Oct 26, 2021  
Undergraduate Evening & Online Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Evening & Online Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Christian Studies, B.A.

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Coordinator of the Evening Ministry Program, Terriel Byrd, Ph.D.
Coordinator of the Online Ministry Program, Karelynne Ayayo, Th.D.
Coordinator of the Orlando Ministry Program, D. Eric Lowdermilk, D.Th.


The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS) program at Palm Beach Atlantic University provides non-traditional learners an opportunity to earn a bachelor degree in Christian thought and practice. The overall goal of the program is to offer a quality, flexible degree-completion curriculum that:

  • Deepens understanding of Scripture and Christian thought;
  • Encourages engagement in ethical reflection on issues arising in contemporary society;
  • Equips in basic disciplines of Christian discipleship and service;
  • Develops written and oral communication skills;
  • Instills a commitment to be critically reflective, self-directed, life-long learners;
  • Promotes an appreciation of the multicultural environment in which students live and work.

The BACS program enables local learners who have full-time employment or other daytime responsibilities to complete their B.A. degree through a combination of evening and online courses. The corresponding EBACS program provides an entirely online setting for non-traditional students who wish to complete their B.A. degree while at a geographical distance or with increased flexibility in scheduling. Students in the BACS program will be required to take some of their courses online.  Students in the EBACS program are expected to complete all coursework online.


Program Structure

The required curriculum for the major is composed primarily of three-credit hour courses normally offered during eight-week subterms. On-ground courses are taught during evening class sessions, generally four hours in duration and meeting once a week. Online courses are delivered electronically through the University’s Learning Management System. Online attendance at a minimum of two synchronous class sessions is required in each online course taught through the School of Ministry. The specific days and hours for these meetings will be communicated during the course registration process. Online students should pay particular attention to the Online Attendance Policy. Students enrolled in the B.A. in Christian Studies program take many of their General Education core requirements through the Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership, and they may select their free electives from the various course offerings in the Evening and Online catalog provided that they meet the course prerequisites.

To qualify for graduation, students must earn a minimum of 120 credits, including a minimum of 42 upper-level credits (courses numbered 3000 and above). The curriculum is divided between the Technology requirement, General Education requirements, Christian Studies major requirements, and Free Electives.

The Free Elective field is comprised of transfer credits that do not meet specific requirements, Profession Education Credits (PECs), and other elected courses. Professional Education Credits consist of credit awarded to adult students for work and life experience. Students must apply for PEC credits within their first semester of enrollment at PBA.

Courses in the Christian Studies major directly reflect the learning objectives stated in the mission of the School of Ministry. MIN 3723   Worship is the capstone course for the program in which students formulate the theological basis and application for worship in the church. This course should be taken as near as possible to the final term of study at Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Major in Christian Studies Curriculum Requirements


120 Credit Hours

Note: Students who are enrolled in the fully online program should select the corresponding E-courses when registering (for example: EMIN 1003 rather than MIN 1003).


Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1.  Grow in foundational knowledge of Scripture and Christian thought.

2.  Develop skills in basic disciplines of Christian discipleship and service.

3.  Demonstrate character appropriate for a follower of Christ.

Technology Requirement - 3 Credit Hours

(This course must be taken within the first two terms of enrollment.)

(GCIS 1103 may be waived upon recommendation from a student’s academic advisor.  Advisor approval is all that is needed for this waiver.)

General Education Requirements - 45 Credit Hours

Required B.A. in Christian Studies Core Courses - 18 Credit Hours

Elective B.A. in Christian Studies Courses - 27 Credit Hours

Select nine of the following courses (27 credit hours).  NOTE: No more than three (9 credit hours) of electives toward the major can come from courses without the MIN prefix.

Free Elective Credits – 27 Credit Hours

Up to 27 credits are possible through PEC. See Academic Policies for information on PEC credit.


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