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Biblical Studies

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Biblical Studies

Dr. Thomas A. Halstead, Chairperson

The Master’s College has developed one of the

strongest Biblical Studies programs anywhere in the

United States. The Department of Biblical Stud-

ies stresses the understanding, interpretation, and

application of biblical literature. The biblical

material is studied in light of its original histori-

cal environment so that an authentically biblical

understanding can be applied to the theological

and cultural issues of the modern age. The depart-

ment attempts to assist all students in developing a

biblical worldview in which the principles and norms

derived from the Word of God are applied to the

whole of life. Spiritual values are emphasized so that

practical spiritual growth is experienced along with

academic achievement.

There are several baccalaureate emphases offered. Each

of these emphases is designed to prepare students for

future ministry as teachers, missionaries, and church

leaders, as well as for graduate and professional study.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

TheMaster’s InstituteAwardofAchievement

Within the Bible General emphasis is The Master’s

Institute Award of Achievement, which comprises

30 units of Bible as follows:

B101, 102 Old Testament Survey I,II............ 3,3 B201, 202 New Testament Survey I,II........... 3,3 BTH321, 322 Christian Theology I,II.................. 3,3

Bible Electives.............................................................12

Total units required........................................................ 30

It is designed to help those students who would like

to front-load their general education Bible courses.

It can also be used for those students who would

just like to take a year of Bible, perhaps after already

earning a bachelor’s degree, or to meet a requirement

for the mission field, or just because they desire a

year of intesnse Bible training. In order to receive

The Master’s Institute Award of Achievement,

students need to inform both the Registrar and the

Chairperson of the Biblical Studies Department of

their plans to enroll. Students must begin the program

their first semester at the College, and they will have

three semesters in which to complete the 30 units.

TESOL Award of Achievement

The purpose of the TESOL (Teaching English to

Speakers of Other Languages) Achievement Award

is to provide students with the theory, skills, and

experience needed to competently instruct adult

students in the skills of the English language. It is

designed for students who wish to participate in

cross-cultural ministry in the United States or abroad

using the recognized profession of teaching English.

The required courses are listed below:

ESL311 Intro to TESOL............................................3 ESL322 Methodology............................................... 3 ESL351 Language Acquisition...................................3 ESL492 Practicum......................................................3

Total units required for certificate............................................. 12

BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS

Each major and/or emphasis is overseen by one or

more of the Bible faculty, as listed in parentheses

below:

Bible General

(Abner Chou, Todd Bolen)

The Bible General emphasis is specifically designed

for those students who want to major in Biblical

Studies but are not certain about a specific emphasis

or would like to take several courses in a number of

emphases in order to be more well-rounded generally.

While not specifically designed for graduate school,

taking certain courses within this emphasis will

certainly be helpful in graduate school or seminary.

Bible Exposition

(Dennis Hutchison, Daniel Wong)

The Bible Exposition emphasis is a study of the Word

of God more specifically and is designed for those

who desire to serve in Christian ministry or for those

who plan to go on for graduate work or seminary.

Biblical Counseling

(Ernest Baker)

This emphasis consists of a study of the principles

and aspects of biblical counseling and is designed

to prepare God’s people to meet counseling-related

needs wherever they exist with the sufficient and

superior resources God provides. The course of

study trains students to counsel people in the local

church. It emphasizes the proper interpretation and

specific application of Scripture in ministering to

people.

Biblical Languages

(Will Varner)

The Biblical Languages emphasis consists of three