The College at Southeastern announces its new Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program with the goal of training students for service to the Great Commission in the business sector and empowering church and mission workers. be strategic stewards in a variety of contexts.
“The BBA program is a natural fit for the purpose of the College at Southeastern,” said Danny Akins, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and the College at Southeastern. “In the Southeast, we are preparing men and women for ministry to serve wherever God takes them toward the goal of fulfilling the Great Commission.”
The BBA program is designed to provide students with an integrated knowledge of the functional areas of business and organizations. Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the program to approach diverse organizational contexts from a biblical worldview.
“Our focus here is spiritual formation so that students going into business will go into business with a biblical worldview,” shared Dr. Harry Carter, professor of business and director of the BBA program. “What we’re trying to do with this program is to prepare students to understand business and be able to compete well in the business world, but to do so from a biblical worldview…according to biblical principles.”
Consisting of 127 credit hours, the program curriculum prepares students for business administration through the study of traditional business topics such as management, organizational behavior, organizational leadership, and human resource development. Major courses unique to the College’s BAA program include Business as Mission, Doctrine of Vocation, and Ethics of Wealth and Poverty. Pending approval from the SACS Commission on Colleges, Southeastern’s BBA program is scheduled to begin in the fall semester of 2022.
Providing biblical foundations for business, the BBA program prepares both business professionals and church and missions workers for organizational ministry. “The business administration track will help pastors direct the organizational functions of the church,” Akin said. “It will help missionaries use their business skills for platforms to support their missionary efforts; it will help bi-vocational pastors serve small churches by providing skills that can lead to financial support while serving a church that cannot support it full-time; and it will help many men and women to be lights for the gospel wherever God takes them in this world.
“Our college exists to train students to lay down their lives for the cause of Christ in the church, among nations, and in all aspects of society,” said Scott Pace, Dean of the College. “The new BBA program will be an important addition to our market degrees, which provide a versatile and professional platform for our graduates to live on mission in a variety of capacities and professional contexts. Graduates of this degree program, as in each of our academic fields of study, will be firmly grounded in truth, fully equipped in their field, and strategically prepared to respond to God’s call on their lives.
As the College’s newest market program, the BBA program uniquely embodies the College’s mission to equip students for ministry in any setting God calls them. For more information on the BBA program and to apply, visit here, or contact [email protected] to know more.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Chad Burchett is a staff writer for the SEBTS Communications Office.)