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Bachelor of Arts

The Intercultural Ministries program is designed for the student who desires to minister cross-culturally. It includes a heavy emphasis on knowledge of the Word of God, along with a variety of missions and sociology courses which will enable the graduate to communicate the Gospel to and within a different culture than his/her own.

Objectives

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

  • Articulate a Wesleyan theology of missions as distilled from the Old and New Testaments.
  • Understand the uniqueness of Christianity among the religions of the world and its transforming influence within culture, society and individuals.
  • Understand the principles of cross-cultural communication and how these dynamics can affect cross-cultural ministry.
  • Experience a significant cross-cultural exchange and exhibit ability to adjust within a culture other than one's own.
  • Affirm/Confirm one's role in the task of world evangelism.

 

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.

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

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.

RELIGION - 38 Credits

In addition to the courses listed below, nine (9) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100

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.

MAJOR - 31 Credits

MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis in Missions 3 credits

This course is an extensive study of the biblical/theological basis of missions as found in the Old Testament creation narratives, the history of Israel, Israel’s worship, the prophetic witness and in the New Testament, Jesus’ Incarnation, the great commission passages, Pentecost and Paul.

Prerequisite:
MI100

Offered alternate years.

MI421 Trends in Missions 2 credits

A seminar course which analyzes global Christianity, evaluates contemporary cultures, reviews new frontiers in mission theory and theology, and seeks to discern the direction of Christian missions.

Prerequisite:
MI212
Junior Standing

Offered alternate years.

MI422 Missionary Life and Work 2 credits

Readings and research into the internal, organizational and practical aspects of missions. Selections of candidates, funding, interpersonal relationships, family vs. ministry tensions, etc. Development of a personal philosophy of missions is considered.

Prerequisite:
MI212
Junior Standing

Offered alternate years.

MI347 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits

This course outlines the principles of communication, describes the challenge of overcoming cross-cultural barriers to communication, presents the techniques and skills used within cross-cultural communication.

Prerequisite:
SO211

Offered alternate years.

SO211 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits

A study of the elements of culture and processes of enculturation. Special studies are made of primitive cultures in today’s world. An appreciation for the diversity of man’s way of living and an attempt at objectivity are two indispensable corollaries.

Prerequisite:
MI100
SO101

SO313 World Religions 3 credits

A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

CM323 Growing a Great Commission Church 3 credits

A study of how the local church can be spiritually revitalized and strategically mobilized to fulfill its role in God’s global mission.

Prerequisite:
CM202

Offered alternate years.

FL201 Introductory and Functional Spanish I 3 credits

Examination of the elements of Spanish grammar with practice of the principles through written and oral exercises along with the study of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary building.

Other Foreign Language (Level I) - 3 hours

FL202 Introductory and Functional Spanish II 3 credits

A continuation of FL201.

Prerequisite:
FL201
Other Foreign Language (Level II) - 3 hours

SO203 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality 3 credits

This course provides a survey of the basic family organization, from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home. A Christian perspective will be emphasized, as the course deals with these relationships, as well as developing the full potential of our human sexuality.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102

Offered each fall.

MI390 Cross-Cultural Experience 3 credits

Students enrolled in the Missions Major are required to have a significant cross-cultural experience preferably undertaken within their junior year or the summer preceding their senior year. Plan for a 10-15 week long cross-cultural experience. Readings on the host country is required and should take place prior to travel. A written report will be required. Each student will be responsible to finance travel, lodging and meals. Possibilities: Summer or Semester VIA with an approved organization, Wesleyan Institute in Oxford.

Prerequisite:
MI212

Offered on demand.

GENERAL ELECTIVES - 9 Credits