Chapman School of Religious Studies
The Chapman School of Religious Studies is a learning and teaching community dedicated to OCU's mission.
The Chapman School of Religious Studies is committed to developing the spiritual, moral, and intellectual maturity necessary for effective leadership in the Church. The school has developed a variety of tools, both quantitative and qualitative, to assess the extent to which students are achieving the outcomes of the degrees they are pursuing. The faculty regularly reviews this assessment data to measure the effectiveness of Chapman’s programs and to plan further improvements. Chapman provides ample support to ensure student success.
Chapman offers certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs. The three (3)- year certificate program is a non-degree program offered on campus to those who do not wish to pursue a full degree.
The bachelor degree is offered with a major available in Christian Studies with an area of specialization in Christian Education, Christian Missions, Pre-Seminary, Worship Leadership, and Pastoral Specialization. The specializations have a professional orientation, since some of the recipients do not continue studies in seminary or graduate school. The Seminary also provides courses in religion and philosophy required of degree students in the Foundational Core component of general education studies. Students pursuing the programs of study in religion are prepared to enter seminaries and graduate programs in religion. The professional character of the Christian Studies program prepares many students to enter the vocational ministry, the field of Christian education, the mission field, or denominational service.
Mission of the Chapman School of Religious Studies
Conscious of the call of God, honoring our ties to General Baptists, and mindful of the Church universal, the Chapman School of Religious Studies seeks to educate students in the theological, philosophical, and ethical traditions of the Christian faith for informed engagement in society and the Church, and to prepare ministers for further education at the seminary level.
Learning Outcomes of Chapman School of Religious Studies
It is the goal of the Chapman School of Religious Studies that, upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies, the successful graduate will complete three primary learner outcomes across the program defined specifically in terms of the area of specialization. The three primary learner outcomes are as follows:
Primary Learning Outcomes
- Analyze perspectives in light of the intellectual traditions of the church.
- Model appropriate perspectives and practices for engagement in society and the church.
- Conduct essential ministry practices.
These three primary learner outcomes are then further defined according to the selected area of specialization:
Christian Education Specialization
4.1 Evaluate practices of education in the church.
4.2 Characterize the moral and spiritual integrity of the Christian educator.
4.3 Adapt materials and systems for Christian education.
Christian Missions Specialization
5.1 Evaluate missionary practices and objectives.
5.2 Characterize the moral and spiritual integrity of the Christian missionary.
5.3 Adapt principles and perspectives of Christian missions according to contextual needs.
6.1 Comprehend the philosophical traditions utilized in theological discourse.
6.2 Characterize the moral and spiritual integrity of the seminary student.
6.3 Perform basic translation of the biblical languages.
Worship Leadership Specialization
7.1 Perform basic tasks to prepare for and lead worship.
7.2 Characterize the moral and spiritual integrity of the worship leader.
7.3 Adapt the practices of worship according to contextual needs.
8.1 Comprehend and value the mission and ministry of the local congregation.
8.2 Characterize the moral and spiritual integrity of the pastor.
8.3 Perform the basic duties of a leader in a local congregation.