Bachelor of Arts in

Christian Studies

Program Description
The Faculty of Religious Studies offers a full-time bachelor’s degree in the International program: B.A. in Christian Studies. In this program, students will study Applied Theology as an emphasis.

Over the four-year program, Applied Theology majors will be trained for local church leadership and pastoral ministry, as well as teaching in the area of religion. Through biblical/theological, pastoral and spiritual curriculum framework with integrated ministerial practical training (MPT), students of this program will have a strong academic foundation balanced by the aptitude for understanding and empathizing with people from all strata of society. Above all, Applied Theology majors are expected to manifest in their words and actions a commitment to religious principles and high ethical standards befitting persons who have accepted the high calling of service for God and humanity.

With the Applied Theology emphasis, the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies program is designed:

  1. To prepare students for pastoral positions and other ministerial services within the organization of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
  2. To provide students with a broad foundation of religious knowledge as an integral part of the ethos of the institution.
  3. To provide a foundation for later specialized or graduate studies.
Quick Facts
Name of Degree and Program:
+ Full Name (English): Bachelor of Arts (Christian Studies)
+ Abbreviation (English): B.A. (Christian Studies)
Major: Applied Theology
Total Credits: 133 Credits
Curriculum Type: 4-year bachelor’s degree
Language of Instruction: English
Objectives
Graduates of this Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies will be able to achieve and practice the following skills and principles:

  • Servant leadership. The graduates are expected to subordinate their personal ambitions to the needs of the parish and those of the society and show the unselfish traits of servant-leadership.
  • Lifelong learning skills are vital in the profession of a church pastor or a teacher. The Faculty seeks to create in its students and graduates a lifelong intellectual curiosity based on sound scholarship, honesty, intellectual integrity, and above all, faith in the principles of divine wisdom. They will be open to the thoughts and ideas of others, and base their judgments upon a strong, balanced, and broad intellectual foundation. This will enable them to be the Church’s thought leaders, rather than mere reflectors of other men’s thinking.
  • Cultural sensitivity. The Faculty is committed to develop pastors/scholars with interpersonal and intercultural sensitivities that help the graduates to relate positively to every level of society surpassing the barriers of color, culture, caste, and creed. They will develop skills that help them to reach out to their fellow citizens and neighbors in their quest for truth and effective living in contemporary society. They will be open and accepting of individuals who seek solutions rather than debate causes of problems.
  • Communication skills. The students and graduates must be skilled communicators, listening, speaking, and writing well both in their mother tongue/national language and in English. They also need to understand the basics of psychology and sociology to be able to adapt their communication techniques to different situations.
  • Religious principle. The influence of the finest leaders of men and women is based as much on their actions as on their words. The authority for what they say arises from the manner in which they live. The graduates are to aspire to the authenticity, commitment, faith, passion, and high moral standards shown by humble men and women of faith (like Joseph, Ruth, Deborah, Daniel, and Paul). Above all, follow the example and teachings of Jesus Christ.
  • Practical ability. The Faculty will facilitate the development of specialized pastoral skills in the students. These include sound exegesis, preaching, worship, teaching, evangelism and mission, counselling, spiritual and emotional nurturing. They should also understand the basics of fiscal and human resource management as needed in a local church setting. In addition, they will have acquired some of the technical competencies which are necessary for life in the modern age, such as computer literacy.
Career Opportunities
  • Pastor
  • Bible / Values Teacher
  • Chaplain
  • Church Administrator
Course Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (TOTAL 133 Credits)

General Education Courses (36 Credits)
Humanities (11 Credits)
GENL 110 Seminar in Character Development* (0)
* This subject is required for every regular semester

Three of the following courses:
RELB 115 Life and Teachings of Jesus (3)
RELB 215 Ethical Models (3)
RELH 271 Adventist Heritage and Mission (3)
RELT 150 Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs (3)
RELT 213 Human Destiny (3)
RELT 144 Understanding Self and Society (3)
RELT 113 Origin of Life (3)

