Academics

Required Courses

Required Courses

Use the links below to view to the list of required courses for each Humanities major.

Church Leadership
English
History
Religion and Philosophy
Spanish


 

Church Leadership

Church Leadership Major

The call to servant leadership in the church can take many forms and involve many skills; therefore, Newberry College has developed a flexible degree designed to help students tailor their skills to match their call. Students who wish to blend academic preparation with practical leadership experiences may complete the B.A. in Church Leadership . This course of study will provide students with broad exposure to the range of disciplines in the field of religion and develop a basic skill set suitable for a specific area of Church Ministry/Leadership.

Requirements include a total of 43-48 hours, consisting of one of the four Church Leadership concentrations and 26-27 hours in the Religion and Philosophy courses listed below:

  • REL 203. From the Apostles to the Reformers, 100-1550 (3 hours)
  • REL 220. Religions of the World (3 hours)
  • REL 301. Jesus: His Religion & Teachings (3 hours)
  • REL 350. Systematic Theology (3 hours)
  • HUM 100. Humanities Colloquium (1 hour x 4 semesters = 4 hours)
  • Either REL 250 Christian Vocation and Church Leadership (1), or COL 300 Learning Leadership (1), or HUM 300. Profiles in Leadership (2)
  • REL 495. Christian Vocation Internship (3 hours)
  • Electives in Philosophy or Religion (6 hours)

Church Leadership Major with Church Administration Concentration

The Church Leadership Major with Church Administration Concentration requires 18 hours as follows:

  • ACC 210. Principles of Financial Accounting (3 hours)
  • ECO 210. Principles of Macroeconomics (3 hours)
  • COM 121. Intro. To Media Writing or ART 320 Web Design (3 hours)
  • BUA 260. Principles of Management and BUA 462 Organizational Behavior, or PSY 120. Intro. To Psychology and PSY/SOC 236 Social Psychology (6 hours)
  • 3 Hours of Approved Business or Psychology (3 hours)

 

Church Leadership Major with Christian Education Concentration

The Church Leadership Major with Christian Education Concentration requires 17 hours as follows:

  • PSY 120. Introduction To Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 230. Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • PHE 117. First Aid (2 hours)
  • PHE 211. Community & Church Recreation (3 hours)
  • REL 330. Christian Education (3 hours)
  • Approved Art, Music, or Theater (3 hours)

Church Leadership Major with Music Ministry Concentration

The Church Leadership Major with Music Ministry Concentration requires 21 hours as follows:

  • MUA 101. Elementary Piano Class (2 hours)
  • MUS 151. Music Literature (3 hours)
  • MUS 343. History of Sacred Music (3 hours)
  • MUS 377. Choral Conducting (2 hours)
  • MUS 483. Practice of Church Music (3 hours)
  • Repertory Seminar 4 semesters (0 hours)
  • Applied Music: Organ or Voice (6 hours), Piano (2 hours)

Church Leadership Major with Youth Ministry Concentration

The Church Leadership Major with Youth Ministry Concentration requires 17 hours as follows:

  • PSY 120. Introduction To Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSY 230. Developmental Psychology (3 hours)
  • PHE 117. First Aid (2 hours)
  • PHE 211. Community & Church Recreation (3 hours)
  • REL 340. Youth Ministry (3 hours)
  • Approved Art, Music, or Theatre (3 hours)

Church Leadership Minor

The Church Leadership Minor requires 21-22 hours as follows:

  • REL 203. Church History (3 hours)
  • REL 220. World Religions (3 hours)
  • REL 301. Jesus: His Religion & Teachings (3 hours)
  • REL 350. Systematic Theology (3 hours)
  • REL 495. Christian Vocation Internship (3 hours)
  • HUM 100. Humanities Colloquium (1 hour x 2 semesters = 2 hours)
  • Either REL 250 Christian Vocation and Church Leadership (1), or COL 300 Learning Leadership (1),
    or HUM 300 Profiles in Leadership (2)
  • Elective Hours (3 hours)

Church Leadership Associates in Ministry (AIM) Minor

The College is pleased to be able to offer Lutherans the opportunity to complete the academic requirements toward Associates in Ministry (AIM) certification. Successful candidates under the guidance of their synod will be enrolled in an officially recognized roster for lay ministry.

