Bible-Theology and Philosophy Department

Professor Miller, Chair
Professors N. Anderson, Dickens, Kierstead, Peterson, Rightmire
Associate Professor K. Anderson

Systematic studies in Bible, Theology, and Philosophy have remained fundamental to Asbury’s academic and spiritual mission. These disciplines, in a sense, establish the Christian worldview that undergirds every other program at the University.

The BIBLE AND THEOLOGY PROGRAM offers an in-depth exploration of biblical content and theology. Our goal is to prepare men and women for vocational ministry and theological scholarship. Students may choose one of two majors:
1. The Pre-seminary major equips students for seminary and graduate level education. Men and women in this program have opportunity to develop the writing and research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and ultimately to serve in pastoral and other leadership roles in church and society.
2. The Pre-ministry major seeks to prepare men and women for ministry immediately following college. These students take courses, among others, in preaching, pastoral theology, biblical interpretation, Christian Ministries, and marriage or family in order to be as equipped as possible to enter some types of ministry without further seminary education.
Each of these two programs emphasizes biblical content, background, theological understanding, and exegetical skills. Both facilitate interpreting the Bible in its historical, cultural context and the ability to apply biblical principles to ministry in everyday life. In addition to studying individual books of the Old and New Testaments, students explore the rich historical and theological legacy of the Church and its implications for today.
As part of our goals for our students, the department provides opportunities for study abroad and cross-cultural experiences. In recent years our faculty members have sponsored study-tours to Greece, Turkey, and Israel. Some of our students have spent a semester in Israel earning course credit in biblical history and archaeology.

BTH 100, OT 100, NT 100, and TH 300 are included as general education requirements for all students and do not apply to the majors and minor listed below.

The purpose of the PHILOSOPHY PROGRAM at Asbury University is to acquaint the student with the field of philosophy, including its relevance to the formation of a Christian world view. In this process, philosophy becomes an important element in preparation for both meaningful vocation and general intellectual life.
1. The curriculum in philosophy acquaints the student with the history of philosophy, the world’s great philosophers, basic schools of thought, key areas of philosophy, and the classic questions in the field. In addition to the information conveyed in the curriculum, philosophy at Asbury seeks to develop key cognitive skills in the student: clear thinking, analysis, logical argumentation, critique. Beyond the level of skill acquisition, the curriculum is also designed to nurture the higher intellectual functions of understanding and valuing, which have traditionally been associated with wisdom.
2. Philosophy serves as an attractive major or minor as well as an enriching elective for any other field of study. As an undergraduate major, philosophy serves as a basis for graduate work in philosophical, theological, or divinity programs. A student can also major in philosophy in order to do graduate work in other fields, provided that he or she has done the necessary preparation in that other field. Philosophy is a beneficial second major as well, since it equips the student with cognitive skills and expands his or her understanding. As a minor, philosophy fits well with any major, since it is flexible and provides additional insight into one’s first major and into intellectual issues more broadly. Simply taking some philosophy courses as electives helps the student in pursuing intellectual interests outside his or her major field.
3. Some career options open to philosophy majors are law, medicine, business, politics, government service, journalism, and writing. Historically, only philosophy majors score 5% or more above the mean on these important exams: LSAT, GMAT, GRE Verbal, and GRE Quantitative. Philosophy majors as a group have a higher mean score on the GRE Verbal than students in any other major. Surveys of medical schools indicate that philosophy is the preferred major for applicants who are otherwise qualified in chemistry and biology.
4. Philosophy is essential to being a truly educated person -­that is, to being a person who understands our cultural heritage, sees life holistically, discerns and critiques the assumptions of competing world views, and acts upon principle. This kind of education lays a ground work for success in any career because it enhances one’s ability to deal with a wide variety of ideas and perspectives represented among different people, to solve complex problems, and to articulate a vision.

BIBLE-THEOLOGY: PRE-MINISTRY (48 hour major + general education + electives)
BTH 475; CM 201, 211, or 380; CM 213; COM 341; MIS 201 or 311; 9 hours of NT; 9 hours of OT; PHL 231 or 361; SOC 341 or 432; TH 320, 340; 6 hours of TH.

BIBLE-THEOLOGY: PRE-SEMINARY (43 hour major + general education + electives)
BTH 475; CM 201, 211, 380, COM 341, or MIS 311; HIS 313, 320, 321, PHL 211, 231, 242, 361, or 411; 12 hours of NT; 12 hours of OT; PHL 231 or 361; 9 hours of TH.

PHILOSOPHY (30 hour major + general education + electives)
PHL 211, 212, 221, 231, 393, 412, plus 12 hours of PHL (not including PHL 200).

BIBLE-THEOLOGY (18 hour minor)
3 hours of NT; 3 hours of OT; 3 hours of TH; 9 hours of any NT, OT or TH.

PHILOSOPHY (18 hour minor)
18 hours of PHL 211 or above.

The Department of Bible-Theology and Philosophy, together with the Christian Ministries Department, also offers a major in LEADERSHIP AND MINISTRY through the ADULT PROFESSIONAL STUDIES DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM of the university. For information on that program see ADULT PROFESSIONAL STUDIES WILMORE OR ORLANDO section.

Bulletin 2010-2011 Revised 7/28/2010