BA in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies program is composed of closely correlated coursework in two or more program majors. The program requires the same General Education Core as all other OCU degree programs. Its unique feature is flexibility to work with an advisor and one or more program faculty to build a customized interdisciplinary program that best suits the student’s academic objectives and calling.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Demonstrate competency in the knowledge and application of biblical and theological issues and principles.
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    Exhibit sufficient general education knowledge and skills to enhance intellectual understanding and effectively communicate in current society.
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    Affirm a specific calling or career goal, which clearly articulates a plan for correlated programs of study.
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    Possess the ability to pursue further study or serve in a role in the church or society which draws upon the knowledge and skills of the correlated programs of study.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE 49 HOURS

Refer to the General Education core for the specific courses that fulfill each elective requirement.

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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 Elective with Lab 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 11 HOURS

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    Fine Arts Elective(s)2
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    Literature Elective3
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    History Elective3
Choose one of the following:
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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

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

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES MAJOR71 HOURS

LEADERSHIP ELECTIVE3 HOURS

Choose one of the following leadership courses:
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    Psychological and social processes that characterize effective leadership. Biblical leadership models and current leadership concepts and theories. Positive and negative characteristics of leadership and the psychological principles of followership. Discovery of personal leadership and followership styles of the individual students.
    Offered: Spring 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

INTERDISCIPLINARY ELECTIVES65 HOURS

With the guidance of an academic advisor, design a program that includes 65 elective hours of courses from various disciplines.

CAPSTONE COURSE3 HOURS

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    Developing a professional portfolio, including resume, cover letter, and sample course work from the student’s areas of concentration. May include service learning component related to the professional concentration.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: Senior standing

Program Total120 Hours

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