AA/BA in Religious Studies

Associate of Arts in Religious Studies Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

The Associates of Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies prepares students for ministry within the context of culture and the church. Our classes in Theology, Applied Theology, and Bible Studies allow students to engage in direct study of the Bible. The knowledge you gain in this program will help you develop a ministry that will impact and shape the people you serve. At the end of the program, you will develop an intensive knowledge of scriptural content. You will understand hermeneutical principles and be able to defend your faith against scientism, historical criticism, philosophy, cults, and non-Christian religions.

 

FEATURES OF OUR AA/BA IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM

  • Flexible. AA/BA in Religious Studies classes are offered Online and at all our locations in Georgia (Atlanta, Marietta, Gwinnett, Columbus, and Albany). We offer daytime and evening course options.
  • Personalized attention. Our small class sizes enhance the learning experience and allow students to interact more easily with our faculty.
  • Affordable. Our affordable tuition puts an AA/BA within your reach.
  • Accredited. Beulah Heights University is dually-accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
  • Faith-based. Our Christian education provides a positive and inspiring learning environment.
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Program Details

What Will I Learn?

Your course work will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Bible content in both the Old and New Testament.
  • Demonstrate an intensive knowledge of scripture content in all given areas of electives.
  • Exhibit an understanding of hermeneutical principles using proper methodology in biblical interpretation.
  • Engage in systematic Bible study using various Bible study methods.
  • Show evidence of maturing Christian experience as a result of direct Bible study.
  • Recognize and evaluate in the light of biblical revelation the major schools of thought in historical and contemporary theology.
  • State and defend a worldview that is consistent with biblical revelation and stated in theological terms.
  • Defend a conviction that the scripture is God breathed.
  • Defend biblical Christianity in the face of attacks from scientism, historical criticism, philosophy, cults and non-Christian religions.
  • Articulate the major tenets of Calvinism, Arminianism, Existentialism, and Liberation Theology.
  • Define and defend his/her faith from a conservative, evangelical viewpoint.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Bible doctrine.
What Courses Will I Take?

Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies

The Associate of Arts degree in Religious Studies is a two year degree totaling 66 hours. The following courses make up the AA Degree:

Required – Bible and Theology - 15 credit hours (5 courses)

  • Bi 108 Old Testament Literature
  • Bi 111 Life of Christ
  • Bi 116 New Testament Literature
  • Th 203 Systematic Theology I
  • Th 213 Systematic Theology II

General Studies – 21 credit hours (7 courses)

  • E 101 English Grammar
  • E 102 English Composition (Prereq: E 101)
  • SP 107 Effective Oral Communication
  • SS 112 Interpersonal Cross-cultural Communication
  • Math117 Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • Sc 260 Basic Computers/Word Processing
  • Sc 366 Principles of Science

Bible/Theology electives – 12 credit hours (4 courses)

General Elective – 18 credit hours (6 courses)

TOTAL – 66 credit hours (6 courses)

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies Core Curriculum

The BBA program is a four-year program with four components:

  • religious studies (Bible and theology)
  • general studies
  • core business, and
  • electives.

The courses within each cluster are:

Required - Bible and Theology - 36 credit hours (12 courses)

  • Bi 105 Pentateuch
  • Bi 111 Life of Christ
  • Bi 108 Old Testament Literature
  • Bi 116 New Testament Literature
  • Th 203 Systematic Theology I
  • Th 213 Systematic Theology II
  • Th 313 Systematic Theology III
  • Th 307 Hermeneutics
  • Bi 322 Apocalyptic Literature
  • Bi 323 New Testament Epistles
  • Th 325 Apologetics
  • Th 344 Historical Theology

Required - General Studies – 33 credit hours (11 courses)

Required - Core – 27 credit hours (9 courses)

Religious Studies Electives – 12 credit hours (7 courses)
This includes any courses within Religious Studies (besides Required Courses).

Elective - Communication – 3 credit hours (1 course)

Elective - General Studies – 18 credit hours (6 courses)
You may select from any undergraduate course BHU offers.

