Old Testament History and Literature I (BOT 1000) 3 credits
This class presents an overview of the chronological unfolding of Old Testament history and literature beginning with Genesis and continuing through the period of the Judges. The poetic books will also be examined. Emphasis will be given to the major themes, persons, events/passages of each book, and maps of Bible lands.

Old Testament History and Literature II (BOT 1001) 3 credits
This class presents an overview of the chronological unfolding of Old Testament history and literature beginning with the United Monarchy era, progressing through the pided Monarchy, Exilic and Post-exilic eras. The prophets will be examined in conjunction with these books. Emphasis will be given to the major themes, persons, events/passages of each book, and maps of Bible lands

Gospels and Acts (BNT 2201) 3 credits
This course is a study of the Gospels and Acts, giving special attention to their history, literacy structure, content, and theological themes. Includes attention to application for today.

Letters and Revelation (BNT 2202) 3 credits
This course is a study of the letters in the New Testament and Revelation, giving special attention to their history, literacy structure, content, and theological themes. Includes attention to application for today.

Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 2001) 3 credits
Introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation in order to better understand the Bible. Emphasis placed on the application of these principles.

Christian Faith (TH 2005) 4 credits
An introduction to the main people, events, and theological positions of the Christian Tradition. Contents will focus on the doctrine of the Bible, God, humankind, the person and work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Church, and the last days.

Advanced Hermeneutics (BSA 3019/3719) 3 credits
Study of various interpretive issues including the canon, translation issues, text criticism, and contemporary methods of interpretation.

Romans (BNT 3009) 3 credits
Prerequisite: BSA 3019
Detailed examination of Romans paying careful attention to its structure, argument, and theological emphasis.

Torah (BOT 3203) 3 credits
This course will examine the first five books of the Old Testament looking at the major themes: Creation, Fall, Covenant, Exodus event, Law; main characters, geography and cultural background. This course will also explore how these five books lay the foundation for the rest of the Bible. Attention will also be given to applying the message of these books to the current culture.

Biblical Theology (TH 4005) 3 credits
Study of the major biblical themes in the Old and New Testaments including the kingdom of God, covenants, temple, law, and people of God. Designed to be taken in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program.

Old Testament Elective (3 credits)

New Testament Elective (3 credits)

Bible Electives (upper pision, 3 credits)



College Writing I (ENG 1000) 3 credits
Prerequisite: acceptable placement score or ENG-0990
Emphasis on improving skills and effectiveness in written communication through critical reading of perse literary genres and extensive writing. Course deals with developing authorial voice and adapting that voice to academic audiences.

College Writing II (ENG 1001) 3 credits
Prerequisite: ENG 1000
Continued emphasis on composition with concentration on critical and creative thinking. Includes use of sources, research methods, and preparation of college-level research papers.

Intercultural Communications (CUL 2007) 3 credits
The Intercultural Communications course introduces students to the theory of communication and the personal, interpersonal and cultural factors that affect the communication process. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to communicate effectively across cultures. Interpersonal and group communication processes will be addressed.


Worldviews (HUM 2007) 3 credits
This worldviews course examines various major worldviews that have influenced modern society – considering questions about the nature of reality, the nature and significance of human kind, the basis for knowledge and ethics, and life commitments. Students will explore current worldviews in American or global society and will seek to articulate their own current worldview understanding.

Senior Seminar (HUM 4001) 3 credits
Designed to be taken in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree at OHCC. Course features reflection on one’s college experience, practical preparation for the next steps beyond college, and integration of faith and theology with contemporary issues.

Social Science

World History (HI 2003) 3 credits
A study of the ancient Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European roots of modern Western civilization through the Renaissance/Reformation era.

Church History I (HI 3150/2733) 3 credits
Prerequisite: HI 2003
Study of the history of the Christian church from its founding to the present. Special emphasis on the people, events, and doctrinal controversies significant in the growth of Christianity. Includes exploration of the interplay of Christianity with politics, the great church councils, the crises that emerge, pisions and alliances, and confluence of forces that determine the complexity of the Christian church today.


Science/Math Elective (3 credits)


General Education Electives (3 credits)

Pastoral Ministry (Core)

Spiritual Formation I (CM 1001) 3 credits
Course focuses on developing a Christ-centered life and awareness of ministry avenues. Special emphases on spiritual gifts, missions, and submitting each area of life to God.

Spiritual Formation II (CM 1002) 3 credits
Course introduces the basic concepts and skills needed for evangelism and discipleship. Emphases include understanding the world around us while communicating one’s faith, exploring one’s role as a disciple, and effective ways to disciple other followers of Christ.

