ACADEMIC INFORMATION
 
REQUIREMENTS
 
Those desiring admission to Southland Bible Institute:
must give evidence of having accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord.
Furthermore, each must earnestly desire to do the Lord's will in all things and
show a willingness to comply with the regulations of the Institute.
 
Southland Bible Institute will accept students regardless of
race, color, sex, social status, and national or ethnic origin
if the applicant meets all other requirements set forth in this
catalog to the satisfaction of the admissions committee.
 
High school graduates must have a transcript of grades sent to Southland as part of the application process.
Home schooled students may send a transcript of grades, the results of the GED
test, or an assessment from the primary teacher concerning the student's ability to do college level work.
  
 
Also, recognizing that there are worthy, spiritually qualified persons who have not finished high school,
Southland may accept some applicants based on their desire and spiritual maturity.
 
Students are admitted on probation for the first semester,
and the faculty may request the withdrawal of any student who does not conscientiously try to meet all requirements.
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURE
 
RESIDENT STUDENTS: Those full-time students living in school housing.
     Application must be filed on forms provided for that purpose and
     should be in the Registrar's office no later than August 1 for the fall semester, and December 1 for the spring semester. 
     Applications received later may be considered, and students admitted on a first come, first served basis, as room allows.
 
The following are necessary for application:
          1. a completed application form.
          2. a personal letter stating the basis of faith, standards of Christian conduct, development in Christian service, and 
              purpose in coming to Southland (as explained on the application form).
          3. a small, recent photograph.
          4. an official transcript of all credits earned in high school and in other schools of higher education (or a substitute for
              the same as discussed above). These should be sent to our office directly from the school from which they come.
          5. medical blanks providing pertinent information.
 
Applicants are not officially accepted until all papers are received
and action has been taken on them by the admissions committee.
 
Rooms will not be reserved until all papers have been received and the student is fully accepted.
The earlier your file is complete, the quicker we can make our decision and assure you of acceptance.
 
COMMUTING STUDENTS: full-time or part-time students not requiring school housing.
 
Formal application for commuting students is made on the day(s) of registration or the first day the desired class meets. The application form is to be completed with all pertinent information included.
NOTICE: Application to Southland Bible Institute does not guarantee acceptance. 
 
TRANSFER STUDENTS
 
Credit for work done in other institutions will be allowed on the following basis:
          1. the prospective student provides Southland with a transcript of the previous work, together with a statement of his
              standing in the school(s) from which he is transferring.
          2. the work for which credit is desired parallels studies in the prospective student's course at Southland.
          3. the grade evaluation for the work done in the parallel course is a "C" or better.
          4. the student completes at least one full year of work at Southland in addition to the credit for work transferred.
Final validation of transfer of credit may be withheld until the student
shows evidence of ability to perform at the "C" level or better following enrollment at Southland Bible Institute. 
 
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
 
               FIRST YEAR:       All regular students entering the first year of study and any student who has less than the
                                                  required number of hours for Junior standing.
 
              SECOND YEAR:  All regular students having completed at least thirty-two academic hours with a grade
                                                  point average of at least 2.00 at the beginning of the fall semester.
 
             THIRD YEAR:       All regular students having completed at least sixty-four academic hours with a grade                                                         point average of at least 2.00 at the beginning of the fall semester.
 
The status of a student entering the fall semester
will hold for the entire year, though he may have enough hours to move to an advanced classification.
 
           FULL-TIME STUDENT: Taking minimum of 10 semester hours of classes per semester while following a regular
                                                        course of study. Note: more than 10 semester hours will need to be taken in order to
                                                        finish a course of study in three years.
 
         PART-TIME STUDENT: Taking fewer than 10 semester hours of classes per semester while following a regular                                                              course of study.
                                        
         SPECIAL STUDENT:    Taking courses of his own choosing for credit without following regular course of study,
                                                        and not seeking graduation.   
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
 
The eligibility of students for graduation is determined by the faculty on the following bases:
     1. approved Christian character evidenced by one’s stability, cooperation, and submission to discipline
         and rule, and a good testimony to those outside the school family.
     2. at least a "C" average in the required courses of the chosen program of study. All required courses
         must have been completed.
     3. at least a "C" average in all required Language Arts courses.
     4. participation in practical Christian ministry.
     5. satisfactory settlement of all financial obligations to the school.
     6. approval by members of the School faculty. Each candidate will be interviewed by the administration
         of the school prior to graduation.   
 
