Our Christian Studies BA program is designed to prepare you for a variety of service opportunities in the local church or parachurch ministries.
The Christian Studies Department offers a BA in Christian Studies with three options: Bible, Christian Ministry, and Philosophy & Culture. This BA is a 36 hour major designed to give a student a broad-based, general college education with a general concentration in one of three areas of Christian Studies. All Christian Studies students share the same curriculum for the first year, and all BA students in Christian Studies have a single Senior Seminar which is jointly led by professors from each respective option.
Our faculty are committed to one-on-one discipleship and a quality of education that will lead themselves and their students to a greater love for God and for other people.
BA: Bible Option
This option is designed to give students a working knowledge of the language, history, literature, and theology of the Old and New Testaments. It is a great choice for those wanting to be teaching Pastors, Bible teachers or translators. This is a rigorous option and functions very well as a pre-seminary degree. The primary goal of the Bible option is a reading knowledge of Greek and Hebrew together with a deep understanding of the theology of the Bible, its unity and its trustworthiness.
BA: Christian Ministry Option
This option is designed for those students who desire to serve in a type of Christian ministry within the local church or parachurch organization that requires a broader and more general focus of ministry preparation. Emphasis is placed upon providing knowledge in the various ministry areas within the Christian Ministry program. This option is specifically suited for students who desire to double major and/or who desire to serve in bi-vocational ministry.
BA: Philosophy & Culture Option
This option fits well into the historical milieu and the worldview emphasis of Bryan College. It is intended to be a broad-based program incorporating multiple departments, including philosophy, languages, theology, English, history, and literature so that a student gets a wide—ranging exposure to both secular and Christian thought in these arenas. Our concern is to pursue truth wherever it leads: we examine various worldviews, their claims and dissonances. Our faculty is committed to the Christian theistic worldview so we study ideas in that context; we seek to provided a safe atmosphere so that students can engage.
Recent Graduate Schools
- Beeson Divinity School
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- Reformed Theological Seminary
- Bethlehem Seminary (Minnesota)
- Talbot School of Theology
- Dallas Theological Seminary
- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
- Boston University
- Wheaton College Graduate School
- Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary
Sampling of Classes
- Senior Seminar (Joint Capstone for all Christian Studies majors)
- Cultural Expressions of Christianity
- Spiritual Formation for Ministry
- Worship and the Arts
- Literary Themes and Unity of the Bible
- Genesis and Biblical Theology
- Intro to Greek I & II
- Intermediate Greek I & II
- Classical Greek I & II
- Elements of Hebrew I & II
- Intermediate Hebrew I & II
- Biblical Studies
- Biblical Languages