Below is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree. This 128-semester-credit-hour degree program normally requires four years of full-time study (see B.Th. Full-time Schedule). Students who plan to fulfill program requirements on a part-time basis should seek to finish the degree program in not more than seven consecutive calendar years (see B.Th. Part-time Schedule). These courses are not available in the summer session.
The purpose of this program of study, is to equip students with a sound theological base for leadership, teaching, and ministry within a local church, particularly related to volunteer, bi-vocational, or career service.
On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery of the general education and biblical foundations core competencies;
- State, and in a structured way demonstrate understanding of, major biblical doctrines and their underlying theology;
- Demonstrate understanding of the history and theology of the Church and explain their importance, and the development of Christianity as a major religion;
- Demonstrate the veracity and reliability of the Bible and using analysis tools demonstrate the purpose, significance and application of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament;
- Correlate relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material with important sites, roads, features and events within the eastern Mediterranean region;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the world’s major religions and how they differ from Christianity; and
- Demonstrate understanding of eschatological events and Bible prophecy.
This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.
This degree program of study requires successful completion of a minimum of 128 semester hours in general education core courses, biblical foundations core courses, a major in theology, and electives selected with the advice of the student’s adviser. For graduation, a student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 128 semester credit hours applicable to the degree and a grade of C or better in ENGL 111 and 112.
Required general education coursework consists of 9 semester credit hours in communications (ENGL 111, 112 and COMM 260), 3 semester credit hours in information technology (CIS 110), 9 semester credit hours in humanities/fine arts (ENGL 261, 262 and either ART 110 or MUS 121), 9 semester credit hours in social /behavioral sciences (HIST 111 and two of the following: ANTH 220, ECON 251, 252, HIST 121, IRG 301), 7 semester credit hours in natural sciences/mathematics (ANTH 230, 230L and one of the following: MATH 162, 168, 172, or 174), and 3 semester credit hours in health promotion (HPRO 114).
A student can not apply more than 24 semester credit hours to a bachelor's degree when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.
Each student entering the Bachelor of Theology degree program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period (normally 4-7 years).
Application for Graduation
For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation (Form 009) must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.