The purpose of Scarborough College is to provide a postsecondary Christian education for students to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively through their respective callings. Scarborough College is the baccalaureate school of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Scarborough College baccalaureate program is ideally suited for high school graduates who feel the Lord may be calling them to ministry. The degree presupposes that the student will be firmly committed to the Christian faith and open to God’s leadership. This degree will also prepare students to continue study at the graduate level.
The curriculum leads students through a fascinating and rigorous learning experience. Before arrival, students should cultivate a strong spiritual life, emotional stability, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude toward learning. Students should specifically develop strengths in reading, reasoning, and writing skills. All incoming students are strongly encouraged to take the college preparatory track, or its equivalent, or honors program in their high school studies before enrolling at Scarborough College.
The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Biblical Studies degree focuses on the Bible and the history of Western ideas with optional concentrations in music, church and family ministries, missions, apologetics, philosophy and two minors in Philosophy and Apologetics. The purpose of the humanities program is to provide a Christian liberal arts education based on the history of ideas in order for students to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively while engaging the culture through their respective callings. This degree is designed to equip students to understand and engage the cultural climate of our day. The degree accomplishes this by introducing the student to the history and development of Western thought, which shapes the culture. All students take a 44-hour core in History, Life, and Thought that integrates class lectures with readings in primary and secondary literature of the respective period. This degree program also requires all students to complete a 36-hour course of study in Bible and theology with opportunities for focused research in those disciplines. There are also 34 hours of general required classes and 15 elective hours. The total degree is 129 credit hours. Graduates of Scarborough College will be uniquely prepared to address the culture from a sound Biblical worldview.
The History, Life, and Thought core of Scarborough College B.A.H.B.S. is truly unique and builds from the beginning to the end of the program. Since philosophical, political, social, scientific, and other ideas grow out of earlier concepts, the need for a historical sequence is critical. As such, students will gain the most benefit from taking these courses in proper sequence. Other courses in the curriculum may be taken at any time, provided any necessary prerequisite coursework is completed first.
The Bachelor of Music in Performance is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a track in general and theological studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to serve and lead in churches, concert halls, missions, or school settings. Students successfully completing this performance degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in music performance or church music. Students must declare a concentration in instrument, organ, piano, or voice by the beginning of their second semester.
The Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies is a comprehensive music degree that is supported by a program of worship, theological and general studies. This degree is structured to develop musicians who will utilize their talent to serve and lead in church or mission
s settings. Students successfully completing this specialized worship degree may choose to continue their preparation at the graduate level in church music or worship studies.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music is intended for students who desire music studies on a less intensive track of study with a greater emphasis on biblical and historical studies. The goal of the degree is to train each student to be a well-rounded musician who will be equipped with an appreciation of musical style and an understanding of music history, music theory, and theology.
The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies program is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the Bible, Christian theology, the church, and worldviews so that they can effectively engage the culture by using a strong biblical and theological foundation. The degree offers optional concentrations in Missions, Christian Education, Music, and Biblical & Theological Studies. (The Bachelor of Science is only offered at the Darrington Campus)
The weekly chapel services at Southwestern seek to enhance the Christian qualities so vital to anyone seeking to serve the Lord. Students who do not transfer credits to Southwestern must pass six semesters of chapel to graduate from Scarborough College. Those students transferring credits will have the number of required semesters reduced based on the number of credits transferred. Students must register for chapel in order to receive credit for attendance. The exact number of required semesters will be communicated at the conclusion of the transfer process. Chapel services are regularly held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. unless otherwise posted. The services are held throughout the semester in MacGorman Chapel. Guests and parents are always welcome.