RLST 489 Religious Studies Capstone 3
Bible Backgrounds Courses (6 hrs)
Select two of the following: 6
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology
BIBL 472 New Testament Backgrounds
BIBL 473 Old Testament Backgrounds
Old Testament Course (3 hrs)
Select one of the following: 3
BIBL 311 Joshua thru Judges
BIBL 314 Old Testament Poetical Books
BIBL 316 Isaiah
BIBL 317 Minor Prophets
New Testament Course (3 hrs)
Select one of the following: 3
BIBL 323 John
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development
BIBL 330 Life of Christ
BIBL 364 Acts
Hebrew OR Biblical Theology Courses (6 hrs)
Select one group from the following: 6
HBRW 201 Hebrew Grammar I
AND
HBRW 202 Hebrew Grammar II
OR
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology
AND
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology
Select one of the following: 3
GREK 401 Greek Exegesis
OR
BIBL Elective (300-400 level)
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Free Electives (0-8 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 45 hours must be 300-400 level.
* This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

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Religious Studies Major (B.S.)

The B.S. in Religious Studies major will provide an undergraduate degree program for students who have a particular interest in pursuing further academic studies in the various religious studies disciplines. Concentrations are offered in Biblical Languages, Global Studies, Jewish Studies, New Testament, Old Testament, and Theology and Apologetics.   

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Religious Studies seeks to provide the student with a general knowledge of the Bible, church history, apologetics, and hermeneutical methodology, while allowing these students to focus on one of six concentrations: Biblical Languages; Jewish Studies; Old Testament; New Testament; Theology and Apologetics; and Global Studies.  This purpose is accomplished with a view to preparing students for their chosen vocation and to equipping them to engage the culture relevantly with the truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:  The B.S. in Religious Studies seeks to provide the student with a general knowledge of the Bible, church history, apologetics, and hermeneutical methodology, while allowing these students to focus on one of six concentrations: Biblical Languages; Jewish Studies; Old Testament; New Testament; Theology and Apologetics; and Global Studies. This purpose is accomplished with a view to preparing students for their chosen vocation and to equipping them to engage the culture relevantly with the truth of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  2. Apply the principles of biblical interpretation.
  3. Analyze the major figures, events, and issues within church history.
  4. Distinguish between the major religions of the world.

Biblical Languages Concentration

  • The student will be able to analyze the syntax of biblical Greek and Hebrew.

Global Studies Concentration

  • The student will be able to analyze the essential principles and current issues of global engagement.

Jewish Studies Concentration

  • The student will be able to articulate the history of Israel, the biblical promises made to Israel, and the issues affecting the relationship between the church and Israel.

New Testament Concentration

  • The student will be able to analyze the background, theological motifs, literature, and content of the New Testament.

Old Testament Concentration

  • The student will be able to analyze the background, theological motifs, literature, and content of the Old Testament.

Theology and Apologetics Concentration

  • The student will be able to evaluate and defend the major doctrines of and challenges to Christianity.

Programs of Study

Religious Studies Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 425 Romans 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
CHHI 301 History of the Christian Church I 3
CHHI 302 History of the Christian Church II 3
GLST 350 World Religions 3
PHIL 240 Christian Evidences 3
RLST 489 Religious Studies Capstone 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
Select from the following concentrations: Biblical Languages; Global Studies; Jewish Studies; New Testament; Old Testament; or Theology and Apologetics.
Free Electives (12-16 hrs)

Concentrations

Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Biblical Languages Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
GREK 201 Greek Grammar I 3
GREK 202 Greek Grammar II 3
GREK 301 Greek Grammar III 3
GREK 302 Greek Syntax and Reading 3
HBRW 201 Hebrew Grammar I 3
HBRW 202 Hebrew Grammar II 3
Free Electives (10-17 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Global Studies Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in Major (27 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 385 Career Preparation for Global Workers 3
GLST 490 Trends and Issues in Global Studies 3
GLST 499 Global Studies Internship 3
GLST Elective (300-400 level) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GLST 421 Roman Catholicism
GLST 425 Animism
GLST 431 Introduction to Islam
LANG Elective (100-400 level) 6**
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs) *
Free Electives (2-16 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 39 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These courses are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
**Must be the same language
Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Jewish Studies Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
BIBL 431 Israelology 3
BIBL 432 Messianic Prophecy 3
BIBL 433 The Jewish Temple in History and Prophecy 3
BIBL 434 General Studies in Israel Seminar 3
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology 3
THEO 450 Middle East Conflict in Biblical Perspective 3
Free Electives (10-17 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religious Studies Major (B.S.) New Testament Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
BIBL 323 John 3
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 364 Acts 3
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology 3
BIBL 472 New Testament Backgrounds 3
BIBL New Testament Elective (300-400 level) 1 3
Free Electives (10-17 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.

