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Programs of Study at JWC

The Diploma in Humanities program is designed primarily for the high school graduate desiring a year of study in the Classics in a distinctively Christian community as preparation for further study. The Diploma is also suitable for non-traditional students who desire formal study in the foundations of Western Culture for apologetic purposes, civic engagement, continuing education, or leadership development.

Courses in the Diploma program are designed to match “General Education” course requirements in most traditional baccalaureate programs. All courses in the Program may be applied to the baccalaureate programs at John Witherspoon College.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the Diploma in Humanities program is achieved by enabling students to:

  1. Understand and critically engage the Western tradition from ancient to modern times in terms of its major ideas, images, stories, political movements, and artistic achievements.
  2. Trace the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan throughout history.
  3. Employ in their own lives a strong grasp of classical Christian theology and worldview.
  4. Form their minds, bodies, and tastes to love what is true, good, and beautiful in music, art, and athletics.
  5. Discern the broader picture in different contexts of life in order to shape a goal-driven vision.

Program Requirements (30 Credits)

  1. Mathematical Thought for the Liberal Arts/College Algebra (MAT 100/102)
  2. Classical Rhetoric I (ENG/COM 101)
  3. History I: Ancient World (HIS 111)
  4. Ancient Literature (ENG/COM 121)
  5. Old Testament Story (CHR 111)
  1. Leadership Foundations I: Spiritual Formation (LDR 101)
  2. Classical Rhetoric II (ENG/COM 112)
  3. History II: Medieval World to Renaissance (HIS 112)
  4. Medieval Literature (ENG/HUM 122)
  5. New Testament Story (CHR 112)

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The program of study leading to the Associate of Arts Degree in Humanities is designed to prepare students for leadership in the church and the world by way of studies in the classical liberal arts, all interpreted through and integrated into a world and life view formed by biblical truth.

The A.A. in Humanities constitutes the College’s core curriculum. It is a prerequisite for all entering freshman students regardless of their Bachelors program.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the A.A. in Humanities is achieved by enabling students to:

  1. Understand and critically engage the Western tradition from ancient to modern times in terms of its major ideas, images, stories, political movements, and artistic achievements.
  2. Trace the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan throughout history.
  3. Employ in their own lives a strong grasp of classical Christian theology and worldview.
  4. Form their minds, bodies, and tastes to love what is true, good, and beautiful in music, art, and athletics.
  5. Discern the broader picture in different contexts of life in order to shape a goal-driven vision.

Program Requirements (62 Credits)

  1. Mathematical Thought for Liberal Arts or College Algebra* (MAT 101/102)
  2. Classical Rhetoric I* (ENG 111)
  3. History I: Ancient World (HIS 111)
  4. Ancient Literature (ENG/HUM 121)
  5. Old Testament Story (CHR 111)
  1. Leadership Foundations I: Spiritual Formation (LDR 101)
  2. Classical Rhetoric II* (ENG 112)
  3. History II: Medieval World to Renaissance (HIS 112)
  4. Medieval Literature (ENG/HUM 122)
  5. New Testament Story (CHR 112)
  1. Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 101)
  2. History III: American History I (HIS 211)
  3. Renaissance and Baroque English Literature (ENG/HUM 221)
  4. Physical Science w/Lab (SCI 111) (4 credits)
  5. Greek I, Latin I, or other Language (GRK 211/LAT 211/Other)
  1. Statistics (MAT 208)
  2. History IV: American History II (HIS 212)
  3. The Novel (ENG/HUM 222)
  4. Life Science (SCI 112) (4 credits)
  5. Greek II, Latin II, or other Language (GRK 212/LAT 212/Other)

*Students desiring to transfer to any South Dakota state university will also need to take College Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201) and Oral Communications (COM 101). Students will also need to take College Algebra (MAT 102) instead of Mathematical Thought for Liberal Arts (MAT 100). Students desiring to transfer will graduate with 71 credit hours in an A.A. in Humanities.

