ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

All degree programs have a foundation of general education requirements meeting minimum accreditation standards because the liberal arts are essential to the development of a Biblical worldview and an intelligent interaction within a secular society.  Graduates will evidence academic skill and educational proficiency comparable to students in post-secondary institutions nationally.  They will demonstrate critical thinking, decision-making, and creative oral and written expression.

The curriculum fulfills the stated purposes and objectives of the institution.

 

DEGREES OFFERED

Master of Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Bible – Christian Ministries double major

Associate of Arts in General & Religious Education

 

 

CERTIFICATES OFFERED

Certificate in Biblical Studies

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN BIBLE (120 Hours)

Bible Major Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible provides the student a general education core requirement, a 36-hour Bible major, and a vocation related double major program in Christian Ministries in fulfillment of the general purpose and objectives of Southern Methodist College.

The graduate of this program will be able to:

  • Interpret Scripture using the historical-grammatical method.
  • Exhibit a foundational knowledge of the integrated content of the Bible.
  • Describe accurately fundamental Christian doctrine and articulate a personal theology.
  • Demonstrate a Biblical philosophy of life reflected in personal ethics and personal characteristics necessary for effective ministry.
  • Communicate persuasively the Biblical message and minister effectively in Christian and non-Christian settings.
  • Research and compose scholarly papers.

Christian Ministries Double Major Objectives

The Christian Ministries double major program prepares the student for competent leadership and effective ministry in a chosen field of Christian service or church related profession. The flexibility of this program allows a student choices in elective courses related to a specific area of interest or ministry.  A student may select courses in the areas of pastoral studies, missions, youth work, Christian school education, or leadership and ethics.

In addition to the abilities gained through completion of the Bible major, the graduate will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Integration of ministry theory into personal life and practical service.
  • Personal characteristics necessary for effective ministry, including the ability to work with and minister to all people.
  • Discovery and development of spiritual gifts.
  • Evangelization of the lost and discipleship of new Christians.
  • Leadership in effecting a philosophy and strategy of ministry that results in Christlikeness.
  • Evaluation of the spiritual needs of a group and the development of a ministry program to meet those needs.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Bible degree will consist of four components as follows:

Liberal Arts – 36 semester hours minimum

Bible major – 36 semester hours

Double major – 36 semester hours minimum.

Unrestricted electives – 12 semester hours estimated.

The total number of semester hours required for completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree program is 120.

General Education Requirement (36 semester hours)

The Liberal Arts (general education) component for every B.A. student (day and evening) will be the same:

English  – 15 semester hours

  • English Composition & Grammar – 6 hrs.
  • Literature – 6 hrs.
  • Speech – 3 hrs.

History / Social Science – 15 semester hours

  • World History – 6 hrs.
  • History elective – 3 hrs.
  • General Psychology – 3 hrs.
  • Ethics – 3 hrs.

Mathematics / Computer Science – 6 semester hours

  • College Mathematics – 3 hrs.
  • Introduction to Computers – 3 hrs.

The Bible Major Requirement (36 semester hours)

The Bible major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

Old Testament Survey (3)

New Testament Survey (3)

Bible Study: Bi 106 (3)

Bible Doctrines I (3)

Bible Doctrines II (3)

The Bible major will also consist of seven elective Bible courses – 21 semester hours.

The Christian Ministries Double Major Requirement (36 semester hours)

The Christian Ministries double major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 12 semester hours:

Evangelism & Discipleship (3)

Introduction to Christian Counseling (3)

Survey of Christian Education (3)

Teaching Bible or Sermon Preparation (3)

The Christian Ministries double major will consist of six Ministries electives – 18 semester hours.

The Christian Ministries double major will consist of  a six semester hour internship program – 6 semester hours.

The General Elective Requirement (12 semester hours)

The Bachelor of Arts degree program provides for  twelve semester hours of general electives, normally four classes. These classes may come from any of the College course offerings or from transfer work from other institutions.

 

 

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN GENERAL & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

(60 Semester Hours)

Objectives

The Associate of Arts degree in General and Religious Education offers a Christian liberal arts core with a foundational knowledge of the Bible and Christian ministries.  This basic curriculum prepares the student to continue study in a specialized field.

The graduate of this program will be able to

  • Formulate and express basic concepts of the humanities and general culture.
  • Continue post-secondary education in the liberal arts.
  • Exhibit a foundational knowledge of Bible content and doctrine
  • Demonstrate basic ministry skills in evangelizing, discipling and counseling

General Education Requirement (18 semester hours)

The Liberal Arts (18 semester hour general education) component for every A.A. student  will be as follows:

English (6 hours)

  • English Composition & Grammar – 6 hrs.

History / Social Science (9 hours)

  • World History – 6 hrs.
  • Ethics – 3 hrs.

Computer Science (3 hours)

  • Introduction to Computers – 3 hrs.

The Bible Requirement (18 semester hours)

The Bible major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

Old Testament Survey (3)

New Testament Survey (3)

Bible Study (3)

Bible Doctrines I (3)

Bible Doctrines II (3)

The Bible major will also consist of one elective Bible courses – 3 semester hours.

The Christian Ministries Requirement (18 semester hours)

The Christian Ministries double major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 12 semester hours:

Evangelism & Discipleship (3)

Introduction to Christian Counseling (3)

Survey of Christian Education (3)

Teaching Bible or Sermon Preparation (3)

The Christian Ministries double major will consist of two Ministries electives – 6 semester hours.

The General Elective Requirement (6 semester hours)

The Associate of Arts degree program provides for  sic semester hours of general electives, normally two classes. These classes may come from any of the College course offerings or from transfer work from other institutions.

