Professional Studies (BA)

General Christian Studies

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General Information

The purpose of the General Christian Studies program is to provide students with an opportunity to choose courses that will enable them to concentrate on a particular field of interest. It makes it possible to prepare for a nontraditional ministry.

The program is also designed for those who already possess, or plan to obtain, a specialized associate degree in a particular field of labor. The credits received for the specialized degree will be transferred to HSBC to meet the field of concentration requirements that are needed to obtain a Bachelor degree in General Christian study.

Nursing Track: An example would be a student who plans to enter the field of nursing. In addition to meeting the Bible and general studies requirements of the Bible/Christian Studies major, the student would complete an A.S. in nursing at a nearby community college or at a nursing school in his/her home area.

Admittance and enrollment at the community college is the personal responsibility of the student and the prerogative of that school. It is often helpful for young students to spend one year at HSBC before enrolling in a community college. This enables the individual to become more grounded in a Christian worldview before entering studies at a secular college. After completing the A.A. or A.S. degree in a particular field, the student would complete the final year of their B. A. degree at Hobe Sound. Students who have already earned an associate degree in a specialized field of labor may use the credits from their vocational studies to meet the concentration requirements of this degree program.

Through consultation with his/her advisor, the student will choose courses that will result in a concentration in a particular area of ministry or vocation. Possible areas are counseling, Christian education, vocational missionary, TESOL, nursing or business. The student may use one of the A.A. or A.S. programs from HSBC.


1. To have a comprehensive grasp of the structure, content and teachings of the Bible.

Complete Course List

Bible Core (30 hrs)

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Foundations of Faith
Theology of Holiness
Contemp Issues/Holy Living
Bible Elective

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

General Electives (45 hrs)


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 Civilization 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)

Year #2 (Fall Semester)

Pentateuch (3)
Lifespan Development (3)
Elective (3)

Year #2 (Spring Semester)

Gospels (3)
Elective (2)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #3 (Fall Semester)

Acts (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #3 (Spring Semester)

Romans (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #4 (Fall Semester)

Philosophical Studies (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Year #4 (Spring Semester)

Contemporary Issues in Holy Living (1)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

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