Program Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology program offers four years of college-level training in critical and applied Biblical and theological studies. Students enrolled in this program will study Scripture in depth, including doctrinal and historical perspectives, and prepare to live out the Biblical calling of theological study with a theoretical and practical background in missions. The Bachelor of Arts in Theology program also features core curriculums in general studies and professional studies, with opportunities to apply classroom learning in practical ministry environments.

Program Objectives

In the context of Olivet's mission, completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Theology program will enable students to:

  • Articulate the Biblical basis of mission.
  • Outline the history of missions.
  • Discuss intelligently various strategies current issues in missions work.
  • Defend personal faith in Jesus Christ, drawing on Scriptural truth in light of competing ethical frameworks.
  • Gain experience by becoming involved in missions work.
Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate students at OUI must fulfill the following Bachelor's degree requirements for graduation:

  • Pass a total of 180 quarter hours: 108 quarter hours of bachelor of art core courses, 44 quarter hours of theology major courses, 28 open electives.
  • Maintain a 2.00 (C grade point average) in all OUI work.
  • Receive a passing mark for all Christian Service and Chapel requirements.
  • Satisfactorily complete a final project and final portfolio.
  • Students are subject to the Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree requirements of the catalog of the year in which they entered.
  • Satisfy all financial responsibilities to the university.

Time Limits

The Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree program usually is completed in four years of full-time study. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of the initial date of enrollment, except under extenuating circumstances. Students who have not completed the requirements within the six years period must apply to the Registrar's Office for a continuation for each year beyond this period, up to a maximum of eight years from the initial date of enrollment.

Program Requirements

In order to successfully complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet University International students need to complete the Bachelor of Arts Degree Core consisting of a distribution of courses from the liberal arts and sciences including required biblical, textual, and historical studies called General Education and Bible; a group of required theological, professional courses called Theological Studies Core; and required classes in Chapel and Christian Service. These requirements apply to all major, while differences in the required choices from the General Education section may vary based on pre-requisite courses for the major.

Each student is free to choose a major at the beginning of his or her program of study and change this major till the end of Spring quarter of the sophomore year. While a change in major potentially always causes a delay in study effects might be considered minor up to this point. Major changes later in the program are discouraged, because of potentially great delays in the course of study.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites are courses that must be completed with a "C" or better prior to registration in a specific course. Students must meet the course prerequisites or otherwise satisfy the instructor of their preparation to take the course. Prerequisites can be waived only at the discretion of the instructor or department offering the course. Pre-requisites to study specific area and course are put at the end of each course name in parentheses. Students should observe the requirement before taking the courses with prerequisites. 

1. Bachelor of Arts Degree Core (108 units)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Core is divided into two sub-areas: (1) General Education and Bible; (2) Theological Studies Core; and (3) General Ministry Skills. See section Bachelor of Arts Degree Core above for details.

  1. General Education and Bible (92 units)
  2. Theological Studies Core (16 units)
  3. General Ministry Skills (0 units)

2. Major Courses (44 units)

All B.A. in Theology students are required to take 44 units of advanced biblical & theological studies courses (300 to 499) as well as introductory to advanced practical theology courses (100 to 499).

  • BIBL490 Senior Seminar (4 units) (Prerequisite: 32 Units 'Biblical, Textual and Histrical Studies Core' completed)
  • MINS200 Introduction to Missions (4 units)
  • MINS201 Introduction to Business as Mission (4 units)
  • MINS300 Evangelism & Discipleship (4 units)
  • MINS310 Introduction to Web for Missions (4 units)
  • MINS330 Introduction to Teaching and Preaching (4 units)
  • MINS380 Spiritual Formation (4 units)
  • MINS410 Christian Leadership (4 units)
  • MINS430 Church Planting & Development (4 units) (Pre-requisite: completed MINS200 Introduction to Missions)
  • MINS440 Mission Methods & Strategy (4 units) (Pre-requisite: completed MINS200 Introduction to Missions)
  • THEO490 Topics in Theology (4 units)   (Pre-requisite: 32 Units 'Biblical, Textual and Histrical Studies Core' completed)

3. Open Electives (28 units)

All B.A. in Theology students are required to take an additional 28 units of open electives. These electives can be chosen from any courses from OUI's undergraduate degree programs. Additional Ministry Practice credits may be applied toward open electives.

Course Descriptions

Theology Major Courses (Required)
BIBL490 Senior Seminar (4 units)

Senior seminar utilizes knowledge acquired in prerequisite courses prior to the student taking part in a seminar style course, with a clear focus on reading, understanding, presenting, and discussing the materials. In this class, the students will have to engage independently and under guidance into wrestling with the understanding and interpretation of the texts covered in the seminar. 

