Worship arts

The worship arts major is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares students for church positions and/or seminary.

Rooted in Bluffton's church-related liberal arts environment, the worship arts major incorporates classes from the music, religion, art, and communication and theatre departments that provide a solid grounding in theology and proficiency in various musical areas, visual art, and communication and theatre. Through practical experiences, students will gain the ability and confidence to participate in and give leadership to worship ministry in congregational settings.

Goals for our students include significant spiritual development; the maximum development of their academic, worship-leading and musical abilities; recognition of the importance of meaning and faith in relation to worship arts, as either vocation or avocation; cultivation of a spirit of cooperation; and preparation for success and continued learning in contemporary society.

Potential options for a double major include: economics, youth ministries, biblical & theological studies, psychology, English, music, art, or business. There is also an option to minor in worship arts.

Major

(49 semester hours)

ART (6 hours)
ART 202 Design I (3)
ART 245 Intro to Graphic Design (3)

MUSIC THEORY / CORE (11 hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 231 Music Ministry (2)
MUS 402 Practicum (on campus – music focused) (1)
MUS 402 Internship (off campus) (3)

PERFORMANCE STUDIES (7 hours)
MUS 101 Applied Piano (1+1)
   or MUS 106 Applied Organ (1+1)
MUS 112 Beginning Guitar (1)
   or MUS 110 Applied Guitar (1)
MUS 105 Applied Voice (1+1)
MUS 141 Beginning Conducting (2)

RELIGION (12 hours)
REL 230 Christian Worship (3)
REL 242 Spiritual Disciplines (3)
REL 273 Christian Theology (3)
REL 334 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3)
REL 385 Practicum (on campus–theology based) (1)

COMMUNICATION AND THEATRE (9 hours)
COM 340 Religious Communication (3)
THE 201 Play Production (3)
THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)

ELECTIVE (3 hours)
Choose one elective course in theatre or art.

Minor

(20 semester hours)

ART (3 hours)
ART 202 Design I (3)

MUSIC THEORY / CORE (8hours)
MUS 135 Intro to Music (3)
MUS 148 Music Theory 1 (2)
MUS 231 Music Ministry (2)
MUS 402 Practicum (on campus – music focused) (1)

PERFORMANCE STUDIES (2 hours)
MUS 101 Applied Piano (1+1)
MUS 105 Applied Voice (1+1)
MUS 106 Applied Organ (1+1)
MUS 110 Applied Guitar (1)
MUS 112 Beginning Guitar (1)

RELIGION (4 hours)
REL 273 Christian Theology (3)
   or REL 334 Foundations of Christian Ministry (3)
REL 385 Practicum (on campus–theology based) (1)

THEATRE (3 hours)
THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)

August 2013