Division of Biblical Studies

Studies in Biblical & Theological Studies, Philosophy, Child & Family Studies, Intercultural Studies, and Outdoor Leadership Ministries

Arrington, C. Balzer, Blankenship, Brisben, Bruce, Burch (chair), Cha, Francis, Lanker, Raith, Robinson, Vila

Student Learning Outcomes

The Division of Biblical Studies has the following student learning outcomes for all of its programs including the 14 hours of course work in the Core Curriculum:

1) Cognitive outcomes: Students will increase biblical literacy, practice theological reflection, and become historically rooted and doctrinally grounded.

2) Affective outcomes: Students will desire Christ-like formation in all areas of life for the glory of God.

3) Vocational/Skill outcomes: Students will be equipped for vocational ministry and service and/or prepared for seminary/graduate studies in the fields related to their areas of study.

DEPARTMENT OF BIBLE, RELIGION, AND PHILOSOPHY

(SYMBOLS: BBL, RPH)

Knowledge of the Bible is essential for effective Christian living as well as for any type of Christian work, whether one plans to attend graduate school or enter directly into ministry. The department seeks to help each student examine the scriptural basis for their faith and to guide the student in the use of foundational tools for grasping the content and application of God's Word. Students are encouraged to think carefully and be intellectually honest while affirming the place of biblically grounded Christian faith in the pursuit of truth. The Department of Bible, Religion, and Philosophy offers a major and minor in Biblical and Theological Studies, a major in Philosophy, and minors in Church Leadership, New Testament Greek, and Religion and Philosophy.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in Biblical and Theological Studies

The major in Biblical and Theological Studies is designed to equip those who are planning to enter directly into ministry or further their studies in seminary or graduate school. The curriculum provides important content in biblical studies, theology, Church history, and related disciplines. Majors in Biblical and Theological Studies must complete 12 hours of language studies, including at least two semesters of New Testament Greek.

1.  University Core Curriculum - 55 hours

2. Courses Specified by this Division - 9 hours

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith

One of the following:

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

3. Required Major Field Courses - 27 hours

BBL 3363 History of the Christian Church I

BBL 3373 History of the Christian Church II

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

BBL 4473 Seminar in Biblical Studies

BBL 4493 Seminar in Theological Studies

RPH 4423 Ethics

One of the following:

BBL 4433 Christian Apologetics

RPH 4433 Philosophy of Religion

4. Foreign Language - 12 hours

BBL 2513 Elementary New Testament Greek I

BBL 2523 Elementary New Testament Greek II

Select one of the following options:

Option A:

BBL 3513 Syntax of New Testament Greek I

BBL 3523 Syntax of New Testament Greek II

Option B:

BBL 3713 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I

BBL 3723 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II

Option C:

Six hours of LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses in one of Latin, French, or German

4. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in Philosophy

When the Apostle Paul was in Athens, he spoke with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. Christians today continue that conversation, for the sake of the Church and for the world, and some Christians have been remarkable philosophers in their own right (e.g., Augustine and Aquinas). 

Philosophy resembles mathematics, in its rigor and clarity; history, in its sensitivity to people and ideas across cultures and ages; and literature, in its concern for articulate expression. Philosophy majors are well positioned to pursue any career that requires analytical reasoning, as well as graduate school in philosophy, theology, ministry, business, law, or medicine.

1.  University Core Curriculum - 52 hours

The Philosophy elective is covered by one of the following program requirements: POL 3003, RPH 3003, or RPH 3103.

2. Courses Specified by this Division - 9 hours

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith

One of the following:

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

3. Required Major Core Courses - 15 hours

RPH 2323 Logic

RPH 3343 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

RPH 3353 Modern Philosophy

RPH 4423 Ethics

RPH 4433 Philosophy of Religion

4. Electives in Philosophy/Religious Studies - 12 hours (minimum)

One of the following:

POL 3003 Political Philosophy

RPH 3003 Introduction to Philosophy

RPH 3013 Political Philosophy

Nine hours from the following:

