Coursework Required for a Certificate in New Testament Studies

Eighteen semester hours of coursework as follows:

THL 135 Life, Ministry and Teachings of Jesus (3)
THL 136 Acts and the Writings of Paul (3)
THL 200 Principles of Christian Living (3)

THL 226 Christian Leadership (3)

THL 332 The Biblical Text (3)
THL 380 Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (3)

To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Certificate in New Testament Studies. This certificate normally requires one academic year (two semesters) to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the certificate over two or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this certificate program is to provide a comprehensive overview of the New Testament in preparation for Christian leadership and service.

Program Objectives

On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Explain the background, purpose, message, and themes of the Gospels and the significance of Jesus Christ in the first century and beyond;
  • Show the message of Acts each of the Pauline Epistles and their implication and application;
  • Identify and demonstrate a basic knowledge of practical Christian living;
  • Demonstrate and exemplify Christian servant-leadership and values;
  • Know and demonstrate an understanding of biblical doctrines; and
  • 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.

Program Prerequisite

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

Program Requirements

For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours consisting of THL 135, 136, 200, 226, 332 and 380 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 18 semester hours applicable to the certificate. A student can not apply more than 15 semester hours credit to a certificate 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 Certificate in New Testament Studies 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.

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 must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.