Choose from: BIBL 330, 425, or 450

Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Old Testament Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
BIBL 314 Old Testament Poetical Books 3
BIBL 316 Isaiah 3
BIBL 410 Genesis 3
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology 3
BIBL 473 Old Testament Backgrounds 3
BIBL Old Testament Elective (300-400 level) 1 3
Free Electives (10-17 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.

Choose from: BIBL 311, 317, 370, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 450, 471, 495, or 497

Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Theology and Apologetics Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
APOL 325 Christianity and the Cults 3
PHIL 210 Logic 3
THEO 311 Revelation, Authority and Reason 3
THEO 412 The Church: Its Mission and Hope 3
THEO 430 Modern and Contemporary Theology 3
APOL/CHHI/THEO Elective (300-400 level) 3
Free Electives (10-17 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 39 hours must be 300-400 level.

Biblical Greek Minor

Biblical Greek Minor (15 hrs)
GREK Electives (100-400 level) 15

Biblical Languages Minor

Biblical Languages Minor (18 hrs)
GREK 201 Greek Grammar I 3
GREK 202 Greek Grammar II 3
GREK 301 Greek Grammar III 3
GREK 302 Greek Syntax and Reading 3
HBRW 201 Hebrew Grammar I 3
HBRW 202 Hebrew Grammar II 3

Biblical Studies Minor

Biblical Studies Minor (15 hrs)
BIBL Electives (300-400 level) 12
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology
BIBL 472 New Testament Backgrounds
BIBL 473 Old Testament Backgrounds

Jewish Studies Minor

Jewish Studies Minor (15 hrs)
THEO 450 Middle East Conflict in Biblical Perspective 3
BIBL 431 Israelology 3
BIBL 432 Messianic Prophecy 3
BIBL 433 The Jewish Temple in History and Prophecy 3
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology 3

New Testament Minor

New Testament Minor (15 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 472 New Testament Backgrounds 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology
BIBL New Testament Elective (300-400 level)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 323 John
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development
BIBL 330 Life of Christ
BIBL 364 Acts
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 425 Romans *
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics *
*Requires approval from Department Chair

Old Testament Minor

Old Testament Minor (15 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 473 Old Testament Backgrounds 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology
BIBL Old Testament Elective (300-400 level)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 311 Joshua thru Judges
BIBL 314 Old Testament Poetical Books
BIBL 316 Isaiah
BIBL 317 Minor Prophets
Choose one course from the following courses: 3
BIBL 410 Genesis
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics

Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries


Jonathan Geukgeuzian, B.S., M.R.E., D.Ed.Min.
Chair, Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries
Executive Director, Center for Youth Ministries
Associate Professor of Youth Ministries


PURPOSE
The Liberty University Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries exists to recruit strategically, equip practically, and challenge biblically those called to Christian ministry - both in the context of the local church and Christian organizations. Our goal is to lead the local church by holistically training students in calling, competency, and character. Our academic program includes action-oriented curriculum with the understanding that pastors train pastors and leaders equip leaders in a ministry context. With over two hundred and fifty years of combined pastoral/ministerial experience, our faculty desires to provide opportunities for students to have first-hand training and equip them for a life-long calling to the Gospel ministry.


Career Opportunities

Ministry Director Church Administration
Para-church Leadershi Ministry Associate
Ministry roles in Bi-vocational settings Missionary Pastor
Camp Director Senior and Associate Pastor
Children’s Pastor/Director Women’s Ministry Director
Christian Education Director Youth Pastor
Evangelist Media Ministry
Minister of Worship and Music  

Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major (B.S.)