BBL 4493 Seminar in Theological Studies

EGL 3713 Literary Theory

RPH 3533 Introduction to Islam

RPH 3543 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

RPH 4481/82/83 Selected Topics in Religion/Philosophy

5. Foreign Language - 12 hours

Select one of the following options:

Option A:

Twelve hours from LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses, BBL 2513, BBL 2523, BBL 3513, BBL 3523, or HST 2111

Option B:

Six hours of LS-2000 level courses

6. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for minor in Biblical and Theological Studies

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 15 hours

BBL 3363 History of the Christian Church I

BBL 3373 History of the Christian Church II

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

One of the following:

BBL 4473 Seminar in Biblical Studies

BBL 4493 Seminar in Theological Studies

An additional six hours from among BBL or RPH courses

Requirements for minor in Church Leadership

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 12 hours

BBL 3353 Theology of Worship

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

CMN 4613 Internship in Christian Ministry

One of the following:

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

CMN 3413 Christian Formation

COM 2523 Public Speaking

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communication

Six hours from the following:

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith

RPH 4433 Philosophy of Religion

Or six hours from among BBL or RPH courses (must be upper-division level)

Requirements for minor in New Testament Greek

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 15 hours

BBL 2513 Elementary New Testament Greek I

BBL 2523 Elementary New Testament Greek II

BBL 3513 Syntax of New Testament Greek I

BBL 3523 Syntax of New Testament Greek II

LS 2173 Introduction to Linguistics

Six hours from the following:

BBL 4512 Greek Reading and Exegesis

BBL 4581/82/83 Selected Topics: New Testament Greek

Requirements for minor in Religion and Philosophy

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 21 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 18 hours

RPH 2323 Logic

RPH 3343 Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

RPH 3353 Modern Philosophy

RPH 4423 Ethics

RPH 4433 Philosophy of Religion

One of the following:

RPH 3533 Introduction to Islam

RPH 3543 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

An additional three hours from among BBL or RPH courses

DEPARTMENT OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

(SYMBOL: CMN)

The Department of Christian Ministry seeks to equip students with Biblical and professional knowledge, as well as practical skills. The department's intent is to develop graduates who are qualified to work with children, youth, and families in a variety of domestic, professional, and international venues such as churches, inner city ministries, camps, businesses, overseas missions, and parachurch organizations.

The Christian Ministry and Formation major focuses on the study of ministry by

  • providing strong biblical and theological foundations;

  • integrating theories from psychology, education, and sociology; and

  • emphasizing the emotional, social, physical, and spiritual needs of each person.

JBU Christian Ministry and Formation graduates are currently working as Chaplains, Child and Family Ministers, Christian School Teachers, Cross-Cultural Missionaries, Christian Camp Directors, Christian Non-Profit Directors, Worship Pastors, Youth Ministers, and Professional Counselors (after graduate school). The Christian Ministry and Formation major provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in seminary, counseling, and other related fields.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with major in Christian Ministry and Formation

1.  University Core Curriculum - 55 hours

2. Courses Specified by this Division - 9 hours

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith

One of the following:

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

3. Required Major Field Courses - 22 hours

BBL 3583 Perspectives of the World Christian Movement

CMN 2133 Developing Relational Ministry

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

CMN 3413 Christian Formation

CMN 4431 Introduction to Capstone in Christian Ministry

CMN 4433 Capstone in Christian Ministry

CMN 4613 Internship (to be taken twice)

