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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



of Theology

56 48 36 12 28 180


General Education Requirements: 56 units


Categories Code Course Title Units

(2 courses)

COM103 Presentational Communication 8
COM110 Theological English
COM201 Public Speaking
COM204 Oral Communication Skills
COM250 Integrated Multiple Skills for


ENG101 English Composition
ENG103 College English (Composition and


ENG113 Introduction to English Literature
ENG301 English I
ENG302 English II
ENG303 English III


Humanities and

the Arts

(4 courses)

HIS101 History of Western Civilization to 1715 16
HIS102 History of Western Civilization 1715 to the Present
HIS103 American History
MUS103 Music Appreciation
MUS105 Contemporary Music with Guitar
MUS107 Francis Choir I
MUS108 Francis Choir II
MUS109 Francis Choir III
MUS110 World Music
PHL111 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL112 Logic
PHL212 Introduction to Ethics




(4 courses from at least two


POSC101 Introduction to Political Science  





POSC102 Introduction to American Government
PSY101 General Psychology
PSY206 Psychology of Religion
PSY425 Counseling for Marriage and Family
REL101 Comparative Religion
SOC201 Introduction to Sociology

Natural Sciences/

Physical Sciences/


(4 courses)

BIO101 Introduction to Biology  





MATH100 Math Fundamentals
MATH101 College Mathematics
MATH102 College Algebra
MATH211 Essentials of Calculus
MATH301 Introduction to Statistics
PB150 Human Anatomy


Bible & Theology Requirements: 48 units

Categories Code Course Title Units
Biblical Studies

(8 courses)


BS103 Biblical Interpretation 32
NT101 Survey of the NT
NT120 The New Testament and the Biblical World
NT203 Synoptic Gospels
NT205 Life & Teaching of Christ
NT221 The Passion of Jesus
NT230 Acts
NT231 Women in the New Testament
NT305 Pauline Epistles
NT315 Prayers in the New Testament
NT320 Gospel According to John
OT101 Survey of the OT
OT210 Pentateuch
OT220 OT Historical Books
OT301 Introduction to the Old Testament
OT315 Introduction to the Prophets
OT320 The Prophets (Major)
OT321 The Prophets (Minor)




Categories Code Course Title Units

(4 courses)


HT101 History of the Early Church 16
HT102 History of the Medieval Church
HT103 History of the Modern Church
HT104 History of the Korean Church
HT307 Reformed Theology
HT310 History of the Presbyterian Movement
RS101 World Religions
RS200 Anthropology of Religion
ST101 Introduction to Theology
ST102 Systematic Theology I
ST103 Systematic Theology II
ST104 Systematic Theology III
ST202 Apologetics
ST302 Christian Ethics
ST303 Contemporary Theology I
ST309 Apologetics


Categories Code Course Title Units
Professional Studies (Practical Ministry)

(9 courses)


CC101 Introduction to Christian Counseling 36
CC271 Christian Counseling and Personality Disorders
CC400 Christian Counseling
CC440 Marriage and Family Counseling Christian Perspective
CC581 Pastoral Counseling
CE301 Christian Education
CE306 Discipleship
CE307 Bible Study Methods
PT101 Christian Worship
PT102 Preaching
PT220 Spiritual Formation
PT310 Church Finance
PT403 Introduction to Christian Business
PT405 Evangelism
PT406 Mission
PT407 Pastoral Leadership
PT410 Church Growth
PT504 Pastoral Theology


Categories Code Course Title Units
Field Education

(3 courses)

PRA351 Field Education I 12
PRA352 Field Education II
PRA353 Field Education III

Electives 28 units