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1 Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees A Word from the President About Lancaster Bible College...5 Letter from the Associate Dean About Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees Course Descriptions Student Information Location and Directions Eden Road Lancaster PA TOLL-FREE or DIRECT LBC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability.

2 President s Letter A Word from the President Thank you for your interest in Lancaster Bible College. There is a definable difference in the outcome of students who pursue and complete biblical higher education, and I am thrilled that you are considering Lancaster Bible College. As you decide where God calls you to study and what is of utmost importance in your educational experience, consider these distinct characteristics that set LBC apart: We intentionally engage in BIBLICAL HIGHER EDUCATION that involves extensive and serious study of God s eternal Word TRANSFORMATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION that calls students to explore the moral and ethical implications of what they are studying EXPERIENTIAL HIGHER EDUCATION facilitating service learning opportunities through which we help students discover and develop their own distinctive God-given gifts, passions, and sense of calling PURPOSEFUL HIGHER EDUCATION educating Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society I count it a privilege to be involved with committed Christians of all ages, just like you, who want to grow and study through a balanced biblical experience. Whether you are just beginning your educational journey or returning to complete or add a degree, I believe you will be particularly impressed with the people at this institution. Our faculty, staff, and administrators will encourage you and engage with you academically, spiritually, and experientially. We call this life on life learning at its best. LBC students are on a journey to make a difference, to serve God, and to help others. As you seek God s will for your life, considering joining us on the journey! Cordially in Christ, Peter W. Teague, EdD President 3

3 About Lancaster Bible College About Lancaster Bible College LBC is an accredited, nondenominational institution, which offers undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional education. The campus is alive with serving opportunities. Our students impact literally hundreds of churches and other organizations through weekly ministry service. Annually, there are numerous international and U.S. based missions, outreach, and service opportunities. HISTORY Lancaster Bible College was founded by Henry J. Heydt in September 1933, as Lancaster School of the Bible. Eight students were enrolled in the original class which met in the Convention Hall at West Orange and Pine Streets in Lancaster. In 1934, 1939, and 1941, the school relocated several times. However, on May 2, 1957, Mr. and Mrs. J. Martin Esbenshade presented the school with an eighteen acre tract of land, which, after extensive renovations of the buildings, became the new location for the institution. Residence facilities were constructed in 1963 enabling the School to operate by housing students, and by 1994 a major addition to the land was acquired. The current campus encompasses approximately one hundred acres. The abbreviated time line that follows chronicles the change, growth, and evidence of God s faithfulness in growing the ministry of Lancaster Bible College. The institute is located in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. September 1933 December 15, 1939 September 24, 1944 November 23, 1959 July 24, 1962 November 1964 Eight students were in the first class. Degree of incorporation was granted by the Court of Common Pleas. The Corporation resolved that the name of the school should be Lancaster School of the Bible and School of Theology. Professional accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) was initiated. After a site visit the college was approved as an associate member in ABHE. The name was changed to Lancaster School of the Bible. The college was approved as an accredited member of ABHE. 5

