Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The Bachelor of Arts in Global Missions prepares students to minister cross-culturally. It equips students with essential biblical and theological knowledge and skills as well as the missiological tools and experience needed to communicate the gospel and make disciples among the nations.


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.
    Articulate the unique truth claims of Christianity in relation to other religious and non-religious worldviews.
    Contextualize the gospel in a cross-cultural setting.
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

Students must complete 24 credit hours at the 3000-level or above to graduate.

Biblical Studies18

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

    Biblical interpretation electives6
    Old Testament book/corpus study3
    New Testament book/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 (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).

Global Missions Core18
    A study of how to lead a church in effective evangelism and discipleship. Examines the biblical basis for evangelism and discipleship, assesses contemporary models for evangelism and discipleship, and equips students to formulate their own holistic plan for leading a church in evangelism and discipleship.
    Introduction to the biblical and theological foundations of missions, an overview of missions in Christian history, and exposure to foundational concepts that will be developed in other missions courses.
    This course is an introduction to cultural anthropology. Attention will be given to the application of anthropology to Christian evangelization and mission.
    A study of how to articulate and defend the unique truth claims of Christianity in relation to other religious and non-religious worldviews. Surveys different approaches to apologetics and equips students to bear witness to Christ in a variety of cultural contexts.
    This course outlines the principles of communication, describes the challenge of overcoming cross-cultural barriers to communication, and presents the techniques and skills used within cross-cultural communication.
    A supervised internship of at least 6 weeks and 120 hours in which the student gains practical cross-cultural missions experience in an approved missions organization.
    Prerequisite: Approval of internship by program director.

Graduation Requirements:

In addition to the courses listed above, each graduate must meet the requirements listed here, including:

  • A General Education Core (36 hours for an associate degree; 45 hours for a bachelor’s degree).
  • The minimum required hours for their degree program (60 hours for an associate degree; 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree).
  • After fulfilling the General Education Core and degree requirements, students complete the required hours by taking elective courses. In many cases students can take advantage of these elective hours to add a minor or an associate degree, or to work toward a second major.


    1. Some programs have individual requirements for GPA or total earned hours that exceed the minimums listed above.
    2. In some cases, overlap between the degree requirements and the General Education core makes it possible for an individual course to satisfy both a degree requirement and a General Education Core requirement. See notes within each program identifying courses that may be applied to General Education Core requirements.

Complete information may be found in the OCU Academic Catalog.

For graduation questions please contact the University Registrar's Office at 1 (740) 477-7780 or