The major in Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership provides an undergraduate degree program for students who desire to gain the knowledge, value and skills that would be needed for providing Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership in a church and para-church vocation.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the BS in Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership is to equip students with the Biblical foundation and professional skills necessary for the planning, organizing, programming, and marketing strategies needed for a successful career in Christian camping and outdoor adventure ministry programs. In addition, students will develop the ability to evaluate models of camping and outdoor adventure ministry programs and various philosophies of Christian camping.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate/justify essential truths of Christianity.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles of biblical interpretation.
  3. Demonstrate the professional skills necessary for planning, organizing, programming, and marketing strategies needed for a successful career in Christian camping and outdoor adventure leadership programs.
  4. Evaluate models of leadership and programs, as well as various philosophies of Christian camping ministries.

Career Opportunities

Camp Executive Director Children’s Camp Director
Camp Director Christian Education Director
Camp Assistant Director Wilderness Guide
Camp Chief Operations Officer Ministry roles in bi-vocational settings
Camp Chief Financial Officer Missionary
Ministry Associate Para-church Leader
Camp Development Officer Camp Facilities and Grounds
Camp Program Director Outdoor Ministry Founder
Woman’s Camp Director Youth Pastor
Camp Human Resources/ Benefits Camp Media/ Marketing Ministry

Program of Study

Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major (B.S.) (Without Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
CHMN 205 Church Ministry Practicum I 3
CHMN 300 Church Ministry Practicum II 3
CHMN 305 Church Ministry Practicum III 3
CHMN 360 Foundations in Ministry Programming 3
CHMN 447 Discipleship in Church Ministries 3
CHMN 489 Church Ministries Capstone 3
COAL 210 Introduction to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
COAL 220 Foundations and Programming in Camp and Outdoor Leadership 3
COAL 305 Legal Issues in Camp Ministry 3
COAL 310 Christian Camp: Site Plan and Design 3
COAL 370 Managing the Christian Ministry Organization 3
COAL 405 Ministry Finance 3
COAL 410 Principles of Ministry Marketing 3
COAL 460 Camp and Outdoor Ministry: Property, Programs, Policies, and Procedures 3
COAL 497 Special Topics in COAL 3
COAL 499 Internship 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-6 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Free Electives (0-5 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major (B.S.) (With Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
CHMN 205 Church Ministry Practicum I 1
CHMN 300 Church Ministry Practicum II 1
CHMN 305 Church Ministry Practicum III 1
CHMN 360 Foundations in Ministry Programming 3
CHMN 447 Discipleship in Church Ministries 3
CHMN 489 Church Ministries Capstone 3
COAL 210 Introduction to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
COAL 220 Foundations and Programming in Camp and Outdoor Leadership 3
COAL 305 Legal Issues in Camp Ministry 3
COAL 310 Christian Camp: Site Plan and Design 3
COAL 370 Managing the Christian Ministry Organization 3
COAL 405 Ministry Finance 3
COAL 410 Principles of Ministry Marketing 3
COAL 460 Camp and Outdoor Ministry: Property, Programs, Policies, and Procedures 3
COAL 497 Special Topics in COAL 3
COAL 499 Internship 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Global Studies; Sports Outreach; or Youth Ministries.
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
NOTE: "C" or better is required in all upper level courses in the major.
*These approved General Education courses may be counted in Core Competency Requirements.

Cognates

Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major (B.S.) Global Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
GLST 390 Engaging Oral Communicators 3
Choose 3 credits from the following courses (3 hrs)
GLST 350 World Religions
GLST 380 Global Studies Field Experience
GLST 431 Introduction to Islam
GLST 485 Jungle Camp
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major (B.S.) Sports Outreach Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
SMGT 312 Introduction to Sport Ministry Outreach 3
SMGT 321 Global Sport Outreach 3
Choose two of the following courses: 6
SMGT 315 Concepts and Practices in Sport Outreach
SMGT 401 Sport Methodology, Methods and Practices
SMGT 402 Sport Chaplaincy
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Major (B.S.) Youth Ministries Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in Major (54 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Choose two of the following courses: 3
YOUT 310 Strategies for Student Outreach
YOUT 340 Current Issues in Youth Ministry
YOUT 380 Ministering to Adolescents in Crisis
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Major (B.S.)