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The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities is designed to prepare students for leadership in the church and the world by way of studies in the classical liberal arts, all interpreted through and integrated into a world and life view formed by biblical truth.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program must complete a Basileia (“Kingdom”) Mission (non-credit) for graduation, if they have not done so already in a diploma or associate degree program. Such projects might include missions trips, regular involvement in an approved ministry, internships, or participation in special evangelistic outreach efforts. Guidelines for completing the BasileiaMission requirement are available from the Registrar’s Office.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the B. A. in Humanities is achieved by enabling students to:

  1. Understand and critically engage the Western tradition from ancient to modern times in terms of its major ideas, images, stories, political movements, and artistic achievements.
  2. Trace the unfolding of God’s redemptive plan throughout history.
  3. Employ in their own lives a strong grasp of classical Christian theology and worldview.
  4. Form their minds, bodies, and tastes to love what is true, good, and beautiful in music, art, and athletics.
  5. Discern the broader picture in different contexts of life in order to shape a goal-driven vision.

Program Requirements (120 Credits minimum)

A.A. in Humanities plus the following courses for the third and fourth year:

  1. Latin III or Greek III or Hebrew I (LAT 311/GRK 311/HBR 311)
  2. Leadership Foundations II: Becoming an Effective Leader (LDR 201)
  3. Music Colloquium (MUS 316)
  4. Ethics/Moral Decision Making (PHL 243)
  5. The Origin of the Bible (CHR 101)
  1. Latin IV or Greek IV or Hebrew II (LAT 312/GRK 312/HBR 312)
  2. World Religions (PHL 349)
  3. History of Western Art & Architecture (ART 316)
  4. History of Theology (CHR 335)
  5. Psychology Colloquium (PSY 101)
  1. Introduction to Economics (ECO 201)
  2. Biblical Counseling (CHR 304)
  3. Leadership Elective
  4. Biblical Interpretation (CHR 301)
  5. American Government (HUM/POL 313)
  1. Senior Thesis Project (CHR/HUM 498)
  2. Basileia (Kingdom) Mission (LDR 200) (1 credit)
  3. General Elective
  4. General Elective

Note: Students will be registered for the Senior Thesis by default unless given special exemption from their academic advisor.

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The Diploma in Christian Ministry program is designed primarily for students who have not had opportunity for college or seminary training in ministry or biblical studies, including those who may have entered vocational ministry in later years, laypersons seeking formal training to equip them for local church ministry, and others desiring Bible, theology, and ministry training. The program incorporates an exposure to the classic liberal arts.

While the Diploma program is intended primarily as preparation for local church ministry, most courses are designed to match “General Education” or biblical studies courses in most traditional baccalaureate programs.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the Diploma in Christian Ministry program is achieved by enabling students to:

  1. Explain and summarize the nature and contents of the New and Old Testament Scriptures, the origin of the Bible, models of Scripture, key themes of major biblical books, and the progressive nature of redemptive history.
  2. Comprehend and analyze influential controversies in systematic theology, exegetical theology, and the history of Christian thought.
  3. Think critically about the relationship of the Bible’s teachings to other academic disciplines and to classic works in the Western Tradition, and be able to apply biblical principles and narratives to contemporary situations.
  4. Obtain a basic knowledge of Scripture and identify fundamental challenges in translation and interpretation.
  5. Become more Christlike as manifested in love for God and others and a mature heart that is superbly suited to fulfill various Kingdom-functions.

Program Requirements (30 credits)

  1. Mathematical Thought for the Liberal Arts/College Algebra (MAT 100/MAT 102)
  2. Classical Rhetoric I (ENG/COM 111)
  3. Ancient World (HIS 111)
  4. Origin of the Bible (CHR 101)
  5. Old Testament Story (CHR 111)
  1. Leadership Foundations I: Spiritual Formation (LDR 101)
  2. Classical Rhetoric II (ENG/COM 112)
  3. Medieval World to Renaissance (HIS 112)
  4. Missions and Evangelism (CHR 303)
  5. New Testament Story (CHR 112)

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The program of study leading to the Associate of Arts Degree in Christian Studies is designed to prepare students for leadership in the church and the world by way of studies in the classical liberal arts, all interpreted through and integrated into a world and life view formed by biblical truth.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the Christian Studies program is achieved by enabling students to:

  1. Explain and summarize the nature and contents of the New and Old Testament Scriptures, the origin of the Bible, models of Scripture, key themes of major biblical books, and the progressive nature of redemptive history.
  2. Comprehend and analyze influential controversies in systematic theology, exegetical theology, and the history of Christian thought.
  3. Think critically about the relationship of the Bible’s teachings to other academic disciplines and to classic works in the Western Tradition, and be able to apply biblical principles and narratives to contemporary situations.
  4. Gain a reading knowledge of one or more biblical languages, translate Scripture, and identify fundamental challenges in translation and interpretation.
  5. Become more Christ-like as manifested in love for God and others and in a mature heart that is superbly suited to fulfill various Kingdom-functions.