TOTAL – 129 credit hours (43 courses)

Course Descriptions

Bi 105 Pentateuch
The first five books of the Bible are explored with special attention to the development of God’s plan of redemption
and Satan’s efforts to stop it. These books relate a continuing record of revelation and the foundation of the rest of the
Bible.

Bi 108 Old Testament Literature
This course gives a broad overview of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament text within the context of its history, geography and culture. The course is geared toward examining and exploring the dating, authorship,
theological, and philosophical perceptions of each book. It also discusses the social, cultural, political, and ideological arguments proposed by the diverse writers of the books. Using a literary and socio-historical lens to interpret the world of the text and the intention of the writer, the course attempts to theologically and philosophically reconstruct the teachings and rhetoric found within the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. This is a survey course. It is fast-paced and seeks to give a better than cursory understanding of the testaments.

Bi 111 Life of Christ
This course covers a chronological overview of Jesus’ life from birth to resurrection, based upon the Gospel record.

Bi 116 New Testament Literature
This course gives a broad overview of the New Testament text within the context of its history, geography and culture. The course is geared toward examining and exploring the dating, authorship,
theological, and philosophical perceptions of each book. It also discusses the social, cultural, political, and ideological arguments proposed by the diverse writers of the books. Using a literary and socio-historical lens to interpret the world of the text and the intention of the writer, the course attempts to theologically and philosophically reconstruct the teachings and rhetoric found within the New Testament. This is a survey course. It is fast-paced and seeks to give a better than cursory understanding of the testaments.

Th 203 Systematic Theology I
This course serves as an introduction to the nature and source of theology, the inspiration and verification of the Scriptures, the doctrine of God, the creation and doctrine of man, and the doctrine of angels. Study includes God’s attributes,
God’s names, and trinitarianism.

Th 213 Systematic Theology II
This course examines Christology (the doctrine of Christ), which includes the names of Christ, His natures, humiliation, exaltation, and offices, as well as the soteriology (doctrine of salvation).

Th 307 Hermeneutics
This course develops the skill of biblical interpretation based on contextual, grammatical, and historical research. The principles of sound exegesis, which improve the ability to understand and teach the Word, are imparted.

Th 313 Systematic Theology III
This course covers the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, how He works in the Church, the nature of the Church, its organization and its work.

Bi 322 Apocalyptic Literature
This course compares the books of Daniel and Revelation and analyzes their prophecies of the end-times that reveal the awesome sovereign power of God to control all history.

Bi 323 New Testament Epistles
This course gives an analysis and exposition of the books of Ephesians through Jude (except 1 and II Thessalonians) as the Gospel message is explained.

Th 325 Apologetics
1 Peter 3:15-18 (NIV) 15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of apologetics from a Christian perspective. Christian beliefs are explained and students are introduced to other religions and worldviews that contradict our Christian beliefs. With 1 Peter 3:15 as the foundation, this course covers how to structure arguments and strategies for an effective and confident defense of our faith, including how to effectively argue for the existence of God, the deity of Christ, miracles, and evil.

Th 344 Historical Theology
This course covers theology in its historical development throughout the centuries, taking note of the development, growth, and change in the church’s understanding of the central doctrines of the faith.

Requirements and Cost

Admissions Requirements
  • A High School Diploma, an associate's degree from an accredited institution, or a GED passing Score.
  • Submit:
    • A completed application form (Online or In-Person) and $50 non-refundable application fee.
    • Official High School transcript OR a GED Test Scores OR Official transcript(s) from college/university where the associate degree was conferred.
    • One personal reference

Note:  International Students should inquire about additional admissions requirements.

Tuition

The estimated tuition for the BBA program is approximately $41,022. This does not include the $100 online services fee for students who elect to take classes online. This cost is assessed each semester that a student registers for online courses.

Note: Tuition cost is based on the 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Beulah Heights University offers financial assistance for eligible programs through federal financial aid or institutional scholarships to students who meet the requirements or demonstrate academic excellence or need. Students can gain more information on the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by contacting the Financial Aid Department through financialaid@beulah.edu. Information on scholarships is available online at http://beulah.edu/scholarships.

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