The major in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries provides an undergraduate degree program for students who desire Christian leadership development and ministry training in a broader context of the local church, para-church and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, partnership with other schools within Liberty University provides cognates for marketability, based on students’ future vocational goals (See cognates). This degree would help students gain the knowledge, values and skills needed for providing Christian leadership in a church and/or para-church vocation.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the BS in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries is to equip students with professional skills in planning, organizing, and developing Christian ministries. In addition, students will develop the ability to evaluate models of leadership, programs, and various philosophies of Christian ministries.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate/justify essential truths of Christianity.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles of biblical interpretation.
  3. Demonstrate professional skill in planning, organizing, and developing Christian ministries.
  4. Evaluate models of leadership & programs, as well as various philosophies of Christian ministries.
  5. Demonstrate competence in engaging their culture from a biblical worldview of leadership.

Career Opportunities

Ministry Director Church Administration
Para-church Leadership Ministry Associate
Ministry roles in
     bivocational settings
Missionary Pastor
Senior and Associate Pastor
Camp Director Women's Ministry Director
Children’s Pastor/Director Youth Pastor
Christian Education Director Next Generation Pastor
Evangelist Media Ministry

Program of Study

Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) (Without Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
BUSI 301 Business Law 3
BUSI 340 Organizational Behavior I 3
BUSI 409 Non-Profit Management 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
CHMN 205 Church Ministry Practicum I 1
CHMN 300 Church Ministry Practicum II 1
CHMN 305 Church Ministry Practicum III 1
CHMN 360 Foundations in Ministry Programming 3
CHMN 447 Discipleship in Church Ministries 3
CHMN 450 Leadership and Management in Ministry 3
CHMN 489 Church Ministries Capstone 3
CLED 300 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Christian Leadership 3
CLED 365 The Personal Development of the Leader 3
CLED 410 Team Dynamics in Christian Leadership 3
CLED 410 Team Dynamics in Christian Leadership 3
CLED 425 Ethical Issues in Christian Leadership 3
CLED 499 Christian Leadership Internship 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Free Electives (0-8 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) (With Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
BUSI 301 Business Law 3
BUSI 340 Organizational Behavior I 3
BUSI 409 Non-Profit Management 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
CHMN 205 Church Ministry Practicum I 1
CHMN 300 Church Ministry Practicum II 1
CHMN 305 Church Ministry Practicum III 1
CHMN 360 Foundations in Ministry Programming 3
CHMN 447 Discipleship in Church Ministries 3
CHMN 450 Leadership and Management in Ministry 3
CHMN 489 Church Ministries Capstone 3
CLED 300 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Christian Leadership 3
CLED 365 The Personal Development of the Leader 3
CLED 410 Team Dynamics in Christian Leadership 3
CLED 425 Ethical Issues in Christian Leadership 3
CLED 499 Christian Leadership Internship 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
Cognate Courses (11-15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministries; Biblical Studies; Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership; Global Studies; Technical Studies; Theology and Apologetics; Women's Leadership; or Worship.
Directed Courses (Required) (0-12 hrs)*
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Cognates

Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministries Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
ALOM 310 Adventure Leadership Foundations 3
ALOM 320 Adventure Leadership Programming 3
ALOM 360 Camping Ministry 3
ALOM 370 Managing the Christian Youth Organization 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Biblical Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 364 Acts 3
BIBL 410 Genesis 3
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation 3
BIBL Elective (300-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 127 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
COAL 210 Introduction to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
COAL 220 Foundations and Programming in Camp and Outdoor Leadership 3
COAL 310 Christian Camp: Site Plan and Design 3
COAL 370 Managing the Christian Ministry Organization 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COAL 305 Legal Issues in Camp Ministry
COAL 497 Special Topics in COAL
Directed Courses (Required) (0-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Global Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
GLST 350 World Religions 3
GLST 390 Engaging Oral Communicators 3
GLST Elective (300-400 level)
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 127 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Technical Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (11 hrs)
CRFT 101 Introduction to Craft Skills 3
Technical Electives (8 hrs)* 1
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)**
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 123 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*Some courses will be delivered at Virginia Technical Institute in Altavista, Virginia.
**These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Choose 8 hours from: CARP, ELTC, HVAC, STEM, PLMB or WELD courses.

Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Theology and Apologetics Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
APOL 325 Christianity and the Cults 3
THEO 330 Theology of the Family (D) 3
THEO 412 The Church: Its Mission and Hope 3
THEO/APOL Elective (300-400 level) 6
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 127 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Women's Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
WLED 220 Survey of Women’s Ministries 3
WLED 320 The Christian Woman 3
WLED 330 The Role of Christian Women in Ministry 3
WLED 387 Methods of Teaching the Bible and Religion for Women 3
WLED 410 Leadership Development and Strategies for Women in Ministry 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
BUSI 201 Intermediate Business Computer Applications 3
ECON 213 Principles of Microeconomics 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 127 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Worship Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 124 hours minimum required; at least 47 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Pastoral Leadership Major (B.S.)

The B.S. in Pastoral Leadership provides thorough preparation in the exposition of biblical scriptures and processing of leadership dynamics. The B.S. in Pastoral Leadership prepares the student to excel in ministry aptitude beyond some entry level seminary students.

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Pastoral Leadership is designed to provide a thorough, biblically-based approach to practical ministry leadership. This program emphasizes sound doctrine and the ability to exposit biblical Scriptures from an accurate, conservative, evangelical hermeneutic principle. Building upon the said foundation, the program also focuses on an effective homiletic presentation. Lastly, this program is designed to equip the student with leadership skills that parallel higher levels of leadership study.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and demonstrate the skills necessary for Pastoral ministry.
  2. Plan, organize, and develop Christian ministries.
  3. Biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  4. Apply the principles of biblical interpretation.

Program of Study

Pastoral Leadership Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 364 Acts 3
BIBL 425 Romans 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
PLED 201 Foundation to Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 251 Church Planting and Development 3
PLED 301 Family Ministry in the Church 3
PLED 302 Staff Management and Relations in Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 350 Pastoral Duties 3
PLED 351 Church Assimilation and Development 3
PLED 421 Homiletics I 3
PLED 452 Critical Issues in Pastoral Leadership 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
Free Electives (10-17 hrs) [6 hours must be upper level]
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Cognate/Concentration Courses (15 hrs)
Pastoral Leadership Major (B.S.) Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
COAL 210 Introduction to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
COAL 220 Foundations and Programming in Camp and Outdoor Leadership 3
COAL 310 Christian Camp: Site Plan and Design 3
COAL 370 Managing the Christian Ministry Organization 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COAL 305 Legal Issues in Camp Ministry
COAL 497 Special Topics in COAL
Free Electives (2-6 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

Youth Ministries Major (B.S.)

The BS in Youth Ministries degree equips students who desire training in Youth Ministries for the local church and in the broader context of para-church and nonprofit organizations. This degree will help the student gain the knowledge, values and skills needed for providing Youth Ministries in a church and para-church vocation. Additionally, partnership with other schools within Liberty University provides cognates for marketability, based on students’ future vocational goals (See cognates).

PURPOSE
The purpose of the BS in Youth Ministries degree is to equip students to demonstrate competence in engaging and educating adolescents within their culture from a biblical worldview. This program also equips students to demonstrate professional skills in planning, organizing, and developing Christian youth ministries.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate/justify essential truths of Christianity.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles in biblical interpretation.
  3. Demonstrate professional skill in planning, organizing, and developing Christian youth ministries.
  4. Evaluate models of leadership and programs, as well as various philosophies of Christian youth ministries.
  5. Demonstrate competence in engaging and educating adolescents within their culture from a biblical worldview.

Career Opportunities

Youth Ministry Director Church Administration
Para-church Leadership Ministry Associate
Ministry roled in bivocational settings Associate Pastor
Youth Camp Director Next Generation Pastor
Children's Pastor/Director Media Ministry
College Ministry Pastor/Director  

Programs of Study

Youth Ministries (B.S.) (Without Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
CHMN 205 Church Ministry Practicum I 1
CHMN 300 Church Ministry Practicum II 1
CHMN 305 Church Ministry Practicum III 1
CHMN 360 Foundations in Ministry Programming 3
CHMN 489 Church Ministries Capstone 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3
YOUT 310 Strategies for Student Outreach 3
YOUT 340 Current Issues in Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 380 Ministering to Adolescents in Crisis 3
YOUT 447 Discipleship in Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 448 Contemporary Youth Communication 3
YOUT 450 Professional Orientation to Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 460 Programs for Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 499 Youth Ministry Internship 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Free Electives (0-14 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) (With Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
CHMN 205 Church Ministry Practicum I 1
CHMN 300 Church Ministry Practicum II 1
CHMN 305 Church Ministry Practicum III 1
CHMN 360 Foundations in Ministry Programming 3
CHMN 489 Church Ministries Capstone 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3
YOUT 310 Strategies for Student Outreach 3
YOUT 340 Current Issues in Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 380 Ministering to Adolescents in Crisis 3
YOUT 447 Discipleship in Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 448 Contemporary Youth Communication 3
YOUT 450 Professional Orientation to Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 460 Programs for Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 499 Youth Ministry Internship 3
Cognates Courses (12-15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministries; Biblical Studies; Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership; Christian Leadership; Cinematic Arts; Coaching; Global Studies; Pastoral Leadership; Sport Outreach; Theology and Apologetics; Women's Leadership; or Worship.
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Cognates

