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Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies


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Ministry doesn't only happen in church. At Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, we prepare students to see opportunities for ministry in whatever career they choose. Dual degree students will gain a solid biblical and ministry foundation, participate in great Christian community, study a specific major of choice at Joplin's Missouri Southern State University, and earn two bachelor's degrees in approximately five years.

Read more about the dual degree partnership here. 

  • 5


    Study two majors of choice at OCC and Joplin's Missouri Southern State University.

  • 2

    Bachelor's Degrees

    Earn two bachelor's degrees in approximately five years.

  • 30+

    Hours of Bible Courses

    Gain a solid biblical and ministry foundation.

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  • History of Ancient Israel

    A study of the Old Testament historical books Genesis through Joshua focusing on chronological history. The course includes summaries and introductions to the various books, questions over the text, and information about the redemptive plan of God to save the world. Students will learn the facts of the text through lecture, discussions, assigned reading, and projects.

  • Life of Christ

    Semester one covers the beginnings of the gospel up through the first year of ministry. It concentrates on the birth narratives, early Judean ministry, and early Galilean ministry. Major sermons: Jesus’ deity and credentials (John 5) and the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Students will concentrate on learning Jesus’ primary identity and proclamation of the kingdom.

  • Romans

    An exegetical study of Paul’s letter to the Romans based on grammatical, socio-cultural, literary, theological, and pastoral insights from both the Greek and English texts with special emphasis on the nature of the gospel of salvation in Christ and its impact on the shape of Christian communities in the first-century and today. Students will learn the purposes and arguments of Romans as well as the details of key texts and their theological and pastoral implications.

  • Principles of Interpretation

    A study of the universal principles of interpretation as applied to interpreting language. Students will learn how to accurately interpret and apply the Bible.

  • Speech

    An introduction to the task of public speaking through the formation of thought, organization of material, and oral presentation of a speech. The student will develop important skills in research, writing, and evaluation through the use of lecture, critical thinking, peer discussion, and observation of quality communication. Through delivering presentations with various purposes in extemporaneous, manuscript, and impromptu styles, the student will experience increased confidence in delivering a public presentation.

  • American Literature

    A survey course designed to acquaint students with American authors, literary periods, genres, and movements from the Civil War to the present. Students will read a variety of texts, including fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry.

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Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies Program Description and Outcomes

  • Program Description

    The Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies degree combines an emphasis in biblical training at Ozark Christian College with professional courses in a specific discipline from an OCC approved partnering institution. The combination of these emphases results in an earned bachelor’s degree at each institution. Many of the General Education courses are shared between these two degrees, allowing the student to complete both degrees in five years. These degrees prepare students to minister and serve as Christian leaders within the context of their chosen profession.

  • Program Outcomes

    Students completing the BA in Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies will be able to:

    1. Effectively integrate how theology impacts/intersects the student’s specific area of discipline studied.

    2. Articulate a philosophy of work that is integrated and consistent with a biblical worldview.

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