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General Education and Biblical/Theological Foundation

The foundational curriculum is required of every student who attends BCF. The combination of general education courses and biblical and theological courses has been carefully selected to provide YOU the strongest possible foundation for a lifetime of Christian ministry in the major area of YOUR choosing.

BCF has developed foundational curriculum in the General Education and Biblical/Theological areas of study to provide a foundation for the following degree programs. Each degree program requires 33 hours of General Education foundation and 12 hours of Biblical/Theological foundation in addition to each degreeā€™s specific requirements. The foundational curriculum is listed below.

BCF General Education Foundation Competencies Outcomes

Upon completion of the foundational studies in General Education, students will be able to do the following:

Student Learning Outcome 1: Analytical Thinking

  • Use scholarly evidence to prove or disprove a theory. (Institutional Goals: IIb, IIc)
  • Use numerical figures and data to solve mathematical equations and/or problems. (Institutional Goals: IIb, IIc)
  • Interpret data given in graphs and charts. (Institutional Goals: IIb, IIc)
  • Analyze evidence and data for comparison and research. (Institutional Goal: IIc)
  • Apply problem solving skills towards various questions. (Institutional Goal: IIc)

Student Learning Outcome 2: Critical Thinking

  • Identify, evaluate, and assess relevant information and sources. (Institutional Goals: IIa, IIc)
  • Develop and support conclusions and ideas using reason and well-documented evidence. (Institutional Goals: IIa, IIb)
  • Accurately and thoroughly examine evidence and sources. (Institutional Goals: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Identify assumptions and fallacies. (Institutional Goals: IIa, IIb, IIc)

Student Learning Outcome 3: Oral Comminication

  • Speak standard American English with coherence, purpose, and effectiveness. (Institutional Goal: IIb)
  • Give a speech that is cohesive and well-structured. (Institutional Goal: IIb)
  • Identify the various types of audiences. (Institutional Goals: IIb, IId)

Student Learning Outcome 4: Written Communication

  • Write and document correctly research papers in a format (MLA, APA, or Turabian) designated by the assignment. (Institutional Goals: IIb, IIc)
  • Use correct grammatical writing skills with 85% accuracy. (Institutional Goals: IIb, IIc)
  • Understand how to develop and write a thesis statement. (Institutional Goal: IIb)
  • Write accurate transitions from paragraph to paragraph within papers. (Institutional Goal: IIb)

General Education Foundation | 33 Total Hours

Communications (9 hours)

  • ENG 151. Introduction to College Composition (3 hours)
  • ENG 152. Intermediate College Composition (3 hours)
  • COM 200. Introduction to Speech Communication (3 hours)

Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)

  • HUM 103. The Humanities: Ancient to Medieval AND
  • HUM 104. The Humanities: Renaissance to Twentieth Century OR
  • HUM 101. Appreciation of the Arts OR
  • HUM 102. Applied Humanities OR
  • WA 101. Visual Art Appreciation OR
  • Any ensemble, any applied music course by audition,
    MT 100, MU 330, MU 201, MU 303 (3 hours) AND
  • ENG 221. Survey of World Literature OR
  • ENG 222. Survey of American Literature OR
  • ENG 223. Survey of English Literature OR
  • ENG 224. Survey of Christian Literature (3 hours)

Mathematics (3 hours)

  • MA 130. Business Mathematics OR
    equivalent OR higher (according to major)

History (6 hours)

  • HI 211. Western Civilization: Earliest Times to 1700 AND
  • HI 212. Western Civilization: 1700 to Present OR
  • HI 223. American History: Age of Exploration to Reconstruction AND
  • HI 224. American History: Reconstruction to Present OR
  • MH 403. Music History and Literature: Antiquity to Baroque AND
  • MH 404. Music History and Literature: Classical to Twentieth Century (according to major)

Science (3 hours)

  • SCI 201. Introduction to Biological Science OR
  • SCI 202. Introduction to Earth Science OR
  • SCI 203. Physical Science

Psychology (3 hours)

  • PSY 201. General Psychology

Technology (3 hours)

  • IT 202. Information Technology Applications OR
  • EDU 2040. Information Technology for Educators OR
  • MU 202. Technology for Music Ministry OR
  • MUE 360. Technology for the Music Classroom: K-12 (according to major)

BCF Biblical/Theological Foundation Outcomes

Upon completion of the Biblical/Theological Foundation, students shall demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of the following:

Biblical Area

  • The message of the Bible, focusing on main teachings, interpretation, progression of God's work of salvation beginning in the Old Testament and culminating in the New Testament, and application to present-day life; the context of Scripture, focusing on the places, cultures, and peoples of the Bible; the biblical texts as literature in terms of canon, genres, authors, audiences, dates, and occasions. (Institutional Outcomes: I, IIa, IIb, IIc, IIg)

Worldview Area

  • The definition of a Christian and biblical worldview as taught throughout Scripture and reflected in Baptist doctrine-in contrast to alternative worldviews and the process of evaluating and engaging contemporary issues confronting the church by means of it. (Institutional Outcomes: I, IIa, IIb, IIc, IIg)

Ministry Area

  • The essential disciplines required for spiritual health. (Institutional Outcomes: I, IIa, IIb, IIc, IIg)
  • The practice of personal disciple-making. (Institutional Outcomes: I, IIa, IIb, IIc, IIg)
  • Southern Baptist polity, organization, history, and commitment to global missions and the nature and work of the local church with a commitment to ministry and leadership. (Institutional Outcomes: I, IIa, IIb, IIc, IIg)

Biblical/Theological Foundation | 12 Total Hours

  • BF 101. Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
  • BF 103. New Testiment Survey (3 hours)
  • SF 101. Spiritual Formation (3 hours)
  • SBC 101. Southern Baptist Life (3 hours)