General Studies

Already have a degree? Feel called to ministry? Worried that your degree will be wasted?

Put it to work in God’s Kingdom through KMBC’s General Studies program! We’re told in the Bible that we’re to use our talents to glorify God! This program will allow you to keep your degree while building onto it for God’s Kingdom!

This program is ideal for incoming students with an Associates Degree from another institution. You can transfer a diverse range of credits (up to 70 hours!) into this program. This way, you can start your time at KMBC as a junior and take the upper level classes you need to start your ministry!

KMBC can accept your professional training from other colleges and trade schools. To accept credits from your previous college, the institution needs to be accredited through any accrediting agency, such as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

We will equip you with the Biblical and theological training you need to complete your bachelor’s degree (130 hours) in General Studies. Within the General Studies program, you will find classes on the Bible, Wesleyan-Arminian theology, practical ministry methods, and more! You will also receive hands-on training and real-world experience as you minister in area churches and Christian organizations.

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What happens after graduation?

Some of our graduates choose to continue their education in pursuit of a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree (M.Div). Graduates choosing to do so, often remark at how well prepared they were for the academic challenges of seminary. Although our graduates have chosen to attend a variety of seminaries across the country, KMBC recommends Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

Credit Hours

130 Credit Hours

What classes will I study?

As a student in the General Studies program, you will be focusing on classes to prepare you as a Christian leader and bible scholar. In addition to the general education core, you will be studying a variety of the biblical texts, theology, and electives tailored to your particular interest in ministry. For a complete list, skim through the list below.

General Education Core

  • Spiritual-Academic and Worldview Formation


    This course is designed to introduce the student to the spiritual and academic disciplines necessary to begin college life and to become a lifelong learner and Christian disciple. It provides an introduction to prominent contemporary worldviews and lays a foundation for developing a biblical worldview.

  • English Grammar


    A study of the fundamentals of English grammar with a view to proper construction. Emphasis is placed upon conciseness and correct diction.

  • English Composition


    Practice is given in various kinds of writing, including the formal research paper and the informal/formal essay to enable students to write clearly, concisely, logically and creatively.

  • Physical Education


    Promotes practices of good health and the development of Christian character through team play in competitive sports, both in class and through the program of intramural athletics. Students may be exempted from this course upon presentation of a doctor’s certificate requesting exemption from such activities.

  • Introduction to Communications or Introduction to Sociology

    Introduction to Communication

    The course introduces the process of communication as a critical element in human relationship and society, and examines various aspects of communication: information processing, interpersonal communication in dyadic relationships and small groups, organizational communication, and mass communication.

    Introduction to Sociology

    The course introduces the basic concepts of the discipline and major theories of social behavior. Factors underlying the formation and function of society, group life, social institution and processes are studied. Additionally, various current social problems are analyzed from a biblical world view.

  • Basic Public Speaking


    This course provides an introduction to the various types and components of public speeches. Class assignments and activities are designed to develop skills in preparing, refining and delivering public addresses.

  • History of Civilization I & II


    The courses survey the history of civilization from ancient times to the modern period and focus on the religious, political and legal aspects of the ancient, medieval and modern world as seen from the Christian perspective.

  • General Psychology


    Provides an introduction to psychology focusing on its major topics, methods, theories, and applications from a Christian perspective.

  • Music Appreciation


    A course which integrates basic music elements and appreciation for sacred and secular masterworks.

  • Church History


    A survey of the development of the Christian Church from apostolic times to the present with special attention being given to councils of the Church, medieval monasticism, the Protestant Reformation, Wesley and Pietism, and the North American church.

  • College Mathematics


    This course is designed to give the essentials of college algebra. Reasoning ability is developed by stressing application to physical problems. A grasp of algebraic principals and problem solving techniques will enable the student to think analytically, which has widespread application.

  • English Literature


    A critical study of certain chosen literary works from the Middle Ages to the present including some attention to the lives of the authors. Interpretations are sought in the light of historical and social backgrounds.

  • Marriage and Family


    This course considers the dynamics of marriage and family relationships. The emphasis will be upon the development of relationships from dating through courtship and marriage, with a special consideration for enrichment skills such as communication, conflict solving, budgeting, and role concepts.

