Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 47

Biblical Studies
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 bacalaureate emphases offered. Each
of these emphases is designed to prepare students
for future ministry as teachers, missionaries, church
leaders, as well as for graduate and professional study.
The Master’s Institute Award of Acheivement
Within the Bible General emphasis is The Master’s
Institue Award of Acheivement, which comprises 30
units of Bible as follows:
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.
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:
Total units required for certificate............................................. 19
Each major and/or emphasis is overseen by one or
more of the Bible faculty, as listed in parentheses
Bible General
(Abner Chou)
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 they 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
(Todd Bolen, 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, Robert Somerville
& John Street)
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
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