Undergraduate Catalog (2020-2021)

Table of Contents

  1. Policies
  2. Academic programs
    1. Curriculum Structure
      1. Program Core
      2. Engage Ministry Formation Program
      3. Bible/Theology Core
      4. General Education Core
      5. Cross-Curricular Concerns
    2. Academic Programs by Division
      1. Articulation Agreements
      2. Division of Ministerial Education Programs
      3. Division of Music Programs
      4. Division of Professional Studies Programs
  3. Course listing

2a – Curriculum Structure

As a Bible college, GBSC includes in all degree programs a core of coursework in Bible and Theology. Additionally, all programs include a General Education core. Thus, all programs at GBSC comprise four components: Program Core, Engage Ministry Formation, the Bible/Theology Core Curriculum and the General Education Core Curriculum. Each area is discussed below.

Program Core

The Program Core component of each degree program focuses on the professional skills required within each discipline. Through the program core courses, students are given the opportunity, and may also be required, to participate in areas of ministry related to their particular programs. Program core courses equip students to carry out their responsibilities and tasks specific to their chosen vocations. This component may be thought of as the “major courses” in each program. Requirements vary by degree and are outlined for each program separately.

Engage Ministry Formation

Every degree program has a ministry formation component that requires each student to complete supervised practical assignments as a way of developing practical skills, helping to build God’s Kingdom and giving back to the community and to the local church. Engage Ministry Formation is coordinated by the Engage office.

Bible and Theology Core Curriculum

The Bible and Theology Core Curriculum is designed to give the student a foundation of biblical content and theology to enable lifelong spiritual maturation. When the Bible/Theology Core program has been completed, students should:

  1. Grasp the historical background and biblical content of both the Old and New Testaments,
  2. Interpret properly the biblical content and
  3. Understand and build a solid theological base, especially in those areas that are distinctive to our conservative, Wesleyan-Arminian tradition.

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 30 total credit hours

Course number Course name Hours
BIST 103 OT Literature 3
BIST 104 NT Literature 2
BIST/THEO Bible or Theology Electives 9
THEO 112 Doct/Practice of Evangelism 1
THEO 113 Doct/Practice Church Growth 1
THEO 114 Doct/Practice World Missions 1
THEO 115 Doct/Practice of Prayer 1
THEO 140 Principles of Christian Life I 2
THEO 141 Principles of Christian Life II 2
THEO 201 Christian Beliefs 3
THEO 300 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THEO 441 Senior Worldview Seminar 2
  Engage requirements N/A

Associate of Arts/Associate of Applied Science Degrees: 15 Total Credit Hours

Course number Course name Hours
BIST/THEO Bible or Theology Electives 3
THEO 112 Doct/Practice of Evangelism 1
THEO 115 Doct/Practice of Prayer 1
THEO 140 Principles of Christian Life I 2
THEO 141 Principles of Christian Life II 2
THEO 201 Christian Beliefs 3
THEO 202 Doctrine of Holiness 3
  Engage requirements N/A

General Education Core Curriculum

The General Education Core Curriculum at God’s Bible School and College will (1) expose students to the scope, methods of inquiry and primary content of academic subject areas that form the foundation of an educated Christian’s worldview and life and (2) facilitate skill development in their application to thought and practice. The academic subject areas included are:

  1. College success,
  2. English composition and communication,
  3. natural sciences,
  4. mathematics and technology,
  5. fine arts and music,
  6. humanities,
  7. and social and behavioral sciences.

Students who successfully complete the General Education Core requirements will achieve the following objectives.

  1. Demonstrate critical-thinking skills
  2. Communicate clearly, responsibly, and with integrity in written and oral forms
  3. Practice evaluating the written and oral communications of others
  4. Demonstrate a knowledge of human cultures
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation for cultures other than their own
  6. For students who complete Fine Arts Appreciation, demonstrate a knowledge of significant individuals and movements in the arts and music
  7. Demonstrate creative thought and action
  8. Demonstrate the ability to think logically and reason effectively in addressing quantitative questions, utilizing mathematical methodologies to solve problems
  9. Use technological and information literacy skills effectively
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of how to use the scientific method to explore the natural world
  11. Demonstrate proficiency in the collection, interpretation, and presentation of scientific data
  12. Demonstrate how key concepts from the social and behavioral sciences help to identify and address real-world problems

To fulfill General Education Core requirements, students select courses in different disciplinary categories to meet a required total number of hours. The tables below list the required number of disciplinary hours for each degree type (BA, AA or AAS). Following those tables, the courses that may be selected in each disciplinary category are presented.

Bachelor of Arts Degree: 36-42 total credit hours

Disciplinary category Required hours
College Success 0-1
English Composition and Communication 9
Fine Arts and Music 2
Humanities 9
Mathematics and Technology 6
Natural Sciences 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Perspective Requirements 0 – 6

Associate of Arts Degree: 24-30 Total Credit Hours

Disciplinary category Required hours
College Success 0-1
English Composition and Communication 6
Fine Arts and Music 2
Humanities 6
Mathematics and Technology 3
Natural Sciences 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Perspective Requirements 0 – 6

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 19-25 Total Credit Hours

Disciplinary category Required hours
College Success 0-1
English Composition and Communication 6
Humanities 3
Mathematics and Technology 3
Natural Sciences 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Perspective Requirements 0 – 6

General Education Core Subject Areas

Each of the General Education disciplinary categories is listed below, along with a list of courses that may be selected to fulfill the core requirements.

College Success

All students are required to complete this category by any one of the following ways.

  • INCS 101: College Success
  • Transfer a comparable course
  • Transfer at least 24 credits completed at an accredited institution prior to enrolling at GBSC
  • Have significant adult life/work experience as determined by the General Education Core Committee

English Composition and Communication

All students must take at least two, three-hour English Composition courses to fulfill the requirements of the General Education Core.

  • ENGL 101: English Composition I Required for all students
  • ENGL 102: English Composition II Required for all students

Additional courses in the English Composition and Communication category are listed below.

  • COMM 102: Introduction to Storytelling
  • COMM 104: Fundamentals of Biblical Communication
  • COMM 201: Public Speaking

Fine Arts and Music

  • MUSC 101: Introduction to Music Fundamentals
  • MUSC 103: Fine Arts Appreciation
  • MUSC 133: Introduction to Philosophy of Music
  • MUSC 173: Christmas/Oratorio Choir
  • MUSC 175: College Choir
  • MUSC 177: Symphonic String and Wind Ensemble
  • MUSC 231: Hymnology

Humanities

  • ENGL 121: Intro to Literature
  • ENGL 221: British Literature
  • ENGL 222: American Literature
  • ENGL 315: Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 325: Young Adult Literature
  • ENGL 333: World Literature
  • ENGL 421: Shakespeare
  • GREK 223: Koine Greek IA
  • GREK 224: Koine Greek IB
  • HBRW 223: Classical Hebrew 1A
  • HBRW 234: Classical Hebrew 1B
  • HIST 121: Western Civilization
  • HIST 122: Modern European History, 1800-Present
  • HIST 221: United States History to 1865
  • HIST 222: United States History since 1865
  • PHIL 202: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 221: Intro to Philosophy
  • PHIL 225: Apologetics
  • SPAN 101: Spanish 1A
  • SPAN 102: Spanish 1B

Mathematics and Technology

All students must take at least one of the following three-hour mathematics course to fulfill the requirements of the General Education Core.

  • MATH 101: College Algebra
  • MATH 122: Statistics
  • MATH 213: Math Concepts and Applications

Additional courses in the Mathematics and Technology category are listed below.

  • COMP 111: Introduction to Computer Technology
  • COMP 119: Technology Applications for Business

Natural Sciences

  • BIOL 111: Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab
  • BIOL 112: Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab
  • BIOL 123: Biology with Lab
  • BIOL 124: Life Science with Lab
  • CHEM 111: Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 112 Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
  • PHSC 121: Physical Science with Lab
  • PHYS 111: Intro to Physics with Lab
  • PHYS 112: Physics 1 with Lab

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • CNSL 204: Intro to Counseling
  • ECON 213: Intro to Economics
  • FAHS 231: Perspectives on Singleness & Marriage
  • MNGM 253: Fundamentals of Management and Supervision
  • PSYC 101: General Psychology
  • PSYC 229: Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSYC 224: Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYC 232: Child Development
  • SOCI 202: Principles of Sociology

General Education Core Perspective Requirements

As a part of the General Education Core Curriculum all students must complete a course from each of the three perspective areas listed below. Note that perspectives courses may also fulfill other requirements.

Diverse Perspective

All students must take at least one course that presents the acknowledgement, affirmation, accommodation, and approval of diversity across culture, age, gender, ethnic, or religious differences rooted in a commitment to the absolute authority of God’s word and the Great Commission. Courses fulfilling this requirement are listed below.

