The Humanities degree program offers students an education in history, philosophy, and language. Students who take this degree will be grounded in the western philosophical and Christian tradition. There are also many options for professional development including legal studies, entrepreneurial studies, and pre-seminary.

Bachelor of Arts in

Humanities | B.A.

The Program

Required Courses 

General Studies – 30 Credits

Communications - 6 Credits

  • COM 101: Academic Research & Writing

  • COM 102: Introduction to Communications

Humanities/Fine Arts – 12 Credits

  • At least two courses from:

    • CLS 111-2: Latin I, II

    • CLS 121-2: Classical Greek I, II

    • BT 201-3: Biblical Greek I, II, III

    • BT 211-2: Biblical Hebrew I, II

  • At least two courses from:

    • LIT 201-2: World Literature I, II

    • HIS 211-2: History of Western Civilization I, II

Natural Science/Mathematics – 6 Credits

  • MTH 131: Foundations of Mathematics (Required)

  • MTH 231: College Geometry

  • SCI 221: Intro to Natural Science

  • SCI 222: Intro to Physics

Social/Behavioral Sciences – 6 Credits

  • PSY 261: Intro to Psychology

  • SOC 251: Cultural Anthropology

  • SOC 271: Intro to Sociology

  • SOC 281: Intro to Political Science/Civics

Bible/Theology General Requirements – 30 Credits

Biblical Theology – 21 Credits

  • BT 221: Principles of Biblical Interpretation

  • BT 311: Introduction to the Old Testament Theology and History

  • BT 321: Introduction to New Testament Theology and History

  • BT 351: Life of Moses

  • BT 352: Life of David

  • BT 353: Life of Jesus

  • BT 354: Life of Paul

Historical and Systematic Theology – 9 Credits

  • HST 201: Systematic Theology

  • HST 321: Luther and His Catechisms

  • HST 331: Lutheran Reformers and the Book of Concord

Humanities Major – 42 Credits

  • PTE 101: Christian Vocation

  • PHL 101-2: Logic I & Logic II

  • PHL 201-2: Intro to Western Philosophy I, II

  • PHL 221: Intro to Eastern Philosophy

  • REL 231: Intro to World Religions

  • PTE 241: Christian Apologetics

  • PTE 301: Christian Ethics

  • PTE 302: Christian Sexual Ethics

  • PTE 401: Introduction to Philosophical Theology

  • PTE 450-489: Topics in Philosophical Theology and Ethics (9 Credits)

Professional Studies - 18 Credits

Political Science

  • COM 401: Argumentation and Debate

  • COM 402: Persuasive Writing

  • LAW 401: Civil Rights and Liberties

  • LAW 450-495: Special Topics in Law (9 credits)


  • HST 301: History of Early Christian Church

  • HST 302: History of Medieval and Reformation Christian Church

  • HST 303: History of Post Reformation Christian Church

  • HST 411: Systematic Theology II

  • COM 490: Research Methods

  • HST 498: Senior Project


  • Biblical Theology – 500 Level

  • Philosophical Theology and Ethics – 500 Level

  • Historical and Systematic Theology – 500 Level

  • Pastoral Theology – 500 Level

Total: 120 Credits

Senior Project (Optional):

A senior project is a 30-page (7,500 word) academic paper.

Senior Project Research course (BT, PTE, or HST 498)

This is a readings course on the student’s proposed senior project topic. The student and his or her primary faculty advisor agree on a reading program before the start of the semester. The student reads independently, meeting with his or her advisor regularly for consultation.

Senior Project Proposal

The student, in consultation with a primary faculty advisor, develops a senior project proposal (1,000 words). At least 60 days prior to the first day of classes in the semester when the student will enroll in BT, PTE, HST 499 (described below), the student submits the proposal to a senior project committee. The committee consists of 2 faculty members, one of whom is the primary advisor and another of whom should be a member of ILT’s undergraduate permanent faculty.

Senior Project course (BT, PTE, or HST 499)

If the senior project committee approves the proposal, the student enrolls in PTE 499 as an independent study. This course can be continued through the following semester if needed. The student completes the research and writing of the senior project during this time, in consultation with the primary faculty advisor. The senior project should use the Chicago Style (guidelines are available from the Librarian.) The senior project must include the following:

  • Title page

  • Copyright page

  • Signatory page

  • Librarian Certification page

  • Table of Contents

  • Text of senior project

  • Bibliography

Senior Project Presentation

When the senior project is completed and approved by the primary faculty advisor, the student schedules a formal presentation of the academic paper. The presentation occurs before the last day of classes within the semester. The student should supply the members of the committee with a copy of the senior project sufficiently in advance to allow them to read and comment on it. The committee determines the final grade for the senior project, which is the grade for BT, HST, or PTE 499. The student provides a bound copy of the completed senior project to the ILT Library. (Consult the Librarian for guidelines on printing and binding the senior project.)

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