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    Undergraduate

    Criminal Justice

    The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice is to equip students in the field of criminal justice, while also giving them a broader perspective from the social sciences. The students will be studying the juvenile justice system, government institutions that deal with crime, and the broader issues of criminology, delinquency, terrorism, and security. The program will also prepare students for a career in criminal justice and further graduate studies in the discipline.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    • Show mastery of various theories and explanations of crime causation.
    • Write technical research and program proposal in crime reduction.
    • Explore a bifurcated approach to learning, inclusive are theoretically and research driven approach to the practice in criminal justice, and a wide community based experience.
    • Engage in community partnership and promote participatory action model in enhancing approach to the study and research of crime.
    • Integrate their faith in caring for the victims of crime and those who are affected directly or indirectly by the practices of the criminal justice system.
    • Display the ability to think, discuss, and write in a critical manner.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources in the field.

    Degree Checklist

    Criminal Justice, Corrections Emphasis (Distance) (CJCRT.BA)
    Criminal Justice, Corrections Emphasis (Distance) (CJCRT.BS)
    Criminal Justice, Criminology & Juvenile (Distance) (CJJVJ.BA)
    Criminal Justice, Criminology & Juvenile (Distance) (CJJVJ.BS)
    Liberal Studies

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies is to provide a flexible liberal arts-based program of study for students to complete an undergraduate degree. Students will utilize previous college work, building upon that foundation, to create a personalized Christian liberal arts degree.

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Demonstrate the capability to utilize proficient and appropriate written, oral, and technology-based communication skills.
    • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and understand diverse points of view in the context of their own worldview.
    • Demonstrate the ability to think, discuss, and write in a critical manner.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources in the field.

    DEGREE CHECKLIST

    Liberal Studies (Distance) (GENST.BA)
    Liberal Studies (Distance) (GENST.BS)
     
    Bible and Theology

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The purpose of this Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Theology is to give students a foundational understanding of biblical and theological knowledge. It is designed to deliver general, biblical, and theological fundamentals to those persons desiring to continue on in further theological study.

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Articulate knowledge of the basic texts and tenets of the Christian faith.
    • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Bible.
    • Articulate a clear knowledge of biblical and theological principles.
    • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Christian doctrine.
    • Utilize basic critical methodologies in biblical studies.
    • Demonstrate the ability to think, discuss, and write in a critical manner.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources in the field.

    DEGREE CHECKLIST

    Bible and Theology (Distance) (CBITH.BA)
    Bible and Theology (Distance) (CBITH.BS)
     
    Christian Studies

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies is to provide students a broad foundation of biblical understanding and training for personal development and/or specific ministries. Students will be given the opportunity to study courses relevant to their specific interests in pre-determined Christian disciplines.

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Articulate knowledge of the basic texts and tenets of the Christian faith.
    • Collect, analyze, organize, and evaluate information on a broad range of topics from a wide range of sources on theological and selected ministry issues.
    • Utilize inductive study method in analysis of biblical passages.
    • Evaluate relationship of Christian study emphases to selected disciplines of study.
    • Demonstrate the ability to think, discuss, and write in a critical manner.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources in the field.

    DEGREE CHECKLIST

    Christian Studies (Distance) (CHRST.BA)
    Christian Studies (Distance) (CHRST.BS)
     
    Ministry Leadership

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree in Ministry Leadership is to prepare adult learners who desire involvement in church ministry. The focus will be to explore and develop leadership potential based on biblical principles in a variety of Christian ministry settings. Areas of emphasis include Business, Church Administration, Children's Ministry, Counseling, Discipleship, Music and Worship, Pastoral Ministry, and Youth Ministry.

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Articulate a developed knowledge of the biblical and theological basis for leadership.
    • Demonstrate leadership skills through the understanding of group and individual interaction.
    • Formulate strategies to direct Christians to apply leadership skills in life contexts.
    • Demonstrate the ability to think, discuss, and write in a critical manner.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources in the field.

