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Christian Studies Program

The Christian Studies program enables students to become life-long agents of transformative change in the world. In the program, students not only study and experience the Christian faith, but also reflect upon the relevance of this faith for their own lives and the world in which they live.

All students take a set of required courses in Bible, Christian theology and history, and world religions. In the major, students may choose to focus on one of two optional streams, enabling them to specialize in biblical studies or Christian theology.

Since Christian Studies is one of the programs in the Humanities Department, all Christian Studies students also take a series of humanities courses, which include academic writing, the Christian intellectual tradition, cognate credits in English, history, and philosophy, and a humanities capstone course.

Profile of the Graduating Student

The graduating student will develop:

  • Understanding: Graduates will be able to articulate their rich understanding of the human story, as expressed in Christian texts, beliefs, and practices found in diverse Western, Indigenous Canadian, and other world cultures.
  • Research: Graduates will be able to apply advanced research skills employed in biblical studies and theology to solve problems and advance knowledge.
  • Analysis: Graduates will be able to apply the skill of critical thinking, using the methods, approaches, and theories appropriate to the disciplines of biblical studies and theology to analyze diverse and complex forms of information.
  • Communication: Graduates will be able to communicate clearly, concisely, and compellingly to impart knowledge and express themselves.
  • Character: Graduates will exemplify maturity of character which represents the best of the Christian intellectual tradition and a liberal arts education, and which expresses itself in wisdom, integrity, service to neighbour and society, and responsibility towards the world in which they live.

Career and Education Paths

The graduating student will:

  • have a solid foundation for living out the Christian faith in professional vocations such as law, medicine, and education;
  • be prepared to work in para-church organizations, non-governmental organizations, or some church ministry positions;
  • be able to pursue graduate studies in biblical studies, theology, or church history at a seminary or university. Students who wish to pursue further Christian studies at the graduate level need to complete the four-year major and consult with the Department Chair early in their studies.
     

Bachelor of Arts: Christian Studies Concentration 3 year – 90 credits

The Christian Studies concentration provides students with a broad introduction to the Bible and Christian theology.

Bachelor of Arts: Christian Studies Concentration Program Requirements (90 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Humanities Requirements (18 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits in English (EN) at the 300-level
3 credits in History (HI) at the 300-level
3 credits in Philosophy (PH) at the 300-level
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

Christian Studies Requirements (27 credits)
REL 130 Introduction to World Religions
REL 211 Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition
REL 261 Issues in Systematic Theology
HI 263 History of Christianity
REL 315 Hermeneutics
REL 372 Christian Ethics
9 credits at the senior level in Christian Studies (REL), Church History (HI 313, 323, 333, 362, or 363), or Intercultural Studies (ICS), with a minimum of 6 credits at the 300-level or higher

Electives
To meet senior level requirements of the program, at least 3 credits of electives must be taken at the senior level.
      Arts and Science or Open Electives (12 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 90 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 45 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 42 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in REL courses

 

Bachelor of Arts: Christian Studies Major 4 year – 120 credits

Students who choose the four-year major will have the opportunity to specialize in biblical studies or Christian theology by completing an optional stream.

Bachelor of Arts: Christian Studies Major Program Requirements (120 credits)

Christian Formation (9 credits)
REL 105 Introduction to the Bible
REL 161 Introduction to Christian Theology
3 credits in Religion (REL) at the senior level

English (3 credits)
EN 130 Introduction to English Literature

Fine Arts (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

History (3 credits)
HI 140 Themes in World History

Philosophy (3 credits)
PH 125 Introduction to Philosophy

Science (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Science or Mathematics (3 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Social Science (6 credits)
See Arts and Science Electives in the Academic Calendar for specific courses

Humanities Requirements (18 credits)
HUM 101 Reading and Writing for University
HUM 201 Reading and Writing in the Christian Intellectual Tradition
3 credits in English (EN) at the 300-level
3 credits in History (HI) at the 300-level
3 credits in Philosophy (PH) at the 300-level
HUM 485 Humanities Capstone

Christian Studies Requirements (36 credits)
REL 130 Introduction to World Religions
REL 211 Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition
REL 261 Issues in Systematic Theology
HI 263 History of Christianity
REL 315 Hermeneutics
REL 372 Christian Ethics
18 credits at the senior level in Christian Studies (REL), Church History (HI 313, 323, 333, 362, or 363), or Intercultural Studies (ICS), with a minimum of 12 credits at the 300-level or higher

Christian Studies Streams

21 credits of Christian Studies electives may count towards one of the following optional streams:

Biblical Studies (21 credits)
3 credits in New Testament
3 credits in Old Testament
9 credits in Greek (GR) and/or Hebrew (HEB)
6 credits in New Testament or Old Testament at the 300-level or higher

Christian Theology (21 credits)
minimum of 15 credits in Theology (REL) at the 300-level or higher
minimum of 3 credits in Church History (HI 313, HI 323, HI 333, REL 358, HI/REL 362, HI 363)

Electives
To meet senior level requirements in the program, at least 21 credits must be taken at the senior level.
     Arts and Science or Open Electives (33 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation

  • Completion of a total of 120 credits (as outlined above)
  • A minimum of 72 credits must be taken at the 200-level or higher
  • A maximum of 72 credits taken in any one discipline
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.0, with a CGPA of at least 2.0 in REL courses