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Bachelor of Theology



Program Description

For students who give the Bible priority in their lives, Presbyterian Theological Seminary in America offers an undergraduate Biblical major leading to a bachelor's degree. The Bachelor of Theology is designed to bring students to a sound working knowledge of the Word of God, so that they may share those life-transforming principles in a variety of contexts. 

 

General education provides learning experiences to enhance and complement the academic majors and provide for the student an integrated Christian worldview. A general education supplies an understanding and awareness of broad areas of language, history, philosophy, communication, science, and human development. These are the essential complements to Biblical studies in shaping godly attitudes and behavior in our contemporary world.

 

Program Learning Goals

The following competencies are assigned to the B.Th. program in order to achieve institutional goals:

·         The students use appropriate speaking, hearing, and writing skills in English for employment or for graduate studies;

·         The students gain general understanding of American culture, history, politics, and society and Korean-American immigrant context;

·         The students are able to identify important theological themes and their significance for the church and society;

·         The students develop spiritual discipline and demonstrate servant leadership; 

·         The students have hand-on experience in various fields;

·         The students analyze ideas and evaluate them critically.

 

Admission Requirement

Those admitted to the Bachelor of Theology are required to have:

·         A high school diploma or its equivalent (GED);

 

Degree Requirement

B.Th. candidate’ must:

·         Earn 128 credit units with a 2.0 grade average by completing the course requirements and;

·         Finish 2 credit units of student ministry for graduation during 6 semesters (3 years except the first year);

·         Submit a student ministry evaluation form written by a supervisor twice a year, at the end of May and December;

·         Submit a report of student ministry form which is written by students, every month;

 

Field Education

The Field Education program is an integral part of the theological curriculum practical training by which students under supervision work at a variety of assignments at a local church, according to their particular ministerial goals and interests.

 

Method of Instruction

The method of instructions is direct instruction which is on-site, lecture-based. 

Qualified faculty will provide the following: a course outline that includes sequence of instruction and specific learning outcome. The sequence of instruction will include a list and brief description of each topic presented in the order of instruction along with a brief description of the lessons devoted to each topic. Faculties are required to spend an appropriate amount of time evaluating the progress of student learning and course material presented by students.

 

Required Credit Unit for Graduation

 

Core                                                 98 units

Biblical/Theological Studies:     36 units

General Studies:                         36 units

Professional Education:             24 units

Field Work/Student Ministry:  2 units

Electives                                         30 units

Total:                                               128 units

 

 

Undergraduate (B.Th.) Course Curriculum

 

Core Course : Biblical/Theological Studies(36 units)

 

OT101(3 units/Korean) Introduction to the Old Testament

An introductory course selecting aspects of the Old Testament; overview of the paradigmatic eras of the Old Testament history and the integrated framework of its theology (fall 2014)

 

OT211(3 units/Korean)  The Pentateuch

An in-depth study of the first five books of the Old Testament; a study of Israel's traditions about its emergence as a people under God's initiative; the pre-history, the patriarchs, exodus from Egypt; the wilderness, Sinai, and the Law. (spring 2014)

 

OT212(3 units/Korean)Prophets

The content and literary qualities of the major prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel in light of their historical backgrounds and their developing theology (spring 2015)

 

OT213(3 units/Korean)Wisdom Literature

An expositional study of the books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, with attention to the nature of wisdom literature and to the content, structure, and relevance of the books (fall 2013)

 

NT100(3 units/Korean)Introduction to the New Testament

A study of important theological concepts in the New Testament in relation to the socio- historical background of the time (spring 2014)

 

NT211(3 units/Korean)Synoptic Gospels

A study of the Jesus tradition and interpretation in the first three Gospels; contents of Jesus' message, His understanding of His own life and mission, and His teachings portrayed in these books (fall 2013)

 

NT212(3 units/Korean) General Epistles

A study of the non-Pauline epistles with attention given to their historical settings, literary forms, and theology of Christian faith (spring 2015)

 

NT213(3 units/Korean)Pauline Epistles

An examination of Paul's theological and missiological messages with special emphasis on Christology, salvation, ethics, discipleship, evangelism, eschatology and leading exegetical issues. (fall 2013)

 

TH101(3 units/Korean)Systematic Theology I

A systematic study of Biblical teachings concerning the person and work of God, the authority of the Bible and humanity's relationship to God (fall 2014)

 

TH102(3 units/Korean)Systematic Theology II

A systematic study of Biblical teachings concerning the person and work of Christ and Salvation (spring 2015)

 

TH302(3 units/Korean)Hermeneutics

The study of Biblical interpretation and application, particularly the process and principles of moving from the horizon of the text to the horizon of the contemporary interpreter. This includes practice in grasping the author's intended meaning as it deals with the question of how we accurately read and interpret the Bible and correctly apply it to the contemporary world. (spring 2014)

 

TH211(3 units/Korean)Christian Ethics

A course designed to build basic spiritual discipline for Christian living, ministry, and the development of a Christ-like character. (fall 2014)

 

Core Course : General Studies(36 units)

 

GE103(3 units/Korean) Logic, General Research & Writing

An introductory study of logical reasoning, research methods and research paper writing.  This includes use of library and online resources, and proper citation.  This study also includes instruction in how to gather notes, prepare an outline and compose a term paper.

