The theological studies major in the Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with a number of options. It prepares students for service in the church as well as careers that are outside traditional vocational ministry yet require and/or benefit from knowledge of religious beliefs and practices. The major also provides a foundation for graduate study in ministry, the scientific study of religion, archeology, anthropology, or other related fields. The student’s study will focus on exploration of the world of the Bible, Christian doctrine, ethics, and church history.
Unified General Education Core - 42-45 hrs
The Unified General Education Core is required for all bachelor degrees at Wayland.
Creative Expression for Engaging Community - 9 hrs
Written Communication - 3 hrs:
- ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric 3 hrs 1
Oral Communication - 3 hrs from:
- COMS 1301 - Speech Communication 3 hrs , COMS 1303 - Professional Communication 3 hrs, COMS 2302 - Communication in the Classroom 3 hrs, or COMS 2303 - Public Speaking 3 hrs2
Creative Arts - 3 hrs from:
- ART 1301 - Art Appreciation 3 hrs , ART. Studio Course 3 hrs, MUSI 1303 - Music Appreciation 3 hrs, MUSI 3305 - Music in American Culture 3 hrs, MUSI 3306 - History of Jazz 3 hrs, MUSI 3307 - Music in Film and Visual Media 3 hrs, MUSI Performing Ensembles 3 hrs, HUMA 2300 - Survey of the Humanities 3 hrs, or ENGL 3330 - Introduction to Film 3 hrs3
Cultural Perspectives within Community - 12-13 hrs
Critical Examination of Creation and Community - 12-14 hrs
Christian Foundations for Life in Community - 9 hrs
- ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 should be taken within first year of enrollment.
- COMS requirement may differ by degree. The B.S.N. specifies COMS 1301 or higher. Students pursuing teacher certification should take COMS 2302 .
- Creative Arts requirements for the B.S.N. specifies ART 1301 or higher, or MUSI 1303 or higher. The B.M. degree specifies ART 1301 , ART studio course, HUMA 2300 or ENGL 3330 . The B.S.I.S. EC-6 degree can take FNAR 2401 . The B.A. Worship Studies specifies MUSI 3305 . Students pursuing the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree must choose from ART 1301 , ART Studio Course, or MUSI 1303 .
- Students in the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree must take an ENGL literature elective.
- HIST 1303 or HIST 1304 can be applied to either History or Multi-Cultural sections.
- HIST 2301 and HIST 2302 are required for teacher certification and the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree.
- To ensure broad training, no more than 6 credit hours from Literature or History may fulfill the requirements for Cultural Perspectives within Community; however, students may use the Multi-Cultural history or literature course options to fulfill 3 hours of Literature or History requirements, and then may also complete an additional Multi-Cultural course from a different discipline.
- Students with two years of documented high school foreign language (minimum grade of ‘B’ or 3.0) may enroll in 2000-level courses (or higher where prerequisites allow) in that same language. Any student with significant informal background in a foreign language may contact the School of Languages and Literature for information about placement testing.
- Students pursuing the B.A.S. Banking and Finance, B.A.S. Business Administration, B.A.S. Computer Information Systems, B.A.S. Computer Science, B.A.S. Digital Marketing, B.A.S. Environmental Sciences, B.A.S. Mission in Business, B.B.A., B.S., B.S.I.S. Middle School Core Subjects, B.S.I.S. Middle School Math, or B.S.I.S. Middle School Science degrees are required to take MATH 1304 .
- B.S.N. students must take BIOL 3410 to meet this requirement.
- Students associated primarily with the Plainview campus must take a 4-hour laboratory science course to fulfill the Unified General Education science requirement. Students not associated primarily with the Plainview campus may fulfill the science requirement through a 4-hour laboratory science course or the 3-hour non-lab version.
- ECON 2307 cannot be used for students pursuing the A.A.S. Business Administration, B.A.S. Business Administration, B.B.A. (all specializations), or B.C.M. Co-vocational Ministry with General Business specialization degrees. Students in the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree must take ECON 2307 , PSYC 1301 , or SOCI 1301 to meet this requirement.
- EDUC 2307 is required for teacher certification.
- PSYC 1301 is required for students pursuing the B.S.N. degree.
- Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301 and/or RLGN 1302 at Wayland, or (2) take THST 4310 , THST 4311 , THST 4312 , THST 4313 , or THST 4320 in lieu of RLGN 1301 ; and/or take THST 4320 , THST 4321 , THST 4322 , or THST 4323 in lieu of RLGN 1302 . THST 4320 may be an option for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other THST/MNST courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 . The Dean of the School of Christian Studies must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301 or RLGN 1302 , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Christian Studies and the Registrar.
- Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.
- Students associated primarily with the Plainview campus must take BASC 1200 and EXSS 1112 . Students not associated primarily with the Plainview campus will take BASC 1301 .
- GRAD 0001 not required for Associate degree.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Specific General Education Course Requirements - 16-17 hrs
The Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) is a minimum 124-credit hour degree. A minimum of 42 credit hours must be upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Major and minor fields of study included in the degree also have upper-level requirements. As these may vary depending on the discipline selected, specific requirements are included in the subject field sections of the catalog. Because of the nature of the degree, it includes additional study in the fine arts and in foreign language. In addition to the Unified General Education Core, students must complete the following degree specific general education core requirements for the B.A. degree:
- Students may opt to test out of COSC 2311 ; see course description. Students pursuing music majors should take MUSI 3302 . Students pursuing fields in education should take EDIT 2310 .
- EXSS courses that can be used to fulfill this requirement include a statement to that effect in the course description. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.
- Students may choose from a third course in Literature or History (beyond the 6-hour limitation in the core) or a third course in foreign language (3000-level or 1000-level in a second language).
- Students must choose a course option from outside the discipline of the major field of study, except B.A. Humanities majors due to the interdisciplinary nature of the major.
- Prerequisite of 1401 and/or 1402 (in a single language) may be required and can be used as a Multi-Cultural elective in the general education and/or as electives toward the degree. Students with two years of documented high school foreign language (minimum grade ‘B’ or 3.0) may enroll in 2000-level courses (or higher where prerequisites allow) in that same language. Any student with significant information background in a foreign language may contact the School of Languages and Literature for information about placement testing.
- Completion of GREK 1302 , GREK 2301 , and/or HEBR 1301 must be in addition to the Multi-Cultural requirement.
Academic Major and Minor
The B.A. degree is designed primarily for students desiring to study in the arts, the humanities, or the social sciences. Major fields of study approved for the B.A. degree are listed in the Academic Programs Profile . In the majority of instances, the major requires the completion of 30 credit hours. Specific credit hours as well as course requirements are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected.
Students pursuing the B.A. degree must select a minor or second major from any discipline identified by the university as an approved minor or major field. The typical minor consists of 18 credit hours. Specific credit hours as well as course requirements for the majors and minors are included in that section of the catalog dedicated to the discipline selected. A complete list of minors is included in the Academic Programs Profile .
Students may complete the minimum 124 credit hours required for the degree with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective credit hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level credit hour requirements for graduation are being met.
Theological Studies - 36 hrs
The theological studies major requires a minimum of 36 credit hours from the following courses:
Christian Studies Common Core - 18 hrs
The School of Christian Studies seeks a holistic approach to ministerial training, preparing the head (knowledege), the heart (devotion), and the hands (service). This holistic approach begins with a common core for all Christian Studies majors.
Theological Studies - 18 hrs