4 Lancaster Bible College May 19, 1973 Upon provisional approval to grant degrees from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania s Department of Education, Lancaster Bible College became the official designation. June 1976 Lancaster Bible College received candidacy status with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). January 1981 Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) granted permanent approval to Lancaster Bible College to award the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree. December 1981 Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) granted certification to the Elementary Education program. November 1982 PDE approved a two-year program for offering the Associate of Science in Bible degree. December 1982 The Commission on Higher Education of MSA granted accreditation to LBC. January 1985 ACSI granted teacher certification for the graduates of the Bible Education (K 12) program and the Music Education (K 12) certification program PDE granted approval for graduates of the professional program in Secretarial Studies to receive an Associate of Science degree in secretarial studies. May 1991 Elementary Education program received certification by PDE. December 15, 1993 Graduates of the Elementary Education program in the Teacher Education Department were approved to receive the Bachelor of Science in Education degree Programs in Guidance Counseling/Bible (K 12), Physical Education/Bible (K 12), and Early Childhood received ACSI certification. August 1994 PDE approved LBC s Graduate School for awarding the Master of Arts in Bible and the Master of Arts in Ministry degrees. January 1995 The first graduate classes were held. June 26, 1997 Comprehensive self-study and reaffirmation by ABHE. April 2000 Two additional graduate degrees, the Master of Arts with programs in counseling, and the Master of Education with programs in school counseling were approved. November 2001 Health & Physical Education program received state certification. Graduates of these programs receive dual certification from PDE and ACSI. February 1, 2005 The Music Education program received certification from PDE. MEd Consulting Resource Teacher program was added. Certification was approved in Elementary School Counseling, Secondary School Counseling, and Reading Specialist. February 22, 2007 MSA & ABHE approved the offering of the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree offered completely online through DCP. June 28, 2007 Comprehensive self-study and reaffirmation by MSA & ABHE. 6

5 About Lancaster Bible College September 2007 March 6, 2009 May 7, 2009 September 2010 December 2010 February 2011 March 2011 November 2011 January 2012 The first two bachelor s/master s programs were offered (Elementary & Secondary School Counseling) MSA & ABHE approved the offering of the Concentrated Bible Course Certificate offered completely online. Mental Health Counseling and Marriage & Family Counseling programs were approved to be offered as bachelor s/master s programs. MAM in Leadership Studies 1 year fast track was first offered. LBC received approval to grant its first doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Three new MAM programs launched Adult Ministry, Children & Family Ministry, and Student Ministry Communication was added as a major in the undergraduate program. MAM in Sports Ministry concentration was announced. MAM in Church Planting concentration was announced. Dr. Peter W. Teague is the current president of Lancaster Bible College since Former presidents include: Dr. Gilbert A. Peterson ( ) Dr. Stuart E. Lease ( ) Dr. William J. Randolph ( ) Dr. Henry J. Heydt ( ) MISSION Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving him in the Church and society. VISION Lancaster Bible College will be a premier learning community that intentionally develops the head, heart, and hands of servant ministry leaders for global impact. CORE VALUES Lancaster Bible College has established a set of core values to serve as the compass for fulfilling its mission. The LBC experience is an important factor in the development of ministry leaders. LBC s core values are as follows: 1. Committed to premier biblical higher education as evidenced by the encouragement of a Christcentered learning community. 2. Committed to institutional excellence as evidenced by providing and maintaining God-honoring resources. 7

6 Lancaster Bible College 3. Committed to institutional distinctiveness as evidenced by preserving the integrity of our mission and legacy while planning for the future of the college. 4. Committed to a biblical foundation as evidenced by the teaching of sound doctrine and the proper interpretation of Scripture in accordance with our statement of faith. 5. Committed to a spiritual foundation as evidenced by providing an environment which encourages spiritual life and growth. 6. Committed to developing students for a ministry and service mindset as evidenced by preparing them both academically and experientially to serve Christ in the Church and society. 7. Committed to exemplifying a ministry and service mindset as evidenced by exerting a positive Christian influence both locally and globally. STATEMENT OF FAITH Since its founding in 1933, the college has maintained an un-qualified commitment to an historic, orthodox position on essential doctrines of the faith as expressed in this document. A statement of faith is central to the college s identity, serving as a unifying and clarifying document in an age of theological shifting and confusion. Hermeneutically, the college approaches Scripture from a grammatical, historical, and contextual viewpoint. The Scriptures We believe the Scriptures of the Old Testament and the New Testament are the Word of God and are verbally inspired of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that this inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the Scriptures, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. John 17:17; Galatians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:16 17; 2 Peter 1: The Godhead We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. Matthew 28:19 20; John 1:1 2; Acts 5:3 4; Colossians 2:9. Jesus Christ His Person and His Work We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was eternally begotten of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. We believe that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world as the substitutionary sacrifice, that His crucified body was raised from the dead, and that He ascended into heaven to appear before the Father as our High Priest, Advocate, and Mediator. Luke 1:35; Romans 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:1 3; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15 17; 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; 9:24; 1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 2:24; 3:18; 1 John 2:2. The Holy Spirit We believe that the Holy Spirit came in a special sense on the Day of Pentecost, indwelling every believer. In this age, the Holy Spirit carries out the ministries of restraining evil in the world; convicting people of sin, righteousness, and judgment; regenerating and indwelling all believers; 8

