BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGION
The Bachelor of Arts in Religion (B.A.R.) degree program is designed for students who have successfully attained a high school diploma or its equivalent and who desire introductory academic instruction in religious studies/theology. This program is designed as the educational and spiritual foundation for a future in Christian ministry, Christian education, and supplying the Christian man or woman with an education that will assist in their Christian life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. This program may also serve as the foundation for the Masters degree program of study in theology or divinity.
Admission | A high school diploma or its academic equivalent is required for admission to the B.A.R. program. It is recommended that the applicant's previous academic preparation include liberal arts studies such as English, history, science, math, and social sciences. The student should be proficient in the English language. Applicants should have no less than a 2.5 GPA with letters of recommendation from instructors and a pastor regarding academic and spiritual qualifications to pursue an education in religion. An interview with a Cal Grad faculty member is required and can be arranged through the school office.
Course Requirements| A total of 128 units of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Of these 128 units, 113 are core requirements and 15 are electives. The courses are primarily lecture, class discussion, and research with an expectation that the student can write college level papers for each class.
A maximum of 64 semester units of comparable work may be transferred toward the B.A.R. degree from recognized universities, colleges, or community colleges. In addition, students may petition to substitute electives for core requirements if they have previously taken and passed courses of the same content elsewhere.
Completion of the minimum requirements does not automatically qualify the student for the Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree. He or she must have shown evidence, to the satisfaction of the Degree Committee, of consistent Christian character, potential for effectiveness in Christian ministry, and commitment to the primacy of the divinely authoritative Scriptures, interpreted in the framework of historically orthodox and creedal Christian theology.