Practical Theology (BA)

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Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology

The practical theology major provides students with the theological and biblical foundation and the ministerial skills for service in the local church as well as future graduate studies.

For more information about this program, contact Dr. Derek Hatch (dhatch@hputx.edu or 325-649-8135).

Course Catalog Descriptions

Coursework

Major Requirements: Practical Theology – 36 hours

Core (12 hours)
PTH 2311 – Introduction to Theological Reflection
BIB 4391 – Biblical Interpretation
PTH 4331 – History of Christianity
PTH 4300 – Christian Doctrines

Required Courses (9 hours)
PTH 1100 – Introduction to Ministry
PTH 3200 – Supervised Ministry
PTH 2331 – Communicative Preaching
PTH 3311 – Baptist Identity
Select one from the following (3 hours)
CED 4380 – Principles of Teaching in the Church
PTH 4312 – Christian Proclamation

Select one from the following (3 hours)
PTH/CCS 4341 – World Religions
PTH 3323 – Christian Ethics

Select one from the following (3 hours)
PTH 4333 – Theology & Culture
PTH 4304 – Special Topics in Theology
PTH 3361 – History of Baptists

Select six (6) additional hours of PTH courses
*PTH 4333 – Theology & Culture
*PTH 3361 – History of Baptists
*PTH 4341 – World Religions
*PTH 3323 – Christian Ethics
PTH 3331 – The Work of the Minister
PTH 3314 – Spiritual Formation
PTH 3351 – Basic Evangelism
PTH 4371 – Church Leadership
PTH 2370 – Preparation for Christian Home and Marriage
PTH 4304 – Special Topics in Theology

*Note: These courses will not count twice.

General Education Requirements: 42 Hours

Biblical Principles and Tools for Personal and Spiritual Wellness (11 hours)
UNS 1001 – University Seminar
BIB 1303 – Introduction to the Old Testament
BIB 1304 – Introduction to the New Testament
Wellness Course (ESS 1100 & 2 activity courses)
Senior Seminar

Communication in a Variety of Modes and Media (9 hours)
COM 1310 – Fundamentals of Human Communication
ENG 1311 – English Composition I
ENG 1312 – Composition II Writing

Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning (7 hours)
College Algebra (MAT 1351 or higher)
Lab Science (4 hours)

Arts, Culture and Citizenship (15 hours)
Literature (2000 level English Literature)
History (3 hours)
POS 2311 – American Government
Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, History, or Political Science)
Fine Arts Appreciation Course

Additional Degree Requirements – Foreign Language (12 hours)
(Christian Studies majors should take biblical languages:
Greek or a combination of Greek and Hebrew)

Optional Minor Area (18-21 hours)

Electives (16-40 hours)

Total Hours Required: 124 hours

Students must maintain a 2.00 overall GPA and a 2.50 GPA in their major.