7 About Lancaster Bible College baptizing them into the Body of Christ; sealing them unto the day of redemption; and empowering them for sanctification and service. We believe that some gifts of the Holy Spirit are permanent and are intended for use throughout the entire Church Age. Other gifts were temporary and were given in the Apostolic Age for the purpose of founding the church. These include the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, miracles, healings, tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. At the same time, we affirm that God performs miracles as He wills. John 14:16 17; 16:7 15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 12:13, 28 30; Ephesians 2:20-22; 4:1 16, 30; Hebrews 2:1 4; Titus 3:5. Humanity We believe God created humanity, male and female, reflecting the image and likeness of God. Each person s biological sex has been sovereignly appointed by God and is an irreversible aspect of his or her nature. The first human, Adam, sinned and thereby incurred the judgment of both physical death and spiritual death which is eternal separation from God. Therefore, all human beings, with the exception of Christ Jesus, are born with a fallen nature, are accountable for their sin, and need to be born again. Rejection of one s God-ordained biological sexuality reflects a rejection of God s plans and purposes. God has established and revealed in Scripture a divine order to regulate humanity. Human institutions reflecting that order are marriage of a man and a woman, family, and human government. Genesis 1:1,26,27; Psalm 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:3-7; Romans 1:21-32; 3:10-12; 5:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 John 1:8-10; Genesis 2:18-25; Colossians 3:18-21; Romans 13:1-7. Salvation We believe that salvation was provided for everyone in the whole world and was accomplished solely by the finished work of Christ shedding His blood upon the cross, and no work on the part of any person can merit this salvation. Whoever believes solely in the finished work of Jesus Christ receives the new birth, becomes a partaker of the divine nature, and thus becomes a child of God, once for all, forever. John 3:16; 6:37; 10:27 30; 2 Corinthians 5:14; Ephesians 2:8 9; 1 Timothy 2:3 6; 1 Peter 1:18 19, 23; 2 Peter 1:3 4. The Church We believe the Church universal began at Pentecost with the baptism of the Holy Spirit and consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is the Head of the Church, called His Body. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together under scriptural leadership for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, for fellowship, for the proclamation of the Gospel, and for observance of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord s Supper. Matthew 16:16 18; Acts 1:4-5; 2:42 47; 11:15-16; Romans 12:5; Ephesians 1:20 23; Philippians 1:1; 1 Corinthians 12:13; 1 Timothy 3:15. The Future We believe in the imminent return of Jesus Christ to rapture the Church Age saints, followed by the tribulation period, and the visible return of Jesus Christ with His saints for His millennial reign on earth. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, in the reward and everlasting conscious blessedness of the just, and in the judgment and everlasting conscious punishment of the lost. Luke 16:19 26; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13 18; Revelation 20:1 15; 21:1 8. 9

8 Lancaster Bible College ACCREDITATION AND ASSOCIATIONS Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). LBC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on (ABHE) and is approved by the Association of Christian Schools International Commission on Accreditation (ACSI). Graduates of the elementary education, health and physical education, music education, and graduate education MEd programs receive state certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The College is also a member of the Evangelical Training Association (ETA) a nationally recognized agency for the promotion of higher standards for Christian teachers and church educators. ETA diplomas are awarded to qualified students upon graduation. LBC also has affiliate status with the Council for Christian College & Universities (CCCU). Lancaster Bible College is approved by the United States Department of Justice for the training of nonimmigrant international students. The names and addresses of accrediting associations follow: MIDDLE STATES COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (MSCHE) 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA THE ASSOCIATION FOR BIBLICAL HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION ON ACCREDIATION (ABHE) 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd, Suite #130 Orlando, FL Lancaster Bible College is authorized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant the following degrees: Undergraduate Degrees Bachelor of Science in Bible Bachelor of Science in Education Associate of Science in Bible Certificate Programs Graduate Degrees Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Master of Arts in Bible Master of Arts Master of Arts in Ministry Master of Education Certificate Programs 10