Teaching in Ministry (CM 2009) 3 credits
Practical survey of the skills needed and resources available for teaching in children, youth, or adult ministries.

Student Outreach (CM 1200, 2200, 3200)* 4 credits Includes weekly volunteer experiences under the direction of the Student Outreach Director. Ministry areas include evangelism, discipleship, and social concern. Students’ experiences are facilitated by qualified supervisors who provide accountability and feedback. Outreach must complement the student’s major during the junior year.

Student Intercultural Outreach (CM 2202/3202) 2 credits
Prerequisite: CUL 2007
This course provides an intercultural learning and service opportunity. Students will participate in structured and guided learning and service/ ministry projects that address multicultural issues relevant to American and global societies.

Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (PM 2001) 2 credits Introduction to the pastorate exploring qualifications, job descriptions, candidating, and general pastoral functions. Emphasis placed on developing a biblical model of a pastor/shepherd and a philosophy of ministry. Includes a serious consideration of the “call” to ministry and the student’s relationship to it

Introduction to Preaching (PM 3002) 3 credits
Prerequisite: BSA 1002
Appreciation for preaching developed with exposure to various historical and modern-day models. Introduces methods of gathering, arranging, and delivering sermonic materials. Includes experience in preaching sermons.

Introduction to Counseling (CO 2001) 3 credits Course introduces basic counseling skills. Primarily focuses on skill development with some class time devoted to counseling theory. Includes learning and practicing counseling skills in the classroom setting. Christian perspectives of counseling presented in order for students to integrate newly acquired skills into a variety of contexts.

Professional Ethics (PS 3003) 2 credits Provides an introduction to legal responsibilities and liabilities, state mental health laws, family law, confidentiality, codes of ethics among various professional organizations, licensure and certification, mandatory reporting, and professional identity. Application of ethical behavior in one’s vocation emphasized.

Students in the Pastoral Ministries program must choose one of the following ministry emphases:


Marriage and Family Counseling (CO 3003) 2 credits Prerequisite: CO-2001
Presents a view of the contemporary family and strategies in counseling them. Gives an understanding of how families work as systems and how therapy is effective. Information based upon clinical reports, social science research, and biblical perspectives.

Effective Pastoral Ministry (PM 4001) 3 credits Emphasis on learning about and developing ministry skills. Identifies and wrestles with common ministerial problems. Hands-on projects and case studies required. Special sessions on worship, personal development, and pastoral counseling.

Practice of Preaching (PM 3003) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PM 3002
Emphasizes sermon delivery. Skills refined by frequent practice of preaching with teacher and peer review. A variety of sermon types, settings, and problems explored. Narrative preaching considered. Some sermons video taped.

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (BSA 2002) 1 credit**
Introduction to Hebrew and the many tools and resources available to the student possessing a limited knowledge of the language.

Introduction to Biblical Greek (BSA 2003) 1 credit**
Introduction to Greek and the many tools and resources available to the student possessing a limited knowledge of the language.

Pastoral Ministry Internship (PM 4010 ) 6 credits
Intern gains practical experience in church-related work under supervision. Exposure given to a variety of aspects of ministry.

Worship Leadership Emphasis

WA-2013-3 Planning and Leading Worship (WA 2013) 3 credits
Covers a wide variety of topics such as the role of the worship leader, keys to effective worship planning, team building, teaching new songs, the leader as a servant, and the visual presentation of the worship leader and team.

WA-3051-2 Use of Technology in Worship (WA 3051) 2 credits Exposure to many forms of technology necessary for contemporary worship planning and leading. Includes sound systems, PowerPoint, and media resources available to enhance worship.

History and Theology of Worship (WA 3200) 3 credits
Establishes biblical foundation for worship and examines the theological implications of worship. Historical survey of the development of worship from early traditions to contemporary forms

Tech/Sound Class (WA TBD) 2 credits

Worship Practicum (WA 2025/3025) 2 credits
Team preparation to lead worship in the CLH program. Includes the development of vocal and instrumental proficiencies and the development of understanding the forms and role of worship in the church. May be taken as a stand-alone course.

Worship Leadership Internship (WA 4010) 6 credits
For students enrolled in the Pastoral Ministry, Worship Leadership Emphasis program. Involves supervised experience in the context of an actual ministry of the student’s choice.

Free Electives

Free Electives (3 upper pision, 15 credits)


Biblical Studies (40 credits)

General Education (30 credits)

Pastoral Ministry (41 credits)

Free Electives (15 credits)

Total 126 credits

*For students in the Worship Leadership Emphasis, 2 credits of Outreach will be in Performance groups.

**We highly recommend that Pastoral Ministry students take one of the biblical language sequences. The corresponding introductory requirement will be waived for students who choose this option.