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Worship and Worshipping Arts Concentration

Bachelor’s Degree Program

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Graduates in the Worship and Worshipping Arts Concentration will:

Demonstrate a passionate lifestyle of worship.

Understand the biblical foundations for worship.

Demonstrate an ability to lead worship in a variety of church settings.

Understand music fundamentals and demonstrate musical skills in musicianship.

Be able to provide leadership in a music or worship department in a local church setting.

Be able to integrate worshipping arts into the worship experience.

Be able to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit in worship and be able to recognize the operation of spiritual giftings in the worship service.


New at Ascent -- FlexFocus Scheduling

Two classes, two months, twice a semester.

Pace your pairings to fit your schedule with six, 8-week periods offered throughout the year.

Pursue your education every other term.

String together four back-to-back sessions then take two-off like a traditional school year.

Or, study year-round to complete a Bachelor's program in less time at an accelerated pace.

Focus your education according to the flexibility of your schedule.

The choice is yours!

Course General Education 39 CR
COM 101 Speech Communications 3
ENG 101 Grammar & Composition 3
ENG 102 Composition & Literature 3
ENG 201 Academic Writing 2
GEN 100 Freshman Seminar 1
GEN 101 Library Resources 0
GEN 400 Senior Seminar 1
HIS 201 American History I 3
HIS 202 American History II 3
HUM 301 Contemporary Society 3
MAT 115 Elements of Math 3
PSY 200 or SOC 200 3
SCI 100 General Health and Wellness 1
SCI 101 Life Science Lecture 3
SCI 102 Life Science Lab 1
SOC 400 Marriage & Family 3
Behavior Science Elective 3
Course General Bible/Ministry 50 CR
BIB 105 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 110 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 150 Principles of Bible Study I 3
BIB 202 Pentateuch 2
BIB 210 Life & Teachings of Christ 2
BIB 213 Book of Acts 2
BIB 314 Pauline Epistles 2
MIN 101 Spiritual Formation I 2
MIN 102 Spiritual Formation II 2
MIN 110 Relational Outreach 2
MIN 211 Christian Ethics 2
MIN 240 Christian Leadership 3
MIN 260 Administration of Ministry 2
MIN 264 Apologetics 3
MIS 100 World Christian Perspectives 3
THE 201 Theology I 3
  Interdisciplinary Electives 11
Course Concentration Courses 41  CR
PRA 100 Practicum I* 3
PRA 200 Practicum II 3
PRA 304 Practicum III 3
PRA 306 Practicum IV 3
PRA 401 Practicum V 3
PRA 402 Practicum VI 3
WOR 201 Heart of a Worshipper 3
WOR 203 Role of Worship Leader 3
WOR 210 Worship Technology 3
WOR 302 Worship Arts in Worship 2
WOR 312 Worship Ministry 3
WOR 330 History of Renewal Worship 3
WOR 401 Musicianship I 3
WOR 402 Musicianship II 3

*Practicums are 16-week courses and require 8 hourse a week serving in the church.

Statement on Transferability of Credits and Degrees 

Students should be aware that transfer of credits to other institutions is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Students who are considering attending Ascent College and then transferring to another college should contact the receiving institution for its policy on accepting credits from another institution.

Credits earned under the Associate degree offered at Ascent College are not considered credits under a terminal degree and these credits may be transferred to institutions toward a Bachelor degree at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Ascent College takes all credits earned at Ascent College from the Associate degree and applies them toward the Bachelor degree as long as the credits are compatible with the Bachelor degree plan selected.

Ascent College transfers in credit from other colleges in accordance with our Credit Policy.

Statement on Placement Services

Our college office receives many opportunities for various full-time or part-time ministry positions and will assist students in obtaining an interview with employing personnel. No guarantee for placement may be made; however, Ascent College does maintain contact with various denominational offices and may assist students with placement in ministry occupations.

Bachelor’s Concentration Options

Ministerial Leadership Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for leadership positions in their chosen field in ministry.

Biblical Studies Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for teaching positions in the biblical/theological fields in a church ministry and for further graduate studies in biblical/theological fields.

Intercultural Studies Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for a career on the mission field.

Christian Counseling Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for advanced studies in the Christian Counseling field or for pastoral care positions.

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PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

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Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.