9 Letter from the Associate Dean Letter from the Associate Dean Thank you for your interest in Accelerated Undergradute Degrees. I m Dr. Mark Menga, the Associate Dean for Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees. What I am about to share with you could truly change your life but first I have a few questions What if you could take courses designed for individuals like yourself, using streamlined learning and comprehensive projects that allow you to balance your time with family, church, social activities, work, and your education? What if you could earn up to 30 college credits for your life experiences in your job, church, family, and volunteer activities? What if you could focus on just one course at a time instead of juggling 5 or 6? What if you could have the flexibility of studying on campus or online, or a combination of both? Would this fit your needs? Our program is designed to educate, through intentionally Christ-centered instruction, individuals like yourself to grow in your personal relationship with God and to serve him in ministry. Our curriculum engages today s culture and prepares students for the careers of today and tomorrow. Other benefits of our program are explained on page 15 of this catalog, and your curricular options are presented on pages 18 through 20. We at LBC feel blessed by God to be part of such an important work. How may we serve you? I pray that God will provide you with wisdom and discernment as you consider your many educational options. Trusting in Christ, Dr. Mark Menga Associate Dean for Accelerated Undergradute Degrees 13

10 About Accelerated Undergradutae Degrees About Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees PROGRAM PURPOSE The college has developed Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees to meet the educational and ministry training needs of Christian adults like you who: Need to balance education with other life priorities like family, church, and work. Want to complete their degree in the evening or online. Are mature adults. Are highly motivated to finish their degree. Can schedule their time carefully and discipline themselves to meet the rigorous demands of the program. Want to complete their degree or certificate in a Christian setting, on-campus or online, by working with faculty and staff who are sincerely interested in the students and their future. PROGRAM BENEFITS Students in Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees will be able to: Complete an associate s degree in as few as 5 courses and a bachelor s degree in as few as 10 courses. Attend on-campus classes just one evening each week or participate in weekly online learning activities at times convenient to you, thus minimizing interference with work schedule and family responsibilities. Meet in a seminar or online format and benefit from the varied experiences and ideas of classmates. Attend small classes whether on-campus or online. Convert significant life experiences into college credits by documenting past training, work, ministry-related projects and other prior learning. Improve communication and other leadership and ministry skills, strengthening their position in the job market. Graduate with a degree from a regionally and nationally accredited college and be eligible to enter seminary or graduate school. Receive individualized instruction and specific attention to problem areas. 15

11 Lancaster Bible College Complete a BS in Bible degree with a major in Bible. Minors are also available. Complete an AS in Bible degree. Gain satisfaction from fulfilling an educational goal. Certificate options for college credit or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which are ACSI recognized are also available. CORE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS A graduate of Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees will: Demonstrate proficiency in knowing, interpreting, integrating, and applying Scriptures. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and proficiency in acquiring, evaluating, communicating, and applying information. Develop an understanding and appreciation of, and compassion toward cultures of the world. Develop the principles necessary for a biblical worldview resulting in a dynamic understanding of one s role in relation to God, self, and the world. Demonstrate an understanding and application of the knowledge and skills necessary for professional Christian ministry. INFORMATION SESSIONS / OPEN HOUSES Throughout the year Lancaster Bible College holds information sessions and open houses to inform prospective on-campus students about the program. These sessions cover: The nature of Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees Curricular options Financial matters, such as: Loans and grants College payment plan Employer reimbursement Beginning dates for courses Application procedures Questions and answers If the scheduled information sessions are not convenient or if an individual appointment is preferred, please contact the Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees office at , or to schedule an appointment. Off-campus presentations to groups of any size can be arranged. PROGRAM STRUCTURE Program Philosophy LBC s Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees is an accelerated, collaborative learning environment. An accelerated program is one in which you earn college credits in a shorter amount of time than you would in a normal semester-based program. Of course, this means that the program is fast paced and requires more time in study each week. Students live out the one another passages found in the New 16

