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Bachelor of Arts

GENERAL EDUCATION - 43 Credits

TE147 Educational Technology 2 credits

This course is a study of the various technologies available for classroom use and their adaptation to the promotion of learning. Students will learn both the potential and the limitations of computers as tools for teachers.

Offered every semester.

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.

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.

Literature Elective - 3 hours

MU331 Survey of Music History I 3 credits

A detailed study of Western art music from Antiquity through the Renaissance Era.

Prerequisite:
Music Major.

Offered fall, even years.

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.

RELIGION - 18 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.

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.

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.

VOCAL/CHORAL MAJOR - 81 Credits

(NOTE: While listed as a required course below, Music Fundamentals may be waived if a passing score is earned on the Theory Placement Test).

MU102 Music Fundamentals 3 credits

A study of basic musicianship with emphasis on the elements of music theory including the staff, scales, intervals, keys, signatures, etc. (Also open to non-music majors.)

Offered every spring.

MU332 Survey of Music History II 3 credits

A detailed study of Western art music in the Baroque and Classical Eras.

Prerequisite:
MU331

Offered spring, odd years.

MU343 Survey of Music History III 3 credits

A detailed study of Western art music in the Romantic Era and Twentieth Century.

Prerequisite:
MU331
MU332

Offered fall, odd years.

MU103 Music Theory I 3 credits

This course will include studies in triad structure, inversions, voice leading, phrase structure, harmonic progressions, harmonization techniques, and non-harmonic tones.

Prerequisite:
MU102
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test or consent of instructor.

Offered every fall.

MU104 Music Theory II 3 credits

A continuation of Theory I with emphasis on four-part writing for choral groups.

Prerequisite:
MU103

Offered every spring.

MU203 Music Theory III 3 credits

A continuation of Theory II. Seventh chords, modulation, borrowed chords, augmented sixths and other altered chords are studied extensively. Compositions will be written which incorporate all harmonies and altered chords which have been studied.

Prerequisite:
MU104

Offered every fall semester.

MU105 Sight-Singing and Ear Training I 1 credit

Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.

Prerequisite:
MU102
Successful completion of a fundamentals proficiency test.

Offered every fall.

MU106 Sight-Singing and Ear Training II 1 credit

A continuation of MU105.

Prerequisite:
MU105

Offered every spring.

MU205 Sight-Singing and Ear Training III 1 credit

A continuation of MU106.

Prerequisite:
MU105
MU106

Offered every fall semester.

MU206 Sight-Singing and Ear Training IV 1 credit

A continuation of MU205.

Prerequisite:
MU105
MU106
MU205

Offered every spring semester.

MU211 Fundamentals of Conducting 2 credits

This course requires knowledge of the fundamentals of music. Conducting patterns are learned with an emphasis on establishing a clear and communicable style to direct an ensemble. Examples of music utilizing different meters, dynamics, and styles will be analyzed and directed.

Prerequisite:
MU102

Offered fall, even years.

MU212 Choral Conducting 2 credits

Conducting techniques for leading choral ensembles are related to the need for score analysis, study of diction, and musical styles. Expressive conducting is developed and music is selected from a broad repertory.

Prerequisite:
MU102
MU103
MU211

Offered spring, odd years.

MU231 Vocal Diction 2 credits

An in-depth study of English and foreign language diction for singers encompassing the fundamentals of the International Phonetic Alphabet and its direct application to vocal repertoire.

Offered fall, even years.

MU252 Introduction to Instrumental Music 2 credits

This course serves to introduce vocal/choral majors to the fundamentals of instrumental instruction and performance.

Offered spring, odd years.

MU312 Keyboard Harmony 2 credits

This course serves the choral music education major and focuses on improvisation, accompanying and score-reading skills.

Prerequisite:
MU171
3 semesters of Applied Piano

Offered spring, even years.

TE100 Integrated Studies for Teachers 1 credit

This course provides opportunities for deductive thinking in the areas of reading, writing and math. The course will aid in understanding the Praxis I test format. Appropriate ACT scores may be substituted. (Lab fee)

Offered every semester.

TE203 Study in the Foundations of Teaching 3 credits

This entry level course is required of every student majoring in teacher education and is a prerequisite for entry into the program. It is designed to introduce the student to the principles and philosophy of elementary education in both public and Christian schools. The course is made up of the following components: 1) Independent study, using text materials, 2) Classroom observation and limited activities for students, under supervision of cooperating teachers. Field experience is held every Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for a minimum of 10 weeks, resulting in 75 field experience hours. 3) Seminars weekly.

Prerequisite:
1) Passing PRAXIS I scores (Passage of Praxis I may be waived with a composite ACT of 25, with no individual score below 21 and successful completion of 30 semester hours of college work. Background checks from both FBI and BCI are required.

Offered every semester.

TE337 Curriculum/Methods - Elementary Music 3 credits

Curriculum, methodology, materials and practice in music appropriate for K-8, including observations, experiences, and lectures pertaining to actual classroom procedure. Limited work in Pre-K (ages 3-4) will be included. For music education majors, vocal emphasis. A background check is required at the beginning of the semester to complete field experience for this course.

Prerequisite:
TE203

Offered fall, odd years.

TE338 Curriculum/Methods - Secondary Choral Music 3 credits

A study of music teaching which provides the choral music education student with a foundation of teaching methodologies, classroom management strategies, and insights to effectively teach and administer the choral music program in secondary schools.  A background check is required at the beginning of the semester to complete field experience for this course.

Prerequisite:
TE203

Offered spring, even years.

TE313 Educational Psychology 3 credits

This course explores the psychological perspectives of education and applies them to classroom procedures. It provides critical help and preparation for Ohio Assessments for Educators dealing with principles of learning and teaching. (Lab fee).

Prerequisite:
TE203
and Junior Standing

Offered every spring.

MU499 Recital Capstone Project 1 credit

This project is the culmination of the student’s applied and fundamental music studies. It encompasses the senior recital and written projects that explore the historical and theoretical aspects of the senior recital literature.

Offered on demand.

TE499 Clinical Experience 12 credits

This culminating field experience provides teacher candidates a full semester (75 days minimum) of classroom experience with a gradual assumption of responsibility across the semester. Teacher candidates must apply to student teach and successfully complete a reflective essay to participate in this last gateway to the profession. Students may take no other courses during this experience with the exception of the traditional exit course, Theology Capstone.

Prerequisite:
Completion of TE program requirements.

Offered on demand.

Applied Voice

Four (4) credits of MU191 Applied Voice I and Six (6) credits of MU291 Applied Voice II are required.

Applied Piano

Three (3) credits of MU171 Applied Piano I are required.

Choral Ensemble

Seven (7) credits of Choral Ensemble are required. These credits can be completed by participation in either MU109 OCU Chorale or MU119 Chamber Singers. Students are required to register for a vocal ensemble 7 of the 8 semesters in which they are enrolled.

Recital

Seven (7) semesters of MU199 Recital with a grade of "S" or Satisfactory are required.