  • COMM 424: Cross-Cultural Communication
  • CREL 204: Religions of America
  • CREL 327: World Religions
  • EDUC 237: Learners in a Diverse Society
  • PSYC 229: Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • SOCI 202: Principles of Sociology
  • SOCI 421: Cultural Diversity
  • SOCI 345: Culture and Society
  • SOCI 480: Topics in Social Science: Study Seminar in Israel
Historical Perspective

All students must take at least one course that presents a historical perspective. Courses fulfilling this requirement are listed below.

  • ARCH 431: Readings in Archaeology
  • MISS 102: Historical Foundations of Missions
  • HIST 121: Western Civilization
  • HIST 122: Modern European History, 1800-Present
  • HIST 221: United States History to 1865
  • HIST 222: United States History since 1865
  • HIST 323: Church History
  • HIST 433: Early Methodism and the American Holiness Movement
  • MUSC 221: Music History and Literature I
  • MUSC 222: Music History and Literature II
  • MUSC 321: Music History and Literature III
  • MUSC 322: Music History and Literature IV
Information Literacy Perspective

All students must take at least one course that presents a set of abilities to assist individuals in recognizing when information is needed and in locating, evaluating and using the needed information effectively. The requirement is fulfilled by taking the course listed below.

  • INFL 101: Information Literacy

Cross-Curricular Concerns

As part of its commitment to providing students with a broad education, GBSC emphasizes six areas throughout the curriculum: writing, public speaking, critical thinking, worldview development, diversity, and use of technology. In some cases, these concerns are directly addressed in specific courses – such as English Composition, Public Speaking, and Senior Worldview Seminar. But beyond this, GBSC’s faculty include opportunities for development in these areas in various classes throughout a student’s course of study.

Writing

The process of writing can help students to learn better. Writing probably helps the writer to understand thoughts that otherwise would remain inaccessible and helps people to operate at a higher level of abstraction. Writing is integrally involved in our learning process and has its best application in disciplines where students need to think through and learn to evaluate problems. When we ask our students to write, we are encouraging them to engage actively with the subject matter: to see patterns, connect ideas, and make meanings – in other words, to learn actively.

In order to simplify paper formatting for different classes, the GBSC faculty have selected the American Psychological Association’s (APA) style as the prefered format for written work. Students will be introduced to APA style in English Composition courses. Some information concerning APA style may be found online at http:// www.apastyle.org/. If a class requires a format other than APA, the professor of the class is responsible for educating the students about the style.

In evaluating written work, faculty have chosen to use a standard grading rubric, the 6+1 Trait® system devised by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL). (GBSC has secured permission from the NWREL to use this system.) As with the adoption of APA style, the common rubric has been chosen to assist students, who will become familiar with the rubric during the required English Composition courses. The rubric, along with additional information, is available on the NWREL assessment website, http://www.nwrel. org/assessment.

GBSC’s Student Success Center operates a Writing Center that provides peer consultations addressing all phases of the writing process (from “prewriting” activities, through drafting and revising, to editing), thus supporting students in developing and enhancing writing skills.

Public Speaking

Effective interpersonal communication in group settings is commonly seen as a necessary skill for effective service in most ministries and careers, as well as a valuable college outcome. The faculty has three basic goals in this area:

  • To help bring students to the point where, at graduation, they are competent in speaking;
  • To introduce students to the disciplinary conventions governing the different kinds of speech- communication activities; and
  • To enhance students’ learning of disciplinary course content through the use of carefully designed speech-communication activities.

Critical Thinking

To define critical thinking skills is to restate many of the traditional goals of higher education, that is, to provide a program of instruction that enables students to become independent learners, to be capable of exercising informed and balanced judgment, and to contribute as mature citizens in their society. Critical thinking cannot be assumed or taken for granted. Being a person of good will and good heart, or even a person of high intelligence, does not automatically translate into intellectual quality in one’s thinking. Since GBSC desires that student learning be of high intellectual quality, faculty are charged with the responsibility of contextualizing critical thinking into all subject areas.

Worldview Development

Developing a Christian worldview is an integral part of the Bible-college classroom. Both faculty and students are continually participating in this task. A Christian worldview is a way of looking at all of life through the spectacles of faith in God. If God truly is sovereign, then He rules literature, history, science, and social institutions. If Christians acknowledge God’s sovereignty, then our work in any field will transform that discipline into a practice that better reflects God’s will and God’s glory.

Both academic excellence and a maturing Christian worldview take considerable effort and time to develop. Faculty are encouraged to model this in their own lives and, in so doing, to demonstrate to students that education and Christian development are lifelong processes that fulfill our calling to love God with our hearts and minds.

The college classroom affords an environment in which students can investigate the hard issues of our modern society, acknowledging God and His biblical revelation, while at the same time offering an atmosphere that supports questions, dissent, doubt and creativity.

Bachelor’s degree programs require students to take Senior Worldview Seminar as an interdisciplinary capstone course that allows students to grapple with various social problems and to articulate strategies for addressing them from a Christian-worldview perspective.

Diversity

GBSC’s perspective on diversity is articulated in the faculty’s statement on diversity, presented here.

We recognize the existence of age, gender, ethnic, religious, and cultural differences among all peoples and on all levels of society. As Christians operating from a biblical worldview, we approach the issues of acknowledgement, affirmation, accommodation, and approval of diversity guided by our commitment to the absolute authority of God’s word and the Great Commission. Therefore we seek to fulfill our mission of preparing faithful servants to proclaim Jesus Christ and spread scriptural holiness throughout the world by teaching our students that:

  • Every person has been created in the image of God and therefore has inherent value and dignity.
  • God provided Christ as an atonement for all peoples and therefore all can be saved and transformed into Christlikeness through the power of God’s grace.
  • All differences must be evaluated in the light of Scripture. Diversity that is in harmony with Scripture is healthy and only such diversity should be approved and accommodated.
  • We should demonstrate our love to others by:
    • affirming their God-given dignity and worth.
    • seeking to understand those who differ from us and learn how to relate to them.
    • treating them with the same sensitivity and concern as we would wish to be treated in reverse circumstances.
    • gently and kindly telling them the truth for the sake of their salvation, in spite of differing worldviews.

Use of Technology

GBSC strives to promote the most effective uses of technology to enhance learning. Technology is introduced into courses so that student extend their mastery of course material while acquiring technology skills and learning how to use these skills to solve problems. This curriculum helps prepare students for a lifetime of learning in our increasingly technological world.

Academic Programs by Division

Articulation Agreements

The following sections present academic programs offered entirely by GBSC. GBSC also holds a number of articulation agreements by which students can complete academic programs in part at GBSC and in part through a partner college or university. More information about articulation agreements is available on the GBSC website.

Division of Ministerial Education Programs

 

Division Mission Statement

The Division of Ministerial Education exists to glorify God and serve His church by providing Biblical training to equip laypeople, evangelists, and pastor-teachers to serve effectively as Christlike servant-leaders.

Division Objectives

The Division of Ministerial Education purposes to produce servant-leaders whose knowledge, values, and skills center in loving God, loving others and loving learning. Such students will have:

  1. fostered a maturing relationship with Jesus Christ that is reflected in spiritual consistency and growing Christlikeness in character and conduct.
  2. gained a deepening appreciation and knowledge of Scripture and Theology,
  3. developed the fundamental skills for Evangelism and Discipleship.

Bachelor of Arts: Ministerial Education

The program listed below leads to a bachelor of arts degree. This will be granted upon the completion of the required coursework listed below, in addition to the Bible/Theology and General Education Cores. In the course of completing this degree, students are introduced to the contents and research methodologies unique to the disciplines of biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and pastoral theology.

This four-year degree program does not require a minor. However, the student must choose one of the eight following areas of professional focus: Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, Youth Ministry, Urban Ministry, World Missions, Music Ministry, Christian Education or Christian Leadership. This choice will affect the student’s course requirements for the junior and senior years. A student may also choose to do a minor (e.g., ancient languages, church music) in an addition to their area of professional focus.

Please note that because evangelism and church growth are covered in greater depth in other required classes, ministerial majors are not required to take Doctrine and Practice of Evangelism (THEO 112) or Doctrine and Practice of Church Growth (THEO 113).

Transfer students must successfully complete an examination before enrolling in Holiness, the Holy Spirit, and Assurance. Any student who does not successfully complete the examination will be required to take Doctrine of Holiness (THEO 202) at God’s Bible School and College.

All students in the Ministerial Education Division are required to enroll in and attend MNED 103 Ministerial Plenary Sessions which meets on Fridays. This session provides students opportunity to be mentored collectively, to benefit from spiritual accountability, and to hear special lectures by guest ministers and church leaders.

Upon completion of the course requirements in the Division of Ministerial Education, the student should give evidence of the following:

  1. Knowledge and love of the Holy Scriptures as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God, normative and absolute in its authority for all faith and practice;
  2. An understanding of our Christian heritage and history: its great figures, climactic moments, and timeless lessons;
  3. A grasp of the basic doctrines of classical Christian theology as well as our unique Wesleyan emphases and contributions;
  4. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and demonstrating it by an increasing love for others, a concern for reaching the lost, discipling new converts, and leading them into a life of holiness;
  5. A proficiency in the preparation and effective delivery of biblically-sound, homiletically-balanced sermons;
  6. Leadership skills in basic pastoral functions such as the conduct of public worship, administration of the sacraments, performance of weddings and funerals, oversight of the church’s educational programs, and techniques of pastoral counseling.

