Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling

Program Overview

The Christian Counseling program prepares students to research and address the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth needs of people in clinical, academic, organizational, and church or mission settings.

This program does not provide licensure, and it does not provide counseling certifications. GCD’s B.A. in Christian Counseling (B.A.C.C.) program does provide a foundation for students who desire to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling or other related fields. Students completing this program will also have a good foundation for non-clinical biblical counseling in a church context.

The B.A.C.C. degree can be completed entirely online within 4 years for full-time students; several courses are also available on campus in Fayetteville, NC. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

Program Objectives

  • Enable students to evaluate psychological theories by the authority of Scripture, helping them to articulate accurate biblical perspectives empirically validated by the model of human psychology.
  • Enable students to understand the foundations of empirical research and the biological foundations of psychological experience.
  • Help students to foster a spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational view of self growth and others through practical exposure and training in outside agency work.
Scroll down to read more about the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling program. Full details can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan
(120 credit hours)

Leadership in Action

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters) Pass/Fail

Bible & Theology Nonelectives

B.A.C.C. Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21

Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 210 Book of Hebrews 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 310 Pastoral Epistles 3
BIB 320 Book of Jonah 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology I 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

General Studies Nonelectives

B.A.C.C. Students Must Complete All Thirty-Three Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 110 General Psychology 3
CNS 120 Human Growth & Development 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
CNS 302 Marriage & Family in Society 3
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
Total Credit Hours: 33

General Studies Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
GRK 301 Greek I 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

Leadership/Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CNS 490 Counseling Practicum I 3
CNS 491 Counseling Practicum II 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 240 Research and Analysis for Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Program Nonelectives

B.A.C.C. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 303 Counseling III: Sexuality, Addiction, & Trauma 3
CNS 310 Abnormal Psychology 3
CNS 401 Marriage & Family Counseling 3
CNS 403 Counseling IV: Physiological & Social Psychology and Personality Theories 3
CNS 490 Counseling Practicum I 3
CNS 491 Counseling Practicum II 3
Total Credit Hours: 27
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