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.


Coursework Required for a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.)

  General Education Core Courses  

Complete 40 semester credit hours in general education core courses as follows:


COMM 260 Public Speaking (3 SCH)

ENGL 111 Written Expression (3 SCH)

ENGL 112 Argument-Based Literary Research (3 SCH)

Health and Physical Education

HPRO 114 Health and Wellness (3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit of four semester hours of physical education activity courses will meet this requirement.]

Humanities and Fine Arts

Either ART 110 Art History and Appreciation (3 SCH)

or MUS 121 Music History and Appreciation (3 SCH)

and both

ENGL 261 World Literature I (3 SCH)

ENGL 262 World Literature II (3SCH)

[Approved transfer credit in a two semester sequence in American literature, British literature or literature of the western world may substitute for ENG 261 and 262.]

Information Technology

CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3 SCH)

Natural and Mathematical Sciences

ANTH 230 Biological Anthropology (3 SCH)

ANTH 230L Biological Anthropology Laboratory (1 SCH)

and one of the following:

MATH 162 Finite Mathematics (3 SCH)

MATH 168 Statistical Analysis (3 SCH)

MATH 172 Precalculus Algebra (3 SCH)

MATH 174 Precalculus Trigonometry (3 SCH)

[Approved transfer course in a college laboratory science such as but not limited to general chemistry, physics, or geology, may substitute for the sequence ANTH 230 abd 230L. Approved transfer credit in more advanced mathematics meets the mathematics requirement.]

Social and Behavioral Sciences

HIST 111 History of Western Civilization to 1648 (3 SCH)

and two of the following:

ANTH 220 Sociocultural Anthropology (3 SCH)

ECON 251 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SCH)

ECON 252 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SCH)

HIST 112 History of Western Civilization Since 1648 (3 SCH)

IRG 301 Introduction to International Relations and Global Studies (3 SCH)

[Approved transfer credit in introductory behavioral studies, geography, psychology, political science, or sociology may substitute for a course required except HIST 111. An approved transfer course in United States history or British history may substitute for HIST 111.]

Total General Education Core Courses - 40 SCH


Biblical Foundations Core Courses

Complete 18 semester hours credit in biblical foundations core courses as follows:

THL 135 Life, Ministry and Teachings of Jesus (3 SCH)
THL 136 Acts and the Writings of Paul (3

THL 200 Principles of Christian Living (3 SCH)
THL 211 Old Testament Survey I (3

THL 212 Old Testament Survey II (3 SCH)

THL 226 Christian Leadership (3 SCH)

Total Biblical Foundations Core Courses - 18 SCH


Major Courses
Complete 36 semester hours in upper division courses as set forth below.

THL 300 Introduction to Biblical Languages and Resources (3 SCH)

THL 320 Introduction to Church History (3 SCH)

THL 332 The Biblical Text (3 SCH)

THL 380 Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (3 SCH)

THL 412 Epistles of Paul I (3 SCH)

THL 413 Epistles of Paul II (3 SCH)

THL 416 General Epistles and Revelation (3 SCH)

THL 421 History of Christianity I (3 SCH)

THL 422 History of Christianity II (3 SCH)

THL 450 Introduction to Biblical Theology (3 SCH)

THL 460 Understanding Contemporary World Religions (3 SCH)

THL 467 Historical Geography of the Bible Lands (3 SCH)

Total Major Courses - 36 SCH




Complete 34 semester credit hours in elective courses.


Total Electives - 34 SCH



Total Required Hours  128 SCH


Program Purpose

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.

Program Objectives

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.

Program Prerequisite

This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.

Program Requirements

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 261262 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 121IRG 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).

Completion of the biblical foundations core requires 18 semester credit hours in theology (THL 135, 136, 200, 211, 212 and 226).

The theology major consists of 36 semester credit hours in upper division courses including THL 300, 320, 332, 380, 412, 413, 416, 421, 422, 450, 460, and 467.

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.

Program Advisement

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.