Following are the specific course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Education.

Bible and Theology

Old & New Testament
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIST 103 OT Literature 3
BIST 104 NT Literature 2
BIST 218 Life of Christ 3
BIST 322 Wisdom Literature 3
BIST 341 Pentateuch 3
BIST 330 Prophecy of Daniel & Revelation 3
BIST 340 Romans and Galatians 3
BIST Elective 3
Theology
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
THEO 114 Doct/Practice World Missions 1
THEO 115 Doct/Practice of Prayer 1
THEO 140 Principles of the Christian Life I 2
THEO 141 Principles of the Christian Life II 2
THEO 201 Christian Beliefs 3
THEO 202 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THEO 226 Discipleship & Small Groups 2
THEO 280 Hermeneutics 3
THEO 301 Holiness, the Holy Spirit, and Assurance 3
THEO 321 Systematic Theology I 3
THEO 322 Systematic Theology II 3
THEO 411 Senior Worldview Seminar 2

Ministerial Education

The following courses are required for all ministerial majors, regardless of their area of ministry focus.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 105 Spiritual Formation & Soul Winning 2
MNED 227 The Minister & Finance 1
MNED 228 Ministerial Ethics 1
MNED 405 Leadership & Meeting Management 1
PHIL 425 Apologetics 3

Biblical Language

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
GREK 223 Greek Language IA 3
GREK 224 Greek Language IB 3
HBRW 233 Classical Hebrew IA 3
HBRW 234 Classical Hebrew IB 3

The student is required to have the current version of BibleWorks for each of the above Biblical Languages classes. A significant reduction in price is available for college students. Students should contact their professor to acquire a copy.

Church History & Religion

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HIST 233 Church History 3
CREL 204 Religions of America 2
HIST 433 Early Methodism and the American Holiness Movement 3
     

Preaching

All ministerial students are required to have four semesters of preaching courses. These courses must be taken in sequential order:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 104 Fundamentals of Biblical Communication 3
MNED 200 Advanced Homiletics 3
MNED 206 Expository Preaching 3
MNED 303 Preaching Holiness 2

Internship and Engage Ministry Formation

Ministerial internships involve extensive pre-internship activity and a six-week apprenticeship under the supervision of an experienced pastor. This normally occurs between the junior and senior years. All ministerial majors are required to serve in an inner-city chapel and/or the Prayer Station Ministry or Personal Witnessing Team for a minimum of one year.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 420 Ministerial Internship 3
  Engage Credits (7) 0

Ministry Tracks

In addition to the professional development courses listed above, one of the following ministry tracks must be chosen by all ministerial education majors upon entering their junior year. These tracks provide the student an opportunity to develop additional ministry skills in a specific area. The World Missions, Music Ministry and Christian Education tracks were created in collaboration with  their respective divisions.

 

Pastoral Ministry Track

This track is the most general track and continues the professional development of the pastor as a preacher and minister.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 305 Conducting Sacred Ceremonies 1
MNED 407 Administration & Civil Law 1
MNED 404 Pastoral Teaching Practicum 3
MNED 406 Church Growth 1
BIST Elective 3
Pastoral Counseling

This track focuses on equipping the pastor with the skills needed to help his people change biblically and grow into greater Christlikeness.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 325 Pastoral Counseling 3
CNSL 336 Problems in Counseling 3
CNSL 412 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
Urban Ministry

This track focuses on equipping the student to minister effectively within the urban context.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LEAD 341 Leading Non-profit Ministries 3
MNED 441 Urban Church Planting 2
MNED 225 Leading Open Air Outreach 1
One of the following:   2
MNED 442 Contemporary Approaches to Urban Ministry 1-2
MNED 451 Urban Mission Ministry 1-2
Christian Leadership

This track focuses on the further development of the student’s leadership skills.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LEAD 425 Leading Change/Managing Conflict 3
MNED 245 Leadership Seminar 3
LEAD Leadership Electives 3
Youth Ministry

This track focuses on equipping the student to minister effectively to youth within the local church. Students will be required to attend the one-week Youth Ministry Seminar once in each of their junior and senior years.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 331 Introduction to Youth Ministry 2
MNED 332 Current Youth Issues 2
MNED 432 Youth Pastor and Program 2
PSYC 224 Adolescent Psychology 3
World Missions

This track focuses on equipping the pastor to understand the history, theology, and issues involved in world missions as well as understand the relationship of the local church to missions.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MISS 102 Historical Foundations of Missions 3
MISS 227 Theology of the Christian World Mission 2
MISS 328 Principles/Problems of Missions 3
Music Ministry

This track focuses on equipping the pastor with the core knowledge and skills necessary to provide pastoral guidance and oversight of a sound music ministry within a church.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 131 Music of the Bible 3
MUSC 133 Introduction to Music Philosophy 2
MUSC 385 Conducting Techniques I 3
Christian Education

This track focuses on providing the pastor basic skills relevant to understanding the issues involved in overseeing an educational program associated with a local church.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles and Methods of Ed 2
EDUC 435 Classroom Management 2
MNED 404 Pastoral Teaching Practicum 3

Bachelor of Arts: Biblical and Theological Studies

The program listed below leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. This will be granted upon the completion of 66 hours of Bible and theology, 36 hours of general education studies, 8 hours of Church History and Religion and 18 hours of electives. In the course of completing this degree, students are introduced to the contents and research methodologies unique to the disciplines of biblical studies, systematic theology and church history.

This four-year degree program does not require a minor. However, the student may choose, with advisor approval, whatever set of courses best fits their ministry career objectives or personal enrichment, using the 18 hours of electives which this degree includes.

Transfer students must successfully complete an examination before enrolling in Holiness, the Holy Spirit, and Assurance. Any student who does not successfully complete the examination will be required to take Doctrine of Holiness (THEO 202) at God’s Bible School and College.

All biblical and theological studies students are required to enroll in and attend MNED 103 Ministerial Plenary Session on Fridays. This session provides students opportunity to be mentored collectively, to benefit from spiritual accountability, and to hear special lectures by guest ministers and church leaders.

Upon completion of the course requirements for the BA in Biblical and Theological Studies, the student should give evidence of the following:

  1. Knowledge and love of the Holy Scriptures as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God, normative and absolute in its authority for all faith and practice;
  2. A basic understanding of our Christian heritage and history: its great figures, climactic moments, and timeless lessons;
  3. A grasp of the basic doctrines of classical Christian theology, as well as our unique Wesleyan emphases and contributions to its enrichment and development;
  4. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and demonstrating it by an increasing love for others, a passion for reaching the lost, discipling new converts, and leading them into a life of holiness;
  5. Leadership skills in basic ministry functions such as personal evangelism, the conduct of discipleship groups, and teaching biblical doctrine.

Following are the specific course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies:

Bible and Theology

Old Testament
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIST 103 OT Literature 3
BIST 222 Wisdom Literature 3
BIST 311 Pentateuch 3
BIST 330 Prophecy of Daniel & Revelation 3
New Testament
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIST 104 NT Literature 2
BIST 218 Life of Christ 3
BIST 340 Romans and Galatians 3
BIST 428 Prison Epistles 3
BIST Electives (either OT or NT) 12
Theology
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PHIL 202 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHIL 425 Apologetics 3
THEO 105 Spiritual Formation & Soul Winning 2
THEO 114 Doct/Practice World Missions 1
THEO 115 Doct/Practice of Prayer 1
THEO 140 Principles of the Christian Life I 2
THEO 141 Principles of the Christian Life II 2
THEO 201 Christian Beliefs 3
THEO 202 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THEO 226 Discipleship & Small Groups 2
THEO 280 Hermeneutics 3
THEO 301 Holiness, the Holy Spirit, and Assurance 3
THEO 321 Systematic Theology I 3
THEO 322 Systematic Theology II 3
THEO 411 Senior Worldview Seminar 2

Church History & Religion

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HIST 233 Church History 3
HIST 433 Early Methodism and the American Holiness Movement 3
CREL 204 Religions of America 2
  Engage Credits (7) 0

Approved Electives

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
  Approved Electives 18

Minor in Ancient Languages (18 credits)

Students may earn a minor in Ancient Languages by completing the following courses.

  • GREK 223 Koine Greek IA 3
  • GREK 224 Koine Greek IB 3
  • GREK 323 Koine Greek IIA 3
  • GREK 324 Koine Greek IIB 3
  • HBRW 233 Classical Hebrew IA 3
  • HBRW 234 Classical Hebrew IB 3

Associate of Arts: Bible/Theology

The program listed below leads to an associate of arts degree which shall be granted upon the completion of 29 hours in general education, 31 hours of Bible and theology courses and 5 hours of church history and ministerial education.