Youth Ministries (B.S.) Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministries Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
ALOM 310 Adventure Leadership Foundations 3
ALOM 320 Adventure Leadership Programming 3
ALOM 360 Camping Ministry 3
ALOM 370 Managing the Christian Youth Organization 3
ALOM Elective (100-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Biblical Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 364 Acts 3
BIBL 410 Genesis 3
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation 3
BIBL Elective (300-400 level)
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
COAL 210 Introduction to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
COAL 220 Foundations and Programming in Camp and Outdoor Leadership 3
COAL 310 Christian Camp: Site Plan and Design 3
COAL 370 Managing the Christian Ministry Organization 3
Choose one of the following: (3 hrs)
COAL 305 Legal Issues in Camp Ministry
COAL 497 Special Topics in COAL
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 31 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Christian Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
CLED 300 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Christian Leadership 3
CLED 365 The Personal Development of the Leader 3
CLED 410 Team Dynamics in Christian Leadership 3
CLED 425 Ethical Issues in Christian Leadership 3
CLED Elective (100-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Cinematic Arts Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
CINE 301 Cinema Legal Environment 3
CINE 302 Story Analysis 3
CINE 303 Producing and Directing 3
CINE 304 Production 3
CINE 305 Editing 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Coaching Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 300 Introduction to Coaching 3
SMGT 307 Coaching Fall Sports 3
SMGT 308 Coaching Spring Sports 3
SMGT 314 Coaching Dynamics 3
Choose one of the following: 3
SMGT 304 Coaching Football
SMGT 306 Coaching Basketball
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)* 3
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Global Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
GLST 350 World Religions 3
GLST 390 Engaging Oral Communicators 3
GLST Elective (300-400 level)
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Pastoral Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
PLED 201 Foundation to Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 301 Family Ministry in the Church 3
PLED 302 Staff Management and Relations in Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 350 Pastoral Duties 3
Choose one of the following: 3
PLED 251 Church Planting and Development
PLED 351 Church Assimilation and Development
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Sport Outreach Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
SMGT 312 Introduction to Sport Ministry Outreach 3
SMGT 315 Concepts and Practices in Sport Outreach 3
SMGT 321 Global Sport Outreach 3
SMGT 401 Sport Methodology, Methods and Practices 3
Choose one of the following: 3
SMGT 317 Mentoring in Sport
SMGT 402 Sport Chaplaincy
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Technical Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (11 hrs)
CRFT 101 Introduction to Craft Skills 3
Technical Studies Electives* 1 8
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)**
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Free Electives (0-3 hours)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*Some courses will be delivered at Virginia Technical Institute in Altavista, Virginia
**These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Choose 8 hours from: CARP, ELTC, HVAC, STEM, PLMB or WELD

Youth Ministries (B.S.) Theology and Apologetics Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
APOL 325 Christianity and the Cults 3
THEO 330 Theology of the Family (D) 3
THEO 412 The Church: Its Mission and Hope 3
THEO/APOL Elective (300-400 level) 6
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Women's Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
WLED 220 Survey of Women’s Ministries 3
WLED 320 The Christian Woman 3
WLED 330 The Role of Christian Women in Ministry 3
WLED 387 Methods of Teaching the Bible and Religion for Women 3
WLED 410 Leadership Development and Strategies for Women in Ministry 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-9 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
PSYC 210 Developmental Psychology 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Youth Ministries (B.S.) Worship Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (48 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
MUSC 201 Creative Worship 3
MUSC 202 Old and New Testament Music and Worship 3
MUSC 323 Leadership, Philosophy, Music and Organization 3
MUSC 423 Congregational Contextualization and Leadership 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-12 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
TOTAL HOURS: 121 hours minimum required; at least 41 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry Minor

Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry Minor (15 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
ALOM 310 Adventure Leadership Foundations 3
ALOM 320 Adventure Leadership Programming 3
ALOM 360 Camping Ministry 3
ALOM 370 Managing the Christian Youth Organization 3

Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor

Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor (15 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
COAL 210 Introduction to Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership 3
COAL 220 Foundations and Programming in Camp and Outdoor Leadership 3
COAL 310 Christian Camp: Site Plan and Design 3
COAL 370 Managing the Christian Ministry Organization 3

Expositional Preaching Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to deliver an expository sermon, from different genres, for the purpose of Christ-centered proclamation.

Expositional Preaching Minor (18 hrs)
BIBL 360 Methodical Study of Scripture 3
BIBL 370 Logos Bible Software 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
PLED 421 Homiletics I 3
PLED 422 Homiletics II 3
PLED 446 Christocentric Preaching 3

Pastoral Leadership Minor

Pastoral Leadership Minor (15 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
PLED 201 Foundation to Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 301 Family Ministry in the Church 3
PLED 302 Staff Management and Relations in Pastoral Leadership 3
PLED 350 Pastoral Duties 3

Women's Leadership Minor

Women's Leadership Minor (15 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
WLED 220 Survey of Women’s Ministries 3
WLED 320 The Christian Woman 3
WLED 330 The Role of Christian Women in Ministry 3
WLED 387 Methods of Teaching the Bible and Religion for Women 3

Youth Ministries Minor

Youth Ministries Minor (15 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Choose two of the following courses: 6
YOUT 310 Strategies for Student Outreach
YOUT 340 Current Issues in Youth Ministry
YOUT 370 Managing the Christian Youth Organization
YOUT 380 Ministering to Adolescents in Crisis

Department of Global Studies

Melody Harper, B.A., M.S.W., M.A.
Chair, Department of Global Studies
Director, Undergraduate Global Studies Programs
Assistant Professor of Global Studies


Global Studies Major (B.S.)

Students majoring in Global Studies will be well-equipped for international engagement.  They will learn the skills necessary to thrive, build relationships, and establish healthy careers in other cultures while developing an understanding of the particular dynamics that are associated with living and working abroad. To help accomplish this goal, the B.S. in Global Studies program requires students to either double-major or minor in another area.

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Global Studies seeks to provide students with a thorough foundation for effective engagement in intercultural careers and service. The program combines a comprehensive theory of global engagement with practical experience, culminating in a semester-long cultural immersion internship.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Analyze essential principles of effective global engagement.
  2. Demonstrate competency in cultural adaptation, research, and communication.
  3. Employ critical thinking skills in addressing current issues in global engagement.

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Program of Study

Global Studies Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (36-42 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (23-24 hrs)
Core Course in the Major (37 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 425 Romans 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 385 Career Preparation for Global Workers 3
GLST 387 Living Abroad 3
GLST 388 Ethnographic Research 3
GLST 389 Barefoot Language Learning 3
GLST 490 Trends and Issues in Global Studies 3
GLST 491 Capstone Course 1
GLST 499 Global Studies Internship 6
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GLST 350 World Religions
GLST 421 Roman Catholicism
GLST 425 Animism
GLST 431 Introduction to Islam
Approved Minor or Double Major (15-21 hrs)
All Global Studies majors are required to obtain a minor or a double major as part of the completion of their degree.
Directed Courses Required (0-6 hrs)*
LANG Elective (100-400 level) 3**
LANG Elective (100-400 level) 3**
Free Electives (0-9 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 33 hours must be 300-400 level.
* These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
**Must be the same language

Global Studies Minor

Global Studies Minor (15 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
GLST 290 Cultural Anthropology 3
GLST 385 Career Preparation for Global Workers 3
GLST Elective (300-400 level) 3
Once this minor has been declared, GLST 220 substitutes for EVAN 101, and GLST 290 substitutes for GOVT 200, PSYC 101 or 201, SOCI 200 or 201

Department of Theological Studies


Chad Thornhill, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theological  Studies
Assistant Professor of Apologetics and Theology


PURPOSE
The Department of Biblical and Theological Studies aims to provide a thorough, biblically-based, cognitive, and spiritual foundation for students who desire to pursue further academic training at the graduate level or who want to be better prepared for Christian life and service.  In the current academic climate, there is a need for individuals who are educated and equipped to speak to foundational doctrinal issues for both academic professionals and lay people from an orthodox, biblically-informed evangelical position. These programs will lay the foundation for students who have an interest in further pursuing development in this area.


