- To develop a broad understanding of Christianity, its history and practice.
- To develop skills in critical reading, thinking, and expression, both written and oral.
- To hone your understanding of Christianity through seminar settings at the junior and senior level.
- To apply your understanding of Christianity through service-learning and projects associated with departmentally sponsored organizations.
- To receive superior preparation to continue your studies or enter the work force.
- "History of Christian Tradition" is a sweeping survey of people, events, and places that provide the foundations and continuing conversations about what it means to be Christian.
- "Introduction to Christian Theology" is a careful introduction to the discipline of theology with a focus upon the methods and content of confessing traditional doctrines of the Christian church.
- "The Prophets" is an examination of the life and work and literatures associated with the Hebrew prophets found in the Old Testament.
- "Jesus" is an examination of the New Testament Gospels in hopes of establishing an understanding of the character and purpose of Jesus of Nazareth. The course also explores different ways that the Jesus stories have shaped Christian thinking and practice.
- "Christianity in America" focuses on the variety of expressions of what it means to be Christian in the context of the history of the United States. A distinguishing feature of the class is the number of adherents from different Christian groups who visit the class to talk about their traditions.
What Students Love About This Program
- They love the “family atmosphere” among the faculty and majors in the department.
- They appreciate the rigors of the major as an aid to helping them mature as believing, thinking, practicing Christians.
- They are given freedom to think for themselves, but held accountable for what they think.
- They benefit from the faculty’s commitment to helping them figure out “what’s next” for them.
- Many Christianity majors go on to seminary and receive professional training for ministry.
- Some Christianity majors use the bachelor degree as the first step toward academic graduate study with the goal of teaching in a university or seminary setting.
- Some Christianity majors go on to academic graduate studies in various fields, including history, psychology, English, sociology, and the like.
- Some Christianity majors go on the professional graduate studies such as law or medicine.
- Some Christianity majors go directly into parish ministry.