Bachelor of Arts

By combining Intercultural Ministries with an Emergency and Disaster Management major, the student will obtain the additional skills and knowledge necessary to manage an organization in the twenty-first century with the recognition that our work is our ministry. This dual program will prepare students to work in disaster/emergency vocations for the purpose of making an opening for the Good News of Jesus Christ within a diversity of cultures around the world. The combination of these programs has a storied tradition dating back to the early church. It has been a natural way for Christians to establish good influence in cultures which may otherwise be hostile to the Gospel message.

Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the uniqueness of Christianity in relation to other religions and assess the cultural influences.
  • Apply the basic principles of cross-cultural communication.
  • Analyze adjustments needed to effectively engage with a culture different from one's own for the purpose of participating in emergency management and the ongoing ministry which can follow.
  • Integrate a Christian worldview into critical thinking and decision making related to the fields of Emergency Management and Intercultural Ministries.
  • Apply theoretical and practical knowledge of emergency management for saving lives and property from the impacts of crises, emergencies, and disasters.
  • Analyze the existing and desired structure, climate, and culture of organizations whose focus is emergency management.

GENERAL EDUCATION - 42 Credits

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 credits

Elective Math Elective 3 credits

Elective Math, Science, or Computer Elective 2 credits

Student must complete 2 hours of electives in Mathematics, Science, or Technology.

or

CM204 Technology in the Church 2 credits

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the many different ways that information technology (IT) can be used to support individuals and groups in churches. The emphasis will be on IT for personal productivity, church communications, church operations, and enhancing worship.

Offered spring, even years.

Elective Science Elective with Lab 4 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 credits

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.  Recommended completion of LA101.

Offered every spring.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH301 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

An overview of philosophical vocabulary and concepts followed by a historical survey of the development of western philosophy. The course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the main currents in western thought and how those currents are related.

Offered every fall.

or

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry or other vocations. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

SP200 Basic Oral Communication 3 credits

The principles of speech composition, outlining, and delivery are discussed. There is practice in preparing and presenting short informative, persuasive, and demonstrative speeches.

Offered every semester.

or

CM301 Preaching I 3 credits

A study of the fundamental principles of sermon delivery. Sermonic literature is studied for content, form and style.  Also includes a practicum component.

Offered every fall.

MG112 Business Communications 3 credits

This course is designed to address and strengthen students’ skills for effective and professional business communications in written, oral, and non-verbal forms. Specific emphasis will be given to communication theory, business communication principles, developing and delivering oral presentations, composing business messages, and preparing business reports.

Offered every spring.

SS301 Church History I 3 credits

A study of the development of Christianity from its inception to the Great Schism of 1054. Special attention is given to leading characters and major turning points of history.

Prerequisite:
OT101 Old Testament Survey
NT102 New Testament Survey

Offered every fall.

RELIGION - 22 Credits

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 credits

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

GB201 Hermeneutics of the Old Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the Old Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

or

GB202 Hermeneutics of the New Testament 3 credits

Equips the student to perform accurate and relevant exegesis on the New Testament through the use of study tools that assist in proper interpretation of the original text.

GB401 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits

A study of the principles of biblical interpretation. An intensive examination of the presuppositions and practice of the Grammatical-Historical-Theological Hermeneutic. The application of this method to selected biblical texts as well as other systems of Jewish and Christian exegesis will be historically surveyed and evaluated.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
Junior Standing.

Offered alternate years.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 credits

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 credits

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

Prerequisite:
NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

Prerequisite:
GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 credits

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

Prerequisite:
SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.

TH404 Theology Capstone for Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification is considered in the light of Scripture and other theological schools of thought. Various views in the Wesleyan position are studied. Formerly known as Sanctification Seminar.

Prerequisite:
TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II
Graduating Seniors Only.

Offered annually.

