Master of Arts in Black Church Studies

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PURPOSE

The Master of Arts in Black Church Studies (MABCS) degree is designed to equip men and women to be scholars, church practitioners, and competent leaders in congregations and other settings within African American culture.

DEGREE LEARNING OUTCOMES

Having completed the MA in Black Church Studies, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and responsible interpretation and use of Scripture in the Black Church context informed by different interpretive strategies in the Black Church tradition.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and relevant application of the history of the Black religious experience in various contemporary settings.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and relevant use of the theology of the Black religious experience in various contemporary settings.
  • Exhibit the skills necessary to engage in ministries of justice, mercy, compassion, and love in Black communities of faith.
  • Form a vision of ministry in the Black Church that seeks to address individual and systemic injustice in local and global contexts.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

Students earning the Master of Arts in Black Church Studies must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.

 
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MABCS Degree Worksheet

Degree Design

CLASS NAME

CREDIT HOURS

Preliminary and Summative Coursework

BCS 7700 Internship in Black Church 11 hour
BCS 7705 Internship in Black Church 22 hours

Spiritual Formation Courses

Choose any 2 of the following 4 courses:
BCS 5520 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings and Reflections2 hours
BCS 5521 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Readings and Reflections2 hours
BCS 5522 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat2 hours
BCS 5523 Spiritual Formation in the Black Tradition: Workshops/Retreat2 hours

Core Courses

BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1)3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2)3 hours

Black Church Studies Courses

BCS 5500 Introduction to Black Church Studies3 hours
BCS 5505 History of the Black Church3 hours
BCS 5511 Black Theology3 hours
BCS 5527 Dynamics of the Black Church, Black Family & Black Minister3 hours
Choose any 1 of the following courses:
BCS 5515 African American Biblical Interpretation3 hours
BCS 5530 Womanist Hermeneutics and Literature3 hours

Elective Courses

Open Electives9 hours

Total Hours

55 hours

 

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