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Programs & Courses

The Department of Christian Ministries equips and prepares students for leadership roles in various areas of Christian ministry. Students may pursue a B.S. or B.A. degree with majors in Intercultural Studies or Christian Ministries. In cooperation with the School of Business, students may also choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) in Cross-Cultural Business Management. In addition, the Department of Christian Ministries also offers minors in the following areas: Intercultural Studies, Christian Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, and Youth Ministry.


Intercultural Studies (Major)

Intercultural Studies (ICS) courses—30 Hours:

Intercultural Studies (ICS) is a 30 hour major and is the most flexible major we offer. Students may earn 15 credit hours through practicums and internships (mission trips). This allows students to double major in ICS and another discipline such as business, education, health profession, or another area that will prepare them to be marketplace professionals. Students may choose a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree while majoring in (ICS).

The purposes of the ICS major are:

  1. Expose students to various cultures for the purpose of developing a caring sensitivity for all people groups.
  2. Promote and develop Christian character, ethics and morality as the foundation of relationship among various people groups.
  3. Communicate the universal need for redemption through a clear presentation of the gospel in a culturally sensitive context.
  4. To convey the responsibility of all followers of Christ to value, protect and rescue the disadvantaged, vulnerable and abused people in society.
  5. Prepare students to effectively work and minister in a multicultural or cross-cultural context.

Students who major in ICS are required to double major or take a minor. A double major or minor in the following areas is suggested: (business, education, health profession, or another area that will prepare the student to be marketplace professionals.)

Required courses include:

REL 310. Principles and Practices of Missions (3 hours): A study of the principles and practices of missions by examining the biblical foundations of missions and the study of various mission paradigms that are reflected in the practice of one’s theology.

REL 320. Christian Theology (3 hours): A study of Christian theology from the standpoint of the Bible, historical theology, and systematic theological expression.

REL 405. World Religions (3 hours): A study of the nature of religion, a comparative treatment of the world’s major religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other eastern religions—and an examination of the religions diverse philosophical foundations, theologies, and practices. Offered concurrently with PHI 405.

REL 470. The Life and Work of William Carey, D.D. (3 hours): A study of the background, biography, and influence of William Carey, D.D., British Baptist minister and missionary to India.

REL 480. Service Practicum (3 hours): A supervised learning experience in mission work overseas or in the United States. This course satisfies writing intensive course requirements.

REL 483. Evangelism and Church Growth (3 hours): A study of theological principles and cross-cultural methods of evangelism and church growth.

REL 484. Intercultural Field Experience (3 hours): A study of missiological principles, missions methods, and cultural considerations in a practical university-sponsored international or North American missions experience.

REL 497. Internship in Missions (9 hours): A supervised missions experience either abroad or in the United States. Prerequisites: REL 310, 320, 405, and 483.


Cross Cultural Business Management (Major)

Entrepreneurial Missionary

The Cross Cultural Business Management major is a Bachelor of Science in Business degree conferred by the William Carey School of Business. This major was designed to prepare missionaries for overseas service in economic development, business management, and marketing while also preparing them for ministry. The CCBM major combines the general education requirements for a B.S.B. with 48 hours of business courses and 30 hours of Intercultural Studies to meet the growing need for entrepreneurial mission work. Upon returning from overseas, graduates will be able to find gainful employment or pursue an MBA.

Required courses include:

ACC 200 or BUS 302

ACC 200. Basic Accounting Software for Small Businesses (3 hours): An interactive, step-by-step course in the use of accounting software. Students will learn how to set up and operate a small business accounting system.

BUS 302. Web Page Design (3 hours): A study of the fundamental of web page design. This course introduces the student to the process of creating web pages using modern design practices and professional standards. The students will also learn how to develop web pages using a web authoring program.

