Discipleship Studies, Bachelor of Arts

REQUIRED MAJOR HOURS 41
REQUIRED MINOR HOURS NONE
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 41
PRESCRIBED COURSES ATTAINABLE IN GEN ED: NONE

The major in Discipleship Studies will give students an understanding of the basic principles of Christian discipleship among various age groups. The student will learn about leadership and administration principles for effective discipleship processes.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. Basic skills in biblical interpretation and exegesis;
  2. Skills in critical thinking, and written and oral communication;
  3. Basic knowledge in at least three of four core areas in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy: Philosophy, Theology, Christian History, and Spiritual Formation;
  4. An understanding of basic principles of Christian discipleship among various age groups;
  5. An understanding of leadership and administration principles for effective discipleship processes;
  6. An understanding of the various contexts in which discipleship practices arise; and
  7. Critical reflection and analysis in the field of discipleship studies and an ability to give clear, substantive oral and written reports of said reflection and analysis.

Program Requirements

Required Major Hours

RELI 201Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies

2

Departmental Core Requirements (Choose three)

PHIL 200Introduction to Philosophy

3

RELI 271Spiritual Formation

3

RELI 321Introduction to Christian History

3

RELI 333Christian Theology

3

Biblical Studies / Old Testament (Choose one)

RELI 302The Sacred Writings

3

RELI 303Old Testament Prophets

3

RELI 306Old Testament Theology

3

RELI 307Studies in the Pentateuch

3

Biblical Studies / New Testament (Choose one)

RELI 311Synoptic Gospels

3

RELI 312Life and Letters of Paul

3

RELI 314New Testament Theology

3

RELI 316The Writings of John

3

RELI 317The General Epistles and Hebrews

3

Discipleship Requirement (3 of 12 Discipleship Hours)

RELI 370History and Philosophy of Religious Education

3

Discipleship Electives I (Choose Two Courses, 6 of 12 Discipleship Hours)

RELI 374Preschool and Children Discipleship

3

RELI 375Youth Discipleship

3

RELI 377Adult Discipleship

3

Discipleship Elective II (Choose One Course, 3 of 12 Discipleship hours)

RELI 373Church Leadership

3

RELI 376Advanced Youth Discipleship

3

Practicum / Internship (Choose one)

RELI 358Practicum

3

RELI 397Internship

3

Senior Seminar

RELI 490Senior Seminar

3

Departmental Electives

Choose two courses from the upper-level departmental options

6

Total Credit Hours: 41

NOTE: Senior Seminar should be taken in one of the student’s final two semesters.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Majors

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete a world language through the Intermediate I level (201), as well as RELI 245 if the major prescribes it to be taken as part of the General Education curriculum. This requirement will be waived for students who transfer in credit for RELI 346.