This degree is designed for students who desire a sound biblical foundation upon which to build their life. It is ideal for the student who is not sure what God wishes for his/her life or for the student who is planning to transfer to another college to pursue studies in an area that God’s Bible School and College does not offer.

Upon completion of this degree, a student should give evidence of the following: Knowledge and love of the Holy Scriptures as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God, normative and absolute in its authority for all faith and practice;

  1. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and demonstrating it by an increasing love for others, a passion for reaching the lost, discipling new converts, and leading them into a life of holiness;
  2. Knowledge of how to worship God and the importance of prayer, fasting, praise, personal accountability, and faithful church attendance, and developing Christ-like character;
  3. A basic grasp of the themes of each book of Scripture and an understanding of the background, structure, content, and spiritual message of the Bible as a whole; and
  4. Knowledge of and the location of the best Bible verses that teach each of the basic doctrines of Christianity and the ability to share a doctrinal belief with others.

The following are the specific course requirements for the Associate of Arts in Bible and Theology.

Bible and Theology

Bible
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIST 103 OT Literature 3
BIST 104 NT Literature 2
BIST 218 Life of Christ 3
BIST 222 Wisdom Literature 3
BIST 311 Pentateuch 3
Theology
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
THEO 114 Doct/Practice World Missions 1
THEO 115 Doct/Practice of Prayer 1
THEO 140 Principles of the Christian Life I 2
THEO 141 Principles of the Christian Life II 2
THEO 201 Christian Beliefs 3
THEO 202 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THEO 204 Religions of America* 2
THEO 226 Discipleship & Small Groups 2
THEO 280 Hermeneutics 3

*This course may be used to fulfill the general education core requirement for diverse perspectives.

Church History & Ministerial Education

Every student pursuing this degree must register for the following church history and ministry preparation courses.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
HIST 433 Early Methodism and the American Holiness Movement 3
MNED 105 Spiritual Formation & Personal Evangelism 2
  Engage Credits (3) 0

Associate of Applied Science: Ministerial Education

The program listed below leads to an associate of applied science degree which shall be granted upon the completion of 31 hours of Bible and theology courses, 24 hours in general education, and 11 hours of ministerial education to complete a total of 66 hours.

This degree is designed for students who desire a sound biblical foundation upon which to build their life. It is ideal for students who are unsure regarding a call to preach but would like to take the 9-hour preaching sequence which would prepare them to enter the BA in Ministerial Education after completing this degree.

Upon completion of this degree, a student should give evidence of the following:

  1. Knowledge and love of the Holy Scriptures as the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God, normative and absolute in its authority for all faith and practice;
  2. Being filled with the Holy Spirit and demonstrating it by an increasing love for others, a passion for reaching the lost, discipling new converts, and leading them into a life of holiness;
  3. Knowledge of how to worship God and the importance of prayer, fasting, praise, personal accountability, and faithful church attendance, and developing Christ-like character;
  4. A basic grasp of the themes of each book of Scripture and an understanding of the background, structure, content, and spiritual message of the Bible as a whole; and
  5. A proficiency in the preparation and effective delivery of biblically-sound, homiletically-balanced sermons.

The following are the specific course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Ministerial Education:

Bible and Theology

Bible
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIST 103 OT Literature 3
BIST 104 NT Literature 2
BIST 218 Life of Christ 3
BIST 222 Wisdom Literature 3
BIST 311 Pentateuch 3
Theology
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
THEO 114 Doct/Practice World Missions 1
THEO 115 Doct/Practice of Prayer 1
THEO 140 Principles of the Christian Life I 2
THEO 141 Principles of the Christian Life II 2
THEO 201 Christian Beliefs 3
THEO 202 Doctrine of Holiness 3
THEO 226 Discipleship & Small Groups 2
THEO 280 Hermeneutics 3

Ministerial Education

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MNED 104 Fund of Biblical Communication 3
MNED 105 Spiritual Formation & Personal Evangelism 2
MNED 200 Advanced Homiletics 3
MNED 206 Expository Preaching 3
  Engage Credits (3) 0

Certificate: Christian Ministry

The program listed below leads to a certificate which shall be granted upon the completion of 20 hours of Christian Ministry courses.

This certificate is designed for leaders in the local and global church and uses the Shepherds Global Classroom curriculum. It provides the ministry skills and Biblical knowledge needed to be more effective ministers in God’s kingdom. The classes are taught by appropriately credentialled missionaries and pastors who contextualize the training to the specific contexts. Students can use credits earned in the certificate toward a degree at GBSC.

Upon completion of this degree, a student should give evidence of the following:

  1. Knowledge of the Bible
  2. Knowledge of core orthodox Christian doctrine
  3. Knowledge and application of Biblical leadership in the church, including in worship
  4. Knowledge and application of key principles for spiritual formation 

The following are the specific course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Ministerial Education:

Christian Ministry

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CMIN 101 Exploring the Old Testament 1
CMIN 102 Exploring the New Testament 1
CMIN 103 Principles of Biblical Interpretation 1
CMIN 104 Life and Ministry of Jesus 1
CMIN 105 Romans 1
CMIN 111 Christian Beliefs 1
CMIN 112 Doctrine and Practice of the Holy Life 1
CMIN 113 Doctrine and Practice of the Church 1
CMIN 114 Eschatology 1
CMIN 115 World Religions and Cults 1
CMIN 120 Ministry Leadership 1
CMIN 121 Spiritual Formation 1
CMIN 122 Introduction to Christian Worship 1
CMIN 123 Principles of Communication 1
CMIN 124 Christian Counseling 1
CMIN 125 Biblical Evangelism and Discipleship 1
CMIN 126 Apologetics 1
CMIN 131 Survey of Church History I 1
CMIN 132 Survey of Church History II 1
  Practical Christian Living 1
 

Division of Music Programs

 

Division Mission Statement

The Division of Music exists to glorify God by providing musical training and fostering the development of a biblically-sound music philosophy to equip church musicians and music educators to serve effectively.

Entrance and Placement Information

This information is a summary of regulations that apply to incoming music majors. More specific explanations of these and other policies required of all music majors may be found in A Guide for Music Majors. A copy may be secured from the Division of Music office.

Required Music Organization Sequence

Students enrolled in a music program are required to complete a sequence in a large music organization (BA, 6 semesters; AAS, 4 semesters). Large organizations include College Choir, Christmas Choir, Oratorio Choir and Symphonic Wind and String Ensemble. Up to two semesters of credit may transfer as determined by the Division Chair.

Music Theory Placement Exam

Entering music students will receive a music theory placement based upon their performance on Matriculation Examinations. For students wishing to transfer credit from another institution, credit may be awarded by exam for courses MUSC 101, MUSC 102, MUSC 111, MUSC 112, MUSC 211, and MUSC 212. Credit will be given by student’s request if the score for the corresponding exam is a B- or higher. In this case, the designation of CR (i.e., credit) will be included in the student’s transcript.

Areas of Applied Study

All music majors enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts program, with the exception of the BA in Classroom Education and Music Education  which requires one instrument, must choose two instruments (i.e., Instrument I and Instrument II) for applied study during their degree program. Music majors enrolling in the Applied Associate of Science program will choose one instrument for their applied study. Students may study piano, organ, wind instruments, string instruments, and/ or voice. Degree candidates must elect to study piano as one of their instruments unless they pass the piano proficiency examination (see Forms 20 and 21 in A Guide for Music Majors).

Placement in Applied Music

To enroll in applied music, all students are required to complete a placement audition. Entrance requirements for each area of applied study are listed in A Guide for Music Majors under the “Curriculum Spiral Sequence.”

Admission to a Degree Program

To be admitted into a particular degree program, a music major must audition at the two minimum applied music curricular levels required for that program. If the requirements are not met, the student may enroll in another program until the prerequisites for the program have been completed. In addition to meeting the general admission and applied music curricular level requirements, music education applicants must also meet the Education Programs’ Criteria for Admissions.

The Division of Music offers the following Bachelor of Arts degrees.

  • Church Music
    • Performance Track
    • Non-performance Track
  • Music Education
    • Performance Track
    • Non-performance Track
    • Choral/General Music Track
    • Instrumental Music Track

The Division of Music, along with the Division of Professional Studies, also offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Music Education. This double-major does not share the common music core (see below) with the other bachelor of arts music programs.