 

GE111(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Western Philosophy

Illustration of the nature and scope of Western philosophy through an examination of some of its traditional areas of concern, such as ethics, theory of knowledge, social and political philosophy of religion, aesthetics, and metaphysics.

 

GE211(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Asian Philosophy

Survey of East Asian philosophy with stress upon the epistemology of Asian people, from Ancient to World View and Modern.

 

GH416(3 units/Korean) History of World Civilizations

A survey of the history of Western Civilization from earliest times to the present, with emphasis on important people, trends, and relation to the Church

 

GH444(3 units/Korean) Church History

A chronological survey of the Christian Church that gives special emphasis to theological development and change. This study explores the major periods and figures in the growth of the Korean church also.

 

GS141(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Sociology in an Immigrant Context

An introduction to sociological concepts with emphasis on group life, culture, socialization, generational conflict in immigrant communities, and differences in ministry needs for first-and-second generation immigrants.

 

GS231(3 units/Korean) Human Development

An introduction to the cognitive, social, emotional, and moral characteristics of each stage of development as well as how this affects developmental needs and abilities of various age groups.

 

GS271(3 units/Korean) Cultural Anthropology

A study of the basic principles of cultural anthropology.  The course provides a basis for understanding and appreciating other people and their cultures so that students can adjust readily and work effectively in an ever-increasing multicultural world.

 

GS310(3 units/Korean) U.S. Government

This course focuses on the United States’ founding principles, beliefs, and an overview of U.S. history from the colonial to modern period. Students will study the structure, functions, and powers of government at the national, state, and local levels. The roles of political parties, lobbies and interest groups are included. 

 

MI260(3 units/Korean) Comparative Religions

A survey of the religious systems present in the world and an analysis of how to conduct outreach among their members.  Missionary considerations to be discussed include information on what resources are available, what organizations are involved in ministering to each group, what strategies seem effective and what theological interests or problems tend to be important to each group.

 

GE300(3 units/Korean) Humanities and Culture Studies

This course demonstrates and articulates critical understanding of the complex relationship between literary texts and human experience. The texts offered by professors then act as an starting point for students to share their thoughts of human relationships and human communities. The themes given by the texts make students to engage in critical and analytical exploration of human qualities and experiences. The course will include lectures, in-class discussions, and presenting each of themes per group. 

 

Field Work/Student Ministry

FWB 01~06(total 2 units) Field Work/Student Ministry

This courses are an integral part of the theological curriculum by which students under supervision work at a variety of assignments at a local church, according to their particular ministerial goals and interest.

 

Core Course : Professional Education(24 units)

 

GS292(3 units/Korean) Leadership and Public Speaking

A survey of leadership theory, including the history of leadership and contributions from various disciplines, including Sociology, Anthropology, and Management Theory. The course explores Biblical perspectives on leadership, including such topics as styles, spiritual gifts, modeling, emergence patterns, and church structures. In addition, students will study and practice the art and science of public address. Students will learn the skills needed to speak intelligibly, forcefully, and persuasively to an audience.

 

TH307(3 units/Korean) Christian Apologetics

Apologetics is the reasoned and faithful response by the Christian church to problems and criticisms of the faith. This course will survey several of the major problems and criticisms of the Christian church: its history, life and faith. It will also review the intellectual and faithful responses that Christians have provided to them.

 

CO200(3 units/Korean)  Cross-cultural Communication

This course presents a theoretical and practical approach to the study of intercultural communication. The course focuses on the many elements and processes involved in the

sending and receiving of messages within intercultural contexts. The aim of the course is to increase your sensitivity to and understanding of intercultural differences and similarities so that this awareness can lead to more effective communication. The course covers basic concepts, principles, and practical skills for improving communication between persons from different ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

 

PT308(3 units/Korean) Inner Healing

This course introduces the theory and practice of inner-healing used in the context of counseling. It will explore the biblical foundations of counseling and teach inner healing techniques aided by the work of the Holy Spirit.

 

MI150(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Evangelism and Missiology

A consideration of what evangelism is from the NT texts. The course includes theological perspectives such as divine sovereignty and human response; motivations and hindrances to evangelism; the role of evangelists and of the local church in evangelistic ministry; communication the gospel in various ways in different contexts. The course also introduces students to the nature, perspective, history, methodologies, theories and issues of missiology as a discipline.

