Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016 [Archived Catalog] [Archived Catalog]

Rawlings School of Divinity—Online Program

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
Director, Christian Leadership and Management

Associate Professor of Religion

John Cartwright, B.S., M.A.R., M.Div., Ed.D.
Associate Dean, Residential Programs, School of Divinity
Director, Biblical and Educational Studies
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

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

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

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

Martin E. Sheldon, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Chair, School of Divinity
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.


Biblical and Educational Studies Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Biblical and Educational Studies major prepares individuals for future careers in biblical education within both Christian/private schools and the church setting. The degree maintains a balance of educating its majors in the biblical discipline and the educational principles necessary for planning, organizing, and managing curriculum within a classroom setting.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad base of general and professional knowledge.
  2. Plan effective instruction and select a variety of strategies based on developmental levels and individual needs in course case studies.
  3. Demonstrate the understanding of differentiated instruction.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of classroom management to motivate students and maximize learning.
  5. Demonstrate behaviors of a reflective student and seek opportunities for professional development.
  6. Articulate and biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and content of the Bible.
  8. Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles of biblical interpretation.

Career Opportunities

Educational Ministries Director
Teacher


Program of Study

Biblical and Educational Studies Major (B.S.) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 3
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
BIBL 360 Methodical Study of Scripture 3
CHHI 301 History of the Christian Church I 3
CHHI 302 History of the Christian Church II 3
EDUC 200 Principles of Education (D) 3
EDUC 205 Learning Theory and Portfolio Development (D) 3
EDUC 303 Instructional Practices for Content Teachers (D) 3
EDUC 304 Classroom Management for Teachers (D) 3
EDUC 305 Educational Philosophy for Teachers (D) 3
EDUC 307 Instructional Practices for Differentiated Instruction (D) 3
EDUC 390 Teaching Practicum (D) 3
RLGN 301 Research and Writing for Religious Disciplines 3
RLGN 360 Practical Teaching of Scripture (D) 3
THEO 360 Theological Interpretation of Scripture (D) 3
BIBL/THEO Electives (100-400 level) (Except BIBL 104 and THEO 104) 15
Free Electives (15 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

Christian Leadership and Management Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Christian Leadership and Management major prepares individuals for executive leadership positions within both the church and business settings. The degree maintains a balance of educating its majors in principles of Christian leadership and basic business management and leadership skills. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in core business principles and strategies.
  2. Articulate and biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  3. Evaluate the development, foundations, and strategies of Christian leadership.

Career Opportunities

Administrative Pastor
Educator
Educational Administration
Executive Leadership
Manager
Non-profit Organizer


Program of Study

Christian Leadership and Management Major (B.S.) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirements (3 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 3
Core Courses in the Major (54 hrs)
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACCT 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
BIBL 360 Methodical Study of Scripture 3
BIBL 364 Acts (D) 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) 3
BUSI 301 Business Law 3
BUSI 320 Corporate Finance (D) 3
BUSI 330 Principles of Marketing 3
BUSI 340 Organizational Behavior I 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
CLED 300 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Christian Leadership 3
CLED 365 The Personal Development of the Leader 3
CLED 489 Capstone Seminar (D) 3
RLGN 301 Research and Writing for Religious Disciplines 3
RLGN 360 Practical Teaching of Scripture (D) 3
THEO 360 Theological Interpretation of Scripture (D) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BUSI 310 Principles of Management
BUSI 409 Non-Profit Management
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BUSI 342 Human Resource Management
BUSI 411 Operations Management
Free Electives (15 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

Religion Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The B.S. in Religion major provides a broad introduction to the major issues, themes, and ideas of religious studies to prepare individuals for diverse vocational opportunities. With cognates in Biblical and Theological Studies, Christian Counseling, and Christian Ministries, graduates from this program are prepared to continue on to graduate studies through a seminary or graduate program.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate and biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and content of the Bible.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles of biblical interpretation.

Program of Study

Religion Major (B.S.) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 3
Core Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
BIBL 360 Methodical Study of Scripture 3
BIBL 364 Acts (D) 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) 3
CHHI 301 History of the Christian Church I 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
GLST 200 Introduction to Global Studies 3
RLGN 301 Research and Writing for Religious Disciplines 3
RLGN 360 Practical Teaching of Scripture (D) 3
THEO 360 Theological Interpretation of Scripture (D) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
RLGN 489 Ministry Praxis Capstone
RLGN 490 Research and Scholarly Capstone
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
Select from the following cognates: Biblical and Theological Studies; Christian Counseling; Christian Ministries; or Evangelism.
Free Electives (24 hrs)