ACC 221. Principles of Accounting I (3 hours): An introduction to financial reporting and accounting information systems. Prerequisite: MAT 131 or higher

ACC 222. Principles of Accounting II (3 hours): A continuation of ACC 221 with an emphasis on corporations. Prerequisite: ACC 221

BUS 209. Legal Environment of Business I (3 hours): A course in the fundamentals of everyday law, such as the American legal system, contracts, business torts, business crimes and ethics.

BUS 216. Business and Economic Statistics (3 hours): An introduction to the principles of statistics and probability, emphasizing their application to problems in business and economics. Prerequisite: MAT 131.

BUS 299, Service Learning for Business (0 hours): Experiential study of the impact of community service on personal and business level decision making. Grade: Pass/Fail

BUS 310. Microcomputer Applications (3 hours): A study of the use of software tools, integrated software, and application packages in business. Prerequisite: BUS 102 or equivalent.

BUS 311. Principles of Marketing (3 hours): An overview of marketing including segmentation, target markets, the marketing mix, marketing strategy and the marketing environment, including global markets.

BUS 313. Business Communication (3 hours): A brief review of the basic mechanics of grammar, punctuation, and letter styles; emphasis on the principles of business correspondence and employment communication. Satisfies the writing intensive course requirement. Prerequisite: Proficiency in ENG 101, 102, and keyboarding skills highly recommended for use in completing business writing assignments.

BUS 315. Managerial Finance (3 hours): Application of mathematics to financial problems involved in the organization and conduct of a business enterprise. Prerequisite: ACC 221-222 or consent of instructor.

BUS 351. International Management (3 hours): This course focuses on the management of multinational corporations and the typical organizational and managerial issues faced by these organizations.

BUS 412. International Marketing (3 hours): A study of the techniques and practices used to market products and services internationally. Prerequisite: BUS 311.

BUS 413. Global Supply Chain Management (3 hours): A study of the important dimensions of managing operations and supply chains in a global market.

BUS 414. Small Business Management (3 hours): A study of small business operations.

BUS 415. International Finance (3 hours): An in-depth exploration of the multi-facets of international business, including the cultural and legal environment, and the financing requirements unique to exports/imports. Prerequisite: BUS 315

ECO 201. Principles of Economics I – Macroeconomics (3 hours): A view of the economy as a whole with emphasis on national income accounting, employment theory, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade.

ECO 202. Principles of Economics II – Microeconomics (3 hours): A course emphasizing microeconomics. An exploration of the mechanics of demand, supply, and the pricing of products and resources by individual firms.


Christian Ministry (Major)

Christian Ministry (CM) major—42 hours

The Christian Ministries (CM) major offers foundational courses to prepare students to fill ministry positions within the local church. Students will be taught to faithfully exegete and communicate Scripture, effectively apply biblical doctrines, compassionately minister to the needs of the congregation, and intentionally lead the church to fulfill the Great Commission both locally and globally.

The purposes of the Christian Ministry major are:

  1. Faithfully exegete and communicate Scripture
  2. Effectively apply biblical doctrines
  3. Compassionately ministers to the needs of the congregation through pastoral ministry
  4. Intentionally lead the local church to fulfilling the Great Commission locally and globally.

Required courses include:

REL. 203. The Baptist Heritage (3 hours): An introduction to the history, doctrine, and polity of Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention.

REL. 272. Introduction to Christian Worship (3 hours): A study designed to examine the various aspects of Christian worship to prepare students in planning and leading worship services within the local church.

REL 320. Christian Theology (3 hours): A study of Christian theology from the standpoint of the Bible, historical theology, and systematic theological expression.

PSY. 333. Introduction to Christian Counseling (3 hours): This course introduces and provides experiences in sound principles of psychology which are consistent with counseling in a Christian setting. Offered spring trimester of even-numbered years.

REL. 370. Biblical Hermeneutics (3 hours): A study designed to introduce students to the Grammatical-Historical method of biblical interpretation for the purpose of understanding the original meaning of the text.