  • Earth Science


    Taking information and operating principles from the study of various science disciplines, this course is a multi-disciplinary introduction to the earth’s processes and environment. The biblical account of creation is held to be accurate, and a six literal day creation period lays the foundation for this study of the earth.

  • Introduction to Philosophy


    Focuses on the terminology and methodology of philosophy including an emphasis on the classic concepts and thinkers of Western philosophical thought. Students are enabled to think critically and analytically about current philosophical trends from a Christian world view.

Bible Study Core

  • English Bible Survey


    This course is an introduction to the content, theology and history of the Bible with a special emphasis upon the major people, places and events. The various literary genres are studied in order to discover their basic teachings and place in divine revelation. The course is a prerequisite to all other courses in biblical studies.

  • Gospels


    A comprehensive study of the life and ministry of Jesus presented by the four gospel writers.

  • Pentateuch


    An historical and theological study of the first five books of the Old Testament which emphasizes the characters and the covenant. The Pentateuch is examined as the foundation for the remainder of the history of God’s revelation to humanity.

  • Acts


    The history of the origin, rise, and expansion of universal Christianity as presented in the Acts of the Apostles.

  • Prison Epistles

    The four Epistles of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon were written by Paul during his Roman imprisonment. This class will consider the theological truths and practical applications contained in these letters.

  • General Epistles


    An inductive study of the epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude with emphasis on important doctrines and principles relating to Christian living. Attention is given to learning the use of different resource materials and the inductive process.

  • Romans


    A study of the Epistles of Romans which focuses on the theological truths and their application to the Christian life.

  • Hebrews


    A study of the Book of Hebrews which views the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and informs Christology and Soteriology especially as they pertain to Entire Sanctification and Christian perseverance.

  • Isaiah-Jeremiah


    A study of the books with emphasis on the historical, social, moral and religious background of the prophet and their times. Major elements of the class include historical, eschatalogical, and New Covenant significance along with present-day application.

  • Biblical Studies Electives


    This is where you may customize part of your learning experience here at KMBC. What books are you interested in studying? Perhaps the Minor Prophets, Historical Books, Psalms and Wisdom Literature, the Apocalyptic Books, Galatians and Thessalonians, Romans, Corinthians, or a perhaps an advanced inductive study on a topic that interests you!

Theology Study Core

  • Foundations of Faith


    A foundational course in theology designed to give the student a basic understanding of the doctrines of God, man, and sin, and emphasizes the saving relationship into which God calls all human beings.

  • Doctrines of Holiness


    An intensive study of the doctrine of Christian perfection and entire sanctification as a second work of grace as it comes to expression within Scripture and Wesleyan theology which are integrated with experiential material for the purpose of instructing, clarifying, and establishing students in their personal experience of entire sanctification.

  • Theology Elective


    Choose from several excellent theology classes including the theology of prayer, systematic theology, the theology of John Wesley, cults, or take a survey of holiness literature.

Ministry Core

  • Evangelism


    This course provides an introduction to the Biblical principles and practices of evangelism and discipleship and their applications to contemporary life.

  • 300 Level Elective

    Any 300 Level Ministry Elective (2 Credits)

  • 400 Level Elective

    Any 400 Level Ministry Elective (3 Credits)

  • General Electives

    Any General Electives (11 Credits)

Professional Studies Core

  • Transferable Professional Credits (Degree Requirement)

    Credits from your previous accredited college or institution (20 credits)

Other Courses

  • Internship

    An internship offers the student an opportunity to participate in actual ministry under the close supervision of a faculty advisor and a practitioner in the field of their major. The internship will respect the guidelines established by the Office of Field Ministries and the contract established by the curriculum advisor.

  • Senior Seminar

    This course enables senior students to refine their Biblical worldview and to demonstrate integration of accumulated learning regarding contemporary issues.

  • Electives

    4-6 Credit Hours of Electives

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Mr. Zane Darland

Meet the General Studies advisor. Mr. Zane Darland will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the program. Otherwise, request more information to get in touch with our admissions team.

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