And one of the following courses:
HIST 212 Introduction to History of Western Civilization (2)
HIST 213 Introduction to History of Eastern Civilization (2)
HMNT 210 Appreciation of Fine Arts (2)
HMNT 216 Thai Culture and Basic Conversational Skills (2)

Language (6 Credits)
ENGL 111 English Composition I (3)
ENGL 112 English Composition II (3)

Social Sciences (7 Credits)
EDUC 111 Orientation to Higher Education (1)
PSYC 115 General Psychology (3)
RELP 312 Marriage and Family (3)

Mathematics and Science (12 Credits)
CPTR 114 Computer and Information Technology (3)
HLED 117 Health and Fitness (3)
MATH 112 Survey of Mathematics (3)

One of the following:
BIOL 211 Principles of Biology (3)
ENSC 211 Understanding Our Environment (3)

Professional Courses (91 Credits)
Core Courses (39 Credits)
Biblical Studies (24 credits)
RELB 260 The Law and the Writings of the Old Testament (3)
RELB 361 Survey of the Gospels (3)
RELB 421 Old Testament Apocalyptic Writing (3)
RELB 422 Christian Apocalyptic Writing (3)
RELB 450 Hebrew Prophets I (3)
RELB 451 Hebrew Prophets II (3)
RELB 466 New Testament Epistles (3)
RELB 300 Biblical Hermeneutics (3)

Historical-Theological Studies (15 Credits)
RELH 325 History of Christianity (3)
RELT 372 SDA Church History and Doctrines (3)
RELT 360 Ministry and Message of E.G. White (3)
RELT 457 Systematic Theology I (3)
RELT 458 Systematic Theology II (3)

 

Major Required Courses (37 Credits)
Biblical Languages (12 Credits)
RELB 123 Basics of Biblical Hebrew (3)
RELB 124 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (3)
RELB 221 Biblical Greek I (3)
RELB 222 Biblical Greek II (3)

Church Ministry, Preaching and Practicum (21 Credits)
RELP 223 Principles of Christian Mission (3)
RELP 327 Homiletics (3)
RELP 328 Witnessing to Buddhist & Muslim (3)
RELP 330 Public Evangelism with Field Practicum (3)
RELP 360 Principles of Pastoral Ministry (3)
RELP 476 Pastoral Care and Counseling (3)
RELP 286 Principles of Youth Ministry (3)

Field Work Experience (4 Credits)
In the second semester of the second year of a theology student, the student may begin the Ministerial Practical Training (MPT) course. The four MPT course will cover four semesters and 2 summers within a four-year theology degree. The student has already taken pre-requisites courses such as: Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs, Principles of Christian Mission, and Principles of Pastoral Ministry before they can register to MPT courses. Here are the other extra-curricular requirements.

  1. Regular participation in a Sabbath School class with evidence of some teaching/leadership abilities.
  2. Be a Master Guide.
  3. Take a spiritual gifts inventory.
  4. Participation in a Bible study group, in-campus ministry groups, and Branch Sabbath School groups.

RELP 321 Ministerial Practical Training I (1)
RELP 322 Ministerial Practical Training II (1)
RELP 421 Ministerial Practical Training III (1)
RELP 422 Ministerial Practical Training IV (1)

 

Major Elective Courses (15 Credits)
Every student is expected to take a minimum of 15 credits within one of the following cognate areas with possible variations as approved by the Faculty due to special needs or circumstances. The balance may be chosen from other cognates or listed electives. The regular cognate area for ministerial students in Southeast Asia is Pastoral Theology and Missions.

