PROGRAMME CODE – 2207
HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME
The department of Christian Theology studies came into existence in National Open University of Nigeria I 2015, in keeping with the recommendation of National University Commission (NUC) Accreditation Panel Report that the Christian Theology Units be sub-merged to form the Department of Religious Studies. This Report was ratified by the University Senate and the department started with the new nomenclature in the same year.
PHILOSOPHY, VISION AND MISSION
To enhance access for all who seek knowledge, spiritual and theological development and renewal as long-life dreams through the discipline of Christian Theology, irrespective of location, number, age and time, through open and distance mode of learning.
To provide functional, cost-effective, spiritual, theological, ethical and flexible learning, which adds life-long value to quality of education for human and societal development, in line with the National Policy on education and the Open and Distance Learning as domesticated in National Open University of Nigeria.
To produce quality graduands of Christian Theology with broad specialization and competence in Christian Theology/ Christian Religious Studies to meet with current challenges and demands.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To help the students develop an independent and critical thinking;
- To assist the students to acquire necessary skills for better understanding of the Christian faith, beliefs, practices and those of other faiths from an apologetic point of view;
- To provide a strong foundation for further studies in Christian Theology and Christian Studies generally.
- To acquire skill and knowledge necessary for promoting peaceful co-existence, tolerance, love and personal integrity.
On completion of the programme, the student should be able to:
- take up any aspect of church ministry effectively
- apply their faith to daily living
- counsel fellow humans and the society, especially in matters of faith and morals
- aspire for further studies in Theological Studies and
- Interpret the Bible, context, society and other sacred texts in a more acceptable manner.
- Pursue further studies in related fields.
To be admitted into BA Christian Religious Studies, the candidate is required to meet at least one of the following:
i. Five ordinary level(O/L) credit passes in Arts and Social Sciences Subjects, including English Language, Mathematics at SSCE, GCE, NECO and NABTEB.
ii. Teachers Grade II Certificate with minimum of five (5) merits at not more than two sittings, including English Language plus any other four (4) Subjects.
200 Level (Direct Entry Admission)
i. A minimum of three (3) credit passes in IJMB, OND, NCE or its equivalent in addition to three (3) credit passes at the ordinary level, including English Language.
ii. Diploma in Religious Studies/Theology from NOUN and any other recognized institution.
iii. Any other qualification acceptable to the Senate of NOUN.
To receive the BA degree in Christian Theology, a student must have undergone eight (8) semesters of full-time study or sixteen (16) semesters of flexible mode. In addition to this, the student must have earned a minimum of 120 credit units of courses to qualify for graduation; six (6) semesters and 90 credit units for Direct Entry students. This is in addition to meeting the Senate’s general regulations governing the award of undergraduate degrees in the University.