program-type: Undergraduate

Discipleship Studies

Chris Gash teaching Sunday School
Chris Gash teaching Sunday School at Palmer Grove Baptist Church, NC. Summer 2016.

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Undergraduate Discipleship Programs

Discipleship Studies will equip you with an understanding of the basic principles of Christian discipleship among various age groups while offering opportunities for you to live out your calling through leadership, ministry, and service.

Curriculum

What You’ll Learn

While learning about the Christian discipleship of various age groups, you will explore the history and philosophy of religious education and experience practical application of your learning in ministry and service. You will also sharpen your ability to communicate clearly and effectively through speaking and writing as you learn how to develop the leadership and administrative skills necessary for effective Christian discipleship.

Available Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Discipleship Studies

In addition to the University’s general education and other prerequisites, Discipleship Studies majors are required to take 9 hours of foundational courses with choices in philosophy, spiritual formation, Christian history and theology. The Discipleship Studies major also includes 30 hours of concentrated coursework including practical ministry experience.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the  opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog.

Second Major in Discipleship Studies

Some students choose to double major. For a student whose first major is in a department other than the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, the second major in Discipleship Studies includes all requirements of the major except for the hours designated as departmental electives. The total hour requirement 35 hours. Visit the opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog for more

For a student whose first major is in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, the second major in Discipleship Studies consists of 30 hours. Visit the opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog for more details.

Minor in Discipleship Studies

A minor in Discipleship Studies includes 15 hours of coursework in religious education, church leadership, and the discipleship of children, youth and adults. Visit the Academic Catalog for more details.

Minor in Religious Studies

A minor in Religious Studies includes 15 hours of coursework from upper-level classes taught in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog.

Minor in Christian History

A minor in Christian History includes 15 hours of coursework, providing exploration of the development of Christianity from the apostolic age through the Middle Ages and Reformation and into the 21st century

For a more in-depth look at minor requirements, visit our opens in a new windowAcademic Catalog.

Outcomes

What You’ll Do

A degree in Discipleship Studies offers you excellent training for careers in ministry and service. Graduates often serve as:

  1. Ministers to families or children
  2. Missionaries
  3. Pastors
  4. Non-profit professionals

Among an array of other possibilities, career choices include Minister to students, Minister of Education, Associate Pastor, Youth Minister, Christian Camp Administrator, Religious Curriculum Developer, Church or Organizational Support Staff.

The degree also prepares you for further studies at the graduate level. Religious Studies and Philosophy students have pursued graduate degrees at universities including Baylor, Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Others have stayed at Gardner-Webb to pursue degrees offered at the University, including the Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Divinity.

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