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SEMINARY DEGREE PROGRAMS

Pilgrim Theological Seminary will initially offer three undergraduate degrees: the Associate in Christian Studies, the Bachelor of Christian Leadership, and the Bachelor of Pastoral Ministries which incorporates many of the courses of a traditional three-year graduate seminary program into a four year undergraduate degree. The first graduate program of the seminary will begin in the fall of 2015.


It is our belief that learning can be greatly enriched when done in relationship to others - education in community - as it is sometimes called. We support this concept and encourage our students to share their learning experiences through group study, discussions, and in other helpful ways. Many benefits come from a healthy and lively exchange of ideas and perspectives.          

           

Local churches are invited to partner with the seminary to help meet the educational needs of incarcerated Christians in their area. Local churches may be authorized to organize discussion groups utilizing seminary study resources and to administer Pilgrim Seminary examinations.

ASSOCIATE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES

The ASSOCIATE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES degree requires the successful completion of 60 credit hours. The program of study has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the Christian faith and its relationship to various academic disciplines. The program seeks to provide a solid basis for further academic study. Of the 60 credit hours, 24 credits from the following areas of study are required to fulfill the seminary’s undergraduate general education requirements for Associate degrees.


These include:

  1. Three credit hours in English Composition;
  2. Six credit hours in Science and Math (three credits each);
  3. Three credit hours in Psychology
  4. Three credit hours in Sociology
  5. Six credit hours in American History (at least three) and /or American Government;
  6. Three credit hours in Communication


In addition, 24 credit hours of theological studies are required including the following:

  1. Three credits in Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  2. Three credit hours in Old Testament Studies;
  3. Six credit hours in New Testament Studies;
  4. Three credit hours in Christian Theology
  5. Three credit hours in Church History;
  6. Three credit hours in Ethics; and
  7. Three credit hours in Missions, Evangelism, Apologetics, or Discipleship


In addition, students must complete twelve (12) credit hours of electives.

BACHELOR OF CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

The BACHELOR IN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP degree requires the successful completion of 126 credit hours. The degree is designed to help equip men and women to become servant-leaders capable of offering Christian leadership to the church and the world. Of the 126 credit hours, 36 credits fulfill the seminary’s general education requirements for Bachelor degrees.


These include:

  1. Six credit hours in English (three in college writing and three in Literature)
  2. Nine credit hours in Science and college Math (minimum of three credits in each);
  3. Six credit hours in Psychology (three in General Psychology)
  4. Three credit hours in Sociology;
  5. Six credit hours in American History (at least three) or American Government; and
  6. Six credit hours in Communication (three in Public Speaking)

           

Thirty six (36) credit hours of theological studies are required. These include credit hours from the following areas:

  1. Three credit hours in Principles of Biblical Interpretation;
  2. Six credit hours in Old Testament Studies;
  3. Six credit hours in New Testament Studies;
  4. Three credit hours in Christian Theology;
  5. Three credit hours in Church History;
  6. Three credit hours in Ethics;
  7. Three credit hours in Missions
  8. Three credit hours in Evangelism, Apologetics, or Discipleship;
  9. Three credit hours in Christian Leadership;
  10. Three credit hours in Christian Caregiving

           

This degree also requires that students transfer or complete 30 credit hours of study in one of the following areas:

            In Communication, if you are striving to educationally prepare yourself to assist local churches or non-profit organizations with their need to better articulate and communicate their message to their own members and the wider community.

            In Business, if you are striving to educationally prepare yourself to assist churches or non-profit organizations with their needs for proper management, general administration, and planning.

            In Legal Studies, if you are striving to educationally prepare yourself to assist Christian attorneys or legal aid societies in service to the poor, the needy, or the disenfranchised.

            In Community Development, if you are striving to educationally prepare yourself to work with churches, Christian service organizations, or community-based organizations which have substantial ministries to the poor.

          

Note: The educational programs of the seminary have not been primarily designed for professional licensing or certification beyond the value of the degrees we offer.

           

Students will need to complete an additional 24 credit hours of elective courses to complete the 126 credit hour requirement for graduation. Each area of concentration has specific course requirements. See the appropriate section of the catalog for details.

BACHELOR OF PASTORAL MINISTRY

The BACHELOR OF PASTORAL MINISTRY degree requires the successful completion of 126 credit hours. All of the courses in this degree program are required; there are no electives.

           

The program incorporates much of a traditional three year seminary program into an undergraduate degree thus saving students time and money without sacrificing the knowledge and skills necessary for effective ministry. The program seeks to offer excellent preparation for persons interested in pastoral ministry in:

  1. smaller congregations
  2. missionary service
  3. restorative leadership careers
  4. and significant lay leadership responsibilities in the local church

           

Degree seeking students in the Bachelor of Pastoral Ministry are required to participate in:

-- five, one week intensive workshops at various points during their educational program, AND

-- complete a Capstone Project (a modified format is used for our incarcerated students), AND

-- 100 hours of volunteer service each year they are in the program. 

We strongly encourage all degree-seeking students to have a specific context for Christian service and a mentor with a theological degree and ministry experience.