REL. 397. Internship in Ministry (6 hours): Students will be assigned a 10 week internship with a church for the purpose of gaining on the job training and mentoring.

REL. 403. Christian Ethics (3 hours): A study of the major theoretical paradigms of ethics from the ancient Greeks through the contemporary theorists, including Christian ethicists; attention is given to the application of ethical theory to contemporary ethical issues. Offered concurrently with PHI 403.

REL 405. World Religions (3 hours): A study of the nature of religion, a comparative treatment of the world’s major religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other eastern religions—and an examination of the religions’ diverse philosophical foundations, theologies, and practices.

(OR)

REL. 470. The Life and Work of William Carey, D.D. (3 hours): A study of the background, biography, and influence of William Carey, D.D., British Baptist minister and missionary to India.

REL. 471. Practical Theology (3 hours): A study designed to systematically examine doctrines of the Bible for the purpose of practical and pastoral application.

REL. 472. Contemporary Issues in Ethics (3 hours): This course will address contemporary issues in ethics from a bibliocentric perspective. Students will learn to make hermeneutically sound and culturally relevant arguments according to biblical moral revelation. This class will examine and treat biblical moral revelation as authoritative, relevant and redemptive.

REL. 481. Christian Preaching/Teaching (3 hours): A study designed to introduce students to basic hermeneutical and exegetical principles of expository preaching.

REL. 482. Christian Ministries (3 hours): A study of the various responsibilities of ministers within the total church program with special emphasis given to pastoral care and administration.

REL. 483. Evangelism and Church Growth (3 hours): A study of theological principles and cross-cultural methods of evangelism and church growth.

(OR)

REL 310. Principles and Practices of Missions (3 hours): A study of the principles and practices of missions by examining the biblical foundations of missions and the study of various mission paradigms that are reflected in the practice of one’s theology.


Intercultural Studies (Minor)

ICS minor—18 hours

Required courses include:

REL 310. Principles and Practices of Missions (3 hours): A study of the principles and practices of missions by examining the biblical foundations of missions and the study of various mission paradigms that are reflected in the practice of one’s theology.

REL 320. Christian Theology (3 hours): A study of Christian theology from the standpoint of the Bible, historical theology, and systematic theological expression.

REL 405. World Religions (3 hours): A study of the nature of religion, a comparative treatment of the world’s major religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other eastern religions—and an examination of the religions diverse philosophical foundations, theologies, and practices.

REL 470. The Life and Work of William Carey, D.D. (3 hours): A study of the background, biography, and influence of William Carey, D.D., British Baptist minister and missionary to India.

REL 483. Evangelism and Church Growth (3 hours): A study of theological principles and cross-cultural methods of evangelism and church growth.

REL 484. Intercultural Field Experience (3 hours): A study of missiological principles, missions methods, and cultural considerations in a practical university-sponsored international or North American missions experience.


Christian Ministry (Minor)

The Christian Ministry minor includes 15 hours of non-duplicated coursework in addition to REL 101-102. The available courses for the Christian Ministry minor are:

REL. 370. Biblical Hermeneutics (3 hours): This course is designed to introduce students to the Grammatical-Historical method of biblical interpretation for the purpose of understanding the original meaning of the text.

REL. 473. Pastoral Ministry (3 hours): This course is designed to introduce the student to the biblical principles and theological foundation of pastoral ministry for the purpose of preparing for various demands of shepherding a church.

REL 481. Christian Preaching/Teaching (3 hours): A study designed to introduce students to basic hermeneutical and exegetical principles of expository preaching.

Six additional hours in upper level CM religion courses.


Pastoral Ministry (Minor)

The Pastoral Ministry minor includes 15 hours of non-duplicated coursework in addition to REL 101-102. The available courses for the Pastoral Ministry minor are:

REL. 370. Biblical Hermeneutics (3 hours): This course is designed to introduce students to the Grammatical-Historical method of biblical interpretation for the purpose of understanding the original meaning of the text.