Common Music Core

All bachelor of arts music candidates must take the professional courses listed below, in addition to the Bible/Theology and General Education Cores.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 101 Intro Music Fundamentals1 CR/2
MUSC 102 Basic Music Theory1 CR/3
MUSC 104 Notation in Music Technology 1
MUSC 111 Music Theory I and Lab2 4
MUSC 112 Music Theory II and Lab 4
MUSC 211 Music Theory III and Lab 4
MUSC 212 Music Theory IV and Lab 4
MUSC 221 Music History/Lit I 2
MUSC 222 Music History/Lit II 2
MUSC 321 Music History/Lit III 2
MUSC 322 Music History/Lit IV 2
MUSC 133 Intro to Philosophy of Music 2
MUED 381 General Music: Early Childhood Elementary3 2
MUSC 385 Conducting Techniques I3 2
MUSC 386 Conducting Techniques II3 2
MUSC ___ Music Organization Sequence4 3
MUSC 170 MSO Rec/Lec Attend (8sem) 0
MUSC 181/2 Accompanying5 0
MUSC 281/2 Accompanying5 0
  1. MUSC 101 and MUSC 102 are remedial courses which must be taken by all BA candidates who do not successfully pass the Music Theory Matriculation Examinations I and II, respectively. Credit (CR) will be given for the corresponding course with a grade of B- or higher (see A Guide for Music Majors).
  2. Passing Matriculation Examinations I and II or the corresponding music theory classes are prerequisites for MUSC 111.
  3. Observation required in this course.
  4. Students are required a six-semester sequence in the same music organization; the choral/general music and instrumental tracks have select ensemble requirements.
  5. For students whose principal instrument is piano or organ and are who enrolled in MUSC 351 or above.

Bachelor of Arts: Church Music

Program Outcomes

Upon completing a bachelor of arts degree in Church Music, the student should demonstrate:

  1. A comprehension of music fundamentals, history and literature;
  2. The basic skills necessary for reading, writing, and analyzing music;
  3. A working knowledge and application of biblical and philosophical concepts in music;
  4. A practical appreciation for music ministry;
  5. A track-appropriate level of applied music proficiency;
  6. The capacity to enter a ministry in church music.

Church Music: Performance Track

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 115-415 Applied Music – Instrumental I1 12
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music – Instrumental II1 4
MUSC 135 Church Music I: Found/Techniques 3
MUSC 136 Church Music II: Administration 3
MUSC 172 Chamber Music 1
MUSC 231 Hymnology 2
MUSC 370 Half Recital 0
MUSC 470 Senior Recital 0
MUED 387 Percussion Techniques2 1
MUED 388 Brass Techniques2 1
MUED 389 Woodwind Techniques2 1
MUED 390 String Techniques2 1
MUSC 481 Choral Methods 2
MUSC 491 Choral Conducting Practicum2 1
MUSC 492 Instr Conducting Practicum2 1
MUSC 494 Practicum in Church Music I2 0
MUSC 495 Practicum in Church Music II2 0
MUSC 496 Supervised Church Music Ministry 5

Choose one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 183 Applied Diction 2
MUSC 284 Piano Pedagogy & Literature I2 2
MUSC 485 Vocal Pedagogy & Literature 2
MUSC 486 String Pedagogy & Literature 2
  1. One of the applied concentrations must be in piano unless the student has passed the piano proficiency test. Additionally, successful completion of gospel piano proficiency is required for church music majors.
  2. Observation required in this course.

Church Music: Non-Performance Track

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 115-415 Applied Music – Instrumental I1 4
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music – Instrumental II1 4
MUSC 135 Church Music I: Found/Techniques 3
MUSC 136 Church Music II: Administration 3
MUSC 231 Hymnology 2
MUED 387 Percussion Techniques2 1
MUED 388 Brass Techniques2 1
MUED 389 Woodwind Techniques2 1
MUED 390 String Techniques2 1
MUSC 481 Choral Methods2 2
MUSC 494 Practicum in Church Music I2 0
MUSC 495 Practicum in Church Music II2 0
MUSC 496 Supervised Church Music Ministry2 2

Choose one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 183 Applied Diction 2
MUSC 284 Piano Pedagogy & Literature I2 2
MUSC 485 Vocal Pedagogy & Literature 2
MUSC 486 String Pedagogy & Literature 2
  1. One of the applied concentrations must be in piano unless the student has passed the piano proficiency test. Additionally, successful completion of gospel piano proficiency is required for church music majors.
  2. Observation required in this course.

Supervised Church Music Ministry

The program culminates in a church music ministry assignment under the supervision of the Division of Music, the Church Music Ministry Coordinator and a cooperating local pastor and/or minister of music. To be eligible for a music ministry assignment, the student must adhere to the following requirements:

  1. Remove all unsatisfactory grades from his/her record (“D” in Church Music courses, or any “F”s or “I”s);
  2. Be in good standing, free from academic, disciplinary, and musical probation (see A Guide for Music Majors);
  3. Achieve and maintain the following grade point averages: 2.5 in Church Music courses 2.0 overall GPA;
  4. Present to the Division of Music at least three letters from different God’s Bible School and College music faculty that demonstrate that the student has exhibited the spiritual, musical and social qualities necessary to succeed as Minister of Music.

Bachelor of Arts: Music Education

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching.
  2. Create an engaging and inclusive learning environment that supports individual differences and learning and also encourages collaboration and cooperation.
  3. Exhibit a knowledge of the specific discipline he/she teaches and an ability to engage students in critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving related to the discipline.
  4. Plan, implement, and assess instructional strategies.
  5. Establish patterns of ongoing professional learning and reflection.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and ethical behavior when working with students, parents, other educators, and community members.

*For additional clarification of these standards, see the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, education applicants must also meet the Education Programs’ Criteria for Admissions.

Music Education: K-12 Performance Track

This program is designed for students with a high level of performance proficiency who are preparing to teach in the Christian school (general music, choir, and band), give elementary-advanced applied instruction, and/or enter a graduate program in music performance.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 115-415 Applied Music Instrument I1 12
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music Instrument II1 4
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles / Methods of Education2 2
MUSC 172 Chamber Music 1
MUED 268 Intro to Music Education2 2
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment2 2
MUSC 370 Half Recital 0
MUED 382 General Music: Middle School2 1
MUED 383 General Music: Secondary2 1
MUED 384 Intro Technology in Music Ed 1
MUED 387 Percussion Techniques2 1
MUED 388 Brass Techniques2 1
MUED 389 Woodwind Techniques2 1
MUED 390 String Techniques2 1
EDUC 435 Classroom Management2 2
MUSC 470 Senior Recital 0
MUSC 481 Choral Methods2 2
MUSC 491 Choral Conducting Practicum2 1
MUSC 492 Instr. Conducting Practicum2 1
MUED 496 Practicum in Music Education I2 0
MUED 497 Practicum in Music Education II 0
MUED 498 Student Teaching (K-12 music)3 9

Choose one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 183 Applied Diction 2
MUSC 284 Piano Pedagogy & Literature I2 2
MUSC 485 Vocal Pedagogy & Literature 2
MUSC 486 String Pedagogy & Literature 2
  1. One of the applied concentrations must be in piano unless the student has passed the piano proficiency test.
  2. Observation required in this course.
  3. See the Supervised Student Teaching in Music requirements.

Music Education: K-12 Non-Performance Track

This program is designed for the student who plans to proceed directly into Christian school teaching (general music, choir, and band) and give elementary-intermediate applied instruction.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 115-415 Applied Music Instrument I1 8
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music Instrument II1 4
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles / Methods of Education2 2
MUSC 268 Intro to Music Education2 2
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment 2
MUSC 370 Half Recital 0
MUED 382 General Music: Middle School2 1
MUED 383 General Music: Secondary2 1
MUED 384 Intro Technology Music Ed 1
MUED 387 Percussion Techniques2 1
MUED 388 Brass Techniques2 1
MUED 389 Woodwind Techniques2 1
MUED 390 String Techniques2 1
EDUC 435 Classroom Management2 2
MUSC 481 Choral Methods2 2
MUSC 491 Choral Conducting Practicum2 1
MUSC 492 Instr. Conducting Practicum2 1
MUED 496 Practicum in Music Education I2 0
MUED 497 Practicum in Music Education II 0
MUED 498 Student Teaching (K-12 music)3 9

Choose one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 183 Applied Diction 2
MUSC 284 Piano Pedagogy & Literature I2 2
MUSC 485 Vocal Pedagogy & Literature 2
MUSC 486 String Pedagogy & Literature 2
  1. One of the applied concentrations must be in piano unless the student has passed the piano proficiency test.
  2. Observation required in this course.
  3. See the Supervised Student Teaching in Music requirements.

Music Education: Choral/General Music Track

This program is designed for the student who plans to apply for a Multi-Age Music License, with a choral and general music specialization.

