With our confession in mind, Southeastern’s faculty attempts to develop five Core Competencies in students through a Southeastern education. Every student should seek to develop in…
Spiritual Formation Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.
Biblical Exposition Demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures.
Theological Integration Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry.
Ministry Preparation Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world.
Critical Thinking and Communication Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.
We strive to do all of this while cultivating in students a delight in God, His Word, and His Church.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and English
The BACS and English double major promotes an understanding of literature, trains students to think critically and write effectively, and encourages them to reflect on the central issues of the human condition—all from a Christian perspective. Core curriculum classes in composition emphasize the skills of effective research and writing. English major classes present literature from within a Christian worldview. Students will be equipped to understand culture and to communicate the gospel to others clearly and effectively. View catalog description.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and History
The BACS and History double major teaches the student to comprehend and critically evaluate the present through a biblically-informed understanding of the past. The student will examine the story of humanity, develop reading, writing, and research skills, and learn how to study history from a Christian perspective. Students will be equipped for a wide range of ministries and vocations, and be well prepared for graduate work in seminary, graduate school, or law school. View catalog description.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Humanities
The BACS and Humanities double major introduces students to the influential ideas of Western civilization. Students read great works of literature, history, philosophy, theology, and political theory and interact with them from a Christian perspective. Additional courses in philosophy, literature, and history prepare students for graduate work in seminary, classical studies, literature, history, law, or any other field in the liberal arts. View catalog description.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Missions
The BACS and Missions double major introduces students to knowledge, principles, and practices central to missions in national and international contexts. In addition to courses related to missions, church planting, and anthropology, students are taught to evaluate ideas critically and to interact with others winsomely through classes centered on the reading and discussion of great works of literature, history, philosophy, theology, and political theory. Students are required to take either (1) a 6 credit hour mission trip sponsored by SEBTS and two classes, or (2) participate in an international semester with Hands On, a project of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in which students complete practicum courses and gain experience in cross-cultural missions work in a foreign nation (download the Hands On Handbook). Those majoring in Missions will be well equipped to communicate the gospel in various contexts and prepared for continued studies in seminary or graduate school.
Notes concerning the international semester:
Completion of the Missions major and the international semester are contingent upon acceptance by the International Mission Board. The student must complete the international semester component of the Missions major after completing not less than 75 hours and not more than 96 hours of his degree requirements. The student must be a member of a Southern Baptist church, between 18–29 years of age, single, and generally in good health at the time of his international semester. An additional cost is associated with the international semester. View catalog description.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Music
Unique Requirements for Music Students
Based upon accrediting agency requirements, persons seeking admission to this program should (a) have the ability to relate musical sound to notation and terminology both quickly and accurately enough to undertake basic musicianship studies in the freshman year, (b) have a level of achievement in musical performance that indicates the ability to be successful on the undergraduate level in music.
In order to determine abilities in these areas, each entering BACS and Music student will be required to take a placement exam in Basic Musicianship and perform in their chosen performance medium for the music faculty. In preparation for the placement exam in musicianship the student should purchase and complete the workbook in musicianship studies Basic Materials in Music Theory by Greg Steinke and Paul Harder (Prentice Hall; 11 edition July 29, 2002, ISBN: 0130993336). An accompanist will be provided for the performance evaluation if necessary. If deficiencies are indicated in either area, remedial work will be required without undergraduate credit.
An opportunity to demonstrate piano proficiency is provided during the orientation period at the beginning of a student’s SEBTS matriculation. Music Students are required to be enrolled in piano lab or private piano study until piano proficiency is passed.
At the time of admission, the student’s proficiency in music will be evaluated by the faculty for the purpose of designing an individualized program of study. As a part of applied study in voice/instrumental/keyboard, each student will present a recital in their chosen performance medium.
Students who choose concentrations in Voice Performance or Instrumental Performance are required to complete a keyboard proficiency requirement. Students who choose concentrations in keyboard performance are expected to complete a proficiency requirement in voice.
For Secondary Applied requirements, Vocal and Instrumental majors must take Keyboard Lab (1 semester hour each) until piano proficiency is completed. These students may take private study keyboard or other instrument for credit after proficiency is completed to fulfill the rest of these hours.
For Performance Specific Selectives, voice majors must take Vocal Diction, keyboard majors must take Keyboard Literature, instrumental majors must take Instrumental Literature. View catalog description.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Pastoral Ministry
The BACS and Pastoral Ministry double major introduces students to the knowledge and skills central to the work of pastors through classes in pastoral ministry, discipleship, counseling, and Bible exposition. It also provides students opportunity for additional classes in biblical and theological studies beyond those of the Core Curriculum. The program is designed to begin the formation of the student’s life for pastoral ministry, and prepares students for continuing studies in the Master of Divinity, the standard degree for the equipping of pastors. View catalog description.
Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies and Theology
The BACS and Theology double major introduces students to the study of God and man. Students read great works of theology, literature, history, philosophy, and political theory and interact with them from a Christian perspective. Additional courses in logic, rhetoric, philosophy, apologetics, and theological electives allow students to tailor the program toward graduate work in seminary, classical studies, literature, history, law, or any other field in the liberal arts. View catalog description.