Candidates for AIM Certification must also complete:

  • REL 302. Hebrew Prophets (3 hours)
  • REL 322. History of Lutherans and Lutheranism (3 hours)
  • REL 380. Lutheran Theology & Confessional Writings (3 hours)
  • Church Leadership Minor toward AIM Certification (24-25 Hours)
  • REL 301. Jesus: His Religion & Teachings (3 hours)R
  • EL 302. Hebrew Prophets (3 hours)
  • REL 322. History of Lutherans and Lutheranism (3 hours)
  • REL 350. Systematic Theology (3 hours)
  • REL 380. Lutheran Theology & Confessional Writings (3 hours)
  • REL 495. Christian Vocation Internship (3 hours)
  • HUM 100. Humanities Colloquium (1 hour x 2 semesters = 2 hours)
  • Either REL 250 Christian Vocation and Church Leadership (1 hr), or COL 300 Learning Leadership (1 hr), or HUM 300 Profiles in Leadership (2 hrs)
  • Elective Hours (3 hours )

 


 

English

View the Newberry College Guide to Standards and Grading for English Papers.

English Major

The English major (B.A. Degree) requires 48 hours as follows:

  • English 221, 222, 231, 232,  and ENG 251 or ENG 252
  • English 337, 458, 460
  • 4 English electives
  • Six hours of French, German, or Spanish
  • Six hours from History 111/112, History 121/122 (will satisfy Core requirements), History 211/212, History 250, History 321, History 322, History 323, History 324, History 331, History 333/334, History 340, or History 381

English Major with Secondary Education Concentration (60 credit hours)

English majors who plan to become certified for public school teaching must complete all requirements as designated by the Department of Teacher Education. Students who wish to become certified for public school teaching in English must complete requirements for teacher certification and must take the following  courses:

  • English 221, 222, 231, 232, and English 251 or English 252
  • English 322, 335, 337
  • English 458, 460
  • Two English electives
  • Spanish 101 and 102
  • History 111, History 122, History 212
  • Six hours from Theatre 110, Music 150, or Art 181
  • PHE 210
  • Minimum GPA of 2.50 in the major with at least a "C" in each major course

Requirements for Teacher Education Concentration (37 credit hours) for English Certification:                       EDU 224 (3 credit hours), 230 (3), 232 (3), 300 (4), 342 (3), 382 (3) 455 (3), 480 (12), and 483 (3)

Students who plan to qualify for certification at the secondary level should major in the academic field for which certification will be sought with a concentration in Education. Graduation with a concentration in Education does not guarantee state certification. In order to be certified by the state of South Carolina, candidates must pass all required PRAXIS II series tests and meet all certification requirements.

 Candidates should take EDU 224 and EDU 230 during their freshman year. EDU 232  and EDU  300should be taken during the sophomore year. These classes are prerequisites for all other education courses. All candidates must pass, or exempt, PRAXIS I reading, writing, and mathematics tests and apply for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to take 300- and 400-level education courses. Additional courses required for the secondary education concentration are EDU 300, EDU 342, EDU 382, EDU 455, EDU 480, and EDU 483. Schedules for otherwise qualified transfer students will be considering on individual basis.

Application to the student teaching internship must be made well in advance of the semester in which the candidate intends to student teach; candidates are responsible for meeting application deadlines and should maintain strong communication with the Teacher Education Coordinator of Clinical Experiences.

All candidates, regardless of major, complete a minimum of 108 hours of field experience in a public school prior to student teaching.

Creative Writing Minor

The Creative Writing minor is distinct from a minor in English. It may be taken along with any major. Students select an emphasis in either poetry or fiction. The minor requires 18 hours (in addition to ENG 111 and 112) as follows:

  • 6 hours in designated literature courses and 12 hours in writing workshops.
  • 3 hours: English 242 (requires permission of instructor)
  • 6 hours: Creative Writing 302/303: Fiction Writing I and II or Creative Writing 312/313: Poetry Writing I and II
  • 3 hours: Creative Writing 302 or 312 or Creative Writing 480 (3 hours in a genre outside of chosen poetry or fiction emphasis). Students selecting an emphasis in fiction (302 and 303) would have to take a poetry or special topics course as the fourth workshop. Poetry students would have to take a fiction or special topics course. This strategy was designed to bring some diversity to each student’s course of study.
  • 6 hours: English 322, 337, 350, 351, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, or 480

 

English Minor

The English minor requires 18 hours (in addition to the Core requirements of English 111 and 112) as follows:

  • English 221 or 222, English 231 or 232, and 251 or ENG 252
  • Three other courses from English 221 or higher

 

 

 

 


 

History

History Prerequisites

No History course except those numbered 480 and above carries a prerequisite, but it is anticipated that most beginning students will take the introductory-level courses: HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, and HIS 122.

