In Christian Studies, you will deepen your understanding of Biblical and theological interpretation in parallel with your knowledge of history, philosophy, and literature. Come and build a life-long foundation for faithful service to God, the church, and society.
- Biblical Literature & Interpretation
- Christian Theology & History
Christian Studies is offered in both a four-year 120-credit major and a three-year 90-credit concentration. We recommend the major for those planning to further their studies after graduation. This timeline is based on a full course load (five courses/semester) with courses usually being three credits.
Here's a sampling of the jobs our alumni have landed with this degree or entered through further studies:
- Ministry professional
I am thankful for my time at Ambrose and the manner in which my spiritual horizons expanded … there. I am thankful for my expanded understanding of different traditions across the globe, and also for my minor in Philosophy. These have helped me to carve out my own path and sort out who I am in the years since graduation."
From a survey of Ambrose Christian Studies Alumni
A study of the literary and theological legacy of the apostle Paul as it is expressed in the New Testament. This course will
examine his biography, the sociology of the Pauline churches in the context of the first century A.D. Greco-Roman world,
and significant aspects of his thought. Attention will be given to practical concerns of application and hermeneutical
issues raised in applying Paul’s letters in the global world today.
A study of the theological expressions of those groups historically sidelined by theological dialogue and development. Particular attention will be paid to Liberation, Feminist, Black, and Minjung theologies, as well as the debate regarding Process and Openness theologies. Note: This course can fulfill a Senior Theology Elective for Ministry students.
A study of spiritual formation in the Christian tradition, examining the nature and critical implication of Christian conversion, along with the disciplines necessary to spiritual growth.
A seminar course introducing advanced students to significant texts in the Christian theological tradition. The texts to be
studied will vary from time to time according to the interests and expertise of the instructor. Representative texts might
include John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, part-volumes of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, and the works of
Ambrose, Augustine, Martin Luther, Hildegard de Bingen, and Katherine Sonderegger.