INTERCULTURAL MINISTRIES MAJOR - 31 Credits

CM101 Learning Community Meetings 0 credits

The Religion Department holds a Learning Community Meeting at the beginning of each academic year. The goal of the meeting is to allow students to interact with others in their learning community (faculty and peers), learn of upcoming department events, and ask questions. It also allows Religion Faculty and returning to students to welcome new members into the learning community, helping them to become oriented to their programs, meet their faculty advisors, and learn about the various learning, career and networking opportunities that they will have over the course of their time in their programs.

Offered every fall.

Students must complete four of these.

CM107 Connection Corner 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of Connection Days. The purpose of Connection Day is to connect students with successful practitioners in the field of ministry. Students will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in chapel, classes, and at Connection Corner which is an evening meal and time of Q & A.

Offered every semester.

or

CM208 Theology Roundtable 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of roundtable discussions over various theological topics. The goal is to prepare students to critically think through theological issues and to learn to speak to those issues clearly and effectively.

Offered every semester.

Students must complete two of these.

CM207 Toler Leadership Institute 0 credits

The Toler Leadership Institute provides proven practical leadership tools for ministerial students by conducting two on-campus events each year and by conducting workshops on various subjects designed to help develop leaders for the next generation.

CM302 Ministry Banquet 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a ministry banquet each spring. The purpose of the banquet is two-fold. It provides students an opportunity to interact with successful practitioners and to have their accomplishments recognized in a public forum.

Offered every spring.

Students must complete two of these.

CM315 Organizing the Church for Missional Effectiveness 2 credits

An introduction to the organizational and programmatic aspects of church leadership. It includes the biblical pattern, objectives, processes, and methods suitable for ministry in the local church or similar context for discipleship, evangelism, stewardship, and worship with an emphasis on the changing role of Christian education in the church today.

FL409 Introduction to Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition 3 credits

An introductory course to the general field of language:  what it is, how it is articulated, how it is written, and the influence that language has in societal interactions.  Students will also investigate what it takes to attain advanced language competencies in a language other than the mother tongue.

Offered spring, odd years.

MG277 Business as Ministry 3 credits

This course is designed to integrate the business principles of a profit-making enterprise and the opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Specific emphasis will be given to how transacting business can be a witnessing tool directly and indirectly. Further, this course will explore how business can be used for tent making opportunities where conventional missionary opportunities are not possible.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete six of these.

MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis of Missions 3 credits

This course is an extensive study of the biblical/theological basis of missions as found in the Old Testament creation narratives, the history of Israel, Israel’s worship, the prophetic witness and in the New Testament, Jesus’ Incarnation, the great commission passages, Pentecost and Paul.

Prerequisite:
MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions

Offered alternate years.

MI347 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits

This course outlines the principles of communication, describes the challenge of overcoming cross-cultural barriers to communication, presents the techniques and skills used within cross-cultural communication.

Prerequisite:
SO211 Cultural Anthropology

Offered alternate years.

MI390 Cross-Cultural Experience 3 credits

Students enrolled in the Missions Major are required to have a significant cross-cultural experience preferably undertaken within their junior year or the summer preceding their senior year. Plan for a 10-15 week long cross-cultural experience. Readings on the host country is required and should take place prior to travel. A written report will be required. Each student will be responsible to finance travel, lodging and meals. Possibilities: Summer or Semester VIA with an approved organization, Wesleyan Institute in Oxford.

Prerequisite:
MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis in Missions

Offered on demand.

MI421 Trends in Missions 2 credits

A seminar course which analyzes global Christianity, evaluates contemporary cultures, reviews new frontiers in mission theory and theology, and seeks to discern the direction of Christian missions.

Prerequisite:
MI212 Biblical and Theological Basis in Missions
Junior Standing

Offered alternate years.

MI422 Missionary Life and Work 2 credits

Readings and research into the internal, organizational and practical aspects of missions. Selections of candidates, funding, interpersonal relationships, family vs. ministry tensions, etc. Development of a personal philosophy of missions is considered.

Offered alternate years.

