BA in Biblical Studies/MA in Theological Studies

The BA in Biblical Studies/MA in Theological Studies, an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree program jointly sponsored by the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith and the Graduate School of Ministry is designed to prepare students to serve in a variety of church and church-related vocational contexts, including pastor, missionary, and teacher, as well as church staff positions, and denominational service. The accelerated degree will provide students a seamless interface between undergraduate and graduate degrees. Through Christ-centered, quality higher education, students will focus on the theological, biblical, historical, and practical dimensions of Christian ministry for the 21st century.

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

English

12

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met

14*

Foundations for Excellence

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II 

Kinesiology

2

Kinesiology
KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.] 

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

One laboratory science selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

RELI 2304 - Christian Doctrine

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

POLS 2301 - American National Government

and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

63

BA in Biblical Studies 

Required Courses 

24

PHIL 2301 - Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 3303 - Philosophy of Religion

RELI 3382 - Practicum in Religion (S-L)

RELI 4345 - Christianity in a Pluralistic World

RELI 4350 - Systematic Theology

RELI 4371 - American Church History

Choose one Old Testament course from:

RELI 3311 - The Pentateuch

RELI 3329 - The Historical Books

RELI 3336 - The Wisdom Literature

RELI 3347 - The Major Prophets

RELI 3362 - The Minor Prophets

Choose one New Testament course from:

RELI 4307 - The Gospels

RELI 4321 - The Early Life and Letters of Paul

RELI 4322 - The Later Life and Letters of Paul

RELI 4336 - The General Epistles

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses 

6

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*

Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

15

12

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS REQUIRED

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

Elective Requirements*

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ma)

Core Courses  

18

DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership

GSOM 6310 - Ministry Mentorship (S-L)

THEO 5307 - Old Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 5308 - New Testament Literature and Interpretation

THEO 6305 - Christian History and Heritage

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

MA in Theological Studies Concentrations 

12

Choose one concentration from the following:

Christian Ministry:

MACM 5301 - Foundations of Christian Ministry

MACM 6309 - Shepherding in the 21st Century

THEO 6360 - Proclamation

And select one course from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Academic Advisor.

Christian Scriptures:

Select any four 5000 or 6000-level THEO Scripture courses listed below:

THEO 5310 - The Gospels

THEO 5321 - Early Life and Letters of Paul

THEO 5322 - Later Life and Letters of Paul

THEO 5336 - The General Epistles

THEO 5360 - Special Topics in Religion

THEO 6303 - Biblical Greek Linguistic and Exegetical Tools

THEO 6322 - Old Testament Readings: Pentateuch

THEO 6323 - Old Testament Readings: Prophets

THEO 6324 - Old Testament Readings: Psalms & Wisdom Literature

THEO 6333 - New Testament Readings: Synoptic Gospels

THEO 6334 - New Testament Readings: Johannine Literature

THEO 6335 - New Testament Readings: Pauline Epistles

THEO 6336 - New Testament Readings: The General Epistles

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

30

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE

150

Note:  Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course prerequisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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