2023-2024 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Samford University Undergraduate Catalog

Worship Leadership Major (B.A.)

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The bachelor of arts in worship leadership is a liberal arts degree designed for students committed to worship ministry in the church and parachurch organizations. Coursework emphasizes the practices of Christian worship and ministry with complementary studies in a worship-related concentration of the student’s choosing. Upon graduation, students will be equipped to pursue positions in worship leadership or graduate studies in seminary, worship, or related fields. Some congregations give these individuals titles such as Worship Minister, Worship Leader, Music/Worship Associate, Technology/Production Director, Artist in Residence, etc. The program includes coursework in music, worship, ensembles, a supervised internship in a congregational setting, as well as the student’s choice of a concentration in ministry, songwriting for worship, or worship production.

General Education - University Core Curriculum: 22 Credits

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General Education - Distribution Areas: 23 Credits

Worship Leadership Major: 79-80 Credits

(Credit total includes credits for the Concentration)

Music Competencies: 38 Credits

Worship Leadership Concentrations: 11-12 Credits

(choose a concentration below and complete all courses listed)

General Electives: 3-4 Credits

Total Required Credits: 128

*Language Requirement: A placement exam alone cannot satisfy this requirement. At least one course must be completed at Samford. Four (4) credits of language are required (102 or higher).
**Prereq: Musicianship Assessment administered by the Division of Music. If the assessment is passed, students may substitute 3 music credits with advisor permission.
***If student does not place via audition into the applied area for piano, voice, or guitar, he/she should begin applied studies with the Class I and II sequence. Students who begin in this sequence must make a B- or above in both Class I and II in order to progress into further applied study.

  • ****All keyboard principles must fulfill two of the eight required major ensemble credits with MUSC 1740 /MUSC 1741 . Two additional instances of MUSC 1740 /MUSC 1741  may also apply.
  • Vocal principles must take at least four semesters of a major choral ensemble.
  • Worship Leadership majors with an instrumental or keyboard principle must take at least two semesters of a major choral ensemble.
  • Worship Leadership majors may substitute MUSC 1750 /MUSC 3750  or MUSC 1751 /MUSC 3751  for up to four credits as a major ensemble.

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