Understand the basic principles that form the basis of the American governmental system and the context in
which it was established.
Understand in broad terms the American political process.
Understand in broad terms the U.S. Constitution and the duties, responsibilities, and rights therein.
Reading & Literature
Evaluate literary texts, both fiction and nonfiction, from a biblical perspective.
Read literary texts attentively to:
Identify the concept or theme(s) inherent in the work.
Recognize the author’s purpose, presuppositions, implications, argument, and use or lack of evidence.
Recognize how the author and work may have been influenced by historical and contemporary culture.
See a relationship between the work’s content and its form.
Demonstrate a grasp of the broad outline of English, American, or World literature, together with an awareness
of the historical context in which an author or group of authors wrote.
Prepare and present a range of speeches that:
Present information, ideas, positions, or opinions in a manner that reflects the virtues of clarity, concision,
accuracy, and persuasion.
Adapt words and rhetorical strategies according to varying situations and audiences.
Make assumptions clear.
Use relevant logical arguments and appropriate examples.
Incorporate various aspects of nonverbal communication, including intonation, pause, gesture, and body
Present creative and original thoughts and ideas, extending beyond summarization and repetition of readily
available published information.
Engage effectively in discussion as both speaker and listener through interpreting, analyzing, and summarizing.
Demonstrate baccalaureate-degree-level oral communication competency within the context of the major
Prepare and present essays and other types of written documents that demonstrate the writer’s ability to write
clearly and appropriately for a variety of purposes and audiences.
Employ a writing process that involves collecting information and formulating ideas, determining their
relationships, and producing a draft that arranges coherent paragraphs in a purposeful order.
Give evidence of ability to revise, edit, and proofread a written draft to produce work that is ready for its readers,
including but not limited to skill in appropriate word usage, knowledge of the conventions of Standard Written
English, and consistently accurate spelling.
Demonstrate baccalaureate-degree-level written communication competency within the context of the major
Areas of Study
Biblical Studies Core
Demonstrate a working knowledge of either Greek or Hebrew at a level appropriate for the emphasis.
Demonstrate the correct application of hermeneutical principles to develop an interpretation of a biblical text.
Clearly articulate a biblical philosophy of ministry as it relates to the purpose of the Church; describe the concept
of vocation as it relates to Christian education.