BA in Worship Leadership & Business (Dual Major)

This major offers preparation for worship leadership and qualifications for working in business environments. Together, these programs are for students who plan to serve in worship leadership, while applying business expertise in a church setting or a career in business.

Objectives

On completion of the program, students should be able to:
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    Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
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    Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
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    Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.
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    Apply management principles to oversee 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 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 4

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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    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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    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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    Literature Elective3
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    Church 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

ELECTIVES6 HOURS

GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVE3 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

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 DUAL-MAJOR CORE 34 HOURS

MUSIC THEORY8 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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    Continuation of MU103, including study of cadences, phrases and periods, non-chord tones, diatonic seventh chords, and secondary dominant chords.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU103 with a grade of C or higher
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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
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    Continuation of MU105.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: MU105 with a grade of C or higher.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE8 HOURS

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    Applied Electives5
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    Voice Proficiency0
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    Piano or Guitar Proficiency0
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    Ensemble Electives (In addition to the Humanities requirement)2

BIBLICAL STUDIES5 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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    Biblical Studies Electives (GB, NT, OT or AGS BIB courses)3

WORSHIP LEADERSHIP13 HOURS

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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
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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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    Participation in the worship ministry of a local church, including opportunities for leadership. Register for one (1) to six (6) hours per semester.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisites: WL347, WL408, Senior standing or permission of instructor
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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 ENGAGEMENT0 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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    Assistant leadership role in worship planning, band rehearsal and service leadership in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader, leading a local church or youth group worship band.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
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    Leadership role in worship planning, band rehearsal and service leadership in an approved setting with an experienced worship leader, leading a local church or youth group worship band.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: Instructor approval
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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

BUSINESS DUAL-MAJOR CORE30 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 ENGAGEMENT 0 HOURS

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    Students engage with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C. to discuss how government theory and practice coincide.
    Offered: Every spring Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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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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    Practical strategies and skills for career searches, job interviews, resume creation, networking, and career portfolio development. Developing career goals and plans. Includes six workshops and a networking dinner.
    Offered: Every semester Prerequisite: None Pass/Fail
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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

ELECTIVES7 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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