Theology B.A. with a Concentration in General Christian Studies

1. Bible: The student will analyze and interpret a biblical text, using sound methodology, and will explain its meaning and relevance. 

2. Theology: Students will analyze and evaluate a theological proposal that spans major theological loci in terms of its Biblical foundation, coherence and ministry/contextual relevance.

3. Christian Ethics: Students will articulate an approach to making ethical decisions that is informed by both ethical theory and the teaching of Scripture. 

4. The Church: Students will articulate an understanding of the church’s identity and history as a Spirit formed community of the people of God and the church’s purpose as disciple-making towards Christlikeness.

5. Leadership: Students will apply the role of spiritual formation in servant leadership in supporting Christ’s reconciling mission for the sake of the world.

6. Missions: Students will articulate missiological and intercultural theories, principles, and strategies and effectively apply them within diverse intercultural contexts.

Core Curriculum Requirements 153
Theology Major Core Requirements38
Concentration in General Christian Studies Requirements 32
Total Units123

Theology Major Core Requirements

BINT-270Interpreting the Bible3
BLAN-101Introduction to Biblical Lang.3
ICST-272Theology/Church Mission2
ICST-288Theology in an Intercultural Context3
NT-462Selected Themes/NT Theology3
OT-472Selected Themes/OT Theology3
PHIL-201Introduction to Philosophy3
PLST-310Intro/Christian Leadership2
PLST-312Intro/Pastoral Care2
PLST-314Intro/Preaching & Teaching2
PLST-420Disciplines/Spiritual Life3
THEO-318Systematic Theology I Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology3
THEO-320Systematic Theology II: Pneumatology Ecclesiology, Eschatology3
THEO-499CTheo/Min/Post-Chrstn Context3
Total Units38

 Note: The configuration of the Theology Major Core Requirements is built upon the Core Curriculum courses in Theology (see Core Curriculum section of this catalog)

General Christian Studies Concentration Requirements

Theology Electives14
Upper Division Old Testament (OT)/New Testament (NT)/Biblical Intrepretation(BINT) Elective 23
Church History (CHIS) Elective3
Upper Division New Testament (NT) Elective 23
Upper Division Old Testament (OT) Elective 23
Upper Division Philosophy (PHIL)/Theology (THEO) Electives 26
Total Units32

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


Upper Division course are those numbered at the 300 and 400 level.  

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the School of Theology and Ministry. 

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
THEO-103C Intro to Theology 3
BLAN-101 Introduction to Biblical Lang. 3
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
Year 1 Term 2
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
MATH-PLCRMath Core Requirement 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
HSPS-PLCRHistory/Political Sci Core Requirement 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
Year 2 Term 1
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
HIST-PLHDHistory Core Requirement 3
ICST-272 Theology/Church Mission 2
ICST-288 Theology in an Intercultural Context 3
THEO-PLHDELETheology Elective 3
Year 2 Term 2
BINT-270 Interpreting the Bible 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
PHIL-201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
Year 3 Term 1
PLST-310 Intro/Christian Leadership 2
PLST-420 Disciplines/Spiritual Life 3
PLST-314 Intro/Preaching & Teaching 2
THEO-318 Systematic Theology I Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology 3
THEO-PLHDELETheology Elective 3
Year 3 Term 2
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
PLST-312 Intro/Pastoral Care 2
BINT-PLUD3BINT NT or OT U/D Elective 3
OT-PLUDOT U/D Elective 3
THEO-320 Systematic Theology II: Pneumatology Ecclesiology, Eschatology 3
THEO-PLHDELETheology Elective 3
Year 4 Term 1
OT-472 Selected Themes/OT Theology 3
NT-PLUDNT Upper Division Elective 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
CHIS-PLUDCHIS U/D elective 3
THEO-PLHDELETheology Elective 3
Year 4 Term 2
NT-462 Selected Themes/NT Theology 3
THEO-499C Theo/Min/Post-Chrstn Context 3
THEO-PLHDELETheology Elective 3
 Total Units124