Biblical Studies
RELB 496 Biblical Exegesis (3)
RELT 350 Biblical Theology (3)

Pastoral Ministry and Missions
RELM 346 Communicating Religious Truth in Southeast Asia (3)
RELM 420 Urban Ministry and Evangelism (3)
RELM 491 Selected Issues in Mission (3)
RELP 235 Christian Salesmanship (2)
RELP 251 Introduction to Church Accounting (3)
RELP 255 Church Leadership and Administration (3)
RELP 377 Christian Worship and Liturgy (3)
RELP 395 Creative Christian Contextualization (3)
RELT 488 Pastoral Ethics (3)
RELG 224 Research Writing in Religion (3)
RELT 491-3 Senior Project (or Research) (1-3)
RELM 280 Religions of South-east Asia and the World (3)
RELP 310 Christian Discipleship in the Local Church (3)
RELP 340 Media Evangelism (3)

Free Electives (6 Credits)
Free electives may be taken from this list, or any course offered by another Faculty at Asia-Pacific International University.

RELH 375 History of Christian Doctrines (3)
RELH 390 Selected Topics in Church History (3)
RELP 222 Christian Apologetics (3)
RELT 435 Pauline Theology (3)
RELT 481 Directed Readings in Religious Studies (3)
RELT 486 Seminar in Adventist Theology (3)
RELT 487 Selected Topics Issues in Theology (3)
RELM 120 Basics of Arabic Grammar (3)
RELB 481 Advance Hebrew (3)
RELB 482 Advance Greek (3)

Note: The B.A. (Christian Studies) degree is also available for students to take as a minor. Students need to take 18 credits of specific subjects to fulfill the course requirements of taking this degree as a minor.
Minor Program (18 credits)
Students from other Faculty may take the following minor concentration:

Christian Studies (18 Credit hours)

Required (9 Credit hours)
2 Courses in Biblical Studies
1 Course in Adventist Studies

Electives (9 Credit points)
Approved electives from courses offered by the Faculty.

Projected Sequence of Studies
First Year

1st Semester

EDUC 111 Orientation to Higher Education
ENGL 111 English Composition I
HLED 117 Health & Fitness
PSYC 115 General Psychology
RELB 123 Elementary Hebrew
RELB 115 Life and Teachings of Jesus
TOTAL 16

2nd Semester

CPTR 114 Computer & Information Technology
ENGL 112 English Composition II
MATH 112 Survey of Math
RELB 124 Intermediate Hebrew
RELT 150 Fundamentals of Christian Beliefs
TOTAL 15

Summer

HIST 212 Intro. To History of Western Civilization
RELB 215 Ethical Models and/or
Major Elective
TOTAL 5

Second Year

1st Semester

BIOL 211 Principles of Biology or Understanding our Environment
RELB 221 Elementary Greek I
RELB 260 The Law and Writings of the Old Testament
RELP 223 Principles of Christian Mission
RELH 271 Adventist Heritage and Mission
TOTAL 15

2nd Semester

RELB 222 Elementary Greek II
RELP 286 Principles of Youth Ministry
RELT 360 Ministry and Message of Ellen G. White
RELB 300 Biblical Hermeneutics
Major Elective
RELP 321 Ministerial Practical Training I
TOTAL 15

Summer

RELP 322 Ministerial Practical Training II
RELP 330 Public Evangelism with Field Practicum
TOTAL 6

Third Year

1st Semester

RELP 327 Homiletics
RELB 361 Survey of the Gospels
RELH 325 History of Christianity
RELP 361 Principles of Pastoral Ministry
Major Elective
TOTAL 15

2nd Semester

RELB 450 Hebrew Prophets I
RELT 372 SDA Church History and Doctrines
RELP 328 Witnessing to Buddhists and Muslims
RELP 476 Pastoral Care and Counseling
RELB 466 New Testament Epistles
RELP 421 Ministerial Practical Training III
TOTAL 16

Summer

RELP 422 Ministerial Practical Training IV
TOTAL 1

Fourth Year

1st Semester

RELB 421 Old Testament Apocalyptic Writings
RELB 451 Hebrew Prophets II
RELT 457 Systematic Theology I
Major Elective
Free Elective
TOTAL 15

2nd Semester

RELB 422 Christian Apocalyptic Writings
RELT 458 Systematic Theology II
RELP 312 Marriage and Family
Major Elective
Free Elective
TOTAL 15

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