2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Academic Programs

Degrees and Certificates

Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society. In order to meet the need of a variety of students, the following degrees/certificates are offered within the majors outlined in the catalog:

  • Concentrated Bible Course Certificate
  • Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Social Work

Please see each program's curriculum outline for required courses in each major. Additional information is available online.

Blended and Online Courses

In order to give our students greater flexibility, several of our courses are delivered totally or partially online. We refer to courses offered partially online as blended courses, which normally include two hours of face-to-face classroom instruction and one hour of online instruction per week.

Christian Service

Christian Service provides an important part of the overall education program of the college. Its function is to assist students in experiencing various forms of practical ministry, proclaiming Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.

Students are required to complete two 30 hour semesters of gospel centered service during their sophomore year. This requirement may change for students transferring to the college based on the number of credits transferred and prior learning experience. Christian Service is in place to reinforce learning that takes place in the classroom and further develop students as they gain experience and leadership skills.

Students should be ready to articulate the ways in which their Christian Service placement is educating them to proclaim Christ in the Church and society. Although many possibilities exist for the completion of Christian Service, some areas for service include the local church, after school programs, a rescue mission, non-profit relief work, social advocacy groups, or leadership positions on campus.

Understanding and practicing servant leadership, discovering individual strengths and weaknesses, developing skills for articulating the gospel, demonstrating faithfulness, cooperation, and teamwork, and demonstrating communication and accountability are some of the outcomes of Christian Service.

External Study and Cross-Cultural Experiences

Each student is required to have a cross-cultural experience sometime during their studies at LBC. Students should confirm with their advisors as to whether one of the following available options will fulfill their major's cross-cultural requirement. It should be noted that each of the programs below has its own enrollment procedures and policies, so see the Registrar for information before applying.

Semester Abroad

Lancaster Bible College has entered into agreements with several, recognized institutions overseas, giving students opportunities to earn credits in a cross-cultural setting, including:

  • Jerusalem University College (Israel)
  • Pan African Christian Exchange (Kenya)
  • Saints Bible Institute (Italy)

For each of these programs, students remain enrolled at LBC. This allows for them to remain eligible for financial aid, other than LBC's in-house scholarships. Students should work closely with their advisors and the Registrar's Office to ensure that credits earned will fit into their programs. Additional information is available at each program's website and from the Registrar's Office.


Each year the College offers several international study tours with the option of obtaining college credit under our TraveLearn program. In recent years, tours have gone to Israel, Guyana, and Turkey. These tours are available for degree and non-degree students. More information is available from the Registrar's Office.


Students are required to complete a three credit senior practicum as part of their professional program. There are numerous opportunities in the United States and around the world to fulfill this requirement. Intercultural studies majors are especially encouraged to complete their practicum in an international setting. Student teaching for education majors is also possible in a cross-cultural situation. Students arrange these opportunities with their advisors.

Cross-Cultural Study Program

Occasionally students may be approved to spend a semester or year abroad in a missions environment and, through special arrangements, continue their LBC education through an independent study program. Students need to work closely with their advisors to apply and be approved for this format of study.

Journey Teams

Each year the Intercultural Studies major plans 10 to 12 Journey Team trips to various regions of the world. These are available to LBC students, employees, and selected high school students. These trips do not carry college credit. A schedule is available from the Department of Church & Ministry Leadership.

Chapel and Conferences

Chapel is conducted weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the campus of LBC. We annually host a Missions Conference, the Henry J. Heydt Lecture Series, and the Lloyd M. Perry Preaching Series. Each year the college brings outstanding individuals to campus for these events.