General Description and Program Goals
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling is intended for students who wish to develop counseling skills in order to assist the personal growth of individuals as an integral part of ministry. This program requires four academic years based on 126 semester hours of credit and builds upon the General Education, Bible, and Theology requirements.
The goals of the Christian Counseling program are to:
- To prepare students for graduate study; and
- To prepare students for counseling related ministries in church.
Upon completing this program, students will be able to:
- Articulate biblical foundation for Christian counseling;
- Demonstrate growth in personal and spiritual life;
- Integrate counseling and Christian faith;
- Demonstrate the basic skills and practical abilities for counseling; and
- Demonstrate ability to address the need of individuals in diverse cultural settings.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling requires a minimum of 45 course credits earned in General Education. General Education courses include courses in communications, humanities, natural sciences, computer, and the social sciences.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling requires the completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit, passing the Bible Comprehensive Exam, and demonstration of Christian character. Credits can be a combination of transfer credits and completion of course work with a Grade Point Average of C (2.0). At least 45 credits must be in General Education. A minimum of 42 units must be completed at WMU and the remaining 84 units may be satisfied through transfer credit.
The student may submit a senior thesis (a major academic paper) earning 3 credits to complete the program. In this case, the student will take the course, BT400 Thesis, and present a prospectus and outline of the thesis during his/her final year of the program. The school will assign an academic supervisor according to the subject of the thesis. The text of the senior thesis will be approximately 30 pages double-spaced.
Course Titles and Level
All courses are at the Bachelor degree level. Courses are numbered 100-400. Course descriptions are provided in this catalog.
Degree Requirements: 126 credits