12 About Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees Testament by loving one another, encouraging one another, exhorting one another, and praying for one another. We also encourage collaborative (shared) learning, so that each student is also a teacher, and the instructor becomes a facilitator of the shared learning experiences. Instructional Courses Instructional courses within the program are scheduled in a way that allows you to fit the program into an already busy lifestyle. The Lancaster campus courses meet from 6 10 PM one evening per week for five weeks. Only one on-campus course may be taken at a time with a week off from coming to campus between each course (though additional online courses may be taken at the same time). The online program is similar to the on-campus program except that students work through weekly learning activities during times convenient to them. Students experience collaborative learning through forum discussions and correspondence. Each course is six weeks in length, and the courses are still term-based. ONLINE SPANISH We have translated the core of our curriculum into Spanish (syllabus, assignment instruction, etc.) for our online courses. Some textbooks remain in English until suitable substitutes can be found. Students will submit their homework (papers) and do forums in Spanish. Professor feedback will be in Spanish. Other course items and related student services items will be incrementally translated into Spanish, like the application, online orientation materials, and other forms, as we are able to. Student communication with recruiting, admissions, and student services will be in English. An online student choosing to do their studies in Spanish, will need to speak/understand some English or find someone to help them communicate with our support services. The benefit though of readings/homework/curriculum being done in Spanish, is a time savings to the student while enrolled in our education, and the removal of an obstacle to efficient content focused learning. BLENDED Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees offers Internet-Enhanced Learning which we call Blended. These are principally online courses with an added face-to-face instructional time component. Blended courses will be charged at the online course tuition rate. THE CENTER FOR URBAN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (CUTS) LBC students who wish to study on campus in Philadelphia, PA may do so through LBC at CUTS. The partnership, called LBC at CUTS, involves a contractual relationship that enables LBC at CUTS to offer LBC degree programs at the Philadelphia location. THE MEMPHIS CENTER FOR URBAN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (MCUTS) LBC students who wish to study on campus in Memphis, TN may do so through LBC at MCUTS. The partnership, called LBC at MCUTS, involves a contractual relationship that enables LBC at MCUTS to offer LBC degree programs at the Memphis location. 17

13 Lancaster Bible College The CUTS and MCUTS program partnerships will mean that LBC students will have the opportunity to earn their degree through LBC and will be Lancaster Bible College graduates. LBC will deliver biblical higher education in the form of academically rigorous, accredited, associate, bachelors, and masters-level degree programs. The vision of these partnershps is to make education affordable, accessible, and culturally and ethically relevant in the urban context. Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees fa culty The Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees faculty is comprised of Lancaster Bible College s full-time and adjunct faculty. All faculty participate in a special orientation on how to most effectively teach and relate to adult students, making each course an exciting and valuable learning experience. Also, online faculty receive additional training in teaching through electronic means. Credit for Prior Learning You can earn additional semester hours through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). These credits can be from a number of different sources, including workshops, seminars, selfstudy, non-credit classes, training programs, and work/ministry experiences. Please note that it is the learning from these sources which is evaluated and results in credit hours being awarded. In the admissions process, Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees will provide you with an opportunity to obtain an estimate of the number of CPL credits you might receive when you enter the program. A maximum of 30 semester hours can be earned through CPL. Credit by Examination The college offers several means by which you might earn credit in addition to the courses and Credit for Prior Learning. These include: 1. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) a national set of exams on selected topics offered on a regular schedule. 2. Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations a national set of exams to substitute for specified LBC courses. 3. Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) introductory college level courses in more than 50 disciplines. Curricular Options There are five specific program options with several opportunities for electives within Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees. BS in Bible Degree This option is our primary program and is designed for those who desire to earn a bachelor s degree in Bible. For those entering our program without any prior Bible or theology credits, they will earn all the Bible and theology courses needed to graduate. For those who transfer in some Bible or theology credits, 18

