What is the motivation behind student life at Boyce?

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WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND STUDENT LIFE AT BOYCE?

January 15, 2020

By Jeff Hunter, Dean of Students

Boyce Student Life seeks to cultivate an authentic biblical community (Romans 12:9-21) that fosters mutual sanctification (Proverbs 27:17) in order to prepare students to be healthy and effective members of the local church (Ephesians 4:15-16), and through the church to reach the world (1 Peter 2:9-12). As we carry out this mission, Boyce Student Life follows four core values:

  • The Heart—We believe that God cares most about our desires and motivations, and that the heart fuels behavior. Therefore, rather than focusing on mere external actions, we seek to cultivate the inner man, including both our heart affections for Christ and our sincere love for one another.
  • Relationships—We believe that holy and loving relationships are both an evidence of spiritual maturity and an instrument of spiritual growth. Therefore, we seek to cultivate relationships characterized by the “one anothers.”
  • Restoration—We believe that God responds to our sin with fatherly discipline and loving restoration rather than mere authoritarian punishment. Therefore, we seek to cultivate an atmosphere of openness, confession, repentance, and restoration.
  • The Church—We believe that the church is the family of God, the body of Christ on earth, and the headquarters for God’s mission in the world. Therefore, we seek to cultivate a community that values the local church, serves the local church, and prepares for life and ministry in the local church.

What is the advantage of the Seminary Track?

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WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE SEMINARY TRACK?

By Oren Martin, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology; Program Coordinator for the Seminary Track

Do you have a desire for full-time ministry? Do you want to be equipped to understand and apply the whole counsel of God? Do you want to learn how to speak well of God and of all that he has done for sinners through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Jesus Christ so that you can take the gospel to the nations?

The Seminary Track at Boyce College provides the unique opportunity for men and women to earn a B. A. and M. Div. in five years as they prepare for a lifetime of faithful, gospel ministry. In addition to saving both time and money, the Seminary Track provides the greatest resources the school has to offer: faculty. As students prepare for ministry, they have the incredible privilege of learning from the world-renowned faculty of Southern Seminary, who bring decades of experience in teaching, scholarship, and pastoral ministry to the classroom. In the Seminary Track, students will experience rigorous preparation for ministry while enjoying the life-transforming community of Boyce College, a combination that we pray God will use to make Jesus Christ known among the nations.

 


 

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How will Boyce equip me to find a job after graduating?

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HOW WILL BOYCE EQUIP ME TO FIND A JOB AFTER GRADUATING?

By Ben Hussung, Director of the Vocation and Career Development office

At Boyce College, we’re committed to helping you in every way possible as you launch into your career after college. From your first day on campus, the office of Vocation and Career Development will come alongside you as you discern God’s calling for your life, pursue experiences within your field, and then prepare to find a place to begin your career.

We offer workshops on networking, internships, resumes, cover letters, communication, and professionalism. We also offer networking opportunities and major-specific info sessions where we bring in a recruiter for a particular organization, as well as a Career and Internship Expo where we bring in over 60 businesses, non-profits, missions agencies, graduate schools, and churches to meet our students. Additionally, we offer personal networking help so that you can develop relationships that will help you learn more about your field and make you much more likely to land a great first job once you graduate.

As you come closer to graduation, we continue to support you through one-on-one career counseling, personal resume and cover letter editing, LinkedIn help, and even interview coaching. Most students graduate, begin looking for a job, and then realize that they need to have all of these documents and skills in order to compete, but at Boyce, we equip our students early so that they can be confident in their resume and cover letter as they search for jobs and so that they can present themselves well in interview settings. After you graduate, we continue to provide support in all of these areas, even after you are successful in your career and many years removed from Boyce.

Why is a theological foundation important for K-12 educators?

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WHY IS A THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATION IMPORTANT FOR K-12 EDUCATORS?

By Barry Gibson and Melissa Tucker, professors of teacher education at Boyce College

A strong foundation of core academic disciplines and educational pedagogy will make a successful teacher for any classroom. However, becoming an effective teacher who will provide a Christ-centered quality education for one’s students in public, Christian, and classical school requires a solid theological foundation.

In today’s diverse society, having a firm theological foundation enables an individual to bring not only confident and well-prepared teaching, but light into the classroom. Christian teachers in every school are critically important in contributing to students’ academic and spiritual formation. With 30 hours of biblical and theological studies and over 50 hours of professional education studies, the Boyce College Teacher Education Program is designed to equip future educators to be servant leaders with the range of knowledge necessary for the profession of teaching, skills for teaching in any classroom, and dispositions necessary to display a Christ-centered attitude and work ethic in their profession.

Exceptional leaders are portrayed as those with high standards, who keep their commitments, and exercise self-discipline. To build these traits, teacher candidates should be taught Christian values of honesty and fairness in addition to the importance of setting goals for daily life through theological studies. The educational foundation should be designed to ground the future educator in Christian values that are biblically-based and hold to a standard of behavior and guidelines which encourage students to exemplify these strong values.

The subtle teaching of humanism, socialism, and progressivism is dangerously persuasive to impressionable students. The theological foundation to build strong teachers is a must if there are to be students in the classroom that will be raised to be the “heritage of the Lord” according to God’s Word. With teacher dispositions stemming from personal integrity, the recognition of diversity as a fact of life, the belief in effective communication, and servant-leadership, the Boyce College Teacher Education Program seeks to prepare students for just that—meeting diverse populations with the truth of the gospel and addressing educational challenges with faithful excellence.

Boyce College teacher candidates are trained to be totally committed to the Bible as the inerrant Word of God, to the Great Commission as their mandate, and to service as their calling. The Boyce Teacher Education Program is founded on these theological studies and is committed to the principles of education which produce exemplary educators and see the furtherance of God’s kingdom through the K12 classroom.