4. Nine unique hours from any one of the following concentrations:

Care & Counseling

CMN 4493 Ministering to Families across the Life Span

FAM 3133 Marriage & Family Living

FAM 4253 Family Communication

PSY 2233 Theories of Counseling

PSY 4213 Abnormal Psychology

Chaplaincy

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

CMN 4493 Ministering to Families across the Life Span

FAM 3133 Marriage & Family Living

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communication

PSY 2243 Introduction to Therapeutic Interviewing

Child and Family

CMN 3273 Critical Concerns with Children

CMN 4493 Ministering to Families across the Life Span

ED 2143 Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology

FAM 3133 Marriage & Family Living

FAM 3223 Principles of Effective Parenting

Christian Schooling

CMN 4493 Ministering to Families across the Life Span

ED 2143 Learning Theories and Developmental Psychology

ED 2713 Differentiated Learning

ED 3183 Educational Assessment

ED 4901 Special Topics: Christian School Education

Cross-Cultural

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

CMN 4493 Ministering to Families across the Life Span

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communication

ICS 2123 Cultural Anthropology

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

Experiential Education

CMN 2373 Principles and Practices of Experiential Education

CMN 2383 Outdoor Living Skills

CMN 3153 Philosophy and Methods of Outdoor Education

CMN 3213 Camp Leadership & Management

Leadership

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

LDR 2563 Leadership Competencies

LDR 3563 Organizational Leadership

PSY 3423 Social Psychology

Worship

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

BBL 3353 Theology of Worship

MUS 2503 Understanding Worship Arts I: Orientation

MUS 2513 Understanding Worship Arts II: Materials and Methods

Youth

BBL 3223 Communicating the Christian Message

CMN 2463 Adolescent Culture

CMN 3313 Foundations and Practice of Youth Ministry

CMN 4443 Critical Concerns with Adolescents

5. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . 124

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Requirements for minor in Christian Ministry and Formation

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 19 hours.

BBL 3583 Perspectives of the World Christian Movement

CMN 2133 Developing Relational Ministry

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

CMN 3413 Christian Formation

CMN 4431 Introduction to Capstone in Christian Ministry

CMN 4433 Capstone in Christian Ministry

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with major in Outdoor Leadership Ministries

The major in Outdoor Leadership Ministries is designed to produce outdoor ministry educators and leaders equipped with sound judgment, appropriate technical ability, and effective teaching and facilitation competencies to create safe outdoor learning environments in which to nurture spiritual formation. Ministry opportunities include both national and international settings as camp program directors, wilderness guides and instructors, experiential learning and challenge course facilitators, outdoor educators, conference and retreat programmers, and leaders for children-, youth-, and family-serving organizations such as YMCA, Campfire, Scouting, and Young Life. Opportunities to earn certifications in Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Leadership, and Outdoor Education are incorporated into the curriculum.

1.  University Core Curriculum - 55 hours

2. Courses Specified by this Division - 9 hours

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith

One of the following:

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 Old Testament book study

3. Required Major Field Courses - 34 hours

CMN 2223 Challenge Course Programs and Management

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

CMN 2283 Outdoor Recreation Skills

CMN 2373 Principles and Practices of Experiential Education

CMN 2383 Outdoor Living Skills

CMN 3153 Philosophy and Methods of Outdoor Education

CMN 3213 Camp Leadership and Management

CMN 3413 Christian Formation

CMN 4113 Wilderness First Responder

CMN 4431 Introduction to Capstone in Christian Ministry

CMN 4433 Capstone in Christian Ministry

FAM 4443 Critical Concerns with Adolescents

4. Supporting Courses: Skill Certifications - 5 hours

CMN 4471 Challenge Course Instructor 1

CMN 4491 Challenge Course Instructor 2

Optional Skill Certifications:

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Rock Climbing

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Canoeing

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Kayaking

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Swift Water Rescue

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Search and Rescue

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Master Naturalist

CMN 4481 Selected Topics: Mountain Biking

5. Internship - 12 hours

CMN 4611-14 Internship

6. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for minor in Outdoor Leadership Ministries

The student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours beyond the Core.

Required courses - 14 hours

CMN 2223 Challenge Course Programs and Management

CMN 2373 Principles and Practices of Experiential Education

CMN 2383 Outdoor Living Skills

CMN 3213 Camp Leadership and Management

CMN 4471 Challenge Course Instructor 1

CMN 4491 Challenge Course Instructor 2

One of the following:

CMN 4613 Internship

KIN 4443 Management in Health Sport

One of the following:

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Rock climbing

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Canoeing

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Kayaking

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Swift Water Rescue

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Search and Rescue

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Master Naturalist

CMN 4481 Selected Topics - Mountain Biking

DEPARTMENT OF INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

(SYMBOL: ICS)

The Intercultural Studies Program is designed for students focusing on cross-cultural careers in missions, translation, community development, international business, and the teaching of English as a second language.

