Counseling (BA)

Ministerial Studies Minor

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General Requirements

Counseling majors must earn at least a C in all counseling courses in order for the credit to count toward a degree. Students preparing for the ministry should recognize the high number of skills necessary for an adequate ministry. Since it is difficult to acquire all of these skills in the classroom, each candidate for the counseling degree will be required to participate in the following noncredit activities:

A. The monthly meetings of the campus Counseling Organization scheduled by the Dean of Students.

B. Scheduled workshops and conventions. This will necessitate that each student make arrangements with his/her employer at the very beginning of the school year to have this time free.

C. Ministry as assigned by the chairman of Programs in Counseling Studies.


1. The student will gain a deeper insight into the great doctrinal systems of the Bible, particularly the Wesleyan-Arminian system, and the field of biblical theology.

2. The student will become acquainted with the philosophy, the religious ideas, and the problems of the world as they relate to pastoral ministries.

3. The student will be able to analyze a passage of Scripture from an exegetical viewpoint and organize the truth so it may be presented in a sermon with clarity of thought.

4. The student will be able to carry out ministerial responsibilities in a counseling setting.


Complete Course List

Bible Core (30 hrs)

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Foundations of Faith
Theology of Holiness
Contemporary Issues in Holy Living
Bible Electives

General Education Core (45 hrs)

Christian Service Class
English Composition
Rhetoric and Research
History of Civilization I or II
Lifespan Development
Philosophical Studies
General Psychology
Public Speaking
Fine Arts Elective
Foreign Language
Historical Perspective Elective
Information Technology Elective
Literature Elective
Math Elective
Science Elective

Counseling Major (36 hrs)

Abnormal Psychology
Counseling Internship
Assessment in Counseling
Theories & Techniques in Family Therapy
Theories & Techniques in Marriage Therapy
Introduction to Group Counseling
Intervention in Addictions
Crisis Intervention in Counseling
Human Sexuality in Counseling
Contemporary Issues in Counseling
Introduction to Counseling


Ministerial Studies Minor (18 hrs)

Pastoral Ministries
Intro to Homiletics
Advanced Homiletics
Systematic Theology I
Systematic Theology II
Herm/Exp Preaching

Admission Requirements

Education: Graduation from high school is the basic requirement for entrance. It is recommended that high school graduates have successfully completed at least four units in English, three units in Science, three units in Mathematics and three units in Social Studies. Students graduating from A.C.E. and other nontraditional schools should have completed the requirements for a college entrance diploma.

Students, who have an equivalent of a high school education, may be admitted if they have successfully passed the General Educational Development (G.E.D.) test. Anyone presenting a G.E.D. must be at least 18 years of age and must have a minimum score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests. (Total standard points required to pass = 2250)

Homeschooled students seeking admission to HSBC are required to submit official transcripts from reputable home school organizations documenting the completion of all academic work necessary for a high school diploma. If this is not possible, the student may be required to take the G.E.D. test.

Tests: All applicants are required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT)with writingprior to being admitted to school. HSBC prefers the ACT. These tests are used for counseling and advising purposes.

Hobe Sound Bible College has been assigned the following test code numbers: The American College Test (ACT)5471. The CLEP5306 and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)5306.

Course Schedule

Year #1 (Fall Semester)

Orientation (NC)
Old Testament Survey (3)
Christian Service Class (3)
English Composition (3)
History of Civ I (3)
Foundations of Faith (3)


Year #1 (Spring Semester)

New Testament Survey (3)
Rhetoric and Research (3)
General Psychology (3)
Public Speaking (3)
Theology of Holiness (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Fall Semester)

Pentateuch (3)
Lifespan Development (3)
Intro to Counseling (3)
Minor Course (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Spring Semester)

Gospels (3)
Assessment in Counseling (3)
Intro to Group Counseling (3)
Minor Course (3)
Elective (3)

Year #3 (Fall Semester)

Acts (3)
Abnormal Psychology (3)
Marriage Therapy (3)
Hum Sexuality in Counseling (3)
Contemp Issues in Counseling (1)
Minor Course (3)

Year #3 (Spring Semester)

Romans (3)
Family Therapy (3)
Crisis Counseling (3)
Contemp Issues in Counseling (1)
Minor Course (3)
Elective (3)

Year #4 (Fall Semester)

Inter in Addictions (3)
Contemporary Issues in Counseling (1)
Philosophical Studies (3)
Minor Course (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #4 (Spring Semester)

Counseling Internship (6)
Contemporary Iss/Holy Living (1)
Minor Course (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

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