Some students are anxious for their education to be over. Other students are patient about receiving just the education that would be best for them. Neither of these approaches is better than the other. Central is about developing servant-leaders for the church. Servant-leaders come in many forms!
We recently expanded our online education agreement with Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, IL) to provide our students with an additional opportunity. Now, a Central student can take an extra year and earn a second bachelor’s degree. Pursuing two degrees at the same time from two institutions is known as dual enrollment. Dual enrollment allows a Central student to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Bible (BSB) degree while also pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree online from Lincoln.
Being in an agreement with Lincoln Christian University is not new for us. The BSB degree was launched as an online-only degree in 2014. Lincoln has assisted with this degree by providing online courses in general studies and ministry studies. This has been helpful since, although Central offers over 100 hours of credit online, we do not yet have every course necessary to offer the BSB with only Central courses.
Here are the details: it takes five years to complete two bachelor degrees. The first two years of education are focused mostly at Central. In years three through five students will add Lincoln business courses to their schedules. Ultimately, students will earn over 150 hours of credit. 30 hours will be Lincoln business classes and 54 hours will be Central courses in Bible. Courses in general studies may be taken either at Central or from Lincoln online.
The student pursuing these degrees may be interested in using business as an avenue to mission work. Many missionaries are finding their entrance into foreign countries via a vocational route. The student may also seek to work in business and be a leader in their local congregation. These degrees make those and other scenarios possible.
Every year, we recruit students who decide not to attend Central because they want to study business at another school. We also lose students every year who transfer to a business program at a university. This agreement with Lincoln Christian University allows both types of students to remain in a Christian college atmosphere, learn biblical truths and business principles, and develop their ethics and skills for a lifetime of service.
Whether pursuing one degree in four years or two degrees in five years, our students can become the servant-leader God has created them to be.