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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

 

Description
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is a postsecondary professional degree designed to equip students for effective Christian ministry in local churches, missions, or denominational service.  This program requires a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and the completion of 120 semester hours of academic credit for graduation.
 
Objectives
The Bachelor of Arts program is designed to promote in students growth toward personal maturity and professional ministry competence. The objectives of the program are accomplished through classroom instruction, the modeling of professors, the practice of ministry through the Practical Missions program, chapel services, and student organizations.
 
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies Program seeks to guide students to understand, develop, and utilize the essential skills for ministry in the effective performance of leadership roles in the church, including pastoral ministry, Christian education, and missionary service.  This program will develop lifelong patterns of continuing personal spiritual growth and professional development.
 
Admission Requirements
All applicants must have graduated from high school or received a GED (Graduate Equivalence Diploma).  
 
ACT/SAT Scores
All applicants (including homeschooled students) are required to submit scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The SAT code for Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is 7039 and the ACT code is 3934. Applicants who are 24 or older, or have passed 15 hours from (a) a regionally accredited college or (b) a college with SACS accreditation, and have maintained at least a C average, are not required to submit these standardized test scores. (SAT and ACT scores are used as a basis of admission to MABTS to help evaluate a student’s ability to do college level work.)

Completion Requirements
In order to qualify for graduation from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, each student in the Bachelor of Arts program must satisfy the “General Requirements for Graduation” as set forth in the Catalog. In addition, each student in the Bachelor of Arts program must complete the 120 semester hours of courses specified in the course listing, including 105 semester hours of required core courses and fifteen semester hours of electives.
 
Each student in the Bachelor of Arts program is also required to complete a minimum of sixty semester hours of general education courses concentrating in these areas: the humanities or fine arts, the social or behavioral sciences, the natural sciences or mathematics, and language. The general education courses may be transferred from another postsecondary institution, or they may be completed within the required course structure of the Bachelor of Arts program.
 
  Bachelor of Arts (BA) Course Requirements

Course Title

Course Number

Semester

Hours

Total

Hours

FIRST YEAR

World History 1, 2

English Grammar 1, 2

Applied Mathematics

Personal Evangelism

Music Appreciation

Religion in the Public Square

Introduction to Computing

Old Testament Elective

 

 

SECOND YEAR

English Composition

Introduction to Literature

Basic Biblical Interpretation

Introduction to Financial Management

Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Biology

New Testament Elective

Traditional Religions, World Religions

   and Cults

Free Electives

 

 

THIRD YEAR

Spiritual Formation

Introduction to Church Ministries

Language 1, 2*

Introduction to Ethics

Basic Biblical Doctrines

Old Testament Survey 1, 2

Contemporary Worldview

Contemporary Issues in the Church

 

 

FOURTH YEAR

New Testament Survey 1, 2

Biblical Preaching 1 or

Principles of Teaching 1**

Biblical Preaching 2 or

Principles of Teaching 2**

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

Theology Elective

Marriage and the Family

History of Christianity

Pastoral Ministries or Church Ministries**

Introduction to Missions

 

WH 4961–4962

EN 4901–4902

MA 4971

EV 3200

CM 4701

PM 4304

CS 4950

 

 

 

 

EN 4913

EN 4914

BH 2100

PM 4235

PH 3901

SC 4981

 

 

MS 3405

 

 

 

 

PM 4300

CE 4484

See below

PH 3911

TH 3701

OT 2101–2102

PM 4302

PM 4306

 

 

 

NT 2601–2602

 

HM 4001/CE 4450

 

HM 4005/CE 4452

CN 4103

 

CN 4114

CH 3001

PM 4200/CE 4552

MS 3370

 

6

6

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

3

6

 

 

 

3

3

6

3

3

6

3

3

 

 

 

6

 

3

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Total Semester Hours Required for Graduation                                                                        120

*For 2015–2016, students may choose between Greek and Spanish. All six hours must be taken in the same language.

**Students pursuing the pastoral track will take HM 4001/4005, and PM 4200. Students pursuing the church ministries track will take CE 4450/4452, and CE 4552.

 

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