AA in Religious Studies

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The Associate of Arts in Religious Studies program is designed for students seeking to work in local church ministry. This degree prepares the student for a variety of ministries in the church immediately after graduation, such as preaching and evangelistic work. It will not prepare the student for pastoral ordination in most denominations without further study.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Explain the importance of the Bible in the Church’s life and faith.
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    Summarize biblical history and literature.
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    Trace the development of the major themes through the Bible.
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    Demonstrate basic skills for interpreting biblical literature.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE38 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core at the beginning of the Academic Programs section for specific courses that fulfill elective requirements.

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT2 HOURS

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    Designed to support students experiencing academic, personal, and spiritual transition to Ohio Christian University. Academic advising, finances, time management, study skills, and resources available to students. Overview of what new students can expect from a university experience. Acclimation to the unique OCU community environment.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: None
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    Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for achieving individual potential in all dimensions of wellness. Includes creation of short- and long-term fitness goals and fitness assessment activities for healthy habits. Required for all students.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: None
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    Classroom introduction to the Christian Service program, including the rationale, policies, and procedures for Christian Service at Ohio Christian University, and field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community.
     
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    Field engagement in approved service learning experiences, including ministry and response to the needs of the community. This course does not have a scheduled class time. To earn credit, students independently arrange service opportunities with the approval of the Christian Service instructor, and submit online reports.
     

SF100 and CS071 requirements are prorated in certain instances.

REASONING SKILLS7 HOURS

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    Mathematics Elective3
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    Science Elective4

COMMUNICATION SKILLS9 HOURS

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    An introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.
    Offered: Spring Recommended: LA101
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    Communication Elective3

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES 6 HOURS

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    A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology, including historical and theoretical foundations, with special emphasis on contemporary scientific research and empirical applications, within a Christian perspective and a biopsychosocial approach.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    The scientific study of society, institutions, and group interaction, with focus on the sociological imagination and core theories. Topics include the sociological perspective, the individual in society, stratification and social inequality, social intuitions, human ecology, and social change, with special attention to issues of diversity.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

HUMANITIES 3 HOURS

    BIBLICAL LITERATURE, RELIGION, AND THEOLOGY 11 HOURS

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      Introduction to the New Testament narrative and teachings that constitute the Gospel message about Jesus Christ. Special attention to the narratives found within the four Gospels, their relationship to one another and the Book of Acts. Basic instruction in inductive Bible study method. Note: NT102 is a prerequisite for all other New Testament courses.
      Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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      Introduction to the Old Testament narrative with special attention to the Torah (the first five books). Emphasis on historical backgrounds, origins of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Note: OT101 is a prerequisite for all other Old Testament courses.
      Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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      Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
      Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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      The Christian experience of spiritual redemption and sanctification examined in the light of its scriptural foundations as taught by theologians within the Wesleyan/Armenian tradition. Designed for non-religion majors.
      Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102

    RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR 19 HOURS

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      An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible.
      Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Note: GB100 is a prerequisite for all 200-level or higher Bible courses.
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      Theology of a Christian Worldview applied in real-world circumstances in the context of the postmodern path to faith. Students work in teams, developing tolerance in dialog with persons who espouse contrasting faiths and philosophies, and engaging in self-reflection regarding fidelity to personal worldviews.
      Offered: Spring Prerequisite: TH100
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      The first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis on historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Outlines, analysis, and exposition of significant sections.
      Offered: Fall Prerequisite: OT101
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      The synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels, and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.
      Offered: Spring Prerequisite: NT102
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      An analytical and synthetic study of Acts with emphasis on the content of the early Christian preaching and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
      Offered: Fall Prerequisite: NT102
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      Introduction to the biblical and theological foundations of missions, an overview of missions history, survey of the world’s religions, and a foundation for response to God’s leading. Note: MI100 is a prerequisite for all 300- and 400-level MI courses.
      Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None

    ELECTIVES3 HOURS

    Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

    Program Total60 Hours

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