Bachelor of Arts

By combining Intercultural Ministries with a Business major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century with the recognition that our work is our ministry. This dual program in Business and Intercultural Ministries will prepare students for aspects of doing business and ministry in our world today. Courses that deal with finance, marketing, management, accounting, cross-cultural communication, world religions, and discipleship will be integrated to prepare students to fulfill the Great Commission by means of the global marketplace.

Objectives

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

  • Appreciate the uniqueness of Christianity in relation to other religions and assess the cultural influences.
  • Apply the basic principles of cross-cultural communication.
  • Analyze adjustments needed to effectively engage with a culture different from one's own for the purpose of doing business and ministry.
  • Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
  • Analyze an organization's operation and provide recommendations for improvements.
  • Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

CM204 Technology in the Church 2 credits

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the many different ways that information technology (IT) can be used to support individuals and groups in churches. The emphasis will be on IT for personal productivity, church communications, church operations, and enhancing worship.

SI131 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

This course includes rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.

Prerequisite:
SI122 Beginning Algebra
High School Algebra I

Offered every spring.

or

SI152 College Algebra 3 credits

This pre-calculus algebra course includes equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.

Prerequisite:
SI131 Intermediate Algebra
Placement test.

Offered every other fall.

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.  Recommended completion of LA101.

Offered every spring.

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 Basic Oral Communication

Offered annually.

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.

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

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.

or

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 or other vocations. 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.

SS301 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.

Prerequisite:
OT101 Old Testament Survey
NT102 New Testament Survey

Offered every fall.

RELIGION - 22 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.

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 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

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 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

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 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH404 Theology Capstone for Religion Majors 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 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

GB201 Hermeneutics of the Old Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

or

GB202 Hermeneutics of the New Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

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 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing.

Offered alternate years.

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.

INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES MAJOR - 31 Credits

MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis of 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 Introduction to Christian Missions

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 Biblical and Theological Basis in Missions
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.

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 Cultural Anthropology

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 Introduction to Christian Missions
SO101 Introduction to Sociology

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 Personal Evangelism

Offered alternate years.

FL409 Introduction to Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition 3 credits

An introductory course to the general field of language:  what it is, how it is articulated, how it is written, and the influence that language has in societal interactions.  Students will also investigate what it takes to attain advanced language competencies in a language other than the mother tongue.

Offered spring, odd years.

MG277 Business as Ministry 3 credits

This course is designed to integrate the business principles of a profit-making enterprise and the opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Specific emphasis will be given to how transacting business can be a witnessing tool directly and indirectly. Further, this course will explore how business can be used for tent making opportunities where conventional missionary opportunities are not possible.

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 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

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 Biblical and Theological Basis in Missions

Offered on demand.

CM207 Toler Leadership Institute 0 credits

The Toler Leadership Institute provides proven practical leadership tools for ministerial students by conducting two on-campus events each year and by conducting workshops on various subjects designed to help develop leaders for the next generation.

CM101 Learning Community Meetings 0 credits

The Religion Department holds a Learning Community Meeting at the beginning of each academic year. The goal of the meeting is to allow students to interact with others in their learning community (faculty and peers), learn of upcoming department events, and ask questions. It also allows Religion Faculty and returning to students to welcome new members into the learning community, helping them to become oriented to their programs, meet their faculty advisors, and learn about the various learning, career and networking opportunities that they will have over the course of their time in their programs.

Offered every fall.

Students must complete four of these.

CM107 Connection Corner 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of Connection Days. The purpose of Connection Day is to connect students with successful practitioners in the field of ministry. Students will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in chapel, classes, and at Connection Corner which is an evening meal and time of Q & A.

Offered every semester.

or

CM208 Theology Roundtable 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of roundtable discussions over various theological topics. The goal is to prepare students to critically think through theological issues and to learn to speak to those issues clearly and effectively.

Offered every semester.

Students must complete two of these.

CM302 Ministry Banquet 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a ministry banquet each spring. The purpose of the banquet is two-fold. It provides students an opportunity to interact with successful practitioners and to have their accomplishments recognized in a public forum.

Offered every spring.

Students must complete two of these.

BUSINESS MAJOR - 30 Credits

MG101 Introduction to Business 3 credits

This course provides students with a foundation in functional areas of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduces business terminology and concepts.

EC101 Microeconomics 3 credits

A study of the basic economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.

EC201 Macroeconomics 3 credits

The study of economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.

AC262 Accounting for Managers 3 credits

This course deals with accounting, cost, finance, and information systems used for business managers to make strategic business decisions to improve the financial performance of a business enterprise.

Prerequisite:

MG102 Principles of Marketing 3 credits

This course involves an integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization. Specific attention is given to the analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing.

MG244 Logistics & Supply Chain Management 3 credits

An introductory course that provides an overview of key logistics and supply chain management practices, processes, concepts, and methodologies. Emphasis is given to the framework for supply chain management, the analysis of logistics cost and service trade-offs among inventory, transportation, and warehousing activities, the strategic role of information technology in supply chains, the use of third-party logistics providers, and methods of measuring value of logistics performance.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business
MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership

MG411 Business Law I 3 credits

Business law is a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper business conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business

AC222 Principles of Finance 3 credits

The financial principles and accepted practices which need to be mastered by all managers including banking, money, credit, financial instruments, investments, financial planning, internal and external auditing, profit, stocks, bonds, and other financial forms will be examined.

MG426 Strategic Management 3 credits

(Business Capstone). System concepts, methodologies, and tools to strategically plan will be presented. These are to be used to effectively manage core competencies and to integrate technology into the planning process.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business
MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership
AC101 Principles of Accounting I
AC352 Managerial Accounting
AC222 Principles of Finance
SM206 Sports Finance
MG102 Principles of Marketing

MG215 Principles of Management & Leadership 3 credits

This course will analyze management theories, principles, and philosophies while examining the difference between management and leadership. This is an inter-disciplinary course addressing the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.

Prerequisite:
MG101 Introduction to Business

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG304 Leadership Forum II 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG404 Wall Street Experience 0 credits

The Wall Street Experience is designed for students to visit with business leaders from various investment firms and other businesses on Wall Street. The experience requires students to interact with these various business leaders to discuss how investment theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Wall Street Experiences (trips to New York), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

GOV302 Washington D.C. Experience 0 credits

The Washington D.C. Experience is designed for students to visit with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C.. The experience requires students to interact with these various leaders to discuss how government theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Washington D.C. Experiences (trips to Washington D.C.), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete six of these.

MG202 Business Roundtables 0 credits

The School of Business & Government holds a number of Business Roundtables every year with business leaders in small, medium, and large businesses. The roundtables are designed to give students an opportunity to understand how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant business people.  Students will be required to interact and network with these business leaders during and after the roundtables. Students are required to attend at least three roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement. 

Students must complete two of these.

MG203 Distinguished Speakers Series 0 credits

The School of Business & Government hosts various significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders. The goal of the Distinguished Speakers Series is to allow students to learn from experts, significant authorities, and leaders in various areas of significance to the students enrolled in the School of Business & Government students. Further, these Distinguished Speakers Series events are held on Ohio Christian University campus to give students the opportunity to network and meet these experts and authorities while on campus.

Students must complete four of these.