B.A. in Christian Counseling

General Description and Program Goals

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling is intended for students who wish to develop counseling skills in order to assist the personal growth of individuals as an integral part of ministry. This program requires four academic years based on 126 semester hours of credit and builds upon the General Education, Bible, and Theology requirements.

The goals of the Christian Counseling program are to:

    - To prepare students for graduate study, and
    - To prepare students for counseling related ministries in church.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will be able to:

    - Articulate biblical foundation for Christian counseling,
    - Demonstrate growth in personal and spiritual life,
    - Integrate counseling and Christian faith,
    - Demonstrate the basic skills and practical abilities for counseling, and
    - Demonstrate ability to address the need of individuals in diverse cultural settings.

General Education

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling 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.

Graduation Requirements

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

Degree Requirements: 126 credits