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    Jul 21, 2024  
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Missouri Baptist University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Humanities & Theology


Mission Statements

The School of Humanities and Theology seeks to give students a broad basis in the liberal arts tradition from a Christian world view, integrating faith and learning in literature, languages, ethical, and philosophical trends affecting the society of today, enhancing the development of a broad spiritual and intellectual foundation in an environment where academic excellence is emphasized and a biblically-based Christian perspective is maintained.

  • Applicability to Life: The intellectual discipline of theology has often been separated from the experience of human life which is lived before God. The ultimate concern of theology should be with God in his relationship with humans, and thus with human life as it is lived before God, hence one’s life as lived unto God. Theological study should involve not only correct thinking about God but also good living before God. It should involve a consideration of the question, “How can we use what we learn to glorify God, to live well before him, to do his will, to cause his name to be honored in the world, and to enjoy him?”
  • Orientation Toward the Church: Theological study has been relegated to the academy and is often divorced from the life of the church. At a distance of two millennia from the New Testament era, there may indeed be a need for special training for those who minister the Word of God; but the New Testament itself does not envision any locus for such training apart from the local congregation. In a time when professionalization and academic credentials are emphasized, the study of theology needs to be undertaken as an adjunct of church life, with a concern for the church, and with the goal of feeding theological truth back into the church.
  • Fidelity to the Biblical Revelation: Modern theological study has often taken its cues from the surrounding culture instead of occupying the ground established by divine revelation and thus speaking an alien word to the culture. In recent times this has meant surrendering the concept of “truth” and acceding to the relativism of modern thought, relegating “religion” to the realm of subjective personal preference. In contrast, the core of a common Christian theology must be seen as the expression of divinely-revealed truth, valid for and making claims upon all people.

Christian Ministry: The Christian Ministry faculty of Missouri Baptist University desires to assist churches in developing leaders with Christ-like characteristics so that they can extend Christ-like influence, by providing majors, minors, and certificates which are foundational and practical. This course of study has been designed in an effort to emphasize applicability to life, orientation toward the church, and fidelity to the biblical revelation. In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University and the academic program, the Christian Ministry faculty provides curriculum leading to general education and degree requirements as well as major and minor programs of study in the disciplines of Christian Ministry, Ministry and Leadership, and Christian Studies.

English: In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University and the academic program, the English faculty seeks to maintain a curriculum that provides Standard English skills, permits students to meet the requirements for professional certificates, and prepares English majors for the pursuit of advanced degrees.

Interdisciplinary Studies: The interdisciplinary programs at Missouri Baptist University seek to carry out their liberal arts mission by providing courses which integrate the various academic disciplines. These courses attempt to assist students to develop skills and knowledge to gain a liberal education and to explore a coherent Christian framework for understanding and interacting within a global society.

Writing Certificate in English

The writing certificate program will help students become familiar with all types of writing, including journalism, expository, business, radio, television, and creative. This is not a teaching certificate in English and does not fulfill requirements for state teacher certification.

Associate of Arts in General Studies

A minimum of 64 semester hours is required to earn the Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in General Studies.

Transfer credits will be accepted into this program from an accredited college or school up to a maximum of 42 semester hours of credit, up to 15 hours of which may be earned through credit by examination and/or portfolio assessment of prior learning. Portfolio credit is only available to those students who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in residency at Missouri Baptist University. Students must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours in residency at Missouri Baptist University to earn the Associate of Arts degree.

A student must earn a grade of C or better in all courses other than general education courses (as part of the CORE 42), and achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better for the awarding of the associate degree.

Associate of Science in Christian Ministry

A total of 65 semester hours is required to earn the Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Christian Ministry. Transfer credits will be accepted into this program from an accredited college or school up to a maximum of 42 semester hours of credit. Up to 15 hours of the associate degree may be earned through credit by examination and/or portfolio assessment of prior learning.

A student must earn a grade of C or better in all major (Christian Ministry component) courses, and achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better for the awarding of the associate degree.

Christian Ministry Minor

A student may not major in Christian Ministry or Ministry and Leadership and minor in Christian Ministry at the same time.

English Minor

Students minoring in English must complete at least 21 hours in English, exclusive of any composition or literature courses taken to complete the general education or baccalaureate degree requirements. 

Spanish Minor

Missouri Baptist University offers a minor in Spanish that provides students skills in conversation, composition, and reading of Spanish, as well as an understanding of Hispanic peoples, their cultures and literature.

4+1 Accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry to Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Missouri Baptist University offers an accelerated program for students to complete their Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) at an accelerated rate. Upon completion of their four year undergraduate program, students can complete their MACM in one year. Undergraduate students will complete a minor in one of the following areas: Apologetic Studies, Biblical Counseling, Biblical Languages, Church Planting, Family Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Ministries, or Worship Leadership. During their junior and senior year, students will complete a total of 12 credit hours of senior permission courses. These senior permission courses will contribute to their selected area of emphasis once accepted into the MACM program. Specific course requirements for the MACM program can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Programs of Study

Specific course requirements can be found on the corresponding program page.

Major
Associate
Certificate
Minor