Cognates

Religion Major (B.S.) Biblical and Theological Studies Cognate (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
BIBL Elective (300-400 level) 3*
BIBL Elective (300-400 level) 3*
BIBL Elective (300-400 level) 3*
THEO Elective (300-400 level) 3*
THEO Elective (300-400 level) 3*
Free Electives (24 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
*Choose an upper level course not already taken in the Core
Religion Major (B.S.) Christian Counseling Cognate (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
CCOU 201 Introduction to Christian Counseling (D) 3
CCOU 202 Issues of Christian Counseling (D) 3
Choose three of the following courses: 9
CCOU 301 Christian Counseling for Marriage and Family (D)
CCOU 302 Christian Counseling for Children (D)
CCOU 304 Christian Counseling for Women (D)
CCOU 305 Issues in Human Sexuality (D)
Free Electives (24 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religion Major (B.S.) Christian Ministries Cognate (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
GLST/PLED/YOUT Electives (100-400 level) 15
Free Electives (24 hrs) [6 hrs or more may be needed to fulfill upper level requirement]
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.
Religion Major (B.S.) Evangelism Cognate (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (27 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (15 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
Cognate Courses (15 hrs)
GLST 220 Intercultural Communication and Engagement 3
EVAN 201 Preparation for Personal Evangelism (D) 3
EVAN 220 Effective Message Preparation in Evangelism (D) 3
EVAN 301 Evangelism and the Work of the Holy Spirit (D) 3
EVAN 401 Discipleship in Evangelism (D) 3
Free Electives (24 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

Biblical Studies Minor

Biblical Studies Minor (15 hrs) (Online)
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

Church Ministries Minor

Church Ministries Minor (15 hrs) (Online)
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
PLED 450 Leadership and Management of the Local Church (D) 3
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3
CHLD/CHMN/PLED/YOUT Electives (100-400 level) 6

Evangelism Minor

Evangelism Minor (15 hrs) (Online)
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 3
EVAN 201 Preparation for Personal Evangelism (D) 3
EVAN 220 Effective Message Preparation in Evangelism (D) 3
EVAN 301 Evangelism and the Work of the Holy Spirit (D) 3
EVAN 401 Discipleship in Evangelism (D) 3

Religion Major (A.A.)

PURPOSE
The Associate of Arts Degree in Religion is designed to offer students foundational training in a broad range of areas. It allows students to gain a thorough knowledge of the Bible, theology, and practical ministry. It is ideal for students who serve as church laymen in various roles as well as those who desire to enhance their training gained from a previous undergraduate degree. Graduates of this degree may transfer their courses into a bachelor’s degree program at Liberty if they desire to continue their undergraduate education.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Articulate and biblically justify essential truths of evangelical Christianity.
  2. Demonstrate competence in the use of sound principles of biblical interpretation.

Program of Study

Religion Major (A.A.) (Online)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (24 hrs)
Christian Life & Thought (3 hrs)
Skills and Knowledge (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIBL 360 Methodical Study of Scripture 3
RLGN 301 Research and Writing for Religious Disciplines 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 3
THEO 360 Theological Interpretation of Scripture (D) 3
CHMN/GLST/PHIL Elective (100-400 level) (except PHIL 104) 3
CHMN/PLED/YOUT Elective (100-400 level) 3
Graduation Requirement (3 hrs)
CRST 290 History of Life (D) 3
TOTAL HOURS: 63 hours minimum required.

Liberty University en Español

The School of Religion also offers the Bachelor of Science in Religion with a cognate in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as the Associate of Arts in Religion and the Certificate in Biblical Studies online through Liberty University en Español.  Additional information is available at https://www.liberty.edu /online/lue-inicio/.


 

Undergraduate Certificates

The School of Religion offers undergraduate certificates in several areas of study through Liberty University Online.

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Complete 18 total hours with a 2.00 GPA
  2. All courses must be completed through Liberty University
  3. No grade of “D” may be applied to the certificate
  4. Submission of Certificate Completion Application at beginning of final semester

Certificate in Biblical Studies

Certificate in Biblical Studies (18 hrs) (Online)
BIBL 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIBL 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIBL 364 Acts (D) 3
BIBL 425 Romans (D) 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3
THEO 202 Theology Survey II 3

Certificate in Christian Ministry

Certificate in Christian Ministry (18 hrs) (Online)
EVAN 101 Evangelism and the Christian Life 3
APOL 104 Contemporary Worldviews (D) 3
BIBL 104 Survey of Biblical Literature (D) 3
THEO 104 Introduction to Christian Thought (D) 3
CHMN 201 Introduction to Church Ministries 3
YOUT 201 Survey of Youth Ministries 3

Certificate in Global Studies

Certificate in Global Studies (18 hrs) (Online)
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 499 Global Studies Internship 3
THEO 201 Theology Survey I 3

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION PLANS
Certificate Completion Plans (CCP) can be accessed online at http://www.liberty.edu/dcps.



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