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Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biblical Studies provides a foundational study of the history, context, and message of the Bible, as well as, equipping graduates to communicate the truth of the Gospel. The major prepares graduates for advanced Christian ministry positions or for master’s level studies in Bible, theology, and related fields.


  • Communicate a biblically sound Christian worldview.
  • Analyze the background, theological themes, literature, and content of the Bible.
  • Compare and contrast the various schools of biblical interpretation and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Apply principles and techniques for effective biblical study and biblical communication.

The Christian Ministry program prepares students for pastoral care, chaplaincy, evangelistic work, and other ministries that involve preaching and teaching the Word of God.


On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • Exhibit personal and spiritual attributes of a servant’s heart, holy living, and sense of calling essential to leading a church or parachurch organization and ministering to people.
  • Exhibit competency in knowing God’s Word and demonstrate its relevance to problems, needs, and issues of today.
  • Develop and preach sermons that address congregational needs, integrate a Christian worldview, and reflect an understanding of contemporary culture.
  • Lead and grow a congregation.
  • Connect with community leaders and organizations.
  • Provide pastoral care to a congregation.

The Bachelor of Arts with an English major requires students to critically explore the aesthetic nature of literature with a genuine curiosity to uncover absolute truth, which defines a biblical worldview. In addition, English majors will discover personal enrichment and rhetorical flexibility as they practice writing skills in various discourse forms found in public, professional, and academic contexts. Through exposure to a broad set of readings, extensive composition activity, and oral presentations, the English major provides students with the intellectual capacity and practical skills they need to attend graduate school, enter the professional workplace, or actively participate in ministry.


On graduating from the major, students should be able to:
  • Evidence competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively, both individually and collaboratively.
  • Synthesize the basic terms, techniques, facts, and interpretations of literature as seen in representative passages and selected masterpieces.
  • Recognize the history and grammatical structure of the English language.
  • Formulate a biblically based and Christ-centered outlook on language, literature, and life, including consideration of truth, standards, morality, freedom, and responsibility.
  • Demonstrate preparation for graduate work, teaching, workplace-related or personal communication activities.

The History major invites students to critically reflect upon the ideas, faith traditions, political movements, leaders, and cultures that shaped the West and the United States over the past three millennia and to understand the present as a continuation of the past. Through exposure to a broad set of readings and other work, the History major provides students with a background in the proper techniques for evaluating historical works, engaging in professional methods historical research, and developing advanced writing and presentation skills.


On graduating from the major, students should be able to:
  • Acquire an appropriate knowledge of historical content and knowledge of how the discipline of history influences and is influenced by the contemporary culture.
  • Critically examine concepts and theories
  • concerning the discipline of history and the interaction of faith and history.
  • Analyze primary and secondary materials and create work that provides a reasonable interpretation of data.
  • Produce written work and/or other materials at an advanced level, appropriate for entering graduate school or a vocation.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major is composed of closely correlated coursework in two or more academic areas. The unique feature of this option is the flexibility that allows the student to work with an advisor and several faculty members to build a customized interdisciplinary program that best suits the student’s academic objectives and calling.


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

The Leadership and Ministry major is for adults who want to increase their effectiveness to lead as Christians in secular, religious, professional, or personal arenas of influence.


On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • Integrate Christian principles in critical thinking and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate awareness and improvement of thinking and learning strategies.
  • Articulate a doctrinal position and its relevance to ministry.
  • Demonstrate skills in communicating the gospel in a variety of contexts and to various audiences.

Church Planting Concentration & Pastoral Ministry Concentration

  • Ministry Reference Form

The BA in Music is designed to prepare musicians with a high level of musical skill and a strong foundation in music theory, history, and applied performance.


Objectives On completion, students should be able to:
  • Perform at a collegiate level as a vocalist or instrumentalist.
  • Apply knowledge of music theory and the historical context of music to musical performance.
  • Demonstrate functional vocal and accompanying skills.

The BA in Student Ministry prepares students for student ministry positions in local churches and parachurch organizations. Graduates possess expertise in adolescent spiritual development and the ability to exegete the zeitgeist in application to the students and the local church. It prepares high capacity student pastors equipped to lead the latest generation of the church with excellence.


