AA in Worship Leadership

The Associate of Arts degree in Worship Leadership is for students with the gifts and calling to serve in the worship ministries of a local church. The program helps ground students in a biblical understanding of the roles worship plays in a healthy church, nurture in them an evident commitment to spiritual life, and orient them to servant leadership through music. Students acquire knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with a particular emphasis on musical skills.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Express an evident and attractive Christian witness.
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    Communicate an increased understanding of biblical foundations for spiritual life and worship ministry.
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    Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.

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 Elective 4

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

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    Performance of music from a variety of genres including classical works, modern art song, spirituals, Contemporary Christian music and gospel song in venues on campus, in the surrounding community and in churches, including a week-long tour across the United States. Open to OCU students by audition.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Repeatable No tuition over charge for overload (above 18 hours)
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    Applied Music1

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

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP MAJOR 22 HOURS

MUSIC THEORY4 HOURS

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    Continuation from Music Fundamentals, including study of chords in major and minor keys, voice leading, beginning four-part writing, and harmonic progressions.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 Music Fundamentals with a C or higher, successful music theory placement exam, or consent of the instructor
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    Study and practice to develop the skill of accurately sight-reading melodies through the solfege system and melodic dictation.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MU102 or successful music theory placement exam

MUSIC PERFORMANCE3 HOURS

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    Applied Electives (in addition to the Humanities requirement)2
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    Voice Proficiency0
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    Piano or Guitar Proficiency0
Choose one of the following:
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    Instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Individual lesson or class setting.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Keyboard proficiency exam Lesson Fee: $150
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    Instruction in styles and skills for accompanying worship. Individual lesson or class setting.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: Guitar proficiency exam Lesson Fee: $150

BIBLICAL STUDIES4 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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    A biblical understanding of who God is, and how He has chosen to relate with people, especially those he has redeemed. The course will focus on implications for worship ministries in the local church.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP11 HOURS

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    A survey of music literature for worship: the history of worship song, expressions of worship from world cultures, and contemporary worship music.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    The ministryand calling of a worship leader, including current leadership and ministry practices, an introduction to worship planning, and a survey of biblical and historical foundations of worship. Overview of the OCU Worship Leadership program, including typical career opportunities. Weekly 1-hour field experience component is required.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Students gain basic experience in playing worship band instruments. Students who have skills in a particular instrument gain experience coaching less-experienced peers.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Methods for planning worship. Topics include personal spiritual preparation, use of resources with emphasis on the use of Scripture, selection of worship materials, engagement with the Christian Year, discipleship and pastoral care through worship. This course consists of one lecture and one field session each week. Worship planning competencies are evaluated by the field mentor.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: TH125
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    Audio and video needs of small and large worship settings. Topics include the nature of sound, industry-standard terms, signal flow, audio and video systems, theatrical and video lighting, video-editing software, and the use of technology in spirit-guided ministry. 15-hour field experience requirement.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT 0 HOURS

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    Professional association for Worship Leadership students. Includes student leadership development, community engagement, and participation in professional enrichment opportunities provided by OCU and others.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Participation in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader as part of a local church or youth group worship band, or an auditioned worship group.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Participation as a vocalist in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader as part of a local church or youth group worship band, or an auditioned worship group.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Demonstrated mastery of the program goals and content. Preparation and leadership for a 25- or 50-minute worship event.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisite: None

Program Total60 Hours

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