    Emphases Outcomes

    Business:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of business in the life of the church.
    • Articulate strategies for sound business practices.
    Church Administration:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of leadership within the church.
    • Identify methods for developing leadership within the church.
    Children's Ministry:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of a children's minister.
    • Articulate strategies for children's ministry.  
    Counseling:
    • Articulate an understanding of the role of ministry counseling in the church.
    • Identify various theories and methods in church counseling.
    Discipleship:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of educational ministry and discipleship in the church.
    • Display an understanding of the importance of small group ministry within the church.
    Music and Worship:
    • Articulate an understanding of the importance of music and worship in the church.
    • Demonstrate a foundational technical understanding of music theory and practice.
    Pastoral Ministry:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the call to vocational ministry.
    • Identify fundamentals and techniques of pastoral preaching.
    Youth Ministry:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of a youth minister.
    • Articulate strategies for youth ministry.

    DEGREE CHECKLIST

    Ministry Leadership, Business Emphasis (Distance)(MLBUS.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Business Emphasis (Distance)(MLBUS.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Children’s Ministry Emphasis (Distance) (MLCLD.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Children’s Ministry Emphasis (Distance) (MLCLD.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Church Administration Emphasis (Distance) (MLCAD.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Church Administration Emphasis (Distance) (MLCAD.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Counseling Emphasis (Distance) (MLCSL.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Counseling Emphasis (Distance) (MLCSL.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Discipleship Emphasis (Distance) (MLDIS.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Discipleship Emphasis (Distance) (MLDIS.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Music / Worship Emphasis (Distance) (MLMUW.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Music / Worship Emphasis (Distance) (MLMUW.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Ministry Emphasis (Distance) (MLPAS.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Ministry Emphasis (Distance) (MLPAS.BS)
    Ministry Leadership, Youth Ministry Emphasis (Distance) (MLYTH.BA)
    Ministry Leadership, Youth Ministry Emphasis (Distance) (MLYTH.BS)
     
    Christian Ministry (Charlotte Center Only)

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The purpose of the Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry is to deliver general, biblical, theological, and practical training to those persons currently active in or entering the Christian ministry. This program embraces the commitment to adequately prepare students for graduate study as well. Areas of emphasis include Bible and Theology, Christian Education, Counseling, and Pastoral Ministry.

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Christian doctrine
    • Utilize basic critical methodologies in biblical studies.
    • Articulate a basic knowledge of the Bible.
    • Demonstrate the ability to think, discuss, and write in a critical manner.
    • Demonstrate the ability to research using primary and secondary sources in the field.

    EMPHASES OUTCOMES

    Bible and Theology:
    • Demonstrate hermeneutical expertise in the interpretation of the Scriptures.
    • Articulate the relationship between faith and the study of Christian theology.
    Christian Education:
    • Articulate an understanding of the call to educational ministry in the church.
    • Identify the various aspects of Christian education in ministry, i.e. children, youth, missions.
    Counseling:
    • Articulate an understanding of the call to vocational ministry.
    • Identify various theories and methods in church counseling.
    Pastoral Ministry:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the call to vocational ministry.
    • Identify fundamentals and techniques of pastoral preaching.

    Degree Checklist

    Christian Ministry, Pastoral Ministry Emphasis (Charlotte) (CMINP.BCM)
    Christian Ministry, Bible/Theology Emphasis (Charlotte) (CMINB.BCM)
    Christian Ministry, Christian Education Emphasis (Charlotte) (CMINC.BCM)
    Christian Ministry, Counseling Emphasis (Charlotte) (CMINX.BCM)

    Graduate

    MA in Ministry Studies

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies at Lee University provides a program of study that combines practical studies and practical ministry. The courses in this program are specifically designed to help the student understand the biblical and theological foundation of issues related to ministry in contemporary contexts, and then to move beyond theory to the implementation of practical skills for successful vocational ministry. The Master of Arts in Ministry Studies offers three tracks: leadership studies, worship studies, youth and family studies.

