Hampton, VA - Hampton University's Religious Studies Program and The John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Va., have recently reached an articulation agreement. The Leland students may transfer credits in order to complete an online bachelor's degree in religious studies from HU. The agreement is the first of its kind for HU.
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies currently offers a diploma program in biblical studies that provides 48 credit hours to clergy persons and laypersons who are currently in ministry but do not already have an undergraduate degree. Through this new articulation agreement, these students can now transfer these credits to complete an online bachelor's degree in religious studies from HU.
"It becomes very attractive to students who know that once they get the diploma certificates that those credits will be able to be transferred to an accredited university and they will go on and get their undergrad degrees," explained Dr. William D. Booth, director of the Religious Studies Program.
According to Susan Moore, director of extension and distance education at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies, a significant percentage of Leland's students are located in rural areas where "educational opportunity is just not as accessible to them as it for people who live in larger metropolitan areas." Since the Religious Studies Program is solely online, these students will not have to leave their present locations in order to complete their studies.
Through this agreement, graduates of the Religious Studies Program will then be able to return to The John Leland Center for Theological Studies to earn master's degrees in divinity or theological studies.
"We essentially provide the face-to-face component and then Hampton University finishes up with the general educational component," said Moore. "So that way no matter where our students start they can always finish because Hampton's program will always be accessible to them."
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is located in Arlington, Va., and has five satellite campuses throughout Virginia. The mission of The John Leland Center is to equip transformational leaders for the emerging church and ministries in multi-ethnic, metropolitan communities.
The Religious Studies Program is within the new College of Education and Continuing Studies at HU. It is the only online accredited degree program in religious studies at an HBCU. The program provides ministers and other adults seeking a solid foundation in the study of religion an opportunity to obtain a bachelor of arts degree in religious studies through distance learning.