REL. 401. Old Testament (Exegesis) (3 hours): An intensive historical and literary analysis of a selected portion of the Old Testament. Prerequisite: Biblical Hermeneutics (REL 370).

REL. 402. New Testament (Exegesis) (3 hours): An intensive historical and literary analysis of a selected portion of the New Testament. Prerequisite: Biblical Hermeneutics (REL 370).

REL. 473. Pastoral Ministry (3 hours): This course is designed to introduce the student to the biblical principles and theological foundation of pastoral ministry for the purpose of preparing for various demands of shepherding a church.

REL. 474. Preaching/Teaching from the Old Testament Prophets (3 hours): A study designed to apply the principles of expository preaching/teaching to the narrative genre of the Old Testament.

REL 475. Preaching/Teaching from OT Narrative (3 hours): This course is specifically designed to teach students how to apply the principles of expository preaching/teaching to the narrative genre of the Old Testament. This course includes the study of the historical background and purpose of various narrative texts as well as their intended function and meaning. Special attention is given to narrative as artfully and intelligently designed. Students will learn to ascertain the meaning of the narrative text intended by the author and the interpretive methods involved.

REL. 476. Preaching/Teaching from the New Testament (3 hours): This course is designed to prepare students to recognize the various genres of the New Testament. In addition, students will learn to employ proper hermeneutical and exegetical principles that result in contextual and theologically accurate sermons/lessons that may be applied to contemporary culture.


Youth Ministry (Minor)

The Youth Ministry minor includes 15 hours of non-duplicated coursework in addition to REL 101-102. The available courses for the Youth Ministry minor are:

REL. 270. (3 hours): Principles of Youth Ministry. This course is expose students to the various aspects of youth ministry and to prepare them to be effective leaders in the local church.

REL. 370. (3 hours): Biblical Hermeneutics. This course is designed to introduce students to the Grammatical-Historical method of biblical interpretation for the purpose of understanding the original meaning of the text.

PSY. 203. (3 hours): Adolescent Psychology. Significant aspects of adolescent behavior and development. Emphasis on physical, mental, social, emotional, and moral development of adolescents.

PSY. 228 (3 hours): Introduction to Marriage and Family Counseling. A study of relationship changes of the family life cycle with an emphasis on counseling (Same as SOC 228).

Additional hours in upper level CM religion courses may be taken to complete minor.


Medical Missionary

William Carey University can help you prepare to be a medical missionary. Students would double major in Intercultural Studies and Biology or Chemistry. The Intercultural Studies degree introduces students to historical and contemporary mission paradigms, theology, and various world religions. Students will receive academic credit for medical mission trips as well as the opportunity to serve 10 weeks in a medical facility either in the US or abroad. Receiving a Biology (Pre-med) degree will qualify students to apply for medical, dental, or veterinary school. Additionally, students may choose Physical Therapy degree, Pharmacy degree or Nursing degree as a means to prepare for medical missions.


The Holloway Center

Dr. Brett Golson, Ph.D., Director

The Holloway Center was established as a resource center for busy pastors who wish to continue sharpening their skills in preaching, leadership, and pastoral ministry. The Center hosts a number of events each year from various ministry related areas such as how to prepare and preach an expository sermon. For more information visit our website at wmcarey.edu/hollowaycenter.


The Owen and Elizabeth Cooper Institute of Missions

Tim Glaze, D.Min., Director

Named for the outstanding Mississippi Baptist industrialist Owen Cooper and his wife Elizabeth, the institute promotes missions awareness, conducts missions seminars, provides training, assists with planning of university affiliated mission trips, and evaluates the disbursement of missions funds. By providing opportunities for local, national, and international mission experiences, the institute prepares students to communicate the Gospel responsibly in an intercultural context. Owen Cooper was the only Mississippian to serve as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of only two laymen to serve in that position.