    PROGRAM OUTCOMES

    • The M.A. in Ministry Studies will provide a basic theological and biblical framework that will be used to address issues related to ministry in contemporary contexts.
    • The M.A. in Ministry Studies will explore theories, methods and models from various disciplinary perspectives for application in ministry settings.
    • The M.A. in Ministry Studies will provide practical skills for ministry within contemporary and social contexts.
    • The M.A. in Ministry Studies will facilitate the development of characteristics and practices of a spiritually mature and ethical minister.

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon the completion of the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies degree, an individual should possess the following qualities, abilities, and skills:
    • The ability to produce scholarly research and writing that is appropriate for graduate studies in ministry.
    • An understanding of the knowledge, resources and approaches for fostering spiritual formation in faith communities.
    • The ability to assess, articulate and critique approaches to leadership within specific ministry contexts.
    • The ability to engage in theological reflection on the practices of ministry and church life, and to assess practices in light of sound theological reflection.
    • Personal and corporate study of the biblical texts through the disciplined use of sound hermeneutical principles, particularly via the inductive study method.
    • The ability to communicate the gospel to a wide variety of audiences.
    • Analysis of various aspects of culture with the intention of developing practices for engaging contemporary culture.
    • Understanding of the biblical, theological and theoretical foundations relevant to the student’s specific area of emphasis (leadership studies, worship studies, youth and family studies).
    • Skills relevant to and appropriate for student’s specific area of emphasis (leadership studies, worship studies, youth and family studies).
     
    Master of Business Administration MBA

    STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

    The purpose of the Master of Business Administration degree is to equip individuals with the skills necessary for senior level leadership in industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Program faculty are committed to implementing experiential learning as a pedagogical tool to enhance and improve student knowledge and retention. Through an advanced degree in business taught from a Christian worldview, we believe individuals will be better prepared to face the challenges of leading organizations in a rapidly changing global economy.

    PROGRAM OUTCOMES

    • Increased awareness of the global economic environment.
    • Deeper understanding of the functional areas of an organization including finance, management, marketing, and operations.
    • Improved skills in research, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in problem solving .
    • Sensitivity to the application of Judeo-Christian values in decision-making
    • Increased ability to develop and implement specific strategies to address organizational problems

    STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • Complete a financial analysis to examine an organization’s financial position.
    • Design and evaluate organizational structure.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies .
    • Determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizational culture.
    • Develop strategies to better accomplish institutional goals.
    • Utilize sophisticated quantitative models to solve business problems.
    • Determine budgetary needs to implement a selected strategy.
     
    MS in Marriage and Family Studies

    Program Objectives

    At the end of the master’s program, the graduate should have acquired the necessary advanced skills, knowledge, and experience to:

    • Administer programs designed to provide support to families in a wide variety of community service settings.
    • Collect data about individuals, couples and families through the use of interviews, case histories, psychometric instruments, observational techniques and relational methods.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of human development across the lifespan.
    • Effectively communicate with diverse cultural groups.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of special needs populations (e.g., persons in poverty, physical abuse victims, substance abusers, and juvenile offenders).
    • Interpret and evaluate research data.
    • Demonstrate a sensitivity to, and an appreciation of, the spiritual needs of individuals, couples, and families.

    Program of Study

    The program is composed of a minimum of four semesters of approved graduate study. The typical full-time student will complete the program by following a 2-year track. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required. The program core provides educational preparation in human growth and development, human sexuality, systems theory, and research. This program is not intended for those seeking licensure. Rather, this is an ideal program for those wanting to work in administrative roles in family service agencies or in family ministries at a church.


    Certificate Programs

    If you're an adult learner seeking to strengthen your skills in a particular discipline, but not interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, we also offer certificate programs.

    Please note that federal financial aid is not available for students enrolled in certificate-only programs.

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