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Bachelor of Arts

This dual major in Worship Leadership and Psychology is designed to prepare students for a calling in worship ministry, and to enable them to enter a graduate school counseling program where they can receive credentials toward a helping profession of counseling ministry, serving those inside and outside the Church. Many opportunities for worship ministry are part time, requiring the worship leader to either serve a church in a dual capacity or find full time employment in another profession. Many students with musical gifts and a heart for ministry have interest in the helping professions as well.

Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate musical abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead biblically rooted, edifying worship ministry.
  • Apply and integrate relevant psychological theories to various life and vocational settings and educational environments.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 40 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.

PS207 Statistics for the Social Sciences 3 credits

This course is an introduction to statistics used in the behavioral sciences and in everyday life. Emphasis will be given to both conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be explored through simple statistical computations to more complex analysis. Students will be guided to be consumers of statistics by critically analyzing statistical findings.

Offered every fall semester.

SI134 Human Biology 4 credits

This course includes a brief review of ecology, biological chemistry, cellular structure and function, structure and physiological function of body systems, reproduction and development, genetics and disease. A weekly laboratory activity is designed to enhance the understanding of course material. This course is designed to meet the General Education requirement for science. (Lab fee)

Prerequisite:
Recommended completion of high school biology.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

RELIGION - 18 Credits

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR - 33 Credits

PS302 Research Design 3 credits

This course represents an overview of research design. It will explain the different methods of research used in the social sciences, the appropriateness of conclusions derived from research, and the ability to generalize research appropriately based on particular research methods. In this course, students will also design and conduct basic research and disseminate the research to their peers.

Prerequisite:
SI141
Equivalent Course

Offered every spring semester.

PS323 Social Psychology 3 credits

An intensive look at social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude changes, and affiliation are studied from the viewpoints of social science and Scripture.

Prerequisite:
PS102
SO101

Offered fall, even years.

PS413 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits

Students explore abnormal behavior from various theoretical perspectives. Included is the analysis of causation of behavioral abnormality and methods of therapy.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102
PS311

Offered fall, odd years.

PS201 Principles of Counseling 3 credits

This course is offered to confront the student with concerns for which counseling skills are needed. Emphasis will be placed on counseling methods, diagnosis of the concern, and how to apply a solution to that concern. Practice Counseling will be conducted in class through the process of role playing.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102

Offered every fall.

PS346 Introduction to Group Dynamics 3 credits

A study of small group construction, application, and research. The course utilizes group observation and analysis, and introduces skills in conducting small groups.

Prerequisite:
PS102
PS323

Offered spring, even years.

PS202 Life Span Psychology 3 credits

A holistic study of the individual in the total span of life from birth through senior adulthood. This course is designed to provide a foundation for understanding human personality. It describes the process of human growth and development, studies the needs in the major life states, and integrates the biblical perspective of human personality and development.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102

Offered each spring.

PS231 Integration of Faith and Psychology 3 credits

Traditional and contemporary theories of psychology are examined and evaluated through the window of the biblical worldview. The connection between the discipline of psychological science and the discipline of Christian theology is examined.

PS245 Principles of Behavior 3 credits

A concentrated look at the behavioral approach to counseling and human development. This course provides practical knowledge and experience with a critique from the Christian viewpoint.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102

Offered every other Fall

PS311 Personality Theories 3 credits

This course of study will attempt to thoroughly expose the student to the full scope of viewpoints about personality development. The goal in mind will be to see how best to analyze the dynamics of personality and how this can then be applied in the therapeutic process of counseling.

Prerequisite:
PS102

Offered fall, odd years.

PS301 Cognition and Perception 3 credits

This course will provide an overview of Cognitive Psychology and will explore our perception of the world around us. Cognitive theory and research will be examined and applied to our everyday experiences and mental processes. Topics include perception, attention, memory/forgetting, and language and information processing.

Prerequisite:
PS102

PS495 Practicum in Psychology 3 credits

This course is a capstone culmination of all previous courses by giving the student opportunity to learn in a supervised field experience. The process will include seminars, small group experiences, research papers, written verbatim work and lectures by professional resource persons. The settings may include, but not be limited to, prisons, mental health clinics, mental hospitals, general hospitals, and community and church related counseling centers.

Prerequisite:
SO101
PS102
PS114
PS201
PS202
PS225
PS311
PS321
PS346
PS404
Approval of the Psychology Department Chair

Offered by arrangement.

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP MAJOR - 31 Credits

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.

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.

WL102 Introduction to Worship Leadership 2 credits

Introductory survey of worship ministry. Topics include the calling of a worship leader; current leadership and ministry practices; an introduction to worship planning; and survey of biblical and historical foundations of worship, overview of the OCU Worship Leadership program, including typical career opportunities. A field experience component of at least 1 hour per week for twelve weeks is required.

WL205 Music Literature for Worship 3 credits

A survey of music literature for use in ministry, including music for congregation and church ensembles. Includes a survey of the historical development of congregational song, and music expressions of worship from world cultures. Focuses on sources for acquiring worship resources.

PS306 Psychology of Leadership 3 credits

This course examines the psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. The class will explore biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Students will understand the positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. The personal leadership and followership style of the individual student will be examined.

TH325 Biblical Foundations of Worship 2 credits

A biblical understanding of who God is, and how He has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed. The course will focus on implications for worship ministries in the local church.

WL301 Junior Worship Project 0 credits

Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.

Corequisite: Worship Planning Practicum Ensemble Leadership Practicum Worship Leader Internship

WL310 Planning and Leading Worship 2 credits

Methods for preparing and leading worship. Topics include personal spiritual preparation, guidance of the Holy Spirit, use of resources with emphasis on the use of Scripture, selection of worship materials, engagement with the Christian Year, discipleship and pastoral care through worship, and carrying out the planned services and events.

Prerequisite:
WL205
TH325

WL401 Senior Worship Project 0 credits

Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.

Corequisite: Worship Planning Practicum Ensemble Leadership Practicum Worship Leader Internship

Worship Leadership Forum

Worship Leadership is required each semester.
 

WL100 Worship Leadership Forum 0 credits

Professional association for Worship Leadership students. Includes student leadership development, community engagement, and participation in professional enrichment opportunities provided by OCU and others.

Applied Studies

Six (6) credits of applied studies are required. This requirement must be completed through MU171 Applied Voice I, MU191 Applied Piano I, Applied Instrument(s), such as guitar, trumpet, clarinet, etc., and must include at least 1 hour of MU335M Worship Keyboard OR MU365M Worship Guitar.

Ensemble

Four (4) credits of ensemble are required. Two (2) of these credits must be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale. The remaining two (2) credits can be completed through MU109 OCU Chorale, MU140 University Band, or small ensembles (such as MU119 Chamber Singers or MU145 Chamber Ensemble).

Worship Leader Internship

Two (2) credits of Worship Leader Internship are required.