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DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts

Majors                                                          

Theology         

Minors                                                          

Biblical Languages      
Philosophy
Theology
Urban Ministry
Youth Ministry   

Biblical Languages (Minor) 

Total Hours: 18

Philosophy (Minor)

  • Phil 301 Concepts in Philosophy 3
  • Phil 311 History in Philosophical Thought I 3
  • Phil 312 History in Philosophical Thought II 3
  • Phil 319 Introduction to Symbolic Logic 3
  • Phil 499 Honors Course 3
  • Theo 390 World Religions: Gospel Pluralistic World 3      

Total Hours: 18 

Theology (B.A.)

  • One course from: 3

Theo 241 Interp. Select. O.T. Prophetical Books (3)
Theo 242 Interpretation of Selected Psalms (3)
Theo 251 Interp. Selected Pauline Epistles (3)
Theo 252 Interpretation of the Gospels (3)

  • Theo 331 Studies in the Life of Christ or Theo 418 From Exile to Christ 3
  • Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible 3
  • One course from:  3

Phil 301 Concepts in Philosophy (3)
Phil 311 History of Philosophical Thought I (3)
Phil 312 History of Philosophical Thought II (3)

  • Two courses from: 6

Theo 361 Christian Doctrine I (3)
Theo 362 Christian Doctrine II (3)
Theo 363 The Lutheran Confessions (3)

  • Two courses from: 6

Hist 313 Religion & Society in the United States (3)
Hist 334 Early and Medieval Christianity (3)
Hist 335 Renaissance and the Reformation (3)
Theo 371 History of Christian Thought (3)
Theo 375 Christian Denom. & Religious Move. (3)

  • Two courses from: 6

Theo 382 Theology of Corporate Worship (3)
Theo 385 Parish Visitation and Evangelism (3)
Theo 390 World Religions: Gospel Plural. World (3)
Theo 460 Factors in Congregational Growth (3)
Theo 465 Christian Ethics (3)
Theo 482 Nurturing Faith Family/School/Cong. (3)
Theo 483 Sexuality and the Family (3)
Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World (3)

Total Hours: 30

Theology (Minor)

  • Theo 331 Studies in the Life of Christ or Theo 450 Understanding & Teaching Bible 3
  • Hist 313 Religion & Society in U.S. or Theo 375 Christian Denom. & Relig. Move. 3
  • Two courses from: 5-6

Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry (2)
Theo 382 Theology of Corporate Worship (3)
Theo 390 World Religions: Gospel Plural. World (3)
Theo 482 Nurturing Faith Family/School/Cong. (3)
Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World (3)

Total Hours: 11-12

Urban Ministry (Minor)

Total Hours: 21

Youth Ministry (Minor) 

  • Educ 388 Youth Ministry Theory and Methods 3
  • Psy 421 Adolescent Psychology & Development 3
  • Six hours from: 6

Psy 341 Group Techniques (3)
Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling (3)
HHP 367 Recreational Programming (3)
Theo 382 Theology of Corporate Worship (3)
Theo 482 Nurturing Faith: Family, School, Cong.(3)
Theo 483 Sexuality and the Family (3)

Total Hours: 12

Pre-Seminary Program

Concordia’s pre-seminary program prepares students for admission to a theological seminary, where further studies may be pursued leading to the ordained pastoral ministry. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to most seminary programs. Concordia’s pre-seminary program is designed to coordinate specifically with the Master of Divinity (ordination track) program of both seminaries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS); those seminary programs include four years of post-baccalaureate education (three years of classroom work plus one year of vicarage internship). While designed chiefly with the LCMS student in mind, students of other denominations may profitably participate in many facets of Concordia’s pre-seminary program (such students are encouraged to investigate the admission requirements of the seminary associated with their particular interest or denomination).

Concordia’s pre-seminary program is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and includes an emphasis in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew (LCMS seminaries require biblical language proficiency), along with a background in philosophy and the humanities.

Program Academics

Concordia’s pre-seminary program offers great flexibility to students at the university to participate in a variety of programs and majors that may suit their particular interests. The program includes ten core courses (34 hours) that will prepare the student well for further seminary training and eventual pastoral service. The pre-seminary core courses are in the following areas:

Greek (14 hours)

Hebrew (11 hours)

Philosophy (6 hours)

Choose from any course with a Phil prefix, but Phil 311 & 312 are recommended:

  • Phil 311 History of Philosophical Thought I 3
  • Phil 312 History of Philosophical Thought II  3

Public Speaking (3 hours)

 It is highly recommended that students not begin the pre-seminary core of courses until they have completed their first year in residence at Concordia. Transfer students should consult with the pre-seminary program director to determine the beginning of their enrollment in the pre-seminary core of courses. The above core courses may not be taken on a Pass/No Record basis by students within the pre-seminary program.