 

PT360(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

A study of the application of theology to the pastoral setting, including the development of Christian community in the local church, development of spirituality in the local setting, and the relationship of the pastor to the church's ministry.

 

PT370(3 units/Korean) Christian Worship

A study of the history, theology, and practice of Christian worship. The course will include studies of the Christian year, elements and orders of worship, the sacraments, funerals, weddings, and other occasional services.

 

ED201(3 units/Korean) Christian Education

A study of Christian education as a discipline that critically adapts methods and concepts from theology, humanities, behavioral sciences, and education. A study of a variety of theoretical approaches and positions.

 

 

Electives( 30 units) (*This courses are subject to change.)

 

GA110(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Art History

This course presents the major themes, styles and subject matter of art and architecture from prehistory to the present in world civilizations. The artworks of each culture and historical period are examined in the context of the dominant thoughts, ideas and customs of the time.

 

GE102(3 units/English) Ministerial and Theological English 1

An introductory study of English terms and usage useful for understanding theology and for conducting daily ministerial duties for Korean-American churches.

 

GE105(3 units/English) American Culture, Customs and Etiquette

This course will examine the history, traditions, motivations, context, and ongoing cultivation of American culture. We will also explore expressions of culture through art, media, and social activity. Discussion of culture will be approached through the lens of a Christian worldview. Theories of intercultural communication will also be covered.

 

GS273(3 units/Korean) Theology and Culture

This course will explore various theological and religious meanings that are carried in popular culture, and specifically in phenomena that are not ordinarily thought of as religious. Through reading several "theologians of culture," we will examine contemporary novels, films, music, television, and tourism with the intent of developing ways to discern transcendent longings, anxieties, and visions of good and evil that operate below the surface of our common cultural life in the U.S.

 

GE202(3 units/English) Ministerial and Theological English 2

The second level to a series of studies of English terms and usage useful for understanding theology and for conducting daily ministerial duties for Korean-American churches.

 

     GS105(3 units/Korean) Personal Finance

This course provides both background information and analytical skills for making good  personal financial decisions. You will learn how to choose your personal financial goals, devise strategies for attaining them, and implement those strategies. You will also learn

about protecting your wealth as you accumulate it, how to use employer benefits wisely, and how to manage your money and credit.

 

GM101(3 units/Korean) Introduction to World Music

This course provides an introduction to the music of selected cultures and contemporary intercultural communities. Drawing on topics and issues in ethnomusicology, it focus on musical practices, beliefs, and techniques. It is intended to develop listening skills, broaden musical horizons, as well as to enable a deeper understanding of the way music functions in relation to social groups and individual lives.

 

ED201(3 units/Korean) Christian Education

A study of Christian education as a discipline that critically adapts methods and concepts from theology, humanities, behavioral sciences, and education. A study of a variety of theoretical approaches and positions.

 

GE101(3 units/Korean) Creative Writing

This course focuses on writing in two genres: poetry and fiction.  The purpose of this class is to encourage students to cultivate the habits, attitudes and flexibility of a writer for personal enjoyment as well as for publication.

 

GA210(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Photography

This course will teach you the basics of photography with emphasis on camera functions, composition, digital capture and editing. We will also cover and discuss a variety of photographic styles and practices as they pertain to both the history of the medium and our own visual literacy.

 

OT205(3 units/Korean) History of Israel

An understanding of the history and religion of Israel.

 

PT201(3 units/Korean) Homiletics

A basic course in the fundamentals of preaching and the development of the sermon. Methods of gathering sermon material, sermon preparation, and writing are studied.

 

GE403(3 units/Korean) Advanced Research & Writing

An advanced study of how to conduct and present academic research. This includes use of library and online resources, and proper citation.  This study also includes instruction in how to prepare and write a term paper, scholarly article or thesis.

Prerequisite: GE103 Logic, General Research, and Writing

 

GS133(3 units/Korean) Family Psychology

Basic principles of psychology such as maturation, motivation, emotion, personality, and mental health; emphasis on these principles in relation to family life and to the teaching of the Bible, Christian life, and Christian service

 

GE311(3 units/Korean) Introduction to World Literature

A survey of world literature with special attention to the themes such as God, man, nature, relationship, joy, tragedy, death, and eternal life, which can be found in the Bible

 

CS100(3 units/Korean) Church Administration and Information Technology

This course helps students acquire the basic administrative skills for the church and other non-profit organizations and the knowledge of information technology to facilitate the administrative work.

 

GN100(3 units/Korean) Introduction to Natural Science

An introductory science course for integrating several science disciplines: biology, earth science, geology, physics, chemistry and cosmology. Focuses on concepts related to current issues in an effort to develop an understanding of how science influences our lives. Examines how scientists formulate and address questions about life, matter and the nature of the universe.