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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 degree's specific requirements. The foundational curriculum is listed below.

BCF General Education Foundation Competencies Outcomes

By the end of the General Education Foundation, the student will be able to do the following:

Student Learning Outcome 1: Reading

  • Interpret the meaning of key terms. (IG:IIb, IIc)
  • Recognize the primary purpose of a passage. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Recognize explicitly presented information. (IG:IIb, IIc)
  • Make appropriate inferences. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Recognize rhetorical devices. (IG: IIb, IIc)

Student Learning Outcome 2: Writing

  • Recognize the most grammatically correct revision of a clause, sentence, or group of sentences. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Organize units of language for coherence and rhetorical effect. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Recognize and reword figurative language. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Organize elements of writing into larger units of meaning. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Write accurate transitions from paragraph to paragraph. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Use accurately a designated format (MLA, APA, or Turabian).(IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Develop a thesis statement (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Support assertions with citations and references. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)

Student Learning Outcome 3: Comminication

  • Identify the various types of audiences. (IG: IIb, IIc, IId)
  • Use information technology platforms to present data and information. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Give a speech that uses accurate grammar in standard American English. (IG: IIb, IIc)
  • Give a speech that is coherent and purposeful. (IG: IIb, IIc)

Student Learning Outcome 4: Critical Thinking

  • Distinguish between rhetoric and argumentation in a piece of nonfiction prose. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Recognize assumptions and fallacies. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Recognize the best hypothesis to account for information presented. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Infer and interpret a relationship between variables. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)
  • Draw valid conclusions based on relevant information and sources. (IG: IIa, IIb, IIc)

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. Basic Technology for Worship 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 and nature of a Christian and biblical worldvie-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 Testament Survey (3 hours)
  • SF 101. Spiritual Formation (3 hours)
  • SBC 101. Southern Baptist Life (3 hours)