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Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Theology
The Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Theology is designed to prepare students for entry level pastoral and evangelist ministry through a pre-seminary curriculum.
 
Students who complete the requirements for the B.A. in Ministerial Theology will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Develop, from a Christ-centered perspective, a theology of social responsibility through structured service learning projects that meet community needs.
2. Develop homiletic tools for the preparation and the delivery of Christ-centered sermons according to the Seventh-day Adventist and Black traditions.
3. Design a Christ-centered corporate worship service with special attention to the Black tradition.
4. Demonstrate skills in public evangelism and church growth.
5. Build basic skills for ministerial practice in the church setting.
 
Major Requirements:
RB 311-312 New Testament I, II..............................................................................3-3 hours
RB 411-412 Old Testament I, II................................................................................3-3 hours
RB 417 Daniel............................................................................................................. 3 hours
RB 418 Revelation...................................................................................................... 3 hours
RG 203 Foundations in Biblical Spirituality................................................................. 3 hours
RP 231 Personal Evangelism..................................................................................... 2 hours
RP 341-342 Biblical Preaching I, II..........................................................................3-3 hours
RP 431 Christian Ministry I......................................................................................... 3 hours
RP 441 Christian Worship and the Black Liturgical Experience.................................. 3 hours
RP 442 Public Evangelism and Church Growth......................................................... 3 hours
RP 443 Christian Ministry II........................................................................................ 3 hours
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics..................................................................................... 2 hours
RT 321 Christian Ethics.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RT 421-422 Christian Theology I, II.........................................................................3-2 hours
Cognate:
HI 314 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.................................................. 3 hours
Languages
RL 211-212 Greek I, II................................................................................................. 6 hours
RL 313-314 Greek III, IV............................................................................................. 4 hours
RL 311-312 Hebrew I, II.............................................................................................. 6 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 70 hours
General Education requirements..................................................................................... 50 hours
General Electives.............................................................................................................. 8 hours
Total for degree........................................................................................................... 128 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Care and Pre-Chaplaincy
The major in Pastoral Care and Pre-Chaplaincy introduces the student to vocational options including hospital, military, and prison chaplaincies.
 
Students who complete the requirements in Pastoral Care and Pre-Chaplaincy will be proficient in the following student learning outcomes:
1. Describe the biblical, theological, sociological and psychological foundations of pastoral care and counseling.
2. Develop basic intervention skills through the application of Christian counseling techniques.
3. Offer pastoral care to people who are experiencing some form of human brokenness utilizing biblical counseling skills.
4. Develop verbatim reports and case studies.
5. Demonstrate basic competency in Hebrew.
6. Demonstrate basic competency in Greek.
 
Major Requirements:
RB 311-312 New Testament I, II..............................................................................3-3 hours
RB 411-412 Old Testament I, II................................................................................3-3 hours
RB 417 Daniel............................................................................................................. 3 hours
RB 418 Revelation...................................................................................................... 3 hours
RG 203 Foundations in Biblical Spirituality................................................................. 3 hours
RP 231 Personal Evangelism..................................................................................... 2 hours
RP 431 Christian Ministry I......................................................................................... 3 hours
RP 341-342 Biblical Preaching................................................................................3-3 hours
RP 441 Christian Worship and the Black Liturgical Experience.................................. 2 hours
RP 442 Public Evangelism and Church Growth......................................................... 3 hours
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics..................................................................................... 2 hours
RT 321 Christian Ethics.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RT 421 or 422 Christian Theology I or II..............................................................3 or 2 hours
HI 314 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.................................................. 3 hours
Cognates:
RP 361-362 Pastoral Care and Counseling................................................................ 6 hours
RP 460 Pre-Counseling/Pre-Chaplaincy..................................................................... 3 hours
PY 361 Marriage and Family...................................................................................... 3 hours
PY 421 Counseling Skills............................................................................................ 3 hours
Languages
RL 211-212 Greek I, II................................................................................................. 6 hours
RL 313-314 Greek III, IV............................................................................................. 4 hours
RL 311-312 Hebrew I, II.............................................................................................. 6 hours
Total................................................................................................................78 or 79 hours
General Education requirements..................................................................................... 50 hours
Total for degree................................................................................................128 or 129 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives.
 
Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Languages
The program in Biblical Studies and Languages serves the person who desires special training in Bible research and inquiry although not necessarily claiming a “call” or commitment to traditional pastoral ministry. Such a curriculum may lead to a variety of areas of religious service principally teaching Bible on college, university, or graduate levels or may provide a religious foundation for law, dentistry, education, medicine, paramedical, or technological professions.
 
(Certification to teach Bible on elementary or academy/high school levels should be pursued through the “Religious Education” major located in the Department of Education in collaboration with the School of Religion.)
 
Major Requirements:
RB 311-312 New Testament I, II..............................................................................3-3 hours
RB 411-412 Old Testament I, II................................................................................3-3 hours
RB 417 Daniel............................................................................................................. 3 hours
RB 418 Revelation...................................................................................................... 3 hours
RB 415 Senior Seminar in Biblical Exegesis.............................................................. 3 hours
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics..................................................................................... 2 hours
RT 331 Introduction to Biblical Theology.................................................................... 3 hours
RB 416 Topics in Ancient Near Eastern History and Archeology................................ 3 hours
RL 415 Topics in Biblical Languages.......................................................................... 3 hours
Languages
RL 211-212 Greek I, II................................................................................................. 6 hours
RL 313-314 Greek III, IV............................................................................................. 4 hours
RL 311-312 Hebrew I, II.............................................................................................. 6 hours
RL 413-414 Hebrew III, IV........................................................................................... 4 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 52 hours
Minor required........................................................................................................... 21 hours
General Education requirements..................................................................................... 50 hours
General Electives.............................................................................................................. 5 hours
Total for degree........................................................................................................... 128 hours
 
Each course taken by the student may be applied to only one program: general education, major, minor or free electives
 
Bachelor of Science in Religious Education
The Bachelor of Science in Religious Education is designed to qualify a person to teach secondary-school Bible and to pursue graduate study in such areas as school administration and religious education. Upon conferral of the degree, students may apply for the Seventh-day Adventist Basic Teaching Certificate: Religion, grades 7-12. Degree requirements are listed in the Department of Education section of the bulletin.
 
Minor in Theology
The Minor in Theology offers a bi-vocational ministerial option to non-majors interested in supplementing their primary discipline with significant coursework in theology and religion. The minor is especially designed for students not pursuing professional ministry but who recognize that God calls believing people of all vocations to spiritual service. The Minor in Theology also fulfills the discipline of theology requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.
 
Minor Requirements
RB 311 New Testament I............................................................................................. 3 hours
RB 411 Old Testament I.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RG 203 Foundations in Biblical Spirituality................................................................. 2 hours
RP 231 Personal Evangelism or RP Public Evangelism..................................... 2 or 3 hours
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics..................................................................................... 2 hours
RT 321 Christian Ethics.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RT 202 Foundations of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs............................................... 3 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 18 hours
 
Minor in Biblical Languages
The Minor in Biblical Languages is designed for theology majors in recognition of the practical benefit of in-depth knowledge and skill in biblical languages for ministerial practice. Students other than theology majors are also permitted to enroll in a Minor in Biblical Languages.
 
Minor Requirements
RL 211-212 Greek I, II..............................................................................................3-3 hours
RL 313-314 Greek III, IV......................................................................................... 2-2 hours
RL 311-312 Hebrew I, II...........................................................................................3-3 hours
RL 413-414 Hebrew III, IV........................................................................................2-2 hours
Total......................................................................................................................... 20 hours
 
Certificate in Church Leadership
This one-year program prepares the participant for effective lay leadership or self-supporting ministry. The program also provides certification for ministers with training from other denominations who seek to practice ministry in a Seventh-day Adventist context.
 
Certificate Requirements:
RB 311 New Testament I............................................................................................. 3 hours
RB 411 Old Testament I.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RB 417 Studies in Daniel ........................................................................................... 3 hours
RB 418 Studies in Revelation..................................................................................... 3 hours
RG 203 Foundations in Biblical Spirituality................................................................. 2 hours
RG 301 The Gift of Prophecy...................................................................................... 3 hours
RP 341 Biblical Preaching I........................................................................................ 3 hours
RP 431 Christian Ministry I......................................................................................... 3 hours
RP 442 Public Evangelism and Church Growth......................................................... 2 hours
RT 221 Biblical Hermeneutics..................................................................................... 2 hours
RT 321 Christian Ethics.............................................................................................. 3 hours
RT 423 Seventh-day Adventist Theology.................................................................... 3 hours
HI 314 History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.................................................. 3 hours
Total........................................................................................................................ 36 hours
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