Degree Programs

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

In an effort to meet the educational needs of the total community, Simmons College of Kentucky has developed four distinct educational programs:

• Non-Degree Program

Certificate in Religious Studies

• Degree Programs:

Associate of Arts in Religious Studies,

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Bachelor of Theology.

Non-Degree Program

The non-degree program is designed to provide prospective students with essential Christian training at the college level particularly those students who do not qualify for admission to a degree program. The Certificate program is a thirty-three (33) credit hour course of study.

Degree Programs

The degree programs provide both academic and practical experiential training in biblical, theological, and ministerial studies, in addition to a wide range of ministry areas. The Associate of Arts in Religious Studies program is a sixty-six (66) credit hour course of study and provides the student with a more comprehensive Liberal Arts and Christian Studies curriculum. The Associates program is designed to be completed in two years. The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies is a four (4) year degree program which incorporates both Liberal Arts and Christian Studies into its 120 hour educational program.

The Bachelor of Theology degree program is designed for students who desire to study in the areas of Theology, Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry beyond the Bachelor of Arts program.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The requirements for an Associate of Arts in Religious Studies Degree are in two parts:

General Education and Religious Studies.

General Education:

All students working towards the Associate of Arts degree are expected to successfully complete the following general education courses:

The requirements for an Associate of Arts in Religious Studies Degree are in two parts:

General Education and Religious Studies.

General

ENG101 English Grammar/Composition I 3 hrs

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ENG102 English Grammar/Composition II 3 hrs Communications 9 hrs
ENG103 College Reading 3 hrs    
           
GEN101 Freshman Experience 3 hrs   Orientation 3 hrs
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GEN201 African American Experience 3 hrs    
And one of the following      
ART101 Intro to Art 3 hrs    
ENG201 Literature 3 hrs Humanities 6 hrs
ENG203 African American Literature 3 hrs    
MUS101 Intro to Music 3 hrs    
PHI101 Intro to Philosophy 3 hrs    
One of the following   }    
HIS101 Western Civilization 3 hrs    
HIS207 African American History 3 hrs    
SOC102 Sociology 3 hrs Social Science 3 hrs
PSY101 Psychology 3 hrs    
POL101 American Gov’t & Politics 3 hrs
Two of the following
MAT101 Algebra 3 hrs

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SCI101 Life Science 3 hrs Math & Science 6 hrs
SCI102 Earth Science 3 hrs

All students working towards the Associate of Arts degree are expected to complete ENG101, ENG102 and GEN101 within the first 24 credit hours of study. Students may not enroll in any 300 or 400 level course until they have successfully completed English 101 and any other prerequisites with a grade of C or better.

Religious Studies:

All students working towards the Associate of Arts Degree are expected to successfully complete the following religious studies courses:

PMN101 Spiritual Formations 3 hrs
REL101 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 hrs
OTS101 Survey of the Old Testament I 3 hrs
OTS102 Survey of the Old Testament II 3 hrs
NTS101 Survey of the New Testament I 3 hrs
NTS102 Survey of the New Testament II 3 hrs
THS201 Christian Theology I 3 hrs
THS202 Christian Theology II 3 hrs
PMN207 Evangelism 3 hrs
PMN301 Homiletics 3 hrs
PMN302 Preaching Practicum 3 hrs
PMN416 Ministry in the Black Church 3 hrs
One Ministry Elective 3 hrs
Total Religious Studies Credit Hours 39 hrs

All students working towards the Associate of Arts Degree are expected to successfully complete PMN101 and REL101 within the first 24 credit hours of study. Students may not enroll in any 300 or 400 level course until they have successfully completed English 101 and any other prerequisites with a grade of C or better.

Total Credit Hours

Total General Education 27 hrs

Total Religious Studies 39 hrs

Total AA in Religious Studies 66 hrs

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

The Bachelor of Arts Degree is the primary degree program at Simmons College of Kentucky. This degree is designed to provide the student with a solid foundation in the liberal arts and specialization in both biblical studies and ministry. The Bachelor’s degree

is composed of at least three elements: general education, biblical and theological studies, and ministry preparation. This program is designed to rovide the student with a foundation in biblical studies, theology, and the history of the church; develop research skills in religious studies; and provide the student with the practical tools to succeed as a minister or Christian leader.