Program Requirements (62 Credits minimum)

Fall Semester Courses Freshman Year:

  1. MAT 102 College Algebra I or MAT 100 Mathematical Thought for the Liberal Arts
  2. ENG/COM 111 Classical Rhetoric I
  3. HIS 111 Ancient World
  4. CHR 101 The Origin of the Bible
  5. CHR 111 The Old Testament Story

Spring Semester Courses Freshman Year:

  1. LDR 101 Leadership Foundations I: Spiritual Formation
  2. ENG/COM 112 Classical Rhetoric II
  3. HIS 112 Medieval World to Renaissance
  4. CHR 303 Missions and Evangelism
  5. CHR 112 The New Testament Story

Fall Semester Courses Sophomore Year:

  1. PHL 243 Ethics/Moral Decision Making
  2. HIS 211 American History I
  3. CHR 304 Biblical Counseling
  4. SCI 111 Physical Science w/Lab (4)
  5. GRK 211 Greek I or HBR 311 Hebrew I

Spring Semester Courses Sophomore Year:

  1. MAT 208 Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  2. HIS 212 American History II
  3. CHR 335 The History of Theology
  4. SCI 112 Life Science w/Lab (4)
  5. GRK 212 Greek II or HBR 312 Hebrew II

Associate of Arts in Christian Studies (Click for Printable Download)

The program of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Studies is designed to prepare students for leadership in the church and the world by way of studies in the classical liberal arts, all interpreted through and integrated into a world and life view formed by biblical truth.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts program must complete a Basileia (“Kingdom”) Mission (non-credit) for graduation, if they have not done so already in a diploma or associate degree program. Such projects might include missions trips, regular involvement in an approved ministry, internships, or participation in special evangelistic outreach efforts. Guidelines for completing the BasileiaMission requirement are available from the Registrar’s Office.

Program Objectives
The purpose of the Christian Studies program is achieved by enabling students to:

  1. Explain and summarize the nature and contents of the New and Old Testament Scriptures, the origin of the Bible, models of Scripture, key themes of major biblical books, and the progressive nature of redemptive history.
  2. Comprehend and analyze influential controversies in systematic theology, exegetical theology, and the history of Christian thought.
  3. Think critically about the relationship of the Bible’s teachings to other academic disciplines and to classic works in the Western Tradition, and be able to apply biblical principles and narratives to contemporary situations.
  4. Gain a reading knowledge of one or more biblical languages, translate Scripture, and identify fundamental challenges in translation and interpretation.
  5. Become more Christ-like as manifested in love for God and others and in a mature heart that is superbly suited to fulfill various Kingdom-functions.

Program Requirements (120 Credits minimum)

The A.A. in Humanities plus the following courses for the third and fourth year:

  1. Theologia Principia I: Method, God, and Creation (CHR 331)
  2. Greek III or Greek II/Latin I/Hebrew I (GRK 311/GRK 211/LAT 211/HBR 311)
  3. Biblical Interpretation (CHR 301)
  4. Gospels (CHR 421)
  5. Leadership Foundations II: Becoming an Effective Leader (LDR 201)
  1. Theologia Principia II: Christ, Church, Eschatology (CHR 332)
  2. Greek IV or Greek II/Latin II/Hebrew II (GRK 312/GRK 212/LAT 212/HBR 312)
  3. Pauline Epistles (CHR 422)
  4. Christian Studies Elective
  5. World Religions (PHL 349)
  1. Poetry and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament (CHR 413)
  2. Christian Studies Elective
  3. Imitatio Christi (CHR 499)
  4. Christian Studies Elective
  5. Humanities Elective: Intro to Economics (ECO 201) or American Government (HUM/POL 313)
  1. Senior Thesis (HUM 498) or General Elective
  2. Basileia (Kingdom) Mission (1 credit)
  3. Humanities Elective: History of Western Art and Architecture (ART 316) or Psychology Colloquium (PSY 101)
  4. General Elective

Note: Students will be registered for the Senior Thesis by default unless given special exemption from their academic advisor.

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