SO203 Marriage, Family, and Human Sexuality 3 credits

This course provides a survey of the basic family organization, from courtship through the adjustments of the family in the modern home. A Christian perspective will be emphasized, as the course deals with these relationships, as well as developing the full potential of our human sexuality.

Prerequisite:
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
PS102 General Psychology

Offered each fall.

SO211 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits

A study of the elements of culture and processes of enculturation. Special studies are made of primitive cultures in today’s world. An appreciation for the diversity of man’s way of living and an attempt at objectivity are two indispensable corollaries.

Prerequisite:
MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions
SO101 Introduction to Sociology

SO313 World Religions 3 credits

A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MAJOR - 30 Credits

EM101 Introduction to Emergency and Disaster Management 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the history and origins of emergency management in the United States; including key points in US history which had a profound impact in the development of emergency-disaster management as seen today.  Explores key disaster incidents, legislation and Presidential actions that impacted change within the emergency management profession.  Identifies emergency management relevance in private industry and provides broad awareness about opportunities in both the public and private sectors of emergency management.  

Students must complete two of these.

EM202 Recovery and Mitigation 3 credits

This course will highlight and examine post-disaster procedures and policies governing the protection of natural environments, improving disaster resistance, supporting diverse communities and population, improving economic conditions, and preserving community resources.  The course will also examine community resilience and sustainability through the roles of emergency management programs, and how the four phases of emergency management play a vital role in a community’s comprehensive and strategic planning.  

Prerequisite:

EM303 Social Issues in Emergency and Disaster Management 3 credits

The purpose of this course is two-fold:  examine the loss and consequence issues that disasters create for a jurisdiction’s population including economic, psychological, emotional and spiritual impacts.  Provide innovative and effective solutions for recovery managers in handling personal impacts disaster response and/or recovery operations can create due the very nature of disaster events

Prerequisite:
AND All Emergency & Disaster Management 200-level courses.

EM304 Terrorism in Emergency Management 3 credits

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the history, methods, and philosophy of terrorism.  Emphasis is placed on extremism as a foundation for terrorist behavior, types of terrorism, and the response to terrorism by government entities and law enforcement agencies.  Students will examine governmental concerns, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts in handling terrorist events.  

Prerequisite:
AND All Emergency & Disaster Management 200-level courses.

EM402 Managing Emergency Response Operations 3 credits

This course examines the issues with managing operations during all phases of emergency management with an emphasis on the recovery phase.  Issues covered in this course include, but are not limited to:  donation management (finance and resources), managing volunteers, crisis counseling, and basic subsistence needs.  Students will learn the fundamental management methods for the various recovery elements.  These fundamentals will be based on FEMA methodologies.  

Prerequisite:
All Emergency & Disaster Management 100, 200, and 300-level courses.

EM403 Hazardous Materials Response 3 credits

This course examines the key legislation regarding the storage, handling, and transportation of hazardous materials.  Students will review how emergency management plays a significant role in planning, responding and recovering from hazardous materials incidents.  Students will perform hazard and threat identification, risk assessments and analyze the overall impact of disasters. Students are taught how to categorize hazards and identify the threats using a cascading threat model.  They will also learn how to assess risk by reviewing several nationally standardized risk assessment matrices or models.   

Prerequisite:
All Emergency & Disaster Management 100, 200, and 300-level courses.

EM490 Emergency and Disaster Management Internship 3 credits

This course takes place in an area of the world that has been affected by a disaster, either foreign or domestic. It will include all phases of emergency management:  preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.  Students must complete not less than 90 actual hours in an internship in the Disaster Management field. Internship should strive to gain appropriate and valuable experience, as well as apply the knowledge they have gained in their various courses. Students will be required to complete the internship package provided by the Director, Emergency and Disaster Management.  Students are responsible for arranging their own internship. 

Prerequisite:
Prior Permission of the Director, Emergency and Disaster Management Program or the Dean of the School of Business & Government.

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

MG302 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.