Bachelor of Arts in Religion

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree program is a two-year (66 semester hours) program of studies predicated upon an Associate of Arts degree or the equivalent (a minimum of 60 semester hours).This program is designed to supplement and strengthen the broad liberal arts foundation achieved in Associate of Arts studies.

The curriculum is structured to provide a sound academic base for advanced studies on the Master of Arts and Master of Divinity level. A high concentration of religious subjects also affords adequate preparation for a leadership role in certain fields of Christian ministry. By selecting a concentration in two of the four fields of the seminary curriculum, the student may specialize in academic fields (Biblical Studies and Theological-Historical Studies), in professional fields (Church Ministries and Christian Education), or in a combination of academic and professional fields.

The BAR can be earned: Online + 1 Week of Discipleship - or - On Campus in Jacksonville, Texas


Program Outcomes

 

Upon satisfactory completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Religion) program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Perform competently in advanced studies on the master’s level.
  • Function effectively in the various support roles required in Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in the various support roles of Christian ministry.
  • Minister on an adequate level as a pastor or associate pastor.
  • Understand and be able to communicate fundamental biblical and theological truths in the context of Christian ministry.

Vocational Objectives

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Religion program is designed primarily to prepare the student for advanced studies in the various fields of Christian ministry. Some students, however, find the program to be sufficiently specialized to provide adequate preparation for entry-level leadership in certain fields of Christian ministry. The program is recommended for those who are planning to serve in any of the following ministries:

  • Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Minister of Youth
  • Minister of Youth/Music
  • Minister of Christian Education
  • Minister of Outreach/Discipling
  • Minister of Evangelism

 

Bachelor of Arts in Religion Course Requirements (66 Hours)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion Course Requirements (66 Hours)
    Biblical Studies (18 Hours)
    • OT 421 Old Testament Interpretation
    • Grk 411 Greek Grammar I
    • Grk 412 Greek Grammar II
    • NT 422 New Testament Interpretation OR
      NT 421 Studies in the Gospels
    • Grk 421 Greek Translation I
    • Grk 422 Greek Translation II

    With faculty approval non-ministerial students may substitute a modern foreign language for Greek Grammar and Translation. Students who did not take OT 113 Old Testament Survey and NT 123 New Testament Survey on the Junior College level must take them as electives (or as part of their concentrated studies) prerequisite to taking OT 421 and NT 421/422. These will count toward the B.A.R. degree.


    Theological-Historical Studies (9 Hours)
    • Th 411 Christian Doctrine I
    • Th 412 Christian Doctrine II
    • CH 412 History of Christianity

    Church Ministries (18 Hours)
    • PM 412 Biblical Disciple-Making I
    • EV 411 Biblical Disciple-Making and Evangelism II
    • PM 421 Leadership and Disciple-Making
    • PR 311 The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons
    • PR 412 Special Studies in Sermon Delivery
    • Missions Elective

    Christian Education (6 hours)
    • RE 311 Church Administration
    • RE 325 Christian Psychology

    Concentrations (12 Hours)

    First Field of Concentration (6 hours)

    • Concentration Elective
    • Concentration Elective

    Second Field of Concentration (6 hours)

    • Concentration Elective
    • Concentration Elective

    Elective (3 Hours)
    • Elective

    All courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion program must be 300-400 level courses. The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree must complete a minimum of thirty semester hours of classroom work in residence at BMA Seminary. Up to thirty-three (33) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree. The Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree program is predicated upon an Associate of Arts degree or the equivalent (a minimum of 60 semester hours). Criteria for A.A. equivalency must include: six hours in religion or social science, six hours in government, nine hours in English, six hours in history, six hours either in modern foreign language or in science, three hours in math or natural science.