Senior Seminar is a cumulative experience for Bachelor of Theology students

THEO490 Topics in Theology (4 units)

Prerequisite: 16 Units ‘Theological Studies Core’ completed. Permission from the instructor and/or the program director. This topics in theology seminar is designed to provide context for reflection and integration of previous theological studies and to further the theological understanding of an important issue facing Christians today. The course consists of a seminar format, including a major paper and oral presentation. Students combine Christian theology, biblical studies, and ethics to examine various ways in which the Christian faith can be lived out today.

MINS200 Introduction to Missions (4 units)

This course gives an introductory overview of Christian missions. It advances the mission of Olivet New York by equipping students as biblical scholars and leaders, by helping them understand God’s call to missions, as well as improving their practical response to the calling. This course will introduce Christian missions in the theological, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives.

MINS201 Introduction to Business as Mission (4 units)

The purpose of this course is to explore the theological, ethical and missiological issues involved in Business as Mission. The student will read key texts on the topic that explore Business as Mission from a variety of viewpoints, interact with practitioners of Business as Mission, and conduct practical exercises on various aspect of Business as Mission.

MINS300 Evangelism & Discipleship (4 units)

Evangelism and Discipleship deals with Biblical principles and methodologies of effective evangelism, and instructs the student in the principles, methods and content of disciple-making, fostering continuous growth and maturity in Christian communities. Class also seeks to develop the skills of personal evangelism, and determine strategies for discipleship.

MINS310 Introduction to Web for Missions (4 units)

Prerequisite: MINS201 Introduction to Business as Mission
This course will focus on business as mission using web-based strategies using hands-on labs learning, lectures and guest speakers.

MINS330 Introduction to Teaching and Preaching (4 units)

Prerequisite: THEO211 God's Plan of Creation and Redemption II
Biblical studying and teaching is a divinely ordained way of calling people to repentance and for edifying the people of God. It is communicating God’ s Word to His people—standing between the world of Scripture and the world of people and speaking the truth of God. This course is an introduction to basic concepts of sermon preparation and presentation. This will be done by studying the textbook, listening to sermons, writing and preaching the sermon note with actual practice. The student will sharpen both their preparation of sermon and preaching skills.

MINS380 Spiritual Formation (4 units)

Spiritual Formation explores the goals and processes of spiritual formation in the life of a Christian. It provides biblical and theological understanding of spirituality and spiritual formation, and examines characteristics of spirituality of the Beatitudes, which is considered as the quintessence of Christian spirituality for the Kingdom of God, and equips students with the classic spiritual disciplines that can contribute to forming such spirituality.

MINS410 Christian Leadership (4 units)

This course helps students develop the attitudes, skills and character traits to become empowered Christian leaders in this era. Students may build new patterns of thoughts and actions, based on biblical and theological insights.

MINS430 Church Planting & Development (4 units)

Prerequisite: MINS300 Evangelism & Discipleship
A course designed to explore the meaning of church growth and to prepare students to lead their churches to grow both numerically and spiritually. The study will focus on church educational tasks and structures and how these can be used to reach people. Emphasis is on the “how to” of implementing the Great Commission in a particular location.

MINS440 Mission Methods & Strategy (4 units)

Prerequisite: MINS200 Introduction to Missions
Prerequisite: MINS201 Introduction to Business as Mission
Prerequisite: MINS430 Church Planting & Development
A capstone investigation of how strategy interacts with and guides a Christian ministry within its internal and external environments. Focus is on corporate- and business unit-level strategy, strategy development, strategy implementation, and the overall strategic management process. Topics include organizational mission, vision, goal setting, environmental assessment, and strategic decision making. Techniques such as mission field analysis, SWOT analysis, and ministry analysis are presented. Discussion covers strategic implementation as it relates to ministry structure, mission policy, leadership, and evaluation issues. The ability to "think strategically" and to weigh things from the perspective of the Great Commission in an increasingly globally connected environment is emphasized. A comprehensive study project is to be produced to integrate knowledge and skills gained through previous study.

Elective Courses
MINS302 Media and Business as Mission (4 units)

Prerequisite: MINS201 Introduction to Business as Mission
This course is focused on equipping students with the practical skills for effective ministry in and beyond the ‘network generation.’ This hands-on lab focused course will explore business as mission in the domain of (new) media.

MINS400 Business as Mission Project (4 units)

Prerequisite: 3.3 grade points or better in MINS302
Business as Mission project development lab class for students, who have proven competence in the field to apply their skills in creating a summative project.

PRAC300 Ministry Internship (4 units)

Undergraduate students in their third and fourth years of study may participate in an internship involving ministry in a church or specialized ministry organization with an approved Olivet Assembly ministry affiliate for at least 8 hours per week each quarter. Emphasis is placed upon the development of practical ministry skills in the context of today's network generation; the integration of biblical and theological studies with actual ministry; and the importance of theological reflection in this process. Internships can run concurrently with the academic year.

The second part of this culminating learning experience provides opportunities to share, examine, and reflect upon internship experiences, and to revisit the theories and practices of the College discipline as they apply in the real world of the interns' specific placement. Interns also will focus on career planning and development.