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

Field Education

Baccalaureate students are required to complete six semesters of student ministry. Students will earn half a credit for each semester. Student ministry courses are graded pass/fail. Student Ministry “PT111-116” must be taken beginning with the first semester of enrollment at WMU and must be taken consecutively. Students register for the course during registration and must also submit the Student Ministry Registration Form. Students who need less than six semesters to graduate (transfer students) will not be required to complete six semesters of student ministry, but will be required to take a student ministry course every semester they study at WMU. For transfer students, the number of semesters he/she must register for student ministry depends on the number of credits the student transferred and has remaining to complete their degree program. A general rule for transfer students is for every 21 credits remaining the student must register and successfully complete one student ministry course. When the student decides on the area of student ministry (i.e., type of ministry) he/she will sign up for, the student needs the approval of the faculty advisor and must submit the Student Ministry Registration Form at the time of registration or to the Dean of Student Affairs at the student chapel that is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of the second week of each semester or at the time of registration for courses. At the end of the semester in order to pass the student ministry course, the following forms are to be submitted to the Dean of Student Affairs: The Ministry Supervisor Evaluation Form and the Student Self-evaluation Form. If a student fails the submit these forms, they cannot pass and must retake the student ministry course. Students must demonstrate competence in the ten ministry skills listed on the Ministry Skills Assessment Form (see Student Ministry Handbook). The academic counselor checks this in their academic counseling session.

Student Chapel

Baccalaureate students are required to register and complete six semesters of student chapel. Students will earn half a credit for each semester. Student chapel are graded pass/fail. Student Chapel “PT211-216” must be taken beginning with the first semester of enrollment at WMU and must be taken consecutively. Students register for the course during registration. In order to pass the student chapel, students must not miss it more than twice. Chapel occurs every Tuesday and Thursday. Students who are not able to attend chapel on campus may sign up for online chapel. Students must ensure that they register for online chapel. Students who register for online chapel must follow the regulations of the online chapel. Students who have a campus course before or after Tuesday or Thursday chapel must register for campus chapel. No exceptions will be made.

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