Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

General Description and Program Goals

World Mission University offers a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies requiring 126 semester hours of credit. The program requires four academic years, includes general education courses, and is designed to equip students for effective communication of the Gospel. The goal of the program is to help students attain a fundamental grounding in Biblical Studies, including an introduction to the theory and practice of ministry, Church History, missiology, the Old and New Testaments, and Christian theology. The program allows students to master enabling skills for autonomous learning and to focus on a specific area of knowledge.

The elective segment provides the opportunity for students to choose diverse exposure to other areas of interest.

The goals of the Biblical Studies program are to:

    - To prepare students for graduate study, and
    - To prepare students to assist professional ministers in the various duties of the church or
      Christian organizations.

Biblical Studies Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

    - Demonstrate a knowledge of Scripture, proper use of hermeneutics, and ability to communicate
      the Gospel,

    - Exhibit spiritual and personal growth of emerging leader,
    - Understand basic concepts of the Christian theology,
    - Demonstrate the functional skills as JDSN for ministry,
    - Demonstrate theological understanding for many aspects of local church ministry, and
    - Demonstrate basic skills for ministry.

General Education

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies requires a minimum of 45 course credits earned in General Education. General Education courses include courses in communications, humanities, natural sciences, computer, and the social sciences.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelors degree program in Biblical Studies requires the completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit, passing the comprehensive Bible examination, and demonstration of Christian character. Credits can be a combination of transfer credits and completion of course work with a Grade Point Average of C (2.0). At least 45 credits must be in General Education. A minimum of 42 units must be completed at WMU and the remaining 84 units may be satisfied through transfer credit.

In addition to the course work, to graduate the student must demonstrate competence in at least seven of ten ministry skills listed on the Ministry Skills Assessment Form (see Student Ministry Handbook) and be examined on his/her knowledge of the Bible by a written examination. The examination shall be taken at any regularly scheduled testing period. The student will be allowed to retake the examination as needed.

The student may submit a senior thesis (a major academic paper) earning 3 credits to complete the program. In this case, the student will take the course, BT400 Thesis, and present a prospectus and outline of the thesis during his/her final year of the program. The school will assign an academic supervisor according to the subject of the thesis. The text of the senior thesis will be approximately 30 pages double-spaced.

Course Titles and Level

All courses are at the Bachelor degree level. Courses are numbered 100-400. Course descriptions are provided in the catalog.

Degree Requirements: 126 credits