 


 

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How can a Communication degree prepare a student for the modern workplace?

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HOW CAN A COMMUNICATION DEGREE PREPARE A STUDENT FOR THE MODERN WORKPLACE?

By Jason Leverett

Program Coordinator & Associate Professor of Communication

 

Our Communication program provides a curriculum that helps students develop and enhance practical skills they will need to become effective strategic communicators in the workplace. More specifically, we help students develop soft skills—interpersonal skills people need to harmoniously interact with others—by exploring theory and practice related to relationship management. Our communication courses help students develop skills in negotiation, active listening, emotional intelligence, creativity, judgment and decision making, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving. These skills are essential in the modern workplace, and we specialize in helping students develop them.

In addition, we help students develop hard skills—specific technical knowledge and training one needs to succeed in a specific profession—by exploring and practicing current communication tactics in public relations, employee communication and promotions (advertising, direct marketing, digital/internet marketing, sales promotion, and personal selling). Students in our communication program gain experience and improve their communication skills by writing mock press releases, creating direct marketing campaigns, developing employee training material, managing social media accounts, publishing thought leadership blogs, and pitching sales promotion strategies. In short, we provide students with the necessary information they need to acquire professional insight and successfully practice strategic communication within the modern workplace.

Most importantly, we provide a professionally focused degree that complements Boyce’s dedication to discipleship, missions and biblical education. At Boyce, our communication students are required to take over thirty credits/hours in biblical and theological studies. We believe these courses successfully prepare students to effectively navigate through the various challenges they will face as they enter the modern workplace.

 


 

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What is Boyce’s athletics program like?

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WHAT IS BOYCE’S ATHLETICS PROGRAM LIKE?

January 15, 2020

By Michael McCarty, coordinator of Bulldogs Athletics

We desire for Boyce Athletics to be used as a platform for ministry and the advancement of the Gospel. The work of ministry requires discipline, a strong work ethic, and commitment. We believe that athletics is a great way to develop those characteristics. Whether we are playing in a game, practicing hard, hanging out as a team at a coach’s house, or playing in front of our great home crowd, we desire our time together to be an opportunity to shape others and to be shaped into the image of Jesus Christ.

Boyce Athletics operates according to the following core values:

  • Possess zeal for God’s glory in all we do as leaders, coaches, and student-athletes.
  • Demonstrate excellence and integrity in all aspects of our lives and our programs.
  • We will strive to do the best we can at all times with the utmost integrity.
  • Developing, disciplining, and equipping servant-leaders who will serve the church and engage the culture with the Gospel.
  • Selflessly serve others through relationships and opportunities that the Lord provides.
  • See Christ’s name lifted high and glorified in all we do.

If these characteristics and core values ring true with you and you are serious about the advancement of the Gospel, possess athletic skills, enjoy the game, and are willing to work hard, then we invite you to consider joining Boyce Athletics.

What if Boyce doesn’t have my major?

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WHAT IF BOYCE DOESN’T HAVE MY MAJOR?

January 15, 2020

By Kevin Gabriel, Academic Counselor

First, consider the difference between your major and your desired career. Some careers require specific degree programs (think engineers, nurses, etc.). In these cases, there is a close correlation between major and career. Yet many other jobs, both in ministry and in the marketplace, simply require a bachelor’s degree. These jobs are often focused more on soft skills than hard skills.

Likewise, it is important to consider the difference between skills and majors. For example, someone interested in a career in video production and design would find a Communication major to be helpful and relevant to their interests. Often independent study or online certificates can teach hard skills (like video production), while theory-based bachelor’s degrees build soft skills like critical thinking, work ethic, professionalism, and communication. It is easier for your future employer to teach hard skills than to teach soft skills.

Furthermore, pursuing a broad degree (think Humanities, Business, Communication, etc.) will keep more doors open than completing a more specific, narrow major. This is helpful particularly if you are unsure of your exact career trajectory.

With that said, there are clearly careers that do require specific majors. If Boyce does not offer your specific major, there are still several options available for you.

First, if you are still in high school, you could consider taking some of your general education courses through Boyce’s dual enrollment program.

Second, you could complete our one-year Worldview Studies Certificate. This program is designed for students in your situation, providing you with a Christian educational foundation, transfer credits for your future college, and preparation for faithfulness in a secular setting. The certificate also offers Business and Teacher Education variations.

If the courses offered in the Worldview Studies Certificate will not transfer to your future major of choice, you could also work with an advisor at Boyce to pick and choose some specialized courses tailored toward your future education. You would miss out on the unique opportunities and community found in the Worldview Studies Certificate, but would make the most of your credits for transfer purposes.

Third, Boyce College participates in the Metroversity program, which allows students at Boyce to take courses at any of the other universities and colleges in the area. If your plans for future graduate school specify certain prerequisite courses unavailable at Boyce, our advisors can work with you to earn those credits through Metroversity.

Finally, consider any alternate options available for pursuing your major of choice. For example, some colleges offer a one-year accelerated nursing degree program which can be completed after earning any bachelor’s degree at another college.

For any specific questions on this topic, please contact either the Advisor for Vocation & Career Development or a Student Success Advisor at Boyce College.

What can you do with a Humanities degree?

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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A HUMANITIES DEGREE?

By Tyler Flatt, Assistant Professor of Humanities

This is the question we are most frequently asked by students and their parents. It’s an understandable one, but we suggest a better question: “What can a Humanities degree do with me?” At Boyce, we are committed not only to education, but to transformation; in concert with the Holy Spirit, we seek to reform, renew, and fortify the character of our students in keeping with biblical truth. We are far more concerned with who they will be in their homes, churches, and communities than with what they will do for money.

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