Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries prepares students to lead in church and parachurch ministries. It provides students with essential biblical, theological, and practical knowledge and skills needed to minister faithfully in the twenty-first century.


Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
  • Interpret Scripture accurately in its literary, canonical, and historical context using the inductive Bible study method.
  • Address contemporary challenges and questions in light of Scripture and classic Christian teaching, particularly Wesleyan-Arminian theology.
  • Provide pastoral leadership and care in various ministry contexts.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR54 Hours

*24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above

Biblical Studies18

Biblical interpretation classes (e.g., Old Testament Interpretation, New Testament Interpretation) and biblical book or corpus studies (e.g., Pentateuch, Romans).

  • Biblical interpretation electives6
  • Old Testament book or corpus study3
  • New Testament book or corpus study3
  • Biblical studies electives6
Biblical Theology3

Biblical theology proper, biblical-theological approaches to select theological topics (e.g., sexuality), Christian hermeneutics.

Systematic and Historical Theology15

Systematic theology classes (e.g., Systematic Theology I), historical theology (e.g., Survey of Church History I), systematic and historical approaches to select theological topics (e.g., holiness).

  • Ministry electives (preaching, worship, discipleship, evangelism, pastoral leadership, pastoral care, etc.)15
  • Introduces the principles and skills necessary to faithfully interpret and effectively communicate Scripture through preaching. Students complete practical application assignments and deliver sermons.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core
    • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
  • Minimum credit hours
    • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
    • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
  • Notes:

    1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
    2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
    3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
    4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or