Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Science

REQUIRED MAJOR HOURS 38
REQUIRED MINOR HOURS NONE
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 38
PRESCRIBED COURSES ATTAINABLE IN GEN ED: NONE

Hours may vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Gardner-Webb’s Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Christian Ministry provides a fully accredited baccalaureate degree in religion. Graduates will be prepared to assume positions in churches or social agencies or to go on to seek higher academic degrees at a university, school of divinity, or seminary.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who choose to major in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy will demonstrate:

  1. Basic knowledge in the four core areas in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy: Philosophy, Theology, Christian History, and Spiritual Formation;
  2. A theoretical and practical understanding of the principles of Christian ministry and the various contexts in which ministry is practiced;
  3. The ability to do research and critical analysis in religious studies and philosophy;
  4. The ability to give clear, substantive oral and written reports in religious studies and philosophy.

Program Requirements (38 hours)

Required Major Hours (20 hours)

PHI 200Introduction to Philosophy

3

REL 201Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies

2

REL 321Introduction to Christian History

3

REL 333Christian Theology

3

REL 271Spiritual Formation

3

 

REL 358Practicum

3

OR

REL 397Internship

3

 

REL 490Senior Seminar

3

Biblical Studies (6 hours)

Choose two of the following.
REL 302The Sacred Writings

3

REL 303Old Testament Prophets

3

REL 306Old Testament Theology

3

REL 307Studies in the Pentateuch

3

REL 311Synoptic Gospels

3

REL 312Life and Letters of Paul

3

REL 314New Testament Theology

3

REL 316The Writings of John

3

REL 317The General Epistles and Hebrews

3

REL 351Biblical Backgrounds

3

REL 352Biblical Interpretation

3

Practical Theology (6 hours)

Choose two of the following.
REL 326Introduction to Missiology

3

REL 343Growth and Revival in the Christian Church

3

REL 346World Religions

3

REL 370History and Philosophy of Religious Education

3

REL 373Church Leadership

3

REL 374Preschool and Children Discipleship

3

REL 375Youth Discipleship

3

REL 376Advanced Youth Discipleship

3

REL 377Adult Discipleship

3

REL 378Contemporary Religious Movements

3

Electives (6 hours)

Choose two additional REL- or PHI-prefixed courses from the departmental options that are not used to meet the course requirements for the Biblical Studies and Practical Theology areas. General Education courses (REL 300 and REL 301) cannot be counted in the Christian Ministry major.

Choose two courses from the departmental options

6

Total Credit Hours: 38

All students must complete at least 18 of the 38 hours in the Christian Ministry major at Gardner-Webb University.