Each course is treated as an entity so that it is not necessary to take courses in chronological order nor to take an entire sequence. For example, a student may take HIS 112 before taking HIS 111 or take HIS 212 without having taken HIS 211.

When HIS 480 is offered, the sequential schedule for some other history courses may be temporarily altered.

History Major

Requirements for a major in History (B.A. Degree) include 36 hours of History as follows:

HIS 111, 112, HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 450, and 21 additional semester hours in History. At least 12 semester hours must be earned in courses numbered 300 and above. Further, students majoring in History must complete two semesters (6 hours) of a foreign language. This requirement can be met by demonstrating competency through placement tests or AP credit. Total number of hours for the major is 42.

History Majors have the option of taking Constitutional Law (POS 343) and one of the following Church History classes (REL 203, REL 207, or REL 310) as hours toward the history major.

History Major with Secondary Education Concentration

Students who plan to teach history or social studies at the secondary level must satisfy all of the requirements for the history major (36 hours) and must include HIS 240, and at least one 300- or 400-level course in both American and European History among their electives.

The South Carolina Department of Education requires that History teachers be certified in the more broadly based field of “Social Studies” rather than the more narrowly defined field of “History.” Therefore, students must also take the following courses as preparation for the comprehensive Social Studies certificate necessary to teach in South Carolina : ECO 210 ; POS 121 ; GEO 135 ; SOC 101, HIS 240 or HIS 250. (Note that GEO 135 may count toward the 36 hours required for a History Major). These courses should be completed (or at least in process) before taking the Praxis II exam during the Junior year. In order be certified by the state of South Carolina, candidates must pass all required PRAXIS II series tests and meet all certification requirements.

In addition, students must fulfill all of the Education course requirements for secondary certification. (See pages 77-81). The 40 hours of education courses must include the Social Sciences Methods course, SSC 335. Students should note that to complete a degree in History and the South Carolina certification mandates now requires a minimum of 132 hours.

Candidates should take EDU 224 and EDU 230 during their freshman year. EDU 232 should be taken during the sophomore year. These classes are prerequisites for all other education courses. Schedules for transfer students will be considered on an individual basis. All candidates must pass, or exempt, Praxis I reading, writing, and mathematics tests and apply for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program in order to take 300- and 400-level education courses. Additional courses required for the secondary education concentration are EDU 300, EDU 342, EDU 382, EDU 455, EDU 480, EDU 483, and PHE 210. Schedules for otherwise qualified transfer students will be considered on an individual basis.

History Minor

The History minor requires 18 credit hours and may include hours earned to satisfy Core requirements. At least nine hours must be taken in courses numbered 211 or higher, and a distribution requirement must be fulfilled.

Credit must be earned for at least two of the following courses: HIS 111, 112, 211, 212, 220, 240, 250, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, and 360.

Credit must be earned for at least two of the following courses: HIS 121, 122, 310, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 351, 352, and 381.

The remaining two courses may be chosen from any of those offered by the Department except HIS 110.

 


 

Religion and Philosophy

Core Curriculum

All philosophy courses except Philosophy 110 satisfy the 1995 Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities, Area E-2, and the 2005 Core Curriculum, Area C-2.

Philosophy 110 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirements in Mathematics, Area C-3 (1995) and Area D-3 (2005). Philosophy 110 does NOT satisfy Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts.

Religion and Philosophy Major with Religion Concentration

The Religion concentration at Newberry College is designed to equip students with the literary, historical and analytical facilities necessary for the academic investigation and exploration of the sacred writings, doctrines, and history of the Judeo-Christian tradition. As a result of the structured emphasis, program participants will have the opportunity to acquire wide-ranging familiarity with the Bible in its historical and literary context. This concentration is highly recommended for students who wish to pursue a terminal degree in any sub-field of religious studies, such as biblical studies, history, or theology. Students seeking seminary training who wish to strengthen their academic religious preparation should strongly consider this concentration, while those seeking greater balance between practical Christian service and academic preparation should investigate the B.A. in Church Leadership. In addition, students in any number of professional fields that require facility in working with historical documents or sensitivity to multi-cultural and ecumenical diversity will find the skills and insights honed in this discipline useful. Naturally, any investigation in the fields of Religion and Philosophy provides opportunities for spiritual and personal enrichment.

