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Specializations Available

A minor is required for the B.A. in Bible and the B.S. in Bible and Ministry. When one or more of the following minors are chosen, they serve as specializations for the Bible degrees.

Other minors can be used toward graduation, but they do not serve as specializations.

Students who are not Bible majors can add many of the following minors to their degree, but the requirements may vary from those given below. Such students should consult the catalog for the minor requirements for their major.

Alternate Dispute Resolution

This minor requires 18 credit hours. The following courses are required for Bible majors: Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (SOC 381), Conflict Management (SOC 382), Diversity Management (SOC 383), and Introduction to Counseling (PSY 352), Church Leadership Dynamics (BIB 423), and Contemporary Religious Issues (REL 373). In addition, students must take one of the following: Social Psychology (PSY 481), Christian Ethics (REL 371), or Understanding Multicultural Diversity (SOC 351).

Biblical Languages

This minor requires 18 credit hours, including at least 6 hours of Hebrew and 6 hours of Greek (may include the Greek required for the B.A. degree).

Biblical Text

This minor requires 18 credit hours, including 15 credit hours of upper level textual studies, plus 3 credit hours chosen from biblical language courses, practical ministry courses, or doctrinal or historical studies courses; these courses are in addition to those required of the major.

Children's Ministry

This minor requires a minimum of 20 credit hours. The following courses are required: Educational Program of the Church (BIB 321), Children's Ministry (BIB 354), Youth Ministry (BIB 351), Human Growth and Development (PSY 233), and Classroom Management (EDUC 215). In addition, students must take two textual studies courses and either Teaching the Bible (BIB 413) or Scripture Interpretation (BIB 347).

Christian Counseling

This minor requires 32 credit hours of course work in psychology and Bible, 18 of which are in addition to the Bible major. The following courses are required: Marriage and Family (PSY 211), General Psychology (PSY 231) or Human Growth and Development (PSY 233), Group Dynamics (PSY 342) or Family Systems (PSY 350), Introduction to Counseling (PSY 352), Counseling Theory (PSY 426), Scripture Interpretation (BIB 347), Old Testament Doctrine (BIB 343) or New Testament Doctrine (BIB 345) or Doctrinal Issues (BIB 346), Ministerial Counseling (BIB 352), Personal Spiritual Development (BIB 415), and 6 credit hours of upper-level textual studies courses.

Christian Service for Women

This minor is available to women only. This minor requires 20 credit hours of Bible (BIB) courses. The following courses are required: Introduction to Ministry Seminar (BIB 225), Religious Speaking for Women (BIB 327), Women in Christian Service (BIB 329), and Personal Spiritual Development (BIB 415). In addition, a student must earn 7 credit hours in upper-level textual studies and 3 credit hours of biblical (BIB) electives.

Communications

This minor requires 18 credit hours of course work selected from the following courses, all of which are worth 3 credit hours: Business Communications (BUS 310), Media Writing (COM 238), Public Speaking (COM 321), Oral Interpretation of Literature (COM 330), Interpersonal Communication (COM 331), Argumentation and Persuasion (COM 332), Advanced Grammar and Composition (ENG 301), Creative Writing (ENG 331), or Professional Writing (ENG 333).

Doctrinal Studies

A Bible major must earn 18 credit hours, including 15 hours from doctrine and church history plus three hours of upper-level text, in addition to the requirements of the major. Available only to Bible majors.

Greek

This minor requires 18 hours of Greek (may include the 12 hours of Greek required for the Bachelor of Arts in Bible).

History

This minor requires 18 credit hours. Students must choose at least 6 credit hours from the following courses: Western Civilization I (HIS 131), Western Civilization II (HIS 132), United States History I (HIS 133), and United States History II (HIS 134). In addition, students should select at least 9 credit hours from upper-level history courses. Any of following religion courses may be substituted for the upper-level history courses: History of the Christian Church (REL 341), Restoration Church History (REL 342), or Major World Religions (REL 442). Students taking REL 341, 342, and Renaissance and Reformation, 1400-1648 (HIS 451) have an emphasis in church history.

Missions

This minor requires 25 credit hours, at least 10 of which are in addition to the Bible major. The following courses are required: Introduction to Missions (BIB 322), Cultural Anthropology (SOC 341), Personal Evangelism (BIB 320), Church Growth and Leadership Dynamics (BIB 421) or Church Growth and Planting (BIB 422), and Major World Religions (REL 441). For the additional 10-11 credit hours, students must take 7 to 10 credit hours in upper-level textual studies, including at least one class from Acts (BIB 306 or BIB 406) or First Corinthians (BIB 308 or BIB 408), and one of the following: Global Missions Awareness (BIB 332), Ministry Field Laboratory (BIB 325) focused in missions, or Practicum in Ministry (BIB 425) focused in missions.

New Testament

A Bible major must earn 18 credit hours of New Testament textual studies in addition to the requirements of the major. At least one year of New Testament Greek is recommended. Available only to Bible majors.

Old Testament

A Bible major must earn 18 credit hours of Old Testament textual studies at least 12 of which must be in addition to the requirements of the major. At least one year of Hebrew is recommended and can count toward this minor. This minor requires 18 hours beyond the major. Available only to Bible majors.

Practical Ministry

A Bible major must earn 18 credit hours, including 15 hours of ministry classes and three hours of upper level text, in addition to the requirements of the major. At least 9 hours must have a BIB prefix. Available only to Bible majors.

Preaching

A minor in preaching requires 18 credit hours beyond the requirements of the Bible major. The following courses are required: Advanced Homiletics (BIB 324), Ministry Field Lab (BIB 325) focused on preaching for 3 credit hours, Public Speaking (COM 321), Interpersonal Communication (COM 331) or Argument and Persuasion (COM 332), Ministerial Counseling (BIB 352), and Doctrinal Issues (BIB 346). Available only to Bible majors.

Psychology

This minor requires 18 credit hours of psychology course work. The following courses are required: General Psychology (PSY 231), Introduction to Counseling (PSY 352), and Personality Theories (PSY 371). In addition, a student must take either Marriage and Family (PSY 211) or Human Growth and Development (PSY 233), either Group Dynamics (PSY 342) or Family Systems (PSY 350), and one of the following: Counseling Theory (PSY 426), Abnormal Psychology (PSY 472), or Social Psychology (PSY 481).

Religious Education

This minor requires 18 credit hours for students who are majoring in Bible. Students should choose 15 credit hours from the following courses: Educational Program of the Church (BIB 321), Old Testament Doctrine (BIB 343), New Testament Doctrine (BIB 345), Scripture Interpretation (BIB 347), Educational Psychology (EDUC 320), or Learning Theories (PSY 351). In addition, students majoring in Bible must take 3 hours of upper-level textual studies in addition to the requirements of the major,.

Religious Studies

This minor requires 21 credit hours. Contemporary Religious Doctrines (BIB 346) is required, and students also must take 6 credit hours of upper-level textual studies in addition to the requirements of the student?s major. Students also are required to take 12 credit hours of religion (REL) courses.

Youth and Family Ministry

This minor requires a minimum of 31 credit hours, 18 of which are in addition to the Bible major. The following courses are required: Introduction to Ministry Seminar (BIB 225), Youth Ministry (BIB 351), Ministerial Counseling (BIB 352), Marriage and Family (PSY 211), Human Growth and Development (PSY 233), Group Dynamics (PSY 342), Family Systems (PSY 350), and either Pastoral Epistles (BIB 304) or Scripture Interpretation (BIB 347). Students also must take 11 credit hours of upper-level textual studies.

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