Bachelor of Theology (Minor: Christian Education)

The B.Th. (Minor: Christian Education). Special concentration is done in Christian Education (15 Credits) in a 4-year program providing theological and practical training in preparation for the pastoral ministry. In addition, in order to broaden his or her general knowledge, the student takes one third of his or her courses at one of the neighboring liberal arts institutions. In cooperation with Haigazian University and the Lebanese American University, a Normal Diploma in Education may be obtained in addition to the B.Th.C.E degree.



a. Academic Prerequisites

For Non-Lebanese students

4-year program: 120 credits + 4 practicums

   • Bacc. I or equivalent
   • A minimum score of 500 in the E.E.E. or 500 in the T.O.E.F.L.

3-year program: 90 credits + 4 practicums


For Lebanese and other students

   • Bacc. II or equivalent
   • A minimum score of 500 in the E.E.E. or T.O.E.F.L.




b. Required Courses: N.E.S.T.

  Old Testament Credits
BI 251 Introduction to O.T. (I) 3
BI 252 Introduction to O.T. (II) 3
BI 301-309/321-329 O.T. Exegesis 3


  New Testament  
BI 255 Introduction to N.T. 3
BI 256 The Synoptic Gospels 3
BI 311-319 N.T. Exegesis 3


  Church History  
HI 251 Introduction to Church History (I) 3
HI 355 History of the Reformation 3
HI 351-354/361 (One Eastern Church History course) or 381/382 (One Ecumenics course) 3


  Systematic Theology  
ST 251 Introduction to Systematic Theology (I) 3
ST 252 Introduction to Systematic Theology (II) 3
ST/ET Elective 3


  Practical Theology  
PR 218-220 Field Education (3 units)
PR 252 Worship & Liturgy 3
PR 255 Introduction to Preaching 3
PR 318 Pastor & Parish  3
PR 362 Pastoral Care & Counseling 3
    15


  Christian Education  
  Islamics  
IS 251 Introduction of Islam 3


c. Electives at N.E.S.T.

d. Practicums
(one hour per week, non-credit course)

 P1 Study and Research Skills  
P2 Speech and Homiletics  
  Elective  
  Elective  


e. Liberal Arts Courses


  Required  
  Intercultural Studies 3
  Biblical Hebrew I & II 6
  Biblical Hebrew I & II 6
     
  Total: 3-year program 90


  Elective  
  Students in the 4-year program must take 30 additional credits from the following list of Elective courses:  
  Arabic/Armenian, English, History, Intercultural Studies, Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Human Growth and Development, Introduction to Sociology, or other courses approved by the Advisor.  
  Total: 4-year program  120
  A Normal Diploma can be granted by Haigazian University to holders of this degree provided they take 18 extra credits in Education.