The Intercultural Studies (ICS) programs require a minor field, and students are encouraged to diversify their academic experience by adding a minor that enhances the ICS degree, in keeping with their vocational goals. For example, ICS majors might choose the TESOL minor if they want to teach English in an international setting.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with major in Intercultural Studies

1.  University Core Curriculum - 49 hours

The Global Studies elective is covered by either RPH 3533 or RPH 3543 and the Social Science elective is covered by ICS 2123 in the program requirements.

2. Courses Specified by this Division - 9 hours

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith1

One of the following:

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

3. Intercultural Studies Major Core - 21 hours

BBL 3583 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communication

ICS 2123 Cultural Anthropology

ICS 3133 Cultural Research Methods

ICS 4123 Intercultural Internship

ICS 4183 Cultural Values Seminar

One of the following:

RPH 3533 Introduction to Islam

RPH 3543 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

4. One of the following Concentrations - 9 hours

A. International Studies

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

POL 3353 International Relations

SST 1143 World Regional Geography

B. Intercultural Ministries1

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

ICS 3243 Principles and Philosophy of Community Development

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

C. Community Development

ICS 3243 Principles and Philosophy of Community Development

ICS 3263 Theory and Practice of Appropriate Technology I

ICS 3283 Theory and Practice of Appropriate Technology II

5. Foreign Language - 12 hours

Select one of the following options:

Option A:

Twelve hours from LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses or LS 2173

With advisor approval, students may use courses from  BBL 2513, BBL 2523, BBL 3513, or BBL 3523 to satisfy all or part of the requirement

Option B:

Six hours of LS-2000 level courses

1ICS Majors in the Intercultural Ministries Concentration may substitute RPH 4433 for RPH 3323 in the Courses Specified by this Division.

6. Minor in TESOL or other approved minor

7. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with major in Intercultural Studies

1.  University Core Curriculum - 49 hours

The Global Studies elective is covered by either RPH 3533 or RPH 3543 and the Social Science elective is covered by ICS 2123 in the program requirements.

2. Courses Specified by this Division - 9 hours

CMN 1213 Christian Leadership and Service

RPH 3323 Philosophy of the Christian Faith1

One of the following:

BBL 34_3 A New Testament book study

BBL 36_3 An Old Testament book study

 

3. Intercultural Studies Major Core - 21 hours

BBL 3583 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communication

ICS 2123 Cultural Anthropology

ICS 3133 Cultural Research Methods

ICS 4123 Intercultural Internship

ICS 4183 Cultural Values Seminar

One of the following:

RPH 3533 Introduction to Islam

RPH 3543 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

4. One of the following Concentrations - 9 hours

A. International Studies

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

POL 3353 International Relations

SST 1143 World Regional Geography

B. Intercultural Ministries1

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

ICS 3243 Principles and Philosophy of Community Development

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

C. Community Development

ICS 3243 Principles and Philosophy of Community Development

ICS 3263 Theory and Practice of Appropriate Technology I

ICS 3283 Theory and Practice of Appropriate Technology II

1ICS Majors in the Intercultural Ministries Concentration may substitute RPH 4433 for RPH 3323 in the Courses Specified by this Division.

5. Minor in TESOL or other approved minor

6. Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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Requirements for minor in Intercultural Studies

A student must successfully complete a minimum of 18 hours beyond the Core.

Required Courses - 9 hours

BBL 3583 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

ICS 2113 Intercultural Communication

ICS 2123 Cultural Anthropology

One of the following - 3 hours:

ICS 3243 Principles and Philosophy of Community Development

ICS 4133 Intercultural Leadership Skills

Two of the following - 6 hours:

CMN 2263 Discipleship and Evangelism

ICS 3263 Theory and Practice of Appropriate Technology I*

ICS 3283 Theory and Practice of Appropriate Technology II*

FAM 4113 Intercultural Family Seminar

LS 2173 Introduction to Linguistics

RPH 3533 Introduction to Islam

RPH 3543 Introduction to Hinduism and Buddhism

* Taught during one four-week May term at the Institute for Biblical Community Development in Oklahoma.

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