The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS) combines theological education with the history of Western thought in order to develop the intellectual and spiritual maturity of every graduate. The degree prepares students to serve God and others in whatever chosen vocation, including Christian ministries, through worldview development and biblical studies. The BACS degree also prepares students to complete graduate degrees at Southwestern Seminary (MDiv, Adv. Standing; Adv. MDiv, MACE) with an 18-credit hour reduction.
Students complete the Missions Practicum requirements on-the-field. Approximately one year prior to the Missions Practicum, students choose a specific International Missions Board (IMB) “Hands On” assignment under the supervision of the Missions Practicum’s Academic Supervisor. Prior to departure, the Academic Supervisor meets regularly with the Missions Practicum students, preparing them for every aspect of the approximately five-month overseas experience. While on location, an IMB Field Supervisor oversees and guides the student toward achieving the Missions Practicum three academic goals:1.) Practical missions field experience (9 hours)2.) Basic field-language acquisition (3 hours)3.) Learning to communicate biblical truth cross-culturally (3 hours).When students return from the field the Academic Supervisor conducts a Post-Trip Meeting evaluating the student’s Missions Practicum performance.
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