 

 

CERTIFICATE IN BIBLICAL STUDIES

(30 Semester Hours)

Overview

The Certificate in Biblical Studies offers a limited but concentrated study of the Bible and practical Christian ministry.

Objectives

The graduate of this program will be able to

  • Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of Bible content and doctrine
  • Continue personal Bible study and application.
  • Employ practical ministry skills.

General Education Requirement (6 semester hours)

The Liberal Arts (6 semester hour general education) component for every certificate student  will be as follows:

English (6 hours)

  • English Composition & Grammar – 6 hrs.

The Bible Requirement (15 semester hours)

The Bible major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

Old Testament Survey (3)

New Testament Survey (3)

Bible Study (3)

Bible Doctrines I (3)

Bible Doctrines II (3)

The Christian Ministries Requirement (9 semester hours)

The Christian Ministries double major for the four-year programs will consist of the following courses – 9 semester hours:

Evangelism & Discipleship (3)

Survey of Christian Education (3)

Teaching Bible or Sermon Preparation (3)

 

 

Master of Biblical Studies Degree

(30 Semester Hours)

Purpose and History

Recent research done on Southern Methodist College graduates indicate that one-third have either been accepted in or completed graduate school.  The Master of Biblical Studies Program is designed to offer pastors and Christian workers of all denominations a graduate option for intensive study in Bible and related areas.  This program is intended to help the Christian worker to interpret the Bible accurately and to apply it more effectively in his professional ministry.

Prospectus

  1. This is a thirty-hour program. These five courses are required:

 

  • Bi 521 Old Testament Introduction

 

  • Bi 511 Systematic Theology

 

  • Bi 522 New Testament Introduction

 

  • Bi 540 Advanced Methodist Studies

 

  • Bi 601 Final project – scheduled individually

 

In addition there will be five elective courses required from the list of course offerings.

 

  1. All courses are 3 hours credit and will be offered in a concentrated weekend format, once per month, or an internet format.

 

  1. Some courses may be combined with similar undergraduate courses, but the work load will be adjusted for master’s level.

 

  1. Students entering this program must have the following prerequisites: B. A. in Bible or Biblical Studies or 30 semester hours in Bible

 

  1. Students who do not meet the prerequisites stated above may satisfy them by taking an additional

15 graduate hours (five additional courses).

 

  1. A maximum of six hours may be transferred from an approved educational institution.

 

  1. All professors must have an earned doctorate and be proficient in the field in which they are teaching.

 

Financial Arrangements

It is our intention that this program will pay for itself.  The course rate will be $500 per course with $250 paid before the beginning of the course with the balance due by completion of the course.  The auditing fee is $200. A student should not be allowed to start the next academic period until the previous courses had been paid in full.  Please contact our business manager with any questions at  business_manager@smcollege.edu or (803) 534-7826.

Educational Objectives

  1. Demonstrate academic excellence as self-learners through broad reading habits, and through critical thinking, which challenges concepts, investigates alternative viewpoints, and forms personal conclusions.
  2. Evidence a Biblical world view that stresses Biblical truth as the foundation for all learning and provides a framework for interpreting, integrating, and assimilating information from various sources.
  3. Integrate cognitive content into personal value systems and practical applications
  4. Communicate effectively in oral and written English.
  5. Demonstrate self-understanding as the foundation for understanding individuals, institutions, or cultures in general.
  6. Develop vocational knowledge and skills for competent employment in a specific occupation.
  7. Discern individual and societal problems and apply Biblical solutions.

 

MINISTERIAL REQUIREMENTS

Southern Methodist ministerial students graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Bible will satisfy the educational requirements for a conference License To Preach and for ordination with Deacon’s orders in the Southern Methodist Church. Southern Methodist ministerial students graduating with a Master of Biblical Studies will satisfy the educational requirements for ordination with Elder’s orders in the Southern Methodist Church.

 

The College offers the Ministerial Advancement Program (MAP) to satisfy the educational requirements for ordination for students who do not wish to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree, nor attend seminary. Non-credit courses are offered on campus and externally through the Wesley Institute program. Upon request, each ministerial student will be given a Conference Course of Study check sheet to chart progress in satisfying the Conference Course of Study curriculum established by the General Conference Board of Administration of the Southern Methodist Church.

 

Ministerial students of other denominations should make inquiry with the appropriate denominational office for educational requirements for specific credentials within that denomination.

INTEGRITY OF SCHOLARSHIP

Integrity of scholarship is required of all students. All papers, study assignments, and examinations presented must be the authentic work of the student presenting the material.  Cheating is viewed as an academic and disciplinary offense and is handled accordingly.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism is the use of another person’s ideas or words without giving proper credit.  Both indirect and direct quotes must be documented.  However, facts that are common knowledge or facts that would not differ from one source to another need not be documented.

If you find that you have used more than two consecutive words, excluding articles and prepositions, place them in quotation marks and document according to MLA standards.  The “fair use” rule means that you need permission of the copyright holder to quote more than 150 words or two lines of poetry.

Southern Methodist College expects that students will pursue their academic endeavors and conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner. All work that a student presents to satisfy course requirements should represent his or her own efforts, including appropriate use and acknowledgement of external sources.  It is your responsibility to make sure you understand how to avoid breeches of academic integrity.

If you are unsure about the parameters of an assignment, ask for clarification.  Asking librarians or staff in a library to provide answers or to conduct research to fulfill any part of a graded course requirement is an infraction of academic integrity. The same policy applies to contacting any free or commercial reference service for assistance with a graded assignment.

An overall grade of zero can be assigned to an entire paper or project if the instructor determines that its contents, or parts of its contents, were completed by a second party. This, of course, does not apply to group projects that require collaboration on a final product.