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Bachelor of Arts

The Biblical Studies program is designed primarily for students desiring a career in teaching the Bible at the university level and, as such, it is predicated upon the student pursuing further graduate work after completion of the program. This degree will prepare the student for a variety of ministries in the church immediately after graduation, such as preaching, teaching and evangelistic work. It will not likely prepare the student for pastoral ordination in most denominations without first completing further study.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Deeply appreciate the place of the Bible in the Church’s life and faith.
  • Summarize biblical history and literature.
  • Trace the development of the major themes through the Bible.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skill for interpreting biblical literature.
  • Communicate biblical truth through teaching and preaching.
  • Accomplish graduate study.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

Elective Math, Science, or Computer Elective 2 credits

Student must complete 2 hours of electives in Mathematics, Science, or Technology.

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

An overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts followed by a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. The course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and how those currents are related.

Offered every fall.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

SS201 Western Civilization I: Ancient Age through Medieval Age 3 credits

A study of Western Civilization from the Ancient Age through the Medieval Age with a focus on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

SS202 Western Civilization II: Modern and Postmodern Age 3 credits

A study of Western Civilization through the Modern and Postmodern Age that focuses on the development of societies, ideas, politics, and people.

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

RELIGION - 47 credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits

A study of the principles of biblical interpretation. An intensive examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic. The application of this method to selected biblical texts as well as other systems of Jewish and Christian exegesis will be historically surveyed and evaluated.

Prerequisite:
GB100
Junior Standing.

Offered alternate years.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100

Offered annually.

NT203 Acts 3 credits

An analytical and synthetic study of Acts with emphasis upon the content of the early Christian preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100

Offered annually.

NT401 Romans 3 credits

An exegetical and expository study of this book with emphasis upon the doctrines of sin, salvation, and Christian ethics.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100
Junior Standing

Offered annually.

NT405 Galatians 3 credits

An exegetical and expository study of Galatians with emphasis on special introduction. A contemporary application to the doctrines of sin, salvation and Christian ethics.

Prerequisite:
NT102
GB100
Junior Standing

Offered on demand.

FL203 Beginning Greek 4 credits

A study of the fundamentals of inflection and basic syntax of Koine Greek. Emphasis is placed on the development of a working vocabulary and the translation of selected portions of the Greek New Testament. Two Semesters.

FL204 Intermediate Greek 4 credits

A continuation of the study of the fundamentals of inflection and basic syntax of Koine Greek. Emphasis is placed on the development of a working vocabulary and the translation of selected portions of the Greek New Testament.

Prerequisite:
FL203

NT411 Advanced Greek 2 credits

Attention is given to mastery of the basic principles of syntax. A New Testament Gospel is selected for exegetical study.

Prerequisite:
GB100
FL203
FL204

Offered alternate years.

NT412 Greek Exegesis 2 credits

(Similar to NT411) One of the Epistles is selected for exegetical study.

Prerequisite:
GB100
NT411

Offered alternate years.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100
OT101

Offered annually.

TH401 Systematic Theology I 3 credits

The contemporary theological situation is considered. The significance and importance of Wesleyan theology are studied. The doctrines of theism, creation, sin, and divine revelation are emphasized.

Prerequisite:
SO100

Offered annually.

TH402 Systematic Theology II 3 credits

The deity of Christ and the personality and work of the Holy Spirit are emphasized. The doctrines of conversion, entire sanctification, and eschatology are considered.

Prerequisite:
SO100
TH401

Offered annually.

TH407 Holiness Literature 2 credits

The historical development of the quest for holy living throughout Christian history giving particular attention to the eighteenth through the twentieth century.

Prerequisite:
TH201
TH401
TH402

Offered annually.

TH404 Holiness for the 21st Century 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification is considered in the light of Scripture and other theological schools of thought. Various views in the Wesleyan position are studied. Formerly known as Sanctification Seminar.

Prerequisite:
TH201
TH401
TH402
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

CE100 Introduction to Christian Education 3 credits

Christian education is surveyed and analyzed with a view to determining the biblical pattern, objectives, processes and methods suitable for ministry in the local church (or similar context). The course addresses the changing role of the Christian education worker in the church today, introduces the student to career options in this field, and provides a foundation for other courses in this program.

Offered every semester.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

MAJOR - 31 Credits

In addition to the courses listed below, sixteen (16) hours of Bible Electives are required. These electives should be fulfilled using courses in Bible, such as individual book studies (GB300), Bible seminars (GB400), or courses with NT or OT prefixes.

SS401 Church History I 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054. Special attention is given to leading characters and major turning points of history.

SS402 Church History II 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present.

CM301 Preaching I 3 credits

A study of the fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Sermonic literature is studied for content, form and style.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite:
SP200

Offered annually.

CM402 Preaching II 3 credits

Actual preparation and delivery of sermons under observation and constructive criticism are stressed along with expository preaching.  Also includes a practicum component.

Prerequisite:
CM301
GB401

Offered annually.

CM418 Theory and Praxis of Professorial Vocation Students 3 credits

This course will examine theories of instruction as well as adult learning models. The course will stress the formulation of teaching objectives, syllabus development, methods of examination and student learning assessments, as well as the differences between classroom instruction and asynchronous, online learning models. The use of technology in teaching will also be addressed.

Offered on demand.