BA with a Major in Scripture and Culture

About this Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Scripture and Culture is a program that focuses on Scripture’s contents, cultural background, interpretation, and original languages, as well as the use of that education in cross-cultural contexts.

Upon completion of this degree students will:

  1. Demonstrate an intermediate competency in Greek or Hebrew exegesis and hermeneutics.
  2. Compare and contrast the cultures of the various biblical authors and of modern societies.
  3. Distinguish between the original meaning of biblical texts and their interpretation and application by various Christian communities.
  4. Identify and apply appropriate intercultural communication skills and attitudes within cross-cultural and multi-lingual contexts.
  5. Use academic and hermeneutical tools to address disagreements in areas of biblical interpretation.

Interested in this program?  Be sure to apply for Undergraduate Admission to Dallas International University. 

Degree Overview

BA-SC Curriculum Overview Hours
General Education Requirements Level 1 and Level 2 30 ush
Major Requirements  
    Level 1 through Level 4 (electives) 18 ush
    Level 3 and Level 4 (required courses) 57 ush
Minor requirements  18/19 ush
Total hours 123/124 ush*

*Students are allowed to transfer in a maximum of 72 hours of general education for all required Level 1 and Level 2 courses for the BA degree.

General Education Requirements

CIS BA-SC GENERAL EDUCATION CATEGORIES AND LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 REQUIREMENTS
Level 1 and Level 2 course requirements are 30 total hours with a minimum of two (2) courses (6 ush) in each of the five (5) general education categories. Visit the CIS General Education Categories page for more information. At Least
1.     Communication and Creative Arts 6
2.     Language and Cross-Cultural Studies 6
3.     History, Philosophy, and Religion 6
4.     Social Institutions and Behavior 6
5.     Science and Mathematics 6
  30 ush

 

Major Requirements

BA-SC Required Major Courses (Level 3 & Level 4 requirements)

Ancient Language (Greek or Hebrew 1, 2, and Textual Analysis) 12 ush*
IS3311 Research Writing 3 ush
IS3317 World Religions 3 ush
IS3325 Introduction to Contextualization 3 ush
IS4309 Hermeneutics 3 ush
IS4311 Greco-Roman Religious World 3 ush
IS4312 Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations 3 ush
IS4361 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 ush
AA4350 Language and Society 3 ush
AA4370 Cultural Anthropology 3 ush
AA4372 Political and Social Systems 3 ush
AC3305 Foundations of Torah 3 ush
AC4305 Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures 3 ush
AC4306 Introduction to the Greek Scriptures 3 ush
AL43** Foundations of Translation 3 ush
AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure
(Linguistics minors replace this course with an elective at the 3xxx or 4xxx level within their coursework for the major.)
3 ush
  57 ush

*Students may petition to take the Ancient Languages courses at the master’s level.  The student should consult with her or his academic advisor for more information.

Electives

Students choose electives that total a minimum of 18 ush from Level 1 through Level 4 courses.

Minor Requirements

The following are the requirements for the Cross-Cultural Studies minor.

Course Hours
IS3364 Theory and Reality of Development 3 ush
AA4357 Genres of Oral Tradition 3 ush
AA4387 Training in Cross-Cultural Contexts 3 ush
AC4322 Storytelling in Abrahamic Communities 3 ush
WA4382 Survey of World Arts 3 ush
Elective
(Cross-Cultural Studies minors choose an elective at the 3xxx or 4xxx level as the sixth course for their minor.)
3 ush
Total hours for the Cross-Cultural Studies minor  18 ush

The following are the requirements for the Linguistics minor. Please note that linguistics minor students will not take AL4304 Introduction to Language Structure (3 credit hours) from the degree core but will take an additional elective instead.

Course Hours
AL4302 Principles of Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics 3 ush
AL4303 Principles of Phonological Analysis 3 ush
AL4410 Principles of Grammatical Analysis 4 ush
AL4406 Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis or AL5406 Field Methods and Linguistic Analysis 4 ush
AL4207 Field Data Management or AL5207 Field Data Management 2 ush
IS3361 Introduction to Historical Linguistics 3 ush
Total hours for the Linguistics minor  19 ush

The following are the requirements for the World Arts minor.

Course Hours
WA2381 Arts for a Better Future 3 ush
WA3380 Introduction to Ethnodoxology 3 ush
WA3386 World Arts Practicum 3 ush
WA4382 Survey of World Arts 3 ush
WA4387 Area Studies for World Arts 3 ush
Plus one from the following two options:
AA4357 Genres of Oral Tradition
WA3350-IN Conference Course on World Arts
3 ush
Total hours for the World Arts minor  18 ush

The following are the requirements for the Islamic Studies minor.

Course Hours
AC4310 Introduction to Islam 3 ush
AC4311-OL Communication and Service in Muslim Contexts 3 ush
AC4322 Storytelling in Abrahamic Communities 3 ush
AC4341 Arabic 1 3 ush
AC4342 Arabic 2 3 ush
AC4343 Colloquial Arabic 3 ush
Total hours for the Islamic Studies minor  18 ush