General Edcation:

ENG101 English Grammar & Composition I 3 hours }    
ENG102 English Grammar & Composition II 3 hours    
ENG103 College Reading   3 hours Communications 15 hours
Modern or Ancient Language   6 hours    
               
GEN101 Freshman Experience   3 hours   Orientation 3 hours
               
HIS101 Western Civilization   3 hours } History 6 hours
HIS207 African American History   3 hours    
               
SOC102 Sociology     3 hours } Behavioral Science 6 hours
PSY101 Psychology     3 hours    
               
SCI101 Life Science   3 hours } Natural Science 6 hours
SCI102 Earth Science   3 hours    
               
MAT101 Algebra     3 hours   Mathematics 3 hours
               
         

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GEN201 African American Experience 3 hours    
And one of the following        
ART101 Intro to Art     3 hours Humanities 6 hours
ENG201 Literature     3 hours    
ENG203 African American Literature 3 hours    
MUS101 Intro to Music   3 hours    
      Total General Education Credit Hours 45 hours

All Bachelor degree students are expected to complete ENG101, ENG102 and GEN101 within the first 24 hours of study and ENG103, HIS101 and HIS102 within the first 60 credit hours of study. Students may not enroll in any 300 or 400 level course until they have successfully completed English 101 and any other prerequisites with a grade of C or better.

Biblical and Theological Studies: Successful completion of the Bachelors of Arts Degree program requires the following courses in the Department of Bible and Theology:

HIS204 History of Christianity l 3 hours
HIS205 History of Christianity lI 3 hours
NTS101 Survey of the New Testament I 3 hours
NTS102 Survey of the New Testament II 3 hours
OTS101 Survey of the Old Testament I 3 hours
OTS102 Survey of the Old Testament II 3 hours
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PHI201 Christian Ethics 3 hours
PMN101 Spiritual Formation 3 hours
PMN207 Evangelism 3 hours
PMN301 Homiletics 3 hours
PMN302 Practicum in Preaching 3 hours
PMN414 Urban Church Growth 3 hours
PMN416 Ministry in Black Church 3 hours
REL101 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 hours
THS201 Christian Theology I 3 hours
THS202 Christian Theology ll 3 hours
Two Old Testament Electives 6 hours
Two New Testament Electives 6 hours
Two Theology Electives 6 hours
Total Biblical and Theological Credit Hours 51 hours

Ministry Studies:

PMN101 Spiritual Formations 3 hrs
PMN201 Homiletics 3 hrs
PMN207 Evangelism 3 hrs
PMN302 Preaching Practicum 3 hrs
PMN414 Urban Church Growth 3 hrs
PMN416 Ministry in the Black Church 3 hrs
Two Ministry Electives 6 hrs
Total Ministry Development Credit Hours 24 hrs

Total General Education Credit Hours 45 hrs

Total Biblical and Theological Credit Hours 51 hrs

Total Ministry Development Credit Hours 24 hrs

Total BA in Religious Studies 120 hrs

Students must complete REL101 and PMN101 within the first 24 credit hours and PHI201 within the first 60 credit hours of study. Students may not enroll in any 300 or 400 level course until they have completed English 101 and all prerequisites with a grade of C or better.

Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree requires a minimum GPA of 2.5 within the student’s major and a recommendation from the faculty of the student’s program.

Minor Discipline: A student may elect to take an additional minor outside of the Religious Studies program. Each student seeking a second minor must complete a minor of 18 credit hours, but no more then 40 credit hours in a non-religious studies program. Simmons College currently offers minors in History and Philosophy.

Requirements for a Minor in History

HIS 203 American History 3 Hours
HIS 204 History of Christianity I 3 Hours
HIS 205 History of Christianity II 3 Hours
HIS 206 Black Church History 3 Hours
  Two Junior/Senior History Electives 6 hrs
  Total Credit Hours 18 hrs

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

PHI102 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs
PHI202 Introduction to Christian Ethics 3 hrs
PHI203 Apologetics 3 hrs
PHI406 World Religions 3 hrs
  Two Junior/Senior Philosophy Electives 6 hrs
  Total Credit Hours 18 hrs

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