Bachelor of Religious Studies

The Bachelor of Religious Studies requires 120 semester hour credits.  A minimum of thirty (30) of these must be taken with NationsUniversity®.  A minimum of 60 credits shall be drawn from the category of religion, philosophy, and courses that address worldview, ministry, worship, and biblical exegesis.  For calculation of religious studies credit, all courses taken at NationsUniversity® can be counted.


A minimum of 30 General Education credits must be in the following disciplines: arts and humanities, communications, English, mathematics, natural science, and social science.  Six (6) credits must be in English (comprehension and composition).  At least four other categories other than English shall be represented, with a  maximum nine (9) credits in any of single category.  See Transfer Credits in the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook for details on transfer credit.  The student will complete all required activities, papers, and projects, a Bible knowledge test at the beginning and end of the program, and a self-evaluated spiritual inventory at the beginning and end of the program.  All financial obligations must be satisfied before a degree can be conferred and before a transcript can be issued.


Admission into the B.R.S. Program
Admission to the B.R.S. program requires the following:

1. Submission of an official transcript that indicates graduation from a secondary school, a G.E.D. (secondary school equivalency), or university transcript that indicates secondary completion.

2. No financial obligations to the University.

3. Submission of a TOEFL score of 500 or above or acceptable substitute (61 iBT, 6.0 IELPS, 44 PTE, grade level 3 on ACT Compass, Pre-1 on Eiken English Proficiency Exam, secondary school diploma where instruction is in English, or "C" or better on English Composition from an accredited college) by student whose native language is not English.

Program Objectives

The four program objectives along with learning outcomes (LO) are listed below.

1.  Student possesses a thorough understanding of the Bible


          LO 1  Be able to identify key facts and events of the Bible

          LO 2  Be able to explain the theological foundations of Christianity

          LO 3  Be able to analyze the role of literary genre in interpreting the Bible


          LO 4  Be able to use Bible knowledge to make decisions in matters of life  

2.  Student is equipped for personal spiritual growth


          LO 1  Be able to explain how biblical foundations benefit spiritual growth

          LO 2  Be able to evaluate personal spiritual life in light of biblical foundations and benefits


          LO 3  Understand the value of spiritual growth

          LO 4  Reflect on the spiritual quality of his/her life


          LO 5  Express a willingness to make personal changes that will facilitate spiritual growth


          LO 6  Establish routine practices that contribute to personal spiritual growth

3.  Student can critique and use information from a wide range of sources

          LO 1  Synthesize knowledge of the cultural, social, scientific, and religious aspects of society

          LO 2  Outline the methods of scientific discovery and experimental design

          LO 3  Apply elements of historical contemporary mathematics and symbolic logic to solve problems

          LO 4  Ask questions concerning the physical and social environment and explain the role of assumptions  in making judgments about physical, social, and spiritual matters

4.  Student can provide effective Christian leadership in diverse organizations, institutions, and countries.

          LO 1  Evaluate diverse ideologies when formulating a personal worldview

          LO 2  Discuss religion's influence on human civilization

          LO 3  Compare and contrast various forms of religious thought and expression of major world religions

          LO 4  Discuss the concepts that constitute a worldview

          LO 5  Demonstrate the effective use of the English language, writing and speaking with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness

          LO 6  Synthesize the knowledge, principles, and values required of Christian leaders

          LO 7  Describe the role of a leader in shaping worship and ministry that embodies biblical concepts in a modern context


Time Allowance and Financial Costs

The B.R.S. program includes spirituality, general education, biblical content, meaning, and exegesis.  The projected completion time is 120 weeks of full-time uninterrupted study.  

Transfer Credits.  Ninety (90) credits maximum from an accredited institution.

Required Courses

    BRS 100    A Search for Spirituality
    BRS 1        The Hebrew Scriptures
    BRS 2        The Greek Scriptures
    BRS 3        Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures
    BRS 13      The Church of the First Five Decades
    BRS 19      Exegesis of the Hebrew Scriptures
    BRS 17      Comparative Religions or Hum 3 Worldview
    BRS 20      Old Testament Exegesis
    BRS 22      New Testament Exegesis
    BRS 23      Ministry
    BRS 24      Worship

Students who registered prior to January 1, 2013 may complete the degree under requirements in effect when they registered.  These are displayed in the curriculum assigned to their username, and in older editions of the NationsUniversity® Catalog.  These students may opt to complete their degree under the current requirement upon demand.  The life of a degree plan is seven years from initial registration to program completion.