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Bachelor of Arts

The Pre-Seminary program prepares students for entrance at a seminary; it is not itself preparation for ministry. The Master of Divinity Degree, granted by seminaries is the normal requirement for ordained ministry in many denominations. This program engages students in intense study of the Bible, theology, and biblical languages to prepare for graduate study.

Objectives

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

  • Exhibit a competency in knowing God’s Word and demonstrate its relevance to problems, needs, and issues of today.
  • Demonstrate a mastery of biblical languages to meet the entrance requirements of seminaries.
  • Show proficiency in communicating the Word of God through sound biblical preaching.
  • Exhibit personal and spiritual attributes of a servant’s heart, holy living, and sense of calling essential to leading a church or parachurch organization and ministering to people.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 45 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

or

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

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.

RELIGION - 29 Credits

CM315 Organizing the Church for Missional Effectiveness 2 credits

An introduction to the organizational and programmatic aspects of church leadership. It includes the biblical pattern, objectives, processes, and methods suitable for ministry in the local church or similar context for discipleship, evangelism, stewardship, and worship with an emphasis on the changing role of Christian education in the church today.

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.

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.

or

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.

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 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
TH401
TH402
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

MAJOR - 44 Credits

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.

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.

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.

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
NT102

Offered every fall.

SS302 Church History II 3 credits

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

Prerequisite:
OT101
NT102

Offered every spring.

PC201 Pastoral Counseling 3 credits

This course will seek to help the student understand the counseling needs of their congregation. Emphasis will be placed on learning models of pastoral counseling that will help the student appreciate spiritual, emotional, mental, and behavioral healthful change through biblical intervention.

Offered alternate years.

CM102 Introduction to Ministry 2 credits

This course provides an introduction to professional ministry as a life’s calling and vocation. It gives special attention to personal spiritual development, acquisition of personal ministry skills, understanding of the mission of the church, and appreciation of ministry as a profession. The course also addresses the meaning of calling, vocation, and profession from historical and contemporary perspectives, leading toward the development of the initial skills and attitudes toward becoming a professional minister.

CM102P Introduction to Ministry Observation 1 credit

Each student will be involved in observing practical ministry, shadowing a minister, and interviewing professional clergy in a local setting providing the student with a laboratory for the application of ministry principles taught in the corequisite course.

Corequisite: Introduction to Ministry

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.

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.

CM325 Leading and Growing a Church 2 credits

Examines strategies for helping the church multiply its ministries with the direct aim of replicating itself in order to widen and deepen the impact of the church in the community. Students will learn the principles of servant leadership, marketing, different church models, connecting with the community, problem solving, strategic planning, and managing change.

CM326 Church Communications and Culture 2 credits

Students will be equipped to evaluate and contextualize church culture speaking to the communities in which they reside. This will enable the student to communicate to the congregants while forging communications with the surrounding community. This course includes a formal study of communications both written and oral.

CM421 Ministry Methods 2 credits

Introduces students to the praxis elements of ministry: conducting effective meetings; understanding parliamentary procedures; resolving conflicts; and conducting weddings, funerals, and worship services.

CM426 Church Finance & Administration 2 credits

An overview of the role of the pastor in organizing and managing the local church. Special attention will be given to issues of local church finances, human resources, and legal responsibilities. Students will also be equipped to manage their personal finances.

Leadership Series

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.

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.

Students must complete two of these.

Learning Community Meetings

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.

Professional Development Series

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 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 four 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 three of these.

GENERAL ELECTIVES - 2 Credits