BA in Worship Leadership & Psychology (Dual Major)

This dual major in Worship Leadership and Psychology is designed to prepare students for a calling in worship ministry, and to enable them to enter a graduate school counseling program where they can receive credentials toward a counseling career, serving those within and beyond the Church.

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 and integrate relevant psychological theories to various life and vocational settings and educational environments.

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 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 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

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

PSYCHOLOGY DUAL-MAJOR CORE33 HOURS

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    Introduction to the concerns for which counseling skills are needed. Counseling methods, diagnosis of the concern, and application of a solution to that concern. Practice counseling through role playing.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: PS102
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    An introduction to statistics in the behavioral sciences and everyday life. Conceptual and mathematical understanding of statistics. Descriptive and inferential statistics are explored through simple statistical computations and more complex analysis. Students become more aware consumers of statistics through critical analysis of statistical findings.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: None
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    A holistic study of the individual from conception through death. Biological, psychological and social aspects of all stages of life. Integration of biblical perspective as applied to the stages of development.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    A concentrated look at the behavioral approach to counseling and human development. This course provides practical knowledge and experience with a critique from the Christian viewpoint.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SO101, PS102
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    Cognitive theory and research applied to everyday experiences and mental processes. Overview of cognitive psychology and perception, including attention, memory and forgetting, and language and information processing.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: PS102
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    Methods of research used in the social sciences, the appropriateness of conclusions derived from research, and the ability to generalize research appropriately based on particular research methods. Students design and conduct basic research and disseminate the research to their peers.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: SI141
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    Introduction to the scope of viewpoints about personality development. How to analyze the dynamics of personality with application in the therapeutic process of counseling.
    Offered: Fall Prerequisite: PS102
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    Social group influences on individual behavior. Behavioral expressions such as aggression, prejudice, attitude changes, and affiliation from the viewpoints of social science and Scripture.
    Offered: Spring Prerequisite: PS102, SO101
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    Abnormal behavior from various theoretical perspectives, including analysis of causation of behavioral abnormality and methods of therapy.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisite: SO101, PS311
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    The connection between the disciplines of psychological science and Christian theology. Traditional and contemporary theories of psychology evaluated through the biblical worldview.
    Offered: Fall, odd semester Prerequisites: PS311, TH200
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    This capstone course offers the student opportunity to learn in a supervised field experience. The course includes seminars, small group experiences, research papers, written verbatim work and lectures by professional resource persons. The practicum setting includes venues such as prisons, mental health clinics, mental hospitals, general hospitals, and community and church-related counseling centers.
    Offered: On demand Prerequisites: PS114, PS225, PS311, PS321, PS323, PS404, Approval of Psychology Department Chair

ELECTIVES4 HOURS

Any credit-bearing course, 100-level or above

Program Total120 Hours

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