14 About Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees there are elective credits in general education (arts and sciences) that will allow the student to avoid unnecessary duplication of Bible credits and to pick up some arts and sciences courses needed for graduation. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible. Minors The following minors are available to Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees students (some through our traditional program and some are offered completely online): Children & Family Ministry Communication Intercultural Studies Music Performance Pastoral Ministry Humans Services Sports Management & Ministry Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Women in Christian Ministry Second Degree This option is for those already holding a bachelor s degree in another field. The completion of 30 credits in Bible and theology will earn the student another bachelor s degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible. Associate s Degree The Associate of Science in Bible option is designed for the student who wants two years of biblical education along with the opportunity for specific concentrations with 12 elective credits. These electives may be fulfilled with courses from any or just one of the college s academic departments. The associate degree in Bible program exists to utilize an interdisciplinary approach whereby students may design a course of study that coincides with their academic interests and ministry preparation. 61 credits are required for graduation. Concentrated Bible Course Certificate (college credit) This option is for those individuals who desire to further their biblical knowledge on a college level but do not necessarily need a degree. By attending classes one evening a week or online, the student can earn the Concentrated Bible Course (CBC) Certificate. It is especially ideal for those planning to serve on the mission field and who need Bible education. This certificate is a recognized academic achievement and the 30 credits earned in this program are transferable college credits. No prior college credit is required for admission into this option. Financial aid is available. Non-degree (earn college credit but not towards any specific degree or certificate). Financial Aid is not available for this option. LBC offers college-level courses to members of the community who are not formally admitted as degree-seeking students. Just about everyone can take non-degree courses: businessmen and 19

15 Lancaster Bible College women, housewives, professional individuals, blue collar workers, and others who want to study the Bible or a general arts course from a biblical perspective. Non-degree students include: Adults in the community, LBC Alumni, Ministry Enhancement students, Audit-only students, employees of LBC, spouses of students or employees, adult community members, others approved to attend through this program. What classes can I take? A non-degree student may not take more than 9 credits per semester. Courses requiring a prerequisite are noted as such. Certificates through Biblical Enrichment (non-college credit CEUs) Students who chose to audit AUD courses online or on campus may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) as part of the course audit fee ($240 per course plus a $35 student service fee per term). Each 3-credit Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees course that is audited will earn the student 3 CEUs. Auditing students are expected to attend class time, but the completion of assignments/homework to be submitted to the professor is not required. Offered in conjunction with Biblical Enrichment, the Biblical Studies Certificate (16 CEUs) can be earned by auditing Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees courses. Those who earn a total of 30 CEUs through Biblical Enrichment (www.lbc.edu/enrich), or by auditing additional Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees courses can earn our Advanced Certificate (30 CEUs). Those who earn 10 CEUs can earn our Basic Certificate. Earning the Advanced Certificate (30 CEUs) indicates the student is a graduate of Biblical Enrichment and an officially recognized alumnus of the college (invited to wear regalia and walk/participate in our December or May Commencement Ceremony). Forty percent of the courses for this certificate need to be in Bible or doctrine. Transferring CEUs into Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees : The CEUs earned by auditing Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees courses and CEUs earned in Biblical Enrichment can transfer to Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees CEUs = 1 semester credit). The Biblical Studies Certificate will transfer as five credits in Bible/theology. The Advanced Certificate will transfer as 10 credits (five in (3 Bible/ theology and five as general electives). 20