Since the pre-seminary program does not constitute a major within a specific academic program, the above core of courses may be taken in conjunction with any other degree program and/or major offered at Concordia. Students may participate in the pre-seminary program within:

  1. The Bachelor of Science & Bachelor of Arts/Liberal Arts programs
  2. The Bachelor of Science Education programs
  3. The Bachelor of Music programs
  4. The Bachelor of Fine Arts programs

Pre-seminary students at Concordia participate in a wide variety of degree programs, including elementary education, middle level education, secondary education, director of Christian education, business administration, computer science, etc. Adding the pre-seminary core of courses may increase the number of hours in a program beyond the 120 minimum hours required for graduation. Historically, the majority of pre-seminary students have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts/Liberal Arts degree; virtually every liberal arts major has been pursued and proven beneficial in some manner for the pastoral ministry.

Admission into the Program

There are two levels of admission: provisional and formal.

  1. Students apply for provisional admission into the pre-seminary program after completion of 16 hours in residence at Concordia (and in any case, before the end of the first year study). Applications are available from the pre-seminary program director. Provisional admission indicates a student’s intent to prepare for seminary studies and initiates provision of services through Concordia’s pre-seminary director.
  2. Students apply for formal admission into the pre-seminary program during their second year of residence at Concordia. Transfer students entering with more than 32 hours of credit are to apply before the end of their first semester in residence. Formal admission into the program makes a student eligible to receive the pre-seminary church worker scholarship grant offered by Concordia during the junior and senior years of study. To qualify for formal admission into the program, students must:
    1. have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50;
    2. submit a completed application form prior to the published deadline;
    3. successfully complete an admission interview with the pre-seminary program director.

Dismissal from the Program

Students may be dismissed from the pre-seminary program for the following reasons:

  1. have a cumulative GPA fall below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters;
  2. fail to make progress toward completing the pre-seminary core of courses;
  3. engage in conduct incompatible with biblical standards associated with the office of the public ministry (see 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9);
  4. dismissal from the university.

Appeal Process

Students denied formal admission into the program or dismissed from the program may appeal that decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the university provost within 15 days of the decision to deny admission or the decision to dismiss from the program. If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the university provost, a further appeal may be made to the university president. There is no provision for appeal beyond the university president.

Process for Seminary Recommendation

Students applying for admission to an LCMS seminary are required to obtain a letter of recommendation from the university president.  Favorable recommendations will be granted to students who:

  1. have been formally accepted into the pre-seminary program and retain good standing within the program;
  2. have made substantial progress toward completing the pre-seminary core of courses;
  3. receive a positive endorsement from the pre-seminary director;
  4. indicate by their past academic performance the ability to complete their prescribed course of study.

Exceptions to these criteria are made on a case-by-case basis by the university president in consultation with the pre-seminary director.

PRE-DEACONESS PROGRAM

The pre-deaconess program is designed to provide interested students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in preparation for graduate education leading to certification as a deaconess. The student who completes the pre-deaconess program will have a broad-based liberal arts education which will include an academic major of her choosing supplemented by a core of classes designed to provide a theological/sociological base for further study at the seminary level.

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours.

Pre-Deaconess Core 

Phil 311 History of Philo. Thought I (3)
Phil 312 History of Philo. Thought II (3)
Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry (2)
Theo 382 Theology of Corporate Worship (3)
Theo 385 Parish Visitation & Evangelism (3)
Theo 483 Sexuality and the Family (3)
Theo 487 Planning Adult Educ. in Parish (3)
Soc 221 Social Problems (3)
Soc 335 Sociology of Religion (3)
Gero 205 Adult Aging and Development (3)
Hist 313 Religion and Society in U.S. (3)
Hist 335 The Renaissance & Reformation(3)
Educ 388 Youth Ministry Theory & Meth. (3)
Educ 483 Leadership Development (3)
Educ 484 Confirmation Plan. & Implem. (2)
Educ 485 Parish Education Prog. Admin. (3)
Grk 101 Greek I (4)
Grk 201 Greek II (4)
Heb 101 Hebrew I (4)
Heb 201 Hebrew II (4)   

Total Hours: 30

See also: Please check the course catalog for other information about programs in which you are interested.