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Bachelor of Theology

Program Description
The Bachelor of Theology (B.TH.) program offers students an opportunity to explore, academically and critically, the traditional Christian faith and practice. This program emphasizes systematic, comprehensive, and critical study of the Christian Scriptures and of major Christian theological doctrines, spiritual disciplines, and ministry practices.


Program Requirements Summary: 180 units (4 years)
Students receive the Bachelor of Theology degree when they fulfill the following program requirements:
  • The general education requirement: 56 units
  • The Bible and theology requirement: 48 units
  • Professional Studies (Practical Ministry): 36 units
  • Field Education: 12 units
  • Electives: 28 units
  • Unit requirement: A minimum of 180 units
  • Residence requirement: 45 units to be taken at Francis University


Program Learning Outcomes

  • To provide a basic knowledge of general education with a Christian world view that can be used in all areas of life.
  • To provide students with a practical Biblical foundation for Christian living.
  • To prepare students to effectively serve in a chosen field of ministry
  • To enable students to be conversant in the fields of theology and history of Christianity.
  • To engender a grasp of academic study of the Bible, from a number of critical perspectives and hermeneutical methodologies.
  • To be able to integrate the historical-critical study of the Bible into a faith environment, such as parish and community contexts of living Christian traditions.
  • To prepare the student for further academic study, if desired, in the field of Biblical Studies.


Admission Requirement
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Theology program:


Anyone possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent meets the basic requirement for ad-mission to the program. The following documents must be submitted to the office of admission by the appropriate deadline:

  1. A completed application form for admission
  2. Application fee
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Recommendation Form


Program Graduation Requirements
The Bachelor of Theology program requires that a minimum of 56 course units be earned in General Education courses. General Education courses include courses in religion, psychology, sociology, philosophy and other fields.


As much as 75 percent of the 180 quarter units (or 135 quarter units) may be satisfied through transfer credit. A minimum of 25 percent of the units must be completed at Francis University. 

Students are also required to fulfill a requirement of 12 units of Field Education Ministry. 

Degree General Education


Bible & Theology Practical Ministry (Professional Studies) Field Education Free Electives Total


Bachelor of Theology 56 48 36 12 28 180


Sample Course of Study

General Education Requirements: 56 units

Categories Code Course Title Units

(2 courses)

COM103 Presentational Communication (4 units) 8
COM110 Theological English (4 units)
COM201 Public Speaking (4 units)
COM204 Oral Communication Skills
COM250 Integrated Multiple Skills for Communication (4 units)
EN 101 English Composition (4 units)
EN103 College English (Composition and Reading) (4 units)
EN113 Introduction to English Literature (4 units)
EN301 English I (4 units)
Humanities and the Arts (4 courses) HIS 101 History of Western Civilization to 1715 (4 units) 16
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization 1715 to the Present (4 units)
HIS 103 American History (4 units)
MUS 103 Music Appreciation (4 units)
MUS105 Contemporary Music with Guitar (4 units)
MUS110 World Music (4 units)
PHL 111 Introduction to Philosophy (4 units)
PHL 112 Logic (4 units)
PHL 212 Introduction to Ethics (4 units)


Behavioral Sciences

(4 courses from at least two disciplines)

POSC101 Introduction to Political Science (4 units)  





POSC102 Introduction to American Government (4 units)
PSY 101 General Psychology (4 units)
PSY 206 Psychology of Religion (4 units)
PSY 425 Counseling for Marriage and Family (4 units)
REL 101 Comparative Religion (4 units)
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology (4 units)

Natural Sciences/

Physical Sciences/


(4 courses)

BIO101 Introduction to Biology (4 units)  





MATH101 College Mathematics (4 units)
MA100 Math Fundamentals (4 units)
MA102 College Algebra (4 units)
MATH 211 Essentials of Calculus (4 units)
MATH301 Introduction to Statistics (4 units)
PB150 Human Anatomy (4 units)


Bible & Theology Requirements: 48 units

Categories Code Course Title Units
Biblical Studies

(8 courses)


OT 101 Survey of the OT (4 units) 32
NT101 Survey of the NT (4 units)
NT120 The New Testament and the Biblical World (4 units)
NT 203 Synoptic Gospels (4 units)
NT205            Life & Teaching of Christ (4 units)
NT221 The Passion of Jesus (4 units)      
NT230            Acts (4 units)
NT231 Women in the New Testament (4 units)
NT305            Pauline Epistles (4 units)
NT 320 Gospel According to John (4 units)
OT210 Pentateuch (4 units)
OT220 OT Historical Books (4 units)       
OT301 Introduction to the Old Testament (4 units)
OT315 Introduction to The Prophets (4 units)
OT321 The Prophets (Minor) (4 units)
BS103  Biblical Interpretation (4 units)


Categories Code Course Title Units

(4 courses)


HT101 History of the Early Church (4 units) 16
HT102 History of the Medieval Church (4 units)
HT103 History of the Modern Church (4 units)
HT104 History of the Korean Church (4 units)
HT307 Reformed Theology (4 units)
HT310 History of the Presbyterian Movement (4 units)
THE 301 Christian Doctrine I (4 units)
THE 302 Christian Doctrine II (4 units)
THE 303 Christian Doctrine III (4 units)
THE 304 Christian Doctrine IV (4 units)
RS101 World Religions (4 units)
PSY 206 Psychology of Religion (4 units)
THE309 Apologetics (4 units)
ST102 Systematic Theology I (4 units)
ST303 Contemporary Theology I (4 units)


Categories Code Course Title Units
Professional Studies (Practical Ministry)

(9 courses)


CC271 Christian Counseling and Personality Disorders (4 units) 36
CE301 Christian Education (4 units)
CE306 Discipleship (4 units)
CE307 Bible Study Methods (4 units)
PT101 Christian Worship (4 units)
PT405 Evangelism (4 units)
PRA220 Spiritual Formation (4 units)
PRA307 Pastoral Leadership (4 units)
PRA310 Church Finance (4 units)
PT101 Christian Worship (4 units)
PT102 Preaching (4 units)
PT405 Evangelism (4 units)
PRA 312 Mission (4 units)
PRA366 Choir I
PRA367 Choir II
PRA368 Choir III
PRA405 Introduction to Christian Business (4 units)
PRA 407 Pastoral Leadership (4 units)
PSY 402 Christian Counseling (4 units)
PSY 415 Pastoral Counseling (4 units)
PSY 425 Counseling for Marriage and Family (4 units)
ST302 Christian Ethics (4 units)


Categories Code Course Title Units
Field Education

(3 courses)


PRA 351 Field Education I 12
PRA 352 Field Education II
PRA 353 Field Education III

Electives 28 units