Course Number Course Name Credit hours
MUSC 115-415 Applied Music – Instrument I1 8
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music – instrumental II1 4
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles / Methods of Education2 2
MUSC 183 Applied Diction 2
PSYC 229 Human Development Across the Lifespan3 3
EDUC 237 Learners in a Diverse Society 3
MUED 268 Intro to Music Education2 2
EDUC 311 Reading in the Content Areas 3
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment2 2
MUSC 370 Half Recital 0
MUED 382 General Music: Middle School2 1
MUED 383 General Music: Secondary2 1
MUED 384 Intro to Technology Music Ed 1
MUED 385 Classroom Instruments in Music Education2 2
EDUC 435 Classroom Management2 2
EDUC 437 Educating Exceptional Learners2 2
MUSC 481 Choral Methods2 2
MUED 485 Vocal Pedagogy 2
MUSC 491 Choral Conducting Practicum2 1
MUED 495 Early Field Experience2 0
MUED 496 Practicum in Music Education I2 0
MUED 497 Practicum in Music Education II 0
MUED 498 Student Teaching4 9
  1. One of the applied concentrations must be in piano unless the student has passed the piano proficiency test. Students, in this track, are required to take four hours of voice study.
  2. Observation required in this course.
  3. This course meets state requirements for training in Substance Abuse Prevention.
  4. See the Supervised Student Teaching in Music requirements.

Participation in a large choral ensemble six consecutive semesters is required. Large choral ensembles are College Choir, Christmas Choir, and Oratorio Choir.

Music Education: Instrumental Track

This program is designed for the student who plans to apply for a Multi-Age Music License, with a instrumental music specialization.

Course Number Course Name Credit hours
MUSC 115-415 Applied Music – Instrument I1 8
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music – instrumental II1 4
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles / Methods of Education2 2
PSYC 229 Human Development Across the Lifespan3 3
EDUC 237 Learners in a Diverse Society 3
MUSC 268 Intro to Music Education2 2
EDUC 311 Reading in the Content Areas 3
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment2 2
MUSC 370 Half Recital 0
MUED 382 General Music: Middle School2 1
MUED 384 Intro to Technology Music Ed 1
MUED 387 Percussion Techniques2 1
MUED 388 Brass Techniques2 1
MUED 389 Woodwind Techniques 1
MUED 390 String Techniques 1
EDUC 435 Classroom Management2 2
EDUC 437 Educating Exceptional Learners2 2
MUSC 482 Marching Band Techniques2 2
MUSC 483 Instrumental Methods2 2
MUSC 492 Instrumental Conducting Practicum2 1
MUED 495 Early Field Experience2 0
MUED 496 Practicum in Music Education I2 0
MUED 497 Practicum in Music Education II 0
MUED 498 Student Teaching4 9
  1. One of the applied concentrations must be in piano unless the student has passed the piano proficiency test. Students, in this track, are required to take four hours in a band/orchestra instrument.
  2. Observation required in this course.
  3. This course meets state requirements for training in Substance Abuse Prevention.
  4. See the Supervised Student Teaching in Music requirements.

Participation in Symphonic Wind and String Ensemble six consecutive semesters is required. In addition, instrumental music education majors must participate in a major choral ensemble for two semesters. Large choral ensembles are College Choir, Christmas Choir, and Oratorio Choir.

Elementary Education and Music Education

Information about this program is presented in the Division of Professional Studies catalog section.

Student Teaching

The program culminates in a student teaching assignment for those who qualify under the supervision of the Division of Music, a supervisor from the college and a mentor teacher. To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, the student must adhere to the Student Teaching Policy.

Although this program is designed for traditional teaching in a classroom setting, students in non-licensure programs are well equipped for and may choose to student-teach in schools structured for A.C.E., provided that those students are able to meet all the requirements of student teaching set forth in the Student Teaching Handbook. Students in programs approved for state licensure may not do their student teaching in schools designed for A.C.E.   

Licensure and Accreditation

Graduates from all the baccalaureate programs in music education will be eligible to apply for certification through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Graduates may also opt to pursue state certification in designated areas through a licensure program offered by another institution through the state alternative licensure pathway.

 

Graduates from the choral/general music and instrumental tracks are eligible to pursue state teacher licensure upon graduation in the state of Ohio, which holds reciprocity agreements with many other states.  GBSC has candidate status with CAEP, the accrediting organization used by the state to determine qualification for teacher licensure. Beyond these programmatic accreditation efforts, all degrees from the institution are regionally and nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Associate of Applied Science: Music Ministry

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A comprehension of music fundamentals;
  2. A working knowledge and application of biblical and philosophical concepts in music;
  3. A practical appreciation for music ministry;
  4. An intermediate level of applied music proficiency.

Program Core

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 115-215 Applied Music – Instrument I 4
MUSC 101 Intro Music Fundamentals1 2
MUSC 102 Basic Music Theory1 3
MUSC 104 Notation in Music Technology 1
MUSC 111 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 112 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 131 Music of the Bible 3
MUSC 133 Intro to Philosophy of Music 2
MUSC 170 MSO Rec/Lec Attend (4 sems) 0
MUSC 385 Conducting Techniques I 2
MUSC ___ Classroom Music Elective 2
MUSC ___ Music Org Sequence (4 sems) 2
  1. If a student receives credit for these courses  by successfully passing the Music Theory Matriculation Examinations I and II, they may select music electives to supplement their professional studies.

Minor in Piano Pedagogy

The Minor in Piano Pedagogy is designed to train students in the fundamentals of piano teaching and performance. Declaration of intent to pursue the minor should be made at the end of the sophomore year. A student may elect a minor in piano pedagogy by completing the courses listed below. Pre-/Co-requisites:

  • A Minimum of 4 semesters Applied Piano Study with achievement at an appropriate level as required by the Division of Music.
  • Music Theory Courses – MUSC 101, 102, 111, 112

Program Core

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUED 268 Intro to Music Ed 2
MUSC 283 Keyboard Music 1600-1828 2
MUSC 284 Piano Pedagogy I 2
MUSC 286 Keyboard Music 1828-Modern 2
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3
MUED 381 Elem Music Methods 2
MUSC 384 Piano Pedagogy II 2
MUSC 484 Pedagogy Practicum 4

Minor in Music

The Minor in Music allows a student majoring in an area of study other than music to have the opportunity to continue their studies in music in a structured setting. The minor is designed to broaden the educational experience of students by providing a variety of musical experiences. A student may elect a minor in music by completing the courses listed below.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 101 Intro to Music Fundamentals 2
MUSC 102 Basic Music Theory 3
MUSC 170 MSO Rec/Lec Attend (2 sems) 1
MUSC 115 Applied Music (2 sem) 2
MUSC 170 Music Organization (2 sem) 1
  9 hours of Music electives (6 hours; 300-level or above) 9

Minor in Church Music

The Minor in Church Music allows a student majoring in an area of study other than church music to have the opportunity to receive private lessons, get involved in ensembles, learn the basics of music, enroll in church music courses and use their learned skills in a practical way.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 101 Intro to Music Fundamentals 2
MUSC 102 Basic Music Theory 3
MUSC 170 MSO Rec/Lec Attend (2 semesters) 1
MUSC 115 Applied Piano/Organ (2 semesters) 2
MUSC 115 Applied Voice (2 semesters) 2
MUSC ___ College/Christmas/Oratorio Choir (2 semesters) 1
MUSC 135 Church Music I 2
MUSC 385 Conducting I 2
MUSC 481 Choral Methods 2

Choose one of the following Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 131 Music of the Bible 3
MUSC 133 Intro to Philosophy of Music 2
MUSC 136 Church Music II: Leadership and Administration 3
MUSC 285 Methods of Music Program Production 2

Choose one of the following courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 221 Music History and Literature I 2
MUSC 231 Hymnology 2

Choose one of the following sequences:

Sequence I
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 494 Practicum in Church Music Ministry I 0
MUSC 496 Supervised Church Music Ministry 2
Sequence II
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MUSC 331 Directed Study in Church Music 2

Division of Professional Studies Programs

 

Division Mission Statement

The Division of Professional Studies supports students who seeks to fulfill their vocational calling in areas of service concerned with the application of interdisciplinary or educational study. The division is also concerned with providing robust support for the General Education Core.

Bachelor of Arts: Church and Family Ministry

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate a biblical philosophy of leadership in the context of church and family ministry.
  2. Demonstrate effective service in a local church or para-church organization.

Program Core (14 Hours)

Course number Course name Hours
RLED 121 Intro to Church/Family Ministry 3
LEAD 121 Intro to Church/Family Leadership 2
FAHS 231 Perspectives on Singleness and Marriage 3
PSYC 229 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
RLED 331 Perspectives on the Family 3
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0

Elective Hours (30 Hours)

Course area Description Hours
CNSL/PSYC Elective Hours 9
LEAD/MNED Elective Hours 9
RLED Elective Hours 9
  INTR and/or Additional Elective Hours** 3

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

**These electives (or internship hours) must be approved by the Church and Family Ministry Program Coordinator.

Bachelor of Arts: Integrative Studies

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Articulate a rationale for the philosophical and practical integration of the student’s chosen, disciplinary cognates.
  2. Demonstrate the integration of knowledge from at least two disciplinary areas by the successful completion of an internship, thesis or major project.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, students must also receive devision approval to enter the integrative studies program as indicated in the Integrative Studies Handbook.

Program Core

Course number Course name Hours
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0
  Cognate I** 18
  Cognate II** 18
INTR 499 Experiential Learning*** 3

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

**Must be non-technical, upper division level credits. Note: MISS 113: Doctrine and Practice of Church Growth is waived for students completing a missions-focused cognate.