 GRADING SYSTEM
 
Each student's work is evaluated according to the following standard:
          A = outstanding (94-100%) 4 grade points
          B = above average (86-93%) 3 grade points
          C = average (79-85%) 2 grade points
          D = below average (70-78%) 1 grade point F = failing (00-69%) 0 grade point
          S = satisfactory completion of a nonacademic course
          U = unsatisfactory completion of a nonacademic course
 
          I = Incomplete. Incompletes will be granted only in cases of emergency.
                Incompletes must be made up within two weeks of the close of the semester.
                Failure to complete class work within the specified time will result in a grade of "F."
                An extension may be granted by the Academic Dean.
 
Also used, by permission of the Academic Dean, are:
           WP = withdrawn, passing
           WF = withdrawn, failing
 
To continue in regular standing, the student must maintain an average of at least "C" for all work attempted.
Any student falling below this level will be placed on probation.
If, after one semester of probation, the student is unable to achieve a "C" average,
     he will be counseled concerning the continuation of his educational pursuit.
 
Classes may be retaken to improve a below average or failing grade.
The last grade earned is considered the grade of record as it pertains to credit toward graduation. 
 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
 Note: all hours shown are semester hours
 
Bible Synthesis – each section of the Bible is studied in survey fashion in a semester’s time providing an overview of the entire Bible necessary to understanding each part. Each course deals with the authorship, occasion, purpose, character, and content of each book of the Bible.
 
BS111 OT Law (Pentateuch) Genesis – Deuteronomy .......... ..3
BS122 NT Survey Matthew – Revelation.......... .......... .......... ....3
 
BS231 OT History Joshua – Esther.......... .......... .......... .......... ..3
BS242 OT Prophets Jeremiah – Malachi.......... .......... .......... ....3
BS351 OT Poetry Job – Song of Solomon.......... .......... .......... ..3
 
Bible Analysis – detailed studies of the following books are made dealing with background, basic outline, argument, content, and practical application of each book.
 
REQUIRED COURSES.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ....... hours
BA111 Gospel of John.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ......2
BA122 Romans .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .....2
BA231 Acts .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..2
BA242 Galatians/Ephesians .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ......2
BA351 Isaiah.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 3
BA362 Revelation.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...3
BA372 Corinthians.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..3
 
ELECTIVE COURSES.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ......... hours
BA382 Daniel .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......3
BA133 Pastoral Epistles  .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 2
BA221 Hebrews  .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...2
BA331 Prison Epistles  .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...2
BA141 I, II, III John, Jude  .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ........2
BA252 Leviticus .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ....2
BA362 I, II Peter .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...2
 
Other analytical studies may be added at the discretion of the faculty based on interest and need.
 
Bible Related
 
BR111 Bible Study Methods .......... .......... .......... .......... ....2 hours
A foundational course designed to teach student how to approach a serious study of God's Word, how to make best use of available tools, and how to utilize various methods of Bible study.
BR131 Bible Customs (elective).......... .......... .......... ......... 2 hours
A course designed to introduce the life-styles and customs of the Bible's writers and characters to give a clearer understanding of God's Word.
BR221 Hermeneutics.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...... 2 hours
This study of Biblical interpretation offers guidelines for properly understanding Scripture in general and for interpreting the difficult areas of prophecy, poetry, parables, and problem passages. (prerequisite: Bible Study Methods)
BR232 Bible History and Geography .......... .......... ......... 2 hours
A comprehensive course surveying the entire Bible from four basic viewpoints: historical, chronological, biographical, and geographical. These viewpoints will help the student better understand and appreciate the design of Scripture as a whole. BR341 Life of Christ .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ...... 3 hours
A comprehensive study of the events in the life of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. Emphasis is given to the Virgin Birth, parables, teachings, death, and resurrection of our Lord. A harmony and chronology of the Gospels is studied. 
 
