Christian Studies

The course offerings in the Core Curriculum provide a foundation for ministry by equipping students with knowledge and practical skills in the areas of Biblical Studies, Historical-Theological Studies, and Practical Ministry Studies.

The Christian Studies Core is required and takes forty-two (42) hours to complete. Students must also choose an area of specialization and complete twenty-nine (29) semester hours of Foundational Core courses as part of the program of study. Including unrestricted electives, the degree requires the successful completion of 120 semester hours.

Christian Studies Core Courses (42 Hours Required)

Required Courses
BIB-101     Old Testament I
BIB-102     Old Testament II
BIB-105     New Testament I
BIB-106     New Testament II
BIB-308     Christian Doctrine
CH-201      Introduction to Church History 
PHIL-105   Critical Thinking
PHIL-220   Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 301   Christian Ethics (Prerequisite: PHIL 220)
PS-100       Introduction to Ministry and the Church
PS-310       Introduction to Preaching
PS-445       Practicum in Ministry
RS-425       Senior Capstone
Choose One Course *
CH-401      GB Heritage
CH-410      History of American Christianity 
*GB Students Must Take CH-401

 

Christian Education Specialization (15 Hours)

The course offerings of the Christian Education Specialization aim to provide the student with greater skills in the church setting to help others know God better and to follow Him more closely. These skills are often utilized in lay leadership positions of education ministry, youth ministry, women’s ministry, and family ministry.

Required Courses
CE-201      Introduction to Christian Education
Choose Three Additional Christian Education Courses (9 Hours)
CE-301      Church Administration
CE-305      Worship Leadership
CE-310      Teaching in the Church
CE-315      Lay Leadership in the Church
CE-400      Family Ministry
CE-410      Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
CE-445      Studies in Christian Education
Choose One Missions Course (3 Hours)
CM-201    Introduction to Christian Missions
CM-205    History of Christian Missions
CM-206    Survey of World Religions
CM-210    The Biblical Basis of Missions
CM-225    Perspectives in Christian Missions
CM-301    Evangelism and Church Growth
CM-305    Current Trends in Missions
CM-401    Principles of Missionary Service
CM-445    Studies in Christian Missions
CM-446    World Religions
CM-447    Practicum in Missionary Service

Christian Missions Specialization (15 Hours)

The course offerings of the Christian Missions Specialization intend to inspire the student to participate in God’s mission by: 1) helping the student to become a better interpreter of political, economic, and social contexts, and 2) helping the student to grasp better the project and programs of the church on mission.

Choose 1 Course (3 Hours):
CM-201     Introduction to Christian Missions
CM-225     Perspectives in Christian Missions
Choose Three Additional Missions Courses (9 Hours):
CM-205     History of Christian Missions
CM-206     Survey of World Religions
CM-210     The Biblical Basis of Missions 
CM-301     Evangelism and Church Growth
CM-305     Current Trends in Missions 
CM-401     Principles of Missionary Service
CM-445     Studies in Christian Missions
CM-446     World Religions
CM-447     Practicum in Missionary Service
Choose One Christian Education Course (3 Hours):
CE-201      Introduction to Christian Education
CE-301      Church Administration
CE-305      Worship Leadership
CE-310      Teaching in the Church
CE-315      Lay Leadership in the Church
CE-400      Family Ministry
CE-410      Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
CE-445       Studies in Christian Education

Pastoral Specialization (15 Hours)

The course offerings of the Pastoral Specialization feature a professional orientation intended to prepare students for vocational ministry in the highest leadership positions of a church. The faculty of the Chapman School of Religious Studies encourages students in the Pastoral Specialization to consider furthering their education at the Seminary level upon the completion of the degree.

Required Courses
PS-300     Pastoral Counseling
PS-311     Preaching Practicum
Choose One Missions Course (3 Hours)
CM-201     Introduction to Christian Missions
CM-205     History of Christian Missions  
CM-206     Survey of World Religions
CM-210     The Biblical Basis of Missions    
CM-225     Perspectives in Christian Missions
CM-301     Evangelism and Church Growth
CM-305     Current Trends in Missions
CM-401     Principles of Missionary Service 
CM-445     Studies in Christian Missions 
CM-446     World Religions            
CM-447     Practicum in Missionary Service
Choose Two Christian Education Courses (6 Hours)
CE-201     Introduction to Christian Education  
CE-301     Church Administration   
CE-305     Worship Leadership   
CE-310     Teaching in the Church    
CE-315     Lay Leadership in the Church
CE-400     Family Ministry                  
CE-410     Teaching and Learning in the Online Classroom
CE-445     Studies in Christian Education

Pre-Seminary Specialization (15 Hours)

The faculty of Chapman fervently hopes that graduates will consider further education at the seminary level. With the Pre-Seminary specialization at the Religious Studies level, a student can graduate with advance standing in Chapman Seminary. The seminary offers both master and doctoral degrees.

The course offerings of the Pre-Seminary Specialization prepare those students who are interested in furthering their education at the Seminary level. These courses provide a broader foundation for theological reflection through a focus on the philosophical tradition and language studies.

Required Courses
PHIL-310    Introduction to History of Philosophy I
PHIL-320    Introduction to History of Philosophy II 
Choose Two Semesters of One Language and One Semester of the Other (9 Hours):
BIB-401      Elementary Greek I    
BIB-402      Elementary Greek II    
BIB-403     Old Testament Hebrew I  
BIB-404     Old Testament Hebrew II    

Worship Leadership Specialization (15 Hours)

The course offerings of the Worship Leadership Specialization train students to lead worship through music in both aspects of performance and production.

Required Courses
CE-305      Worship Leadership   
MUS-111  Music Theory I   
MUT-210  Sound Mixing/Critical Listening
MUT-220  Recording Technology
Choose One Music Elective (3 Hours)

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