BA in Individualized Study

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Individualized Study is a degree completion program designed to provide adult learners a more customized baccalaureate degree option. This program requires students to work with a faculty advisor to develop a personalized program that meets his or her specific needs, both personal and professional. The general goal is to help students develop a Christian worldview and Biblical understanding, build a broad background in general education, increase their intellectual capacity and curiosity through selected courses in their area(s) of interest, and enable them to be more effective Christ-like servant leaders.

Program Learning Outcomes

The BA in Individualized Study is intended to graduate students who will:

  • Live faithfully by submitting to the authority of Scripture as a guide to Christian living.
  • Think Biblically by developing a basic understanding of Scripture lived out through a Christian worldview.
  • Grow intellectually by critically interacting with key areas of general education, including communication, humanities, social science, math, and science.
  • Improve professionally by demonstrating skills in one or more selected areas of study that are appropriate for their chosen area(s) of service.
  • Learn continually by developing a plan for lifelong learning where they live, work, and worship.
Program Delivery System

This program is offered for adult learners onsite and online . All courses are six weeks long, with four courses offered each semester (fall and spring). This format allows students to focus on one course at a time while completing the program in a timely manner. Time required for completion is determined by the amount of transfer work a student might have already completed.


Communication (6 hours written and 3 oral) 9
Humanities (including HI 241 and ID 101 9
Social Sciences 9
Math 3
Sciences (including at least 1 hour of lab) 7
BI 170 Interpreting Christian Scriptures 3
ID 101 Introduction to Worldviews 3
CH 380 History of American Christianity and the Stone-Campbell Movement 3
NT 104 New Testament I 3
NT 301 New Testament II 3
OT 105 Pentateuch 3
OT 232 Hebrew History & Literature I 3
OT 302 Hebrew History & Literature II 3
TH 160 Basic Christian Beliefs 3
TH 416 Systematic Theology 3
Electives in advisor approved areas (including transfer courses, credit for prior learning, and independent studies) 24
HS 300 Intro to Adult Studies 3
HS 304 Dynamics of Self Leadership 3
HS 472 Character & Ethics 3
HS 499 Capstone Portfolio 0

20 credit hours

120 credit hours

All of the Hargrove School baccalaureate programs assume 61 hours of previous college coursework; including at least 37 hours in general education. Those not meeting these prerequisites may complete all or part of the Hargrove School's Associate of Arts degree program, which is specifically designed for adult learners, or they may take appropriate courses elsewhere. Students completing at least 15 hours of the associate degree here are eligible to receive an Associate of Arts from Lincoln Christian University.

* Students who have had any of these required courses may substitute other courses in Bible and Theology with the approval of the program director.


Since this program utilizes courses and faculty resources from all of our undergraduate programs, please consult the Faculty page of our website for a complete listing of faculty. For more information, contact the program director Dr. Peter A. Verkruyse.