Students who wish to concentrate their studies in Religion can earn a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. The major requires a minimum of 34 semester hours and consists of the following courses: REL 110, REL 301, REL 350; 300-400 level Philosophy course to be determined (3 hours); one course from PHI 481/482 Seminar or REL 481/482 Seminar; PHI 499 or REL 499; four semesters of successful completion of HUM 100 (1 hour per semester – 4 total hours); 4 additional 3-hour courses from the Department for a total of 34 hours.

The following is a sample Religion and Philosophy Major with a Concentration in Religion:

  • REL 110. The Biblical Heritage (3 hours)
  • REL 213. Christian Ethics in a Changing Society (3 hours)
  • REL 220. World Religions (3 hours)
  • REL 301. Jesus: His Religion and His Teachings (3 hours)
  • REL 303. Paul: His Life, Writings (3 hours)
  • REL 350. Systematic Theology (3 hours)
  • PHI 110. Introduction to Modern Logic (3 hours)
  • PHI 311. Philosophy of Religion (3 hours)
  • REL 482. Seminar on Religious Issues (3 hours)
  • REL 499. Senior Essay (3 hours)
  • HUM 100. Colloquium (1 hour x 4 semesters = 4 hours)

 

Religion and Philosophy Major with Philosophy Concentration

The Philosophy program at Newberry College is structured to provide students with exceptional training in Ethics and the History of Philosophy. Philosophy is one of the oldest academic disciplines, aimed to develop students' proficiencies in critical thinking through investigations of topics related to value, truth, morality, selfhood, and the acquisition of knowledge. In addition, the study of Philosophy is guided by an appreciation of the contributions of past thinkers to our contemporary understanding of these topics.

Students who wish to concentrate their studies in Philosophy can earn a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy . The major requires a minimum of 34 semester hours and consists of the following courses: REL 110, REL 301, REL 350; a 300-400 level PHI course to be determined (3 hours); one course from PHI 481/482 Seminar or RRL 481/482 Seminar; PHI 499 or REL 499; four semesters of successful completion of HUM 100 (1 hour per semester—4 total hours); four additional 3-hour courses from the Department for a total of 34 hours.

The following is a sample Religion and Philosophy Major curriculum with a Concentration in Philosophy:

  • REL 110. The Biblical Heritage (3 hours)
  • REL 301. Jesus: His Religion and His Teachings (3 hours)
  • REL 350. Systematic Theology (3 hours)
  • PHI 120. Introduction to Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHI 110. Introduction to Modern Logic (3 hours)
  • PHI 201. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHI 202. Modern Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHI 312. Philosophical Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHI 482. Seminar on Problems in Philosophy (3 hours)
  • PHI 499. Senior Essay (3 hours)
  • HUM 100. Colloquium (1 hour x 4 semesters = 4 hours)

Religion Minor

A minor in Religion requires 20 hours of course work including: REL 110, two semesters of HUM 100, and five additional courses in Religion.

Philosophy Minor

A minor in Philosophy requires 20 hours of course work including: PHI 110, 201, and 202; either PHI 120, 220, or 312; two additional courses in Philosophy; and at least two semesters of satisfactory participation in HUM 100.

 


 

Spanish

Spanish Major Requirements (38 hours)
Requirements for a major in Spanish are 38 hours: SPA 101, 102, 103 (2 hours), 201, 202, 301, 302, and
18 hours of Spanish electives 303 and above. NOTE: Spanish majors who exempt SPA 101, or SPA 101 and
102, will exempt either three or six hours in the major. Exemption is based on scores of examinations administered by the College, Advanced Placement credit, or CLEP scores.

Spanish Minor (19 hours)

Requirements for a minor in Spanish are 19 hours as follows:

  • SPA 101, 102, 103 (1 hour) 201, 202
  • 6 hours in Spanish from the following: SPA 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306 and 307.

Students may receive credit for either three or six hours of foreign language based on scores of examinations administered by the College or AP credit or CLEP scores. Based on the scores of examinations, students may exempt Spanish 101 and enroll in Spanish 102, or test out of Spanish 101 and 102.

 

Required Courses