New seminary track programs

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New seminary track programs added to Boyce College curriculum

March 31, 2020

By: Forrest Strickland

Boyce College will be adding two new seminary track programs to its academic offerings. The two new programs will be a bachelor of arts in Business Administration with a master of divinity and a bachelor of arts in Communication with a master of divinity, announced R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The seminary track program at Boyce College is a five-year curriculum during which time students receive both a bachelor of arts and a master of divinity.

“One of the programs I believe in most at Boyce College is our joint baccalaureate and master of divinity program, because of its power, stewardship, and opportunity,” said Mohler. “With the Business Administration and Communications tracks, this is going to provide even more opportunities for ministry, not only in the church but also in the workplace. What our world needs right now is a generation ready to go with urgency into the pulpit and into the world, and these two new programs are powerful demonstrations of what it means to maximize stewardship to the glory of God and in service to the gospel of Christ.”

The Business Administration and Communication tracks are the first seminary tracks Boyce College has offered that help prepare students for leading effectively in the marketplace and for service in the church. It aims to equip students for ministry in a changing world, whether as a pastor, church planter, missionary, or bi-vocational pastor, said Dustin Bruce, Dean of Boyce College.
“From small-town America to the megacities of Asia, our graduates are entering into a changing ministry context. By combining two of our most versatile marketplace degrees with our flagship ministry degree, Boyce College and Southern Seminary are coming together to equip students to serve the cause of Christ in an ever-changing world.”

David Bosch, Associate Dean of Academic Strategy and Business Program Coordinator, helped spearhead the creation of these degrees. Bosch considers the new program a tremendous opportunity for students to not only receive the theological education that is required for pastoral ministry, but also the marketplace and business skills that are necessary for the effective operation of churches.
“What a great opportunity for an individual to save time and money in being equipped for ministry,” Bosch said. “This degree is beneficial to those who want to engage in Business as Mission both domestically and internationally. It is also ideal for the bivocational minister. Lastly, It is perfect for those that want to be an executive pastor of a church or a leader in a faith-based organization. This degree is innovative as we have not watered down either degree. Now is the time to be holistically equipped for ministry and this degree does that.”

Both degrees are 199 hours and could be completed in five years. In the Communications track, students will take classes like Introduction to Communication, Media, Culture, and Society, Interpersonal Communication, in addition to the core curriculum for both degrees. The Business Administration track allows students to also choose their area of emphasis: entrepreneurial management, non-profit management, or financial and accounting management.
Prospective students can find more information here.

What kinds of things are graduates from the business program doing?

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WHAT KINDS OF THINGS ARE GRADUATES FROM THE BUSINESS PROGRAM DOING?

January 15, 2020

By: David Bosch

Thanks be to God, the business program at Boyce College has had great success in having students placed in the workforce. About ninety percent of our students have found jobs in organizations. One of our students is a Marketing Specialist at a large, national advertising agency working on ad campaigns involving Fortune 500 clients. Even without a traditional marketing degree at Boyce College, he was able to work as an intern in different marketing roles for other firms that, coupled with his business degree, allowed him to stand out and get a good job with a great firm. Additionally, our curriculum emphasizes entrepreneurship and we have had a few students that are having success after starting their own small businesses.

Additionally, we just had a student get a job with one of the national Big Four accounting firms. Again, this student was able to leverage the Boyce Business degree and internships to get hired at this prestigious firm. We also have a graduate working as a Risk Analyst for a Fortune 100 firm, and we have two working as operations managers for large manufacturing-based companies. Other students are doing technology sales, serving as a branch manager at a bank, managing a department in a non-profit organization, and a commercial real estate analyst to name a few.

The other ten percent of our business students go on to do graduate work in various fields. We have students in Law School, getting their Master of Divinity, and we have one getting a Masters degree in English. Regardless of what they are doing and where God leads them, they are all encouraged to view their work as ministry and to be salt and light in the context to which God leads them in the marketplace.

Boyce’s Vocation and Career Development office has been instrumental in helping us achieve the success we have had. From resume and cover letter help, to practice for interviews, to career fairs, our students have had success in finding internships and jobs after graduation.

Learn more about the Business degree at Boyce College.


David BoschDavid Bosch is Associate Professor of Business Administration and Program Coordinator, Business Administration at Boyce College.

Learn more about Dr. Bosch here.

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.

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.

 


 

Learn more about Communication degrees at Boyce College.

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.