ASSOCIATE OF ARTS:

BIBLICAL STUDIES

The Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to provide a two year course for students not desiring or able to complete a four year degree, but wishing to have training in Bible and related courses in order to render competent service as lay persons in a local church. Students who are interested in gaining a solid foundation in Christian and biblical studies before transferring to complete a degree not offered at Barclay College will also benefit from the program.

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.

3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.

4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.

5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.

6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.

7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

1. Demonstrate greater maturity in the interpretation and understanding of the Bible.

2. Apply several methods of Bible study.

3. Develop an adequate foundation upon which students may build as they transfer to complete a four-year major at another college.

4. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies

BIBLICAL STUDIES Required Courses

I. Division of Bible and Ministry [33 Hours]

Division Core

Part I. Bible Concentration:

17 hours

BI205

Bible Study Methods

3 hours

NT102

New Testament Survey

3 hours

OT101

Old Testament Survey

3 hours

TH105

Basic Beliefs

2 hours

TH308

Teachings of Friends

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

NT211 Transformational Life and Leadership of Christ (3 hours)

NT241 Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

NT362 Acts (3 hours)

NT 356 Writings of John (3 hours)

Part II. Foundations for Ministry:

10 hours

CM104

Personal Evangelism Seminar

1 hour

CM107

Survey of Church Ministry

3 hours

MI2083

Intercultural Ministry

3 hours

SL101

Spiritual Formation I

3 hours

Additional Bible/Theology Courses:

6 hours

BI206

Hermeneutics

3 hours

3 hours chosen from NT or OT classes

3 hours

II. Division of General Studies [32 Hours]

Division Core

Communications:

12 hours

IT101/02

Introduction to Computer Applications

3 hours

EN101

College Writing

3 hours

EN202

Research and Writing

3 hours

SP201/02

Fundamentals of Speech

3 hours

Humanities:

6 hours

PH205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

7 hours

EN109

Personal Effectiveness

1 hour

PY103

General Psychology

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

SS 201 Western Civilization I (3 hours)

3 hours

SS223 American History I (3 hours)

3 hours

SO211 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

3 hours

Science and Mathematics:

6 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MA103 Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

MA108 College Algebra (3 hours)

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

Science Electives

General Elective

Any General Education elective

1 hour

1 hour

65 total