***Students pursuing a BA in Integrative Studies with a cognate in Intercultural Studies and World Missions are required to take MISS 432 Missions Internship in lieu of INTR 499 Experiential Learning. MISS 432 Missions Internship may be taken separately from or in conjunction with the study abroad program.  

Bachelor of Arts: Teacher Education

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching.
  2. Create an engaging and inclusive learning environment that supports individual differences and learning and also encourages collaboration and cooperation.
  3. Exhibit a knowledge of the specific discipline he/she teaches and an ability to engage students in critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving related to the discipline.
  4. Plan, implement, and assess instructional strategies.
  5. Establish patterns of ongoing professional learning and reflection.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and ethical behavior when working with students, parents, other educators, and community members.

*For additional clarification of these standards, see the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, education applicants must also meet the Education Programs’ Criteria for Admissions.

Program Core (29 Hours)

Course number Course name Hours
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy Of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles/Methods of Ed 2
EDUC 234 Ed Methods, Media & Materials 2
EDUC 237 Learners in a Diverse Society 3
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment 2
EDUC 332 Educational Field Experience 2
EDUC 435 Classroom Management 2
EDUC 437 Ed Exceptional Learners 2
EDUC 440 Student Teaching Practicum I 2
EDUC 441 Student Teaching Practicum II 3
EDUC 450 Student Teaching 9

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

Elementary Education Track

Course number Course name Hours
EDUC 119 Foundations of Literacy 3
EDUC 121 Bible Methods 2
EDUC 125 Art Methods 2
EDUC 211 Phonics 3
EDUC 212 Social Studies and Science Methods 3
EDUC 216 Math Methods 2
EDUC 218 Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3
EDUC 311 Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDUC 323 Health/PE Methods 2
ENGL 315 Children’s Literature 3

MUED 268

MUED 381

Intro to Music Education OR

General Music: Early Childhood and Elementary

2

2

PYSC 232 Child Development* 3
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3
RLED 303 Teaching Doctrine in Child Ministry 3

*This course meets state requirements for training in Substance Abuse Prevention.

Early Childhood Education Track

Preschool, Kindergarten, Grades 1-3

Course number Course name Hours
EDUC 109 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC 119 Foundations of Literacy 3
EDUC 121 Bible Methods 2
EDUC 125 Art Methods 2
EDUC 211 Phonics 3
EDUC 212 Social Studies and Science Methods 3
EDUC 216 Math Methods 2
EDUC 218 Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3
EDUC 311 Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDUC 323 Health/PE Methods 2
ENGL 315 Children’s Literature 3

MUED 268

MUED 381

Intro to Music Education OR

General Music: Early Childhood and Elementary

2

2

PYSC 232 Child Development* 3
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3

*This course meets state requirements for training in Substance Abuse Prevention.

Integrated Language Arts Track

Adolescent to Young Adult, Grades 7-12

Course number Course name Hours
ENGL 121 Intro to Literature* 3
ENGL 221 British Literature 3
ENGL 222 American Literature 3
ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3
ENGL 323 Modern English Grammar 3
ENGL 333 World Literature 3
ENGL 325 Young Adult Literature 3
ENGL 421 Shakespeare 3
PSYC 224 Adolescent Psychology** 3
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 311 Reading in the Content Areas 3
EDUC 360 Teaching Lang Arts Sec Schools 2
EDUC 370 Teaching Lit in Sec Schools 2

*With program coordinator approval, a literature elective may substituted for Intro to Literature.

**This course meets state requirements for training in Substance Abuse Prevention

Student Teaching

The program culminates in a student teaching assignment for those who qualify under the supervision of the Division of Professional Studies, a supervisor from the college and a mentor teacher. To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, the student must adhere to the Student Teaching Policy requirements. Although these education programs are designed for traditional teaching in a classroom setting, students in non-licensure programs may choose to student-teach in schools structured for A.C.E., provided that those students are able to meet all the requirements of student teaching set forth in the Student Teaching Handbook. Students in programs approved for state licensure may not do their student teaching in schools designed for A.C.E.   

 

Licensure and Accreditation

Graduates from all baccalaureate programs in teacher education will be eligible to apply for certification through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Graduates may also opt to pursue state certification in designated areas through the state alternative licensure pathway.Graduates from the early childhood education and integrated language arts tracks are eligible to pursue state teacher licensure upon graduation in the state of Ohio, which holds reciprocity agreements with many other states.  

GBSC has candidate status with CAEP, the accrediting organization used by the state of Ohio to determine qualification for teacher licensure.   Beyond these programmatic accreditation efforts, all degrees from the institution are regionally and nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

Bachelor of Arts: Elementary Education and Music Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Music Education is offered jointly by the Division of Music and the Division of Professional Studies.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to do the following:

  1. Apply theories of human development and learning to their teaching.
  2. Create an engaging and inclusive learning environment that supports individual differences and learning and also encourages collaboration and cooperation.
  3. Exhibit a knowledge of the specific discipline he/she teaches and an ability to engage students in critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving related to the discipline.
  4. Plan, implement, and assess instructional strategies.
  5. Establish patterns of ongoing professional learning and reflection.
  6. Demonstrate leadership and ethical behavior when working with students, parents, other educators, and community members.

*For additional clarification of standards 1-6, see the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, [Music] Education applicants must also meet the Education Programs’ Criteria for Admissions.

Program Core: Elementary Education Major

Course number Course name Hours
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization (4 Semesters) 0
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles and Methods of Ed 2
EDUC 121 Bible Methods 2
EDUC 212 Social Studies and Science Methods 3
EDUC 216 Math Methods 2
EDUC 218 Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3
EDUC 234 Educational Methods, Media, Materials 2
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment 2
EDUC 435 Classroom Management 2
EDUC 437 Educating Exceptional Learners 2
EDUC 441 Student Teaching Practicum II 3
EDUC 451 Supervised Student Teaching in Classroom Ed and Music Ed 9
ENGL 315 Children’s Literature 3
PSYC 232 Child Development* 3
PSYC 326 Educational Psychology 3

*This course meets state requirements for training in Substance Abuse Prevention.

Program Core: Music Education Major

Course number Course name Hours
MUSC 101 Introduction to Music Fundamentals** CR
MUSC 102 Basic Music Theory** CR
MUSC 111 Music Theory and Lab I 4
MUSC 112 Music Theory and Lab II 4
Choose 2 of the following courses: 4
  MUSC 221, 222; 321, 322 (Music History I, II, III, and IV)  
MUSC 104 Notation in Music Technology 1
MUSC 385 Conducting Techniques I 2
MUSC 386 Conducting Techniques II 2
MUED 268 Intro to Music Education 2
MUED 381 General Music: Early Childhood and Elementary 2
Choral/General Music Concentration*  
MUSC 385 Classroom Instruments in Music Education 2
MUSC 481 Choral Methods 2
MUSC ___ College/Christmas/Oratorio Choir (2 Semesters) 1
Instrumental Concentration*  
MUED 387 Percussion Techniques 1
MUED 388 Brass Techniques 1
MUED 389 Woodwind Techniques 1
MUED 390 String Techniques 1
MUSC 177 Symphonic Wind and String Ensemble (2 Semesters) 1
MUSC Applied Music (4 Semesters) 4
MUSC 170 MSO (4 semesters) 0
MUED 496 Practicum in Music Education I 0
MUED 497 Practicum in Music Education II 0
EDUC 451 Supervised Student Teaching in Classroom Ed and Music Ed 9

*Students must choose one concentration, Choral/General Music or Instrumental.

**Students may earn credit by exam for these courses. 

Student Teaching

The program culminates in a student teaching assignment for those who qualify under the supervision of the Divisions of Professional Studies and Music, a supervisor from the college and a mentor teacher. To be eligible for a student teaching assignment, the student must adhere to the Student Teaching Policy requirements. Although this program is designed for traditional teaching in a classroom setting, students in non-licensure programs are well equipped for and may choose to student-teach in schools structured for A.C.E., provided that those students are able to meet all the requirements of student teaching set forth in the Student Teaching Handbook. Students in programs approved for state licensure may not do their student teaching in schools designed for A.C.E.   

 

Graduates from this dual degree in elementary education and music will be eligible to apply for K-8 certification and elementary school music certification through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Graduates may also opt to pursue state certification through a licensure program offered by another institution, but this degree program does not prepare students for licensure from the State of Ohio.

Associate of Applied Science: Elementary Teacher Education

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Teacher Education is a terminal program preparing the student to assist in Christian school ministry; some graduates may wish to continue their education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Christian elementary education.

Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the student will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate spiritual leadership in the classroom
  • Demonstrate a variety of teaching methods and forms of classroom assessment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of educational foundations

Program Core

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles/Methods of Ed 2
EDUC 121 Bible Methods 2
EDUC 125 Art Methods 2
EDUC 218 Teaching Reading and Language Arts 3
EDUC 234 Ed Methods, Media & Materials 2
EDUC 323 Health/PE Methods 2
EDUC 437 Educating Exceptional Learners 2
EDUC 340 Paraprofessional Capstone 3
EDUC 435 Classroom Management 2

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

The Elementary Teacher Education program culminates in a capstone experience where the student will not only observe the dynamics within the classroom, but also participate by assisting the teacher. To be eligible for this assignment, the student must:

  • Remove all unsatisfactory grades from courses required for program completion (“F”s and “I”s or “D”s in education courses);
  • Be in good standing, free from academic and disciplinary probation;
  • Achieve and maintain the following grade point averages:
  • Have a 2.5 GPA in Program Core
  • Have a 2.0 overall grade point average; and
  • Secure, in writing, recommendations from at least three college faculty members in Christian teacher education, indicating that he or she demonstrates the academic and social qualities necessary to succeed as an aide in a Christian school.

Associate of Arts: General Business

Program Outcomes

Upon completing an associate of arts degree in Business, the student should:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the fundamental legal and/or ethical issues involved in contemporary business practices.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to operate and/or manage a business.

Program Core (21 Hours)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
Required Business Courses:    
BUAD 113 Introduction to Business 3
BETH 132 Business Ethics 3
BUAD 273 Legal Environment of Business 3
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0
Additional Business Electives: In consultation with an advisor, students must choose 12 hours of electives from business courses with the following prefixes:
ACCT    
BETH    
BUAD    
ECON    
ENTR    
COMP    
MNGM    
MRKT    

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

Associate of Arts: General Studies

Program Outcomes

The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies is a non-terminal program that prepares the student for further study. Upon completion of the associate of arts degree in General Studies, the student should:

  • Exhibit a broad foundational knowledge in general education areas.
  • Identify an appropriate number of personal, academic and career goals and strategies that are consistent with a Christian approach to life.

Program Core (21 Hours)

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0
ENGL Literature Electives 3
COMM Communication Electives 3
  General Education Electives 15

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

Minor in Business (18 credits)

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BUAD 113 Introduction to Business 3
BETH 132 Business Ethics 3
BUAD 273  Legal Environment of Business 3
Elective Courses (9 credits)*
In consultation with an advisor in the Division of Professional Studies, students must choose 9 hours of electives from business courses with the following prefixes or their equivalents: ACCT, BETH, BUAD, ECON, ENTR, COMP, MNGM, MRKT and INTR.
*6 credits must have course numbers above 299.  

Minor in Counseling (18 credits)

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNSL 204 Introduction to Counseling 3
PSYC 229 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
CNSL 325 Basic Counseling Skills 3
CNSL 336 Problems in Counseling 3
CNSL 336 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
Choose 3 credits from the following elective courses:
CNSL 321 Topics in Counseling 2-3
MNED 335 Pastoral Counseling 3
CNSL 431 Crisis Counseling 3

 

Minor in Children’s Ministry (18 credits)

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
COMM 102 Introduction to Storytelling 3
RLED 122 Church Ministries with Children 3
RLED 303 Teaching Doctrine in Children’s Ministry 3
RLED 304 Creative Bible Teaching 3
RLED 402 Children’s Ministry Practicum 3
Choose three credits from the following elective courses:
RLED 121 Introduction to Church and Family Ministry 3
PSYC 232 Child Development 3
RLED 225 Open-Air Sketchboard Ministry 1

 

Minor in Educational Foundations (18 credits)

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
EDUC 101 Christian Philosophy of Education 2
EDUC 112 Principles and Methods 2
EDUC 234 Educational Methods, Media, and Materials 2
EDUC 328 Classroom Assessment 2
EDUC 332 Educational Field Experience 2
EDUC 435 Classroom Management 2
EDUC 437 Educating Exceptional Learners 2
Choose 4 credits from any EDUC Elective
EDUC ___ EDUC Electives 4

 

Minor in English (18 credits)

Required Coureses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 121 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 221 British Literature 3
ENGL 222 American Literature 3
ENGL 421 Shakespeare 3
Choose six credits from the following Elective Courses:
ENGL 301 Topics in English 3
ENGL 315 Children’s Literature 3
ENGL 321 Advanced Composition 3
ENGL 323 Modern English Grammar 3
ENGL 325 Young Adult Literature 3
ENGL 333 World Literature 3

 

Minor in Missions (18 Hours)

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MISS 102 Historical Foundation of Missions 3
MISS 227 Theology of Christian World Missions 2
MISS 322 Current Issues/Methods Missions 2
Choose one of the following two courses:
MISS 235 Field Studies in Missions 1-3
MISS 432 Missions Internship 3
Choose one of the following two courses:
MISS 421 Cultural Diversity 3
COMM 424 Cross-Cultural Communication 2
Choose six credits from the following elective courses:
COMM 424 Cross-Cultural Communication 2
CREL 327 World Religions 3
MISS 328 Principles/Problems Missionary Life 3
MISS 421 Cultural Diversity 3
MISS 440 Topics in Missiology 3
MISS 451 Urban Mission Ministry 3

Intercultural Studies and World Missions Program

Within the Division of Professional Studies, the Intercultural Studies and World Missions Program seeks to prepare missionary candidates spiritually, academically, and practically for contemporary cross-cultural ministry abroad and at home, thus helping to fulfill the Great Commission. This is accomplished through an Intercultural Studies and World Missions cognate that may be completed in various degrees, including the Integrative Studies BA, and through an Associate of Applied Science program.

 

Students preparing for missionary service may apply to participate in the Study Abroad Program, which allows them to continue their studies and serve in ministry while living abroad for up to two semesters.  In this program, students receive language training, study applied missiology, and gain valuable  hands-on experience under the guidance of a local missionary or national worker.     

Intercultural Studies and World Missions Cognate

Upon completion of the requirements for this program, the graduate will be able to do the following:

  1. Know and articulate the biblical foundation for the Christian mandate to bless the nations of the world;
  2. Gain inspiration and instruction through the study of how God has accomplished His mission throughout history;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the major world religions and the uniqueness of the Christian faith;
  4. Develop the skills of interpreting culture and relating to people cross-culturally;
  5. Cultivate awareness of contemporary missiological issues, trends, and strategies and the ability to live, survive, and flourish in cross-cultural contexts around the world;
  6. Develop professional and ministry skills that can be used in cross-cultural ministry contexts.

The following are the specific course requirements for the Intercultural Studies and World Missions cognate.*

Course number Course name Hours
COMM 424 Cross-Cultural Communication 2
CREL 327 World Religions 3
MISS 102 Historical Foundation of Missions 3
MISS 227 Theology of the Christian World Mission 2
MISS 322 Current Issues/Methods Missions 2
MISS 328 Principles/Problems Missionary Life 3
MISS 421 Cultural Diversity 3

*Students pursuing this cognate in conjunction with the BA in Integrative Studies take as a capstone course MISS 432 Missions Internship rather than INTR 499 Experiential Learning. 

Associate of Applied Science: Intercultural Studies and World Missions

This program is for lay people who may be interested in short-term missionary work or in working with missionary organizations. Upon completion of the requirements for this degree program, the graduate will be able to do the following:

  1. Know and articulate the biblical foundation for the Christian mandate to bless the nations of the world;
  2. Gain inspiration and instruction through the study of how God has accomplished His mission throughout history;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the major world religions and the uniqueness of the Christian faith;
  4. Develop the skills of interpreting culture and relating to people cross-culturally;
  5. Cultivate awareness of contemporary missiological issues, trends, and strategies and the ability to live, survive, and flourish in cross-cultural contexts around the world.

The following are the specific course requirements for the Associate of Applied Science in Intercultural Studies and World Missions (in addition to the Bible/Theology and General Education Cores).

Course number Course name Hours
BIST 103 OT Literature 3
BIST 104 NT Literature 2
  Choose one from the COMM Courses  
COMM 102 Fundamentals of Biblical Communication 3
COMM 424 Cross-Cultural Communication 2
CREL 327 World Religions 3
THEO 113 Doct/Practice Church Growth 1
LEAD 100 Professional Studies Leadership Organization* 0
MISS 102 Hist. Foundation of Missions 3
MISS 227 Theology Christian World Mission 2
MISS 322 Current Issues and Methods of Missions 2
MISS 328 Principles/Problems Missionary Life 3
MISS 421 Cultural Diversity 3
THEO 113 Doct/Practice Church Growth 1
  Choose two of the following courses:  
MISS 440 Topics in Missiology 1-3
MISS 451 Urban Missions Ministry 1-3
MNED 341 Advanced Evangelism & Discipleship Skills 2
MNED 342 Urban Small Group Discipleship & Mentoring 2
MNED 343 Contemporary Approach to Urban Ministry 2
MNED 441 Urban Church Planting 2
THEO 226 Discipleship and Small Groups 2

*Professional Studies Leadership Organization is required for graduation each semester (except one) a full-time, main-campus student is enrolled in the program unless the student is exempted from chapel attendance.

 

 

 

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