16 Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees Capital Campus Greenbelt, Maryland Degrees and Certificates (Overview) I. Concentrated Bible Course Certificate II. AS in Bible III. BA in General Studies IV. BS in Biblical Studies Description, Curriculum Outline, and Credit Hour Requirements I. Concentrated Bible Course Certificate This option is for those individuals who desire to further their biblical knowledge on a college level but do not necessarily need a degree. By attending classes one evening a week or online, the student can earn the Concentrated Bible Course (CBC) Certificate. It is especially ideal for those planning to serve on the mission field and who need Bible education. This certificate is a recognized academic achievement and the 30 credits earned in this program are transferable college credits. No prior college credit is required for admission into this option. Financial aid is available. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS To earn a Concentrated Bible Course Certificate, you must: 1. Complete a minimum of 30 semester credits in the program at LBC. 2. Complete 30 semester credit hours which satisfy the Concentrated Bible Course Certificate requirements at LBC. 3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. 4. Complete Christian Service requirements as outlined in the Student Handbook. 5. Re affirm essential agreement with the college's Statement of Faith. 6. Complete 30 semester credits in Bible and Theology. Students are required to take: THE 105 Prelude to Biblical & Theological Studies THE 223 Christian Narrative I: Creation & Fall THE 224: Christian Narrative II: Redemption BIB 103: Creation & Covenants: OT I BIB 104: Israel s Life & Literature: OT II BIB 203: Life of Christ: NT I BIB 204: Early Church: NT II Students must then choose 3 more Bible & Theology courses for a total of 10.

17 Concentrated Bible Course Certificate Program Curriculum First Year Bible Elective 3 BIB 104 Israel s Life & Literature: OT II 3 BIB 103 Creation & Covenants: OT I 3 THE 105 Prelude to Bib & Theo Studies 3 Bible Elective 3 BIB 204 Early Church: NT II 3 BIB 203 Life of Christ: NT I 3 THE 224 Christian Narrative II 3 THE 223 Christian Narrative I 3 Bible Elective 3 II. AS in Bible The Associate of Science in Bible option is designed for the student who wants two years of biblical education along with the opportunity for specific concentrations with 12 elective credits. These electives may be fulfilled with courses from any or just one of the college s academic departments. The associate degree in Bible program exists to utilize an interdisciplinary approach whereby students may design a course of study that coincides with their academic interests and ministry preparation. 61 credits are required for graduation. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS To earn an Associate of Science in Bible, you must: 1. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credits in the program at LBC. 2. Complete 61 semester credit hours which satisfy the Associate of Science in Bible requirements at LBC. 3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. 4. Complete Christian Service requirements as outlined in the Student Handbook. 5. Re affirm essential agreement with the college's Statement of Faith. 6. Complete 27 semester credits in Bible and Theology. 7. Complete 22 semester credits in General Education. 8. Complete 12 elective credits. Associate Degree in Bible Program Curriculum First Year LBC 101 Engaging Faith & Life 3 BIB 104 Israel s Life & Literature: OT II 3 BIB 103 Creation & Covenants: OT I 3 THE 105 Prelude to Bib & Theo Studies 3 BIB 105 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 LAN 104 Public Speaking 3 LAN 101 English Composition 3 LIT LIT Core 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Second Year BIB 203 Life of Christ: NT I 3 BIB 204 Early Church: NT II 3 THE 223 Christian Narrative I 3 THE 224 Christian Narrative II 3 MAT MAT Core 3 HIS HIS Core 3 PHE PHE Elective 1 SCI SCI Core 3 SOC 101 General Psychology 3 Elective 3 Elective 3

