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.
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.
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.