Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

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
Assistant Professor of Global Studies

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

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


Program Directors

A listing of program directors can be viewed at http://www.liberty.edu/programdirectors.


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=27 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; therefore, experiential learning is an essential component of 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 to 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, 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 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.

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 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 welcomes 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, to promote Liberty University in Asia and beyond; to assist Liberty University’s academic programs to be strengthened on campus and to expand in Asia and beyond; to train and mobilize champions for Christ who work in relation to Asian ministries in global locations; and to 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 Pastoral Ministries

David E. Adams, B.D., B.S., M.Ed., Ed.S., Th.M., D.Min.
Executive Director, Center for Pastoral Ministries

PURPOSE
The Center for Pastoral Ministries exists through the School of Divinity to recruit, train, place, and network those called to pastoral leadership both in the local and international church pastoral leadership; to carry out the Great Commission to students and their families; to provide ministry opportunities, mentoring, and edifying fellowship for those called to the pastorate; including, but not limited to: senior pastors, executive pastors, associate pastors, and young adult pastors.

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 comprises all those under the age of 24. The growing trend of religious non-affiliation among young people continues to be a concern to pastors, youth pastors, parents, and churches. This demographic 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 to recruit, equip, and network those called to youth work, in both the local church and youth organizations, to carry out the Great Commission to students and their families.

Liberty Biblical Museum

Dr. Randal Price, B.A., Th.M., Ph.D.
Curator
Distinguished Research Professor

The Liberty Biblical Museum is a new university museum providing faculty, students, and visitors a window into the world of the Bible. Through an exhibition of ancient artifacts from the Holy Land, rare Bibles and manuscripts, the ancient culture of the Bible is traced from 4,000 B.C. to the 6th century A.D. Special exhibits include the Dead Sea Scrolls, Temples & Priests, the Authentic Last Supper, Weapons & Warfare, Glass Collection, Coins and Daily Life in the Times of the Bible. The educational goal of the museum is to support the historicity and reliability of the Bible through a first-hand experience with these ancient testimonies to modern truth.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information about Liberty Biblical Museum is provided online at http://www.liberty.edu/divinity/index.cfm?PID=32805.


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 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 – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Biblical & Educational Studies (B.S.) - Biblical & Theological Studies


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 – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (B.A.)


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 students 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 vocations and 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 major figures, events, and issues within church history.
  4. Understand how the Christian worldview compares and contrasts to other worldviews

Biblical Languages Concentration

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

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies (B.S.) - Biblical Languages
Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies (B.S.) - Global Studies
Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies (B.S.) - New Testament
Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies (B.S.) - Old Testament
Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies (B.S.) - Theology & Apologetics


MINORS

Biblical Greek Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Biblical Greek Minor (Resident)


Biblical Languages Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Biblical Languages Minor (Resident)


Biblical Studies Minor

Delivery Format: Residential and Online
Biblical Studies Minor (Resident)
Biblical Studies Minor (Online)


New Testament Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
New Testament Minor (Resident)


Old Testament Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Old Testament Minor (Resident)


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 International 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

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership (B.S.) - Global Studies
Bachelor of Science in Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership (B.S.) - Sport Outreach
Bachelor of Science in Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership (B.S.) - Youth Ministries


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

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Biblical Studies
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Global Studies
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Technical Studies
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Theology & Apologetics
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Women's Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Church Ministries (B.S.) - Worship


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  Executive Leadership
Educator   Manager
Educational Administration Non-profit Organizer

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Management (B.S.) - Business Management


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.

The Pastoral Leadership program is designed to prepare men for local church pastoral ministry. The B.S. in Pastoral Leadership major, minor, concentration and cognate prepare men who desire to serve in the role of pastor/shepherd/elder (1 Timothy 2, Titus 1). Likewise, the Women's Leadership cognate and minor are designed to equip female students who desire to serve and lead in a ministry context with special attention given to women.

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.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Leadership (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Leadership (B.S.) - Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership


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 – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Biblical Studies
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Camp & Outdoor Adventure Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Christian Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Cinematic Arts
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Coaching
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Global Studies
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Pastoral Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Sport Outreach
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Technical Studies
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Theology & Apologetics
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Women's Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministries (B.S.) - Worship


MINORS

Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership Minor (Resident)


Expositional Preaching Minor

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

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Expositional Preaching Minor (Resident)


Pastoral Leadership Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Pastoral Leadership Minor (Resident)


Women’s Leadership Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able evaluate and demonstrate the skills necessary for evangelizing and discipling women in Christian ministry from a biblical worldview.

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Women’s Leadership Minor (Resident)


Youth Ministries Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Youth Ministries Minor (Resident)


Department of Global Studies

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


Global Studies Major (B.A.)

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.A. in Global Studies program requires students to either double-major or minor in another area.

PURPOSE
The B.A. 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.

Program of Study – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies (B.A.)


MINOR

Global Studies Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Global Studies Minor (Resident)


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

Academic Leadership Christian Educator
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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.

Programs of Study – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Online Only
Bachelor of Science in Religion (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science in Religion (B.S.) - Biblical & Theological Studies
Bachelor of Science in Religion (B.S.) - Christian Counseling
Bachelor of Science in Religion (B.S.) - Christian Ministries
Bachelor of Science in Religion (B.S.) - Evangelism

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 – Degree Completion Plans

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Apologetics (B.A.)
Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Apologetics (B.A.) - Biblical Scholarship
Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Apologetics (B.A.) - Global Studies

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 – Degree Completion Plan

Delivery Format: Online Only
Associate of Arts in Religion (A.A.)


MINORS

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.

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Apologetics and Cultural Engagement Minor (Resident)


Biblical Studies Minor

Delivery Format: Online Only
Biblical Studies Minor (Online)


Church Ministries Minor

Delivery Format: Online Only
Church Ministries Minor (Online)


Evangelism Minor

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOME
The student will be able to explain the content and priority of the Gospel message and core evangelistic truths in various relational context. 

Delivery Format: Online Only
Evangelism Minor (Online)


Theology Minor

Delivery Format: Residential Only
Theology Minor (Resident)

Undergraduate Certificates

The School of Divinity 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

Delivery Format: Online Only
Biblical Studies - (Coming Soon)
Christian Ministry - (Coming Soon)
Global Studies - (Coming Soon)



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