18 III. BA in General Studies This option is for students who would like to study the Bible and Theology, but who do not need a major in Biblical Studies. The major in General Studies includes Bible and Theology courses, along with interdisciplinary courses, as defined by LBC s Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) accreditation. An interdisciplinary course applies the Bible s teaching to various practical areas of study. The syllabus for a given course will clearly indicate that the course content is built on related biblical and theological truth which is then applied to the subject matter, skill, principles, or practices of a professional discipline. For those entering our program without any prior Bible or theology credits, they will earn all the Bible and theology courses needed to graduate. For those who transfer in some Bible or theology credits, there are elective credits in general education (arts and sciences) that will allow the student to avoid unnecessary duplication of Bible credits and to pick up some arts and sciences courses needed for graduation. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS To earn a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, you must: 1. Complete a minimum of 30 semester credits in the program at LBC. 2. Complete 120 semester credit hours which satisfy the BA in General Studies degree requirements at LBC. 3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. 4. Complete Christian Service requirements as outlined in the Student Handbook. 5. Re affirm essential agreement with the college's Statement of Faith. 6. Complete 30 semester credits in General Studies. General Studies includes Bible and Theology courses, along with interdisciplinary courses, as defined by LBC s Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) accreditation. 7. Complete general education requirements as follows: 42 Semester Hours 6 Language Arts 3 Humanities 3 Literature 3 Mathematics 3 Philosophy 3 Science 3 History or Political Science 3 Social Science 15 Electives 8. Complete 48 remaining semester hours as electives for any subject area.

19 IV. BS in Biblical Studies This option is our primary program and is designed for those who desire to earn a bachelor s degree in Biblical Studies. For those entering our program without any prior Bible or theology credits, they will earn all the Bible and theology courses needed to graduate. For those who transfer in some Bible or theology credits, there are elective credits in general education (arts and sciences) that will allow the student to avoid unnecessary duplication of Bible credits and to pick up some arts and sciences courses needed for graduation. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS To earn a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, you must: 1. Complete a minimum of 30 semester credits in the program at LBC. 2. Complete 120 semester credit hours which satisfy the BS in Biblical Studies degree requirements at LBC. 3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. 4. Complete Christian Service requirements as outlined in the Student Handbook. 5. Re affirm essential agreement with the college's Statement of Faith. 6. Complete 30 semester credits in Bible and Theology. 7. Complete general education requirements as follows: 42 Semester Hours 6 Language Arts 3 Humanities 3 Literature 3 Mathematics 3 Philosophy 3 Science 3 History or Political Science 3 Social Science 15 Electives 8. Complete 48 remaining semester hours as electives for any subject area.

20 Course descriptions for each program I. Concentrated Bible Course Certificate Bible/Theology Courses BIB 103 Creation & Covenants: OT I This course surveys the books of the Pentateuch placing special emphasis on biblical beginnings and the development of the covenants as foundational for God s working in the rest of Scripture. Attention is given to background matters, and critical and theological issues. BIB 104 Israel s Life & Literature: OT II This course surveys the Historical books of the Old Testament from Joshua to Esther. Visibility is given to the poetic and prophetic books as they intersect Israel s history. Attention is given to background matters, and critical and theological issues. BIB 105 Biblical Hermeneutics This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of interpreting the Bible using the historical grammatical rhetorical method of interpretation. The course introduces students to key principles related to this method and then provides guidelines for applying these principles to determine the author s originally intended meaning. Students learn how to integrate electronic tools into the process. The course concludes with suggestions on how to determine the relevance of these original thoughts to our own lives. BIB 203 Life of Christ: NT I This course surveys the life of Jesus Christ as presented in the four Gospels. Special emphasis is give to the chronology of events, the major discourses, the important critical issues and present day applications. BIB 204 Early Church: NT II This course traces the development of the Church from its inception to the end of the 1st century AD. Particular attention is given to the growth and development of the early church as recorded in the Book of Acts, the exposition of the Book of Acts, and the historical contexts and themes of the New Testament writings. BIB 451 Practical Development of Biblical Interpretation This course advances the theory of hermeneutics and practice of Bible study methodology. Consideration is given to developmentally significant theorists and practitioners. Particular attention is given to practical development of Bible study methodology and proficiency. Prerequisite: BIB 105. BNT 310 Romans This basic epistle is systematically analyzed with special doctrinal emphasis on the fact that Christ s finished work is sufficient for both sinners and saints. The Gospel of God is viewed in its vast scope from justification, through sanctification, to glorification.

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