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The Christian Studies major will prepare students for careers in service to God and humanity through the study of the Christian scriptures, engagement with Christian traditions, the sharpening of students’ minds, and experiences in Christian ministry.
All Christian Studies majors will learn foundational material in the study of the Bible, theology, philosophy, Christian history, and spiritual formation. Students will gain practical ministry experience through internships and immersive ministry settings. Students will sharpen their oral and written communication skills and develop the qualities necessary for effective Christian leadership.
Students majoring in Christians Studies choose one of five concentration options, described below.
The concentration in Biblical Studies will provide students with a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments. Students will also study Greek and Hebrew and the contexts in which the biblical text was shaped.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
The concentration in Discipleship Studies will give students an understanding of the basic principles of Christian discipleship among various age groups. The student will learn about leadership and administration principles for effective discipleship processes.
The major in Missiology provides an opportunity to explore the field of Christian Mission. The biblical, historical, and practical foundation for Missiology will enable students to discover how they might interact effectively with people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds.
The concentration in Philosophical and Theological Studies will help the student identify and develop, within the context of a supportive Christian academic community, the analytical abilities for critical and creative scholarship and for meaningful living. Students will explore the works of significant thinkers in the fields of philosophy and theology as they clarify and support their own views and beliefs.
The concentration in Youth Discipleship Studies will provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of youth discipleship in a Christian context. The student will learn how to develop leadership and administration skills necessary for effective youth discipleship.
A degree in Christian Studies offers you excellent training for careers in service and ministry. Graduates work in such professions as:
The degree also prepares students for further studies at the graduate level. Our students have pursued graduate degrees at such universities as Baylor, Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Others have stayed at Gardner-Webb to pursue the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Religion, and the Doctor of Ministry degrees.
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