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BA in Christian Studies Online Degree Program
Prepare for Your Spiritual Calling With OCU’s Online Ministry Degree

As a Christian educational institution, Oakland City University has a long history of preparing students to serve Christ. Those seeking a bachelor’s in Christian ministry can now earn a degree that combines OCU’s rich tradition of academic excellence with the convenience of online learning. We even offer a choice of five specializations to help align this affordable online ministry degree with each student’s vocational interests.

OCU’s Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies equips those who have accepted the call to ministry with the biblical knowledge and practical skills for entering the ministry full-time. The online ministry degree program is designed to shape 21st-century Christian leaders through a broad range of courses, including biblical and historical/theological studies as well as practical ministry topics.

Read on for an overview of Oakland City University’s bachelor’s in Christian ministryincluding specializations, learning objectives, and curriculumor complete and submit the form above to request more information.

OCU’s Online Ministry Degree: Pastoral Ministry Specialization

Students who aim to pursue ministry as a full-time vocation and aspire to hold top church leadership positions may find this concentration to be an excellent fit. The pastoral specialization is a good choice for those who plan to enter a seminary after graduation.

Explore Oakland City’s Online Christian Studies, B.A. Courses and Learning Outcomes

The online ministry degree program at OCU’s Chapman School of Religious Studies encompasses three primary learning outcomes. Graduates of this bachelor’s in Christian ministry program should be able to:

  • Analyze diverse viewpoints in light of the intellectual traditions of the Christian church.

  • Model appropriate perspectives and practices for engagement in society and the church.

  • Conduct essential ministry practices.

  • Understand and value the mission and ministry of the local congregation; embody the moral and spiritual integrity of the pastor; and perform the basic duties of a leader in a local congregation.

Degree candidates in the online BA in Christian Studies program must complete 120 credit hours, including 42 credit hours of Christian Studies core courses and a 15-credit specialization. OCU students fulfill general education requirements through foundational core courses. Since two of these classes are covered under the major core courses, students in the online ministry degree program only have to complete 29 credit hours of foundational courses. The remaining 34 credit hours consist of unrestricted electives.

BA in Christian Studies Curriculum

Degree candidates in the online BA in Christian Studies program must complete 120 credit hours, including 42 credit hours of Christian Studies core courses and a 15-credit specialization. OCU students fulfill general education requirements through foundational core courses. Since two of these classes are covered under the major core courses, students in the online ministry degree program only have to complete 29 credit hours of foundational courses. The remaining 34 credit hours consist of unrestricted electives.

Core Courses for Online Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Studies

Course #

Course Name

Credits

BIB 101

Old Testament I

3

BIB 102

Old Testament II

3

BIB 105

New Testament I

3

BIB 106

New Testament II

3

BIB 308

Christian Doctrine

3

CH 201

Introduction to Church History

3

PHIL 105

Critical Thinking

3

PHIL 220

Introduction to Ethics

3

PHIL 301

Christian Ethics (prerequisite: PHIL 220)

3

PS 100

Introduction to Ministry and the Church

3

PS 310

Introduction to Preaching

3

PS 445

Practicum in Ministry

3

RS 425

Senior Capstone

3

 

Choose one Christian History course:

 

CH 401 or CH 410

General Baptist Heritage (required for all GB students) or History of American Christianity

3

 

 

42

Concentration Requirements for Pastoral Ministry

Course #

Course Name

Credits

PS 300

Pastoral Counseling

3

PS 311

Preaching Practicum

3

 

Choose two 3-credit Christian Education courses:

6

CE ###

CE 201, CE 301, CE 305, CE 310, CE 315, CE 400, CE 410, CE 445

 

 

Choose one 3-credit Christian Missions course:

3

CM ###

CM 201, CM 205, CM 206, CM 210, CM 225, CM 301, CM 305, CM 401, CM 445, CM 446, CM 447

 

 

 

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Concentration Electives

Within OCU’s online ministry degree program, three of the specializations—Christian Education, Christian Missions, and Pastoral Ministry—allow students to choose several electives. The course numbers for these electives appear under the respective concentrations, and the corresponding course names are listed below.

Christian Missions Electives

Course #

Course Name

Credits

CE 201

Introduction to Christian Education

3

CE 301

Church Administration

3

CE 305

Worship Leadership

3

CE 310

Teaching in the Church

3

CE 315

Lay Leadership in the Church

3

CE 400

Family Ministry

3

CE 410

Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom

3

CE 445

Studies in Christin Education

3

CM 201

Introduction to Christian Missions

3

CM 205

History of Christian Missions

3

CM 206

Survey of World Religions

3

CM 210

The Biblical Basis of Missions

3

CM 225

Perspectives in Christian Missions

3

CM 301

Evangelism and Church Growth

3

CM 305

Current Trends in Missions

3

CM 401

Principles of Missionary Service

3

CM 445

Studies in Christian Missions

3

CM 446

World Religions

3

CM 447

Practicum in Missionary Service

3

Discover the Benefits of OCU’s Affordable Online Ministry Degree

Oakland City University’s reputation for academic rigor and high-caliber Christian education dates back to 1885, when the state of Indiana first granted the General Baptists a charter to establish a college. Today, U.S. News & World Report ranks OCU among the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest, Best Value Schools, and Best Colleges for Veterans.

You’ll not only benefit from the flexibility and convenience of online learning and accelerated five-week courses, but you may also be eligible for federal and state aid and other forms of financial assistance—making this affordable online ministry degree an even better value. In addition, OCU accepts more transfer credits than other schools and grants credit for related professional experience upon completion of assessments, which can further reduce your costs and degree completion time.

To learn more about OCU’s online bachelor’s in Christian ministry program, submit your information request in the form above or call 812-312-3027.

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