Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Degrees & Diplomas

There are 4 levels of academic achievement at this level:

  1. Diploma in Theology
    Awarded to a student who successfully completes the first-year program for academic credit (30 credits total).
  2. Associate Degree in Theology
    Awarded to a student who successfully completes the second-year program for academic credit (60 credits total).
  3. Advanced Diploma In Theology
    Awarded to a student who successfully completes the third-year program for academic credit (90 credits total).
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Theology
    Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry
    Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education

    Awarded to a student who successfully completes the fourth-year program for academic credit (120 credits total).

See our Admissions Requirements page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Undergraduate Coursework

Undergraduate coursework is split into four programs made up of 9 3-credit courses plus a 3-credit ministry practicum totaling 30 credits per program. At Main Campus, each of these programs is completed within a single year. Online students complete them more quickly or slowly since they are working at their own pace.

Programs #1-3 are standard for all students. In Program #4 (senior year), students have a choice of majors.

Program #1

Program #1 is foundational in nature and required for all students. It is designed to give each student a solid foundation for their own personal life and Christian walk. Program #1 addresses the four areas where Satan tries to keep a believer from being successful in life: faith, health, provision, and character. Program #1 also includes courses on the ministry of Jesus and a survey of the New Testament.

Program 1 Courses List*
Course# Course Title Credits
TH-101 Principles of Faith 3
TH-102 Biblical Finances 3
TH-104 Divine Healing 3
TH-107 Christ-like Character 3
TH-103 Ministry of Helps 3
TH-105 Life & Teachings of Christ I 3
TH-106 Life & Teachings of Christ II 3
TH-109 New Testament Survey 3
TH-112 Authority of the Believer 3
MP-100 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credits 30

Program #2

Program #2 is designed to give students a "jump start" into fulfilling the call of God on their lives. These courses provide training in such basics as Bible study, prayer, preaching, various giftings, and flowing with the anointing. Program #2 also includes a survey of the Old Testament as well as a course designed to help students discover their own purpose in the Kingdom of God.

Program 2 Courses List*
Course# Course Title Credits
TH-218 Methods of Bible Study 3
TH-221 Discovering Your Purpose 3
TH-202 The Anointing 3
TH-213 Spiritual Gifts 3
TH-217 Ministry Gifts & Church Government 3
TH-222 Old Testament Survey I 3
TH-223 Old Testament Survey II 3
TH-203 Principles of Prayer 3
TH-204 Homiletics 3
MP-200 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credits 30

Program #3

Program #3 provides in-depth study of important books and doctrines of the Bible. Such study will help students achieve a greater degree of effectiveness in any area of church-related ministry.

Program 3 Courses List*
Course# Course Title Credits
TH-301 Blood Covenant 3
TH-303 Personal Evangelism 3
TH-305 The Blessing of the Lord 3
BI-308 Galatians 3
BI-309 Ephesians 3
TH-324 Divine Guidance 3
BI-301 Acts of the Apostles 3
BI-311 I & II Corinthians: Part 1 3
BI-312 I & II Corinthians: Part 2 3
MP-300 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credits 30

Program #4

Program #4 is the year of specialization as students move into courses designed to prepare them to preach and teach the Word of God and help in areas of specialized service in the local church. Courses are grouped into "tracks" and provide a subject concentration focused on the student's major field of study. A maximum of 2 courses may be substituted in a Program #4 track as long as they have the same subject concentration.

Program #4 — Theology Track

This major course of study continues to build a solid foundation in the Word of God and meets the needs of the Christian worker by equipping them for various areas of full-time Christian service. This is the default track for students who do not declare a specialized major.

Program 4 Courses List — Theology Track*
Course# Course Title Cred-Hrs
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
TH-424 Submission & Authority 3
TH-431 Church History 3
TH-444 Ministerial Ethics 3
TH-410 Principles of Leadership 3
BI-424 Romans 3
BI-432 Gospel of John 3
TH-426 The Tabernacles of God 3
BI-420 Hebrews 3
MP-400 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

Program #4 — Pastoral Ministry Track

This major course of study helps prepare students for their callings as pastoral staff members of a local church and prepares them for graduate studies in theology and related fields.

Program 4 Courses List — Pastoral Ministry Track*
Course# Course Title Cred-Hrs
TH-424 Submission & Authority 3
TH-444 Ministerial Ethics 3
BI-404 The Pastoral Epistles 3
BI-432 The Gospel of John 3
CC-402 Counseling with Scripture 3
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
TH-410 Principles of Leadership 3
BI-424 Romans 3
MU-404 True Worship 3
MP-400 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

Program #4 — Christian Education Track

Our College of Christian Education equips the student for teaching in a Christian Education program for a Christian school, a local congregation, or Bible training program encompassing children, youth, and/or adults It is also designed to prepare those interested in primary & secondary Christian school administration.

Program 4 Courses List — Christian Education Track*
Course# Course Title Cred-Hrs
ED-402 Introduction to Christian Education 3
ED-403 Educational Psychology for the Christian Teacher 3
ED-414 Spirit-led Classroom Management 3
ED-405 Educating Children & Youth from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-406 Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
ED-415 Ministry of the Teacher 3
ED-408 Christian Literature 3
ED-419 Child & Adolescent Counseling for the Christian Teacher 3
MP-400 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credit-Hours 30

Important!!!

  • All undergraduate students are required to complete Program #1 courses either by class instruction or by transfer from an approved institution.
  • Students who do not have proof of high school graduation will receive a certificate of completion for each 30-credit program completed. Any such student who can later send proof of high school graduation or equivalency to their student advisor will be upgraded to degree-student status. A Life Christian University diploma/degree and transcript commensurate to the student's academic standing will then be awarded.
  • The senior-level degree tracks listed above are those currently available though LCU Online™. The specialized degrees available though attendance at a physical campus location varies from campus to campus, depending upon the faculty available to them. Every LCU extension campus offers the Theology track, regardless of whatever other specialized degrees they are qualified to offer.

* Programs are subject to change without prior notice.

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