BA in Christian Ministries and Business (Dual Major)

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OCU ranks 4th among the “Top 8 online Christian Colleges and Universities in 2017” according to www.thebestcolleges.org. Ranking is by graduation, retention and acceptance rates, student-teacher ratios, tuition costs, years of accreditation, reputation, awards, and job placement records.

The program offers students a dual major in Christian Ministries and Business, providing the necessary preparations and qualifications to work in both church and business environments. In addition, it will enable graduates to serve as a pastor in any local church setting regardless of their initial level of financial support.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Evidence competence in the fields of ministry and business.
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    Lead and grow a congregation.
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    Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
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    Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Bible, an understanding of Wesleyan doctrine, and competency in using exegetical skills requisite for leading a congregation and life learning.
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    Apply management principles to manage people and processes within an organization.
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    Analyze a business operation and provide recommendations for improvement.
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    Evaluate the financial condition and statements of a business and propose courses of action.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE49 HOURS

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

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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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    Weekly chapel services and other events designed to integrate spiritual, academic, and community life, and to engage the campus community in worship, biblically rooted teaching, and a deepening relationship with Jesus Christ.
     
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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 SKILLS 9 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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    Fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Content, form and style of sermonic literature. Includes a practicum component.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: CM102

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 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective 2
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    Literature Elective3
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    The development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054, including leading characters and major turning points of history.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: OT101, NT102
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    Overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts, and a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. Basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and their relationships to each other.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Introduction to logic and ethics including methodologies for applying those disciplines in Christian ministry and other vocations. Induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. Moral theories of philosophical schools and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 HOURS

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    The development of Christianity from the Great Schism of 1054 to the present, including leading characters and major turning points of history.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: OT101, NT102

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 doctrine of entire sanctification in light of Scripture, examined within the Wesleyan tradition and other theological schools of thought.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisites: Graduating seniors standing; TH100, TH401, or TH402

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES DUAL-MAJOR CORE 41 HOURS

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 18 HOURS

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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee*
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    Principles of biblical interpretation. Examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic with application to selected biblical texts. Historical survey of Jewish and Christian exegetical systems.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102 Course Fee* *One-time software fee, charged the first time a student takes any hermeneutics or advanced biblical languages course. This $500 fee purchases a lifetime license for a biblical languages research library.
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    The contemporary theological situation is considered. The significance and importance of Wesleyan theology are studied. The doctrines of theism, creation, sin, and divine revelation are emphasized.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Junior standing
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    The deity of Christ and the personality and work of the Holy Spirit are emphasized. The doctrines of conversion, entire sanctification, and eschatology are considered.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: TH100, OT101, NT102, Jr. standing
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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

CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES23 HOURS

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    Professional ministry as a life calling and vocation, including spiritual development, acquisition of ministry skills, the mission of the church, and ministry as a profession, addressed from historical and contemporary perspectives. Development of the initial skills and attitudes of a professional minister.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Strategies for helping a church multiply its ministries, replicating itself, widening and deepening the impact of the church in the community. Principles of servant leadership, marketing, different church models, connecting with the community, problem-solving, strategic planning, and managing change.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting providing a laboratory for application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Fall, even semester Corequisite: CM325
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    Students are equipped to evaluate and contextualize church culture speaking to the communities in which they reside. This will enable the student to communicate to the congregants while forging communications with the surrounding community. Includes formal study of communications both written and oral.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Spring, odd semester Corequisite: CM326
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    Expository preaching, and the preparation and delivery of sermons under observation and constructive criticism. Includes a practicum component.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: GB401, CM301
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    Praxis elements of ministry: conducting effective meetings; understanding parliamentary procedures; resolving conflicts; and conducting weddings, funerals, and worship services.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: CM102
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    Practical experiences in a local ministry setting, providing a laboratory for the application of principles taught in the corequisite course.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Corequisite: CM421
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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
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    The counseling needs of a congregation, with models of biblical intervention and pastoral counseling that lead to healthy spiritual, emotional, mental, and behavioral change.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Basic family organization from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home, within a Christian perspective, including development of the full potential of our human sexuality.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisites: SO101, PS102

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Students interact with faculty and peers, learn about upcoming department events, and ask questions. Religion Faculty and returning students welcome new members, helping orient them to their programs. Students meet faculty advisors, and learn about career and networking opportunities available from the Religion department.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    An opportunity to interact with successful ministry practitioners. Student’s accomplishments are recognized in a public forum.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Students engage with successful practitioners in the field of ministry during chapel, classes, and an evening meal.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None
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    Discussions of theological topics designed to engage students in critical thinking and clear, effective speaking about theological issues.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None

BUSINESS DUAL-MAJOR CORE 30 HOURS

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    Financial principles and accepted practices for managers, including banking, money, credit, financial instruments, investments, financial planning, internal and external auditing, profit, stocks, bonds, and financial forms.
    Offered: Spring, even semester Prerequisite: None
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    Accounting, cost, finance, and information systems for strategic business and financial decisions of a business enterprise.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Economic principles related to supply and demand, consumer behavior, market dynamics, income distribution, government influence, and comparative economic systems with major focus on free enterprise and capitalism.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Economic principles related to global and national economies, income accounting, unemployment, inflation, fiscal policy, public debt, monetary systems, and economic growth or retraction.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None
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    Foundations of business, including environment, planning, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, distribution, finances, and ethics. Introduction to business terms and concepts.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Integrated analysis of the role of marketing within the total organization, including analysis of factors affecting consumer behavior, the identification of marketing variables, the development and use of marketing strategies, and the discussion of international marketing.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    Management theories, principles, and philosophies, and the difference between management and leadership. This interdisciplinary course addresses the importance of a Christian worldview for leaders and managers as they influence, plan, organize, control, and lead for effectiveness.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MG101
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    Principles of a profit-making enterprise integrated with opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, including how transacting business can be a witnessing tool. How business can be used for tent-making ministry where conventional missionary opportunities are not possible.
    Offered: Even spring Prerequisite: None
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    Fundamental principles and practices of law and how it impacts business situations, including Christian ethics and proper business conduct, and the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: MG101
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    System concepts, methodologies, and tools to strategically plan and effectively manage core competencies, and to integrate technology into the planning process. (Also known as Business Capstone.)
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: AC222 or SM206 (see Business program page)

PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT0 HOURS

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    Roundtables with business leaders in small, medium, and large businesses demonstrate how theory and practice come together in the actual experiences of significant business people. Students interact and network with these business leaders during and after the roundtables.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Students engage with significant experts and nationally recognized thought leaders hosted by the School of Business & Government.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    Offers students an opportunity to hear from accomplished business and leadership experts and see how a Christian worldview is applied in business and other leadership roles.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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    MG230 Career Development Seminar (6 events)0
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    Students interact with business leaders from investment firms and other businesses on Wall Street to discuss how investment theory and practice coincide.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail

Program Total120 Hours

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