The required courses in this program are as follows:       

STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY

 PSY 105 - General Psychology

PSY 160 - Human Development and Faith Formation

PSY 228 - Adolescence

PSY 304 - Social Psychology

PSY 382 - Abnormal Psychology

 

STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION

COM 103 - Written Communication

COM 105 - Introduction to Communication

COM 120 - Public Speaking

COM 205 - Interpersonal Communications

COM 250 - Leadership in Organizations

 

STUDIES IN AMERICAN SOCIETY

SOC 105 - Sociology

SOC 301 - Marriage and Family

SOC 343 - Social Problems

AHS 241 - American History I

AHS 242 - American History II

           

BIBLICAL STUDIES

BST 210 - Principles of Biblical Interpretation

BST 305- Old Testament Studies I

BST 306 - Old Testament Studies II

BST 320 – Life and Teachings of Jesus

BST 330 - The Pauline Epistles

BST 340 - General Epistles and Revelation

CHURCH HISTORY, THEOLOGY, AND ETHICS

CHS 350 - Patristic and Medieval Church History

CHS 360 - Reformation and Modern Church History

ETH 440 - Christian Ethics

CTH 410 - Christian Theology I

CTH 420 – Christian Theology II

 

THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

SFR 310 - Spiritual Formation

MIS 310 - Christian Missions

MIS 420 - Christian Apologetics and Evangelism

HOM 430 - Homiletics

CWR 435 - Leading Worship

CHG 440 - Congregational Health and Growth

 

CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING AND COUNSELING

PSY 326 - Substance Abuse or PSY 328 Alcoholism

PSY 334 – Encountering Death and Dying

PSC 405 - Christian Caregiving

MIN 402  -  Issues in Ministry

MIN 412  -  Crisis Ministry and Conflict Resolution

CCG 421 - Introduction to Christian Counseling



Science and Math Requirement

            Nine credit hours in Science and College Math (minimum of three credits in each including three credits in Human Anatomy and Disease).

Capstone Project

SECOND DEGREE POLICY

Students who have previously earned an Associate degree and who wish to earn an Associate in Christian Studies degree from PTS must complete 18 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies inclusive of the following:

  1. Three credits in Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  2. Three credit hours in Old Testament Studies;
  3. Three credit hours in New Testament Studies;
  4. Three credit hours in Christian Theology
  5. Three credit hours in Church History;
  6. Three credit hours in Missions, Evangelism, Apologetics, Spiritual Formation, or Discipleship

           

Students who have a Bachelor degree and wish to earn a Bachelor of Christian Leadership degree must complete the 36 credit hours of Biblical and Theological studies required by this degree.

EARNING ACADEMIC CREDIT

Academic credit is earned at Pilgrim Theological Seminary by passing subject specific proficiency examinations and occasionally through papers or projects. Because adult students learn in many different ways, our emphasis is not so much on how a person has learned something but on the student's ability to demonstrate his or her knowledge. The successful completion of an examination requires a minimum score of 75%.

           

We have eliminated the possibility of failing an examination by adding the grade of I (incomplete) to our grading system. A student receiving less than 75% on an examination is encouraged to engage in further study and take a second or, if necessary, subsequent exam. The seminary uses the following grading scale for all examinations.


74% or less = I (incomplete)  75-83% = C,  84-92% = B,  93-100% = A 

           

A record of a completed program of study is added to a student’s academic record only when an examination has been successfully completed and all program of study requirements have been met. Incomplete grades are not placed on a transcript.

           

To ensure academic integrity, we require that all exams be taken at an authorized Pilgrim Seminary Testing Center or, when necessary, be proctored by an adult unrelated to the student. A proctor must be a person of high moral character and be willing to oversee the taking of a series of exams. Paper exams are provided for incarcerated students.

           

Incarcerated students are reminded that in most prisons one must have permission to take college or correspondence courses. The seminary provides a form for students to have completed by an appropriate prison official verifying that the student has permission to participate in the seminary program.

          

In some prisons the staff is not permitted to proctor exams. In this situation an exam can sometimes be proctored by a non-family member on your visitors list, a prison volunteer in the religion program, or another Christian prisoner. In some situations where none of these possibilities are acceptable to prison officials, the student may act as his or her own proctor by signing an acknowledgment at the end of an exam that attests to the integrity of the work.

           

Please remember that individual proctors must be approved in advance by the seminary.

 

Additional Ways of Earning Seminary Credit


In addition to programs of study offered by the seminary, credit towards a Bachelor of Christian Leadership degree can come from a variety of other sources. The seminary is willing to consider appropriate AP courses that have been successfully completed. You may also transfer credits earned at accredited colleges, universities, or seminaries for which you received a grade of C or better.

           
We accept a number of nationally recognized exams such as CLEP, DANTES, Excelsior College, and Thomas Edison College exams. We will consider appropriate programs of study that carry a recommendation for college credit from the American Council on Education or the National College Credit Recommendation Service. Credit may also be granted for work completed through the United Methodist Course of Study, the Seminary Extension Center of the Southern Baptist Convention, and other denominationally sponsored programs.

INTEGRITY POLICY

Pilgrim Theological Seminary students are expected to maintain the highest standards of personal and academic honesty and integrity. The seminary will not tolerate academic dishonesty, plagiarism or cheating on exams. Should a student be found in violation of the seminary's academic integrity policy, he or she will be prohibited from taking additional programs of study through the seminary and his or her entire academic record will carry a permanent notation of dismissal for academic dishonesty.

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