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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

School of Religion

Administration

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

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

Chris H. Hulshof, B.S., M.A.R., M.R.E.
Assistant to the Associate Dean, School of Religion
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 http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?action=faculty&PID=19959&CatID=22 where faculty can be searched for by Department.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the School of Religion is to produce Christ-centered leaders with the values, knowledge, and skills required to fulfill the Great Commission.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS
Degree Completion Plans for programs offered by the School of Religion can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.

Department of Christian Leadership and Church Ministries


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

David Adams, B.D., B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., Th.M., D.Min.
Director of Pastoral Leadership
Professor of Biblical Studies and Pastoral Ministries

Monica Rose Brennan, B.S., M.A.R., D.Min.
Director of Women’s Ministries
Associate Professor of Church Ministries

Douglas Gilmer, B.S., M.A., M.A.B.C.
Director of Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministry
Adjunct Professor


PURPOSE
The 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. 

Students majoring in Church Ministries or Pastoral Leadership will be well-equipped for a future in vocational ministry.  Throughout the program, they will engage in practical ministry experience in local churches and ministries, providing valuable first-hand training for a life devoted to vocational ministry.


Career Opportunities

Camp Director Missionary Pastor
Children's Pastor Senior and Associate Pastor
Children's Director Wormen's Ministry Director
Christian Education Director Youth Pastor
Evangelist Minister of Worship and Music                    

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.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study (D) 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
No-Cognate/Cognate Courses (0-15 hrs)
Directed Courses (Required) (3-9 hrs)*
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.

Cognates

Christian Leadership and Church Ministries (B.S.) Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministries Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 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) (3-9 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (3-9 hrs)*
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.) Global Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 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) (3-9 hrs)*
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 (58-65 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
Cognate Courses (11 hrs)
CRFT 101 Introduction to Craft Skills 3
Technical Electives (8 hrs)* 1
Directed Courses (Required) (3-9 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 (58-65 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) 3
THEO/APOL ____ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (3-9 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (3-9 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (3-9 hrs)*
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 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 (58-65 hrs)
Courses in the Major (45 hrs)
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study (D) 3
BIBL 364 Acts (D) 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) 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 (12-16 hrs) [6 hours must be upper level]
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 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.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 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 Ministries 3
YOUT 460 Programs for Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 499 Youth Ministry Internship 3
No-Cognate/Cognate Courses (0-15 hrs)
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
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.

Cognates

Youth Ministries (B.S.) Adventure Leadership and Outdoor Ministries Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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.) Biblical Studies Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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.) Christian Leadership Cognate
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)**
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 (58-65 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) 3
THEO/APOL___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
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 (58-65 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) (0-6 hrs)*
MUSC 200 Music, Art, Worship & Culture 3
MUSC 313 History of Music and Worship 3
YOUT 220 Global Youth Culture 3
Free Electives (0-2 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.

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

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

Women's Ministries Minor

Women’s Ministries Minor (15 hrs)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
WMIN 220 Survey of Women’s Ministries 3
WMIN 320 The Christian Woman 3
WMIN 330 The Role of Christian Women in Ministry 3
WMIN 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 301 Foundations of Youth Ministry 3
YOUT 448 Contemporary Youth Communication 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
YOUT 350 Campus Ministry
YOUT 370 Managing the Christian Organization

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 350 Inductive Bible Study 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

Department of Global Studies

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

Jeffrey Ritchey, B.A., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Department of Global Studies
Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL-TIME
Associate Professor
Alban, Sr.

Assistant Professor
Harper; Ritchey


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

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Program of Study

Global Studies Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-66 hrs)
Core Course in the Major (36 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study (D) 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) 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 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 3**
LANG __ Elective 3**
Free Electives (5-9 hrs)
Additional Requirements for Major: Taylor-Johnson Assessment & UCIPHER Graduate Assessment
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 Biblical & Theological Studies


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

Richard Alan Fuhr, B.S., M.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Director of Biblical Studies
Associate Professor of Religion

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL-TIME
Distinguished Professor
Hindson

Professor
Borland; Brindle; Fowler; Hartman; Leverett; Price; Willmington, H.

Associate Professor
Allen; Cleaver; Etzel; Fuhr; Smith, M.

Assistant Professor
Love


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

Academic Leadership Christian Educator
Archaeologist Historical Tour Guide                           
Author Research Assistant
Biblical Translator  

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 (52-59 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)
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
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
BIBL ___ Upper-level Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
GREK 401 Greek Exegesis
OR
BIBL ___ Upper-level Elective
Free Electives (1-8 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 48 hours must be 300-400 level.

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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 (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study (D) 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) 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)
Free Electives (12-16 hrs)

Concentrations

Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Biblical Languages Concentration
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
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 (60-64 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
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs) *
LANG ___ Elective 3**
LANG ___ Elective 3**
Free Electives (11-15 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
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
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religious Studies Major (B.S.) New Testament Concentration
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
BIBL 323 John 3
BIBL 324 Pastoral Epistles and Leadership Development 3
BIBL 364 Acts (D) 3
BIBL 460 New Testament Theology 3
BIBL 472 New Testament Backgrounds 3
BIBL ___ New Testament Elective (300-400 level) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Old Testament Concentration
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
BIBL 314 Old Testament Poetical Books 3
BIBL 316 Isaiah 3
BIBL 410 Genesis (D) 3
BIBL 461 Old Testament Theology 3
BIBL 473 Old Testament Backgrounds 3
BIBL ___ Old Testament Elective (300-400 level) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religious Studies Major (B.S.) Theology and Apologetics Concentration
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
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 39 hours must be 300-400 level.

Biblical Greek Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able to translate, parse, identify grammatical constructions, and properly exegete a given passage of the Greek New Testament.

Biblical Greek Minor (15 hrs)
GREK ___ Electives 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 (D) 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) 3
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 (D)
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) *
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology (D)
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics *
*Requires approval from Department Chair

Old Testament Minor

Old Testament Minor (15 hrs)
BIBL 350 Inductive Bible Study (D) 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 (D)
BIBL 450 Daniel – Revelation
BIBL 471 Biblical Archaeology (D)
BIBL 480 Hermeneutics

Theology Minor

Theology Minor (15 hrs)
THEO · Electives (9 hours 300 – 400 level) 15

Theology and Apologetics Minor

Theology and Apologetics Minor (15 hrs)
APOL 325 Christianity and the Cults 3
THEO 311 Revelation, Authority and Reason 3
THEO 350 Fundamental Theological Issues 3
THEO 412 The Church: Its Mission and Hope 3
THEO 430 Modern and Contemporary Theology 3


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