Theology
 
TH111 Theology I .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..... .........3 hours
A thorough study of the teachings of Scripture in regard to Bibliology (the Bible), Theology proper (God Himself), and Christology (Jesus Christ).
TH122 Theology II .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .. 3 hours
A thorough study of the teachings of Scripture concerning Pneumatology (Holy Spirit), Dispensations, Covenants, and Angelology (angels, including Satan).
TH231 Theology III .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..... ......3 hours
An intensive study of the teachings of Scripture in regard to Anthropology (man), Harmartiology (sin) and Soteriology (salvation).
TH242 Theology IV .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... 3 hours
A thorough study of the teachings of Scripture concerning the key concepts of Ecclesiology (the church), and Eschatology (last things).
TH251 Apologetics .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ......... 2 hours
A survey course designed to help each student present the reasonableness of the Christian faith. A defense of historic Biblical truths is studied to encourage and ground the student in his faith.
TH362 Biblical Introduction .......... .......... .......... .......... .... 2 hours
A thorough study of the process of Scripture from God to us. Areas of emphasis include inspiration, canonization, and transmission of the Biblical text.
 
 Practical Theology
 
PT111 Personal Evangelism .......... .......... .......... .......... ... 2 hours
A course designed to acquaint each student with the Biblical basis and means of presenting the Gospel to the unsaved and training the new convert. Scripture memory and practical experience reinforce the classroom study
PT221 Christian Ethics ..... .......... .......... .......... .......... .....  2 hours
A study of the Biblical principles for conduct in the Christian life. Scriptural principles are discussed and applied as the authoritative basis for action in personal and social conduct.
PT231 Homiletics I .......... .. .......... .......... .......... .......... .......2 hours
A course designed to provide the foundation for sermon preparation and delivery. Topics such as the pastor's qualifications, his library, and types of sermons are discussed. Practical work in outlining is also involved. (prerequisite: Speech)
PT242 Homiletics II ............ . .......... .......... .......... .......... .... 2 hours
upon the foundation of Homiletics I, this course allows the student to put into practice the theory learned. Sermon preparation, presentation, and evaluation are stressed. (prerequisite: Homiletics I)
PT351 Pastoral Theology I . .......... .......... .......... .......... .... 2 hours
A study of the Pastor’s role in the various offices and circumstances of church work. Topics discussed include the Pastor’s personal life, public ministry, and administrative relationships.
PT352 Pastoral Theology II .......... .......... .......... .......... ......2 hours
The second semester of this study of the life and practice of the Pastor. Emphasis of this study is on Pastoral counseling. (prerequisite: Pastoral Theology I)
PT361 Church History I ...... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..... 3 hours
A survey of Christianity from Pentecost to the Reformation, emphasizing God’s providential work in the movement of history. Students are introduced to key men and doctrine through research and reports.
T372 Church History II ....... .......... .......... .......... .......... .... 3 hours
A survey of Christianity from the Reformation to present day. A study of the present condition of Christianity caps the discussion. Research and reports again introduce key men and ideas. (prerequisite: Church History I)
PT382 Cults .......... .......... ..... .......... .......... .......... .......... .... 2 hours
A study of the history, doctrine and practice of four key cult groups with a view of confronting their follower with the true Gospel message. The approach is offered as a model for dealing with other doctrinal heresy. (prerequisite: Theology I, II, III, IV)
PT39 Biblical Counseling (elective).......... .......... .......... .. 2 hours
A study of the general principles and methods of Biblical counseling designed to help the Christian worker deal with common problems arising from non-biblical lifestyles.
 
Language Arts
LA101 Biblical Stewardship.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .....2 hours
A foundational course providing the student with necessary Bible based skills to be successful in college level studies and life in general. Help in proper use of time, finances, and abilities is discussed and practiced.
LA103-104 English Basics for Christians .......... .....1.5/sem = 3 hours
A foundational course in the study and practice of English Grammar at a slower pace than LA111 below for those whose diagnostic test reveals the need for basic review. Satisfactory completion of both semesters will be counted equivalent to LA111. LA111 English Grammar for Christians .......... .......... ....3 hours
A foundational course in the study and practice of English Grammar preparing the student to effectively study and communicate the Word of God. Emphasis is upon the basic parts of speech and sentence construction.
LA122 English Composition for Christians .......... .......... .......... 3 hours
The study and practice of communication in written form. Sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling are emphasized. Opportunity for practice is given through assignments. (prerequisite: English Grammar)
LA132 Speech for Christian Students.......... .......... ..../////////////////...2 hours
The study and practice of spoken communication. Instruction in principles of public speech preparation and presentation is reinforced as students prepare and deliver speeches.
LA241 Introduction to Sign Language (elective).. .......... .......... .2 hours
A beginning course teaching 600 basic signs to prepare the student to sign and read the signs of a deaf person. Other topics will center on the elements of a deaf ministry in a local church, including evangelism.