Majors and Minors
Christian Leadership - Religion (REL) and Philosophy (PHL)
The Christian Leadership program stresses critical intellectual pursuit in three areas:
  1. Christian theology, Biblical studies and comparative religion:
  2. entrepreneurial leadership skills: and
  3. training in one of five areas of Christian leadership.
The five areas of Christian leadership are:
  1. Ministry to children:
  2. Ministry to youth and young adults:
  3. Biblical and Theologic Studies:
  4. Christian mission: witness and service: and
  5. Church planting and renewal.
The Christian leadership program emphasizes spiritual formation and service. All participants in the program are required to participate each semester in a small group for spiritual discipleship and formation. Furthermore, students are required to participate in at least one church-based ministry project as a part of each class in the program.

Major


Christian Leadership
PHL 101 Philosophy of Life  or

 

PHL 220 Introduction to Ethical Issues 3
REL 210 Understanding the Old Testament 3
REL 212 Christian Faith and Practice 3
REL 215 The Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
REL 216 The Life and Letters of Paul 3
REL 299 Special Topics 3
302* Faith and Reason 3
REL 314 World Religions  or  
REL 315 American Religions  or  
REL 360 Death, Dying and Life after Death 3
REL 323 Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation 3
REL 380 Classics in Christian Thought  or  
REL 390 Contemporary Christian Thought  or  
REL 415 Theology of John Wesley 3
REL 461 Travel Seminar  or  
499 Special Topics  (Old Testament) 3
  Concentration 9
  Total 42
*COR 301 Interdisciplinary Investigations I: Faith and Reason can substitute for REL 302.
Students in the College of Arts and Humanities must pass two semesters of foreign language.

Areas of Concentration

Additional courses to be approved by the department chairman. 

Entrepreneurial Leadership

BUS 315

Leadership and Communication  or

 

BUS 371

Marketing

3

ENT 225

Entrepreneurial Leadership I

2

ENT 350

Readings in Entrepreneurial Leadership

1

PSL 210

Introduction to Leadership and Public Service

3

 

Total

9

Ministry to Children (Students will be subject to background checks)

EDU 201

Foundations of Education

3

EDU 311

Educational Psychology or

 

PSY 337

Adolescent Psychology

3

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology

3

 

Total

9

Ministry to Youth and Young Adults

PSY 237

Developmental Psychology  or

 

PSY 337

Adolescent Psychology

3

REL 370

Pop Culture and Theology

3

REL 461

Travel Seminar  or

 

REL 240

Sexuality, Spirituality and Loving

3

 

Total

9

Biblical and Theological Studies

BUS 315

Leadership and Communication or

 

BUS 321

Organizational Behavior

3

BUS 322

Human Resource Management  or

 

BUS 383

Contemporary Issues  or

 

BUS 373

Advertising

3

COM 325

Introduction  to Mass Communication

3

 

Total

9

Christian Mission: Witness and Service

ECO 336

Economics of Development or

 

HIS 313

Latin American History  or

 

HIS 386

Asian History  or

 

MUS 250

World Music  or

 

POL 354

World Politics

3

GEO 205

World Geography

3

REL 410

Church Growth: Mission and Evangelism

3

 

Total

9

Church Planting and Renewal

BUS 321

Organizational Behavior  or

 

BUS 371

Marketing

3

ENT 325

Entrepreneurial Leadership II

2

ENT 350

Readings in Entrepreneurial Leadership

1

REL 410

Church Growth: Mission and Evangelism

3

 

Total

9

 

Individualized Concentrations
Opportunities for individualized programs that prepare students for work in areas of worship arts, church-based counseling or church camping ministry can be offered in consultation with the chairman of the religion and philosophy department.


Minor

Christian Leadership

REL 210

Understanding the Old Testament

3

REL 212

Faith and Practice

3

REL 215

The Life and Teachings of Jesus

3

REL 216

The Life and Letters of Paul

3

REL 299

Special Topics

3

REL 302

Faith and Reason  or

 

REL 323

Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation  or

 

REL 461

Travel Seminar  or

 

REL 499

Special Topics  (Old Testament)

3

ENT 225

Entrepreneurial Leadership I

2

ENT 350

Readings in Entrepreneurial Leadership

1

 

A course listed in areas of concentration above

3

 

Total

24

If Christian mission or church planting and renewal are chosen as a minor, the only class acceptable to complete the minor is REL 410 Church Growth: Mission and Evangelism.


Other Programs
Pre-theology
The department seeks to meet the preprofessional needs of people preparing for seminary by offering background courses and a flexible combination of courses in the major that students can pattern to individual types of ministry. While a great variety is found in the requirements of various theological schools, the American Association of Theological Schools lists these fields where students should have proficiency before entering seminary study. Below are courses and number of credits recommended for students planning to continue on to seminary.

English

 

 

 

Literature, writing, speech and related studies

 9

 

History

 

 

 

Ancient, modern, European and American

 6

 

Philosophy

 

 

 

Historical development, content and methods

 6

 

Natural Sciences

 

 

 

Physical chemistry or biology

 6

 

Social Sciences

 

 

 

Psychology, sociology, economics, political science and education

18

 

Foreign Language

 

 

 

Some seminaries require biblical language; a modern language is also considered desirable

 6

 

of each language

Religion

 

 

 

Basic knowledge of the Bible with introduction to the major religions of the world

 9

 

 

Of the possible fields of study for a college major, most theological schools regard these as useful: English, philosophy, religion, history, political science, psychology and sociology.

For certain nontraditional students with significant experience and ability, an accelerated 3-3 program is available in which the first year of seminary counts as the senior year at DWU. This program links Dakota Wesleyan and Sioux Falls Seminary (SFS) in a cooperative effort to provide an accelerated program of training for certain students pursuing the ministry. It provides nontraditional students of unusual background and ability the opportunity to specialize their focus and shorten the time of their training. It is called the 3-3 program because it involves three years of study at each institution.

3-3 Program Criteria for Admittance
The program is intended for students who:
  1. are nontraditional, mature students who have been out of higher education at least five years, who have been in the workforce and are perhaps choosing ministry as a second career;
  2. have considerable experience from participation in, or working in, various phases of the life of the church;
  3. are committed to entering a church-related career; and
  4. have a minimum 3.5 GPA in previous educational background.
3-3 Program Requirements
In the three years at DWU, students must:
  1. be accepted by SFS for pre-enrollment in the 3-3 program;
  2. meet DWU competency skill requirements;
  3. meet all General Education requirements (42 hours);
  4. meet requirements for a minor;
  5. establish senior status by earning 93 credit hours; and
  6. maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Dakota Wesleyan University will accept the first year of courses at SFS as the senior year of study at DWU and as the completion of a Christian leadership major. At the end of that year the student will graduate from DWU with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Individualized Majors and Minors
The religion and philosophy department provides opportunities for special interdisciplinary programs that help prepare students to work in other church-related areas.
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