Career Opportunities

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Theology and Apologetics (B.A.)

The B.A. in Theology and Apologetics seeks to equip students to use Scripture, logic and philosophy in order to defend the rationality of Christian belief and articulate core Evangelical Christian doctrines. Students will learn how to integrate theology and apologetics in various settings thus being able to engage the culture with both tactfulness and theological precision.

PURPOSE
The new BA in Theology and Apologetics helps to reach the goal of “Training Champions of Christ” by equipping students to be able effectively engage the world around them. The goal of the new BA in Theology and Apologetics is help equip Liberty University students to be able to:

  1. Articulate core Evangelical Christian doctrines.
  2. Engage the culture with both tactfulness and theological precision.
  3. Equip to use Scripture, logic and philosophy to defend the rationality of Christian belief.
  4. Integrate theology and apologetics in various ministry settings

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  2. Apply the principles of biblical interpretation.
  3. Evaluate various aspects of culture for the purpose of defending and explaining Christian theology.
  4. Propose a response to the major worldviews from a Christian perspective.

Programs of Study

Theology and Apologetics Major (B.A.) (Without Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
GREK 201 Greek Grammar I 3
GREK 202 Greek Grammar II 3
GREK 301 Greek Grammar III 3
GREK 302 Greek Syntax and Reading 3
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
APOL 311 Foundational Issues in Apologetics 3
APOL 325 Christianity and the Cults 3
APOL 480 Biblical Studies and Apologetics 3
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology 3
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
GLST 350 World Religions 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
THEO 362 Historical Theology 3
THEO 412 The Church: Its Mission and Hope 3
RLST 489 Religious Studies Capstone 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Free Electives (4-14 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
*This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Theology and Apologetics Major (B.A.) (With Cognate)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
GREK 201 Greek Grammar I 3
GREK 202 Greek Grammar II 3
GREK 301 Greek Grammar III 3
GREK 302 Greek Syntax and Reading 3
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
APOL 311 Foundational Issues in Apologetics 3
APOL 325 Christianity and the Cults 3
APOL 480 Biblical Studies and Apologetics 3
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study 3
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics 3
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology 3
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology 3
GLST 350 World Religions 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
THEO 362 Historical Theology
THEO 412 The Church: Its Mission and Hope 3
RLGN 489 Ministry Praxis Capstone 3
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Biblical Scholarship; Global Studies; Jewish Studies; or Writing and Literature.
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
Free Electives (0-2 hrs)
* This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Cognates

Theology and Apologetics Major (B.A.) Biblical Scholarship Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
HBRW 201 Hebrew Grammar I 3
HBRW 202 Hebrew Grammar II 3
BIBL/GREK/HBRW Elective (300-400 level) 6
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Free Electives (0-2 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
* This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Theology and Apologetics Major (B.A.) Global Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
GLST 290 Cultural Anthropology 3
GLST 431 Introduction to Islam 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Free Electives (0-2 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
* This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Theology and Apologetics Major (B.A.) Jewish Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
BIBL 431 Israelology 3
BIBL 432 Messianic Prophecy 3
BIBL 433 The Jewish Temple in History and Prophecy 3
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Free Electives (0-2 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
* This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Theology and Apologetics Major (B.A.) Writing and Literature Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (30-36 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (22-23 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs)
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
Cognate Courses (12 hrs)
ENGL 307 Expository Writing 3
ENGL 417 Writing as Cultural Engagement 3
ENGL 433 Literary Criticism 3
ENGL 460 Christian Literature 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
Free Electives (0-2 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
* This is an approved General Education course and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

Apologetics and Cultural Engagement Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able to evaluate various aspects of culture from a Christian worldview in order to engage the world biblically.

Apologetics and Cultural Engagement Minor (15 hrs)
APOL 201 Apologetics and Cultural Engagement 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 3
ENGL 417 Writing as Cultural Engagement 3
APOL Electives (300-400 level) 6

Theology Minor

Theology Minor (15 hrs)
THEO Electives (100-400 level) 6
THEO Electives (300-400 level) 9


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