INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES

The Department of Pastoral Studies offers three interdisciplinary majors to provide a context for strategic ministry preparation through cross departmental training in vocational ministry. Students may choose to take an interdisciplinary track in Pastoral Ministry, Ministry to Women, or Biblical Exposition.

Each interdisciplinary major consists of 15 hours in the major chosen by the department and 12 hours of electives in ministry study, Bible, or Theology, and 3 hours of ministry internship. Electives are chosen under the guidance of the student's assigned advisor within the department and must demonstrate an intentional progression throughout the curriculum.

Admission to elective courses is subject to the prerequisites, permissions and course maximums established by the department offering the course.

Biblical Exposition


The Biblical Exposition major is designed for students who plan to focus primarily on composition and delivery of messages based upon God's Word. It is intended to equip students to prepare messages from multiple genres of biblical literature and to deliver them in a variety of methods while providing an opportunity for additional training in other disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Exposition Interdisciplinary program will be able to:

  • Use the secondary tools of biblical exegesis to exegete a passage.
  • Develop a culturally relevant expository message from a variety of biblical literary genres.
  • Deliver an expository message with exegetically informed vocal dynamics, gestures, and movement.

Pastoral Ministry


The interdisciplinary track of the Pastoral Ministry major is designed for male students plan to serve the local church as members of a pastoral staff. It is intended to equip the student with a basic knowledge of the nature and duties related to pastoral ministry while providing an opportunity for additional training in other disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Interdisciplinary program will be able to:

  • Have a basic understanding of the nature, calling and tasks associated with pastoral ministry.
  • Grasp the essential elements of biblical exposition.
  • Articulate a basic philosophy of ministry.
  • Possess foundational skills that will enable him to serve as a member of the pastoral staff in the local church.

Ministry to Women


The interdisciplinary track of the Ministry to Women major is designed for female students planning to serve in church and parachurch ministries to women. It is intended to equip the student with basic knowledge and skills that will enable her to organize and lead church and parachurch programs that disciple, counsel and teach women, while providing an opportunity for additional training in other disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry to Women Interdisciplinary program will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the unique role women play in the life and ministry of the local church.
  • Be familiar with the primary needs of women in the church in a variety of life stages.
  • Acquire foundational skills that will enable them to organize and lead ministries to women in a variety of church and parachurch contexts.
  • Articulate a strategy for mentoring and discipling other women.

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