On completion, students should be able to:
  • Describe their Christian calling and philosophy of ministry.
  • Demonstrate skills for leading an effective student ministry including volunteer management, organization, and staff development in churches and associated venues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of student ministry praxis associated with adolescent spiritual development as it interfaces with contemporary societal influences and issues.
  • Articulate a Christ-centered Wesleyan theological framework while communicating the Bible’s storyline, main characters, genres of literature, and moral teachings in a student ministry context.
  • Exhibit Christ-like character in religious and secular contexts.

The BA in Worship Leadership prepares students for leadership in worship ministry. The program grounds students in a biblical understanding of worship’s role in a healthy church, nurtures their commitment to spiritual life, and orients them to servant leadership through music. Graduates demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for effective worship ministry.


On completion, students should be able to:
  • Communicate biblical foundations for spiritual life and ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.
  • Plan and lead gospel-centered, edifying worship.

The university offers a state-approved program in K-12 Music Education. Upon completion of the program and the satisfaction of all program requirements students will be recommended to the Ohio Department of Education for initial licensure.


On completion, students should be able to:
    Establish a friendly rapport and exhibit warmth, care, respect, and acceptance of students as individuals.
    Demonstrate appropriate professional characteristics as well as being life-long learners by setting professional goals and continually reflecting on and evaluating their teaching.
    Demonstrate a broad-based knowledge in general core education subjects and extensive knowledge in their curricular area.
    Value a holistic approach in dealing with learners by engaging in a wide range of teaching techniques and assessment practices, promoting learners’ construction of understanding and higher order thinking.
    Develop relevant learning for pupils of varied educational, cultural, economic and language backgrounds.
    Demonstrate the ability to use technology for their own learning and integrate available technology in their teaching to enhance student learning.

The Christian Ministry major is for adults who want to increase their effectiveness to lead as Christians in their arenas of influence, be they secular, religious, professional, or personal.


  • Apply a Christian worldview to contemporary issues.
  • Articulate the essentials of the Christian faith.
  • Identify the intended message of biblical passages.
  • Communicate the Gospel in contextually appropriate ways.
  • Lead in evangelism, discipleship, and administration to carry out a ministry’s unique mission.

Ohio Christian University offers a two-year major in Interdisciplinary Studies. Students work with an academic advisor to design a program that includes 24 hours of electives in a major academic area in addition to the General Education core requirements.


On completion of this major, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate general knowledge and application of biblical theological issues and principles.
  • Exhibit a foundation in general education knowledge and skills.
  • Possess the ability to pursue further study or serve in various roles in the church or society.

The Associate of Arts degree in Worship Leadership is for students with the gifts and calling to serve in the worship ministries of a local church. The program helps ground students in a biblical understanding of the roles worship plays in a healthy church, nurture in them an evident commitment to spiritual life, and orient them to servant leadership through music. Students acquire knowledge and skills that support worship ministry, with emphasis on musical skills.


On completion, students should be able to:
  • Express an evident and attractive Christian witness.
  • Communicate an increased understanding of biblical foundations for spiritual life and worship ministry.
  • Demonstrate musical and leadership abilities requisite for worship ministry.

Ohio Christian University has developed its Master of Arts with a major in Ministry to enhance the ministry skills of pastors and lay leaders in the local church. The major will prepare students to serve even more effectively in the church and society, whether they are in paid or lay ministry. All courses contribute to the ability to enhance students’ ministry skills. All graduates of this major must be grounded in the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.


In addition to the regular application process, students applying to the MA in Ministry must submit a personal history essay, a statement of faith, and a ministry reference. Information about these is available from an admissions counselor.


On completion of the major a student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a deep love for God by continually practicing spiritual disciplines.
  • Analyze Christian theological thinking through the centuries and its effects on the church and culture and the effects of culture and church on Christian theological thinking.
  • Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.
  • Analyze situations and choose the proper interventions to help others cope with crises. (Pastoral Care and Counseling)
  • Demonstrate skills in church administration, preaching/ teaching, handling sacraments and rituals, and care giving in the local church. (Practical Theology)
  • Conduct research that leads to enhanced ministry practices.