Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

The Christian Studies major prepares students for graduate seminary programs and for careers in churches and other ministry related vocations. Students select at least one concentration and are required to complete applied field experience.

School of Christian Ministries Program Student Outcomes 

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Christian Studies Major (45-54 units) BA

Core Courses (33 units)

Lower Division Requirements*

CST 210 Pentateuch and Former Prophets

CST 220 Latter Prophets and Writings

CST 230 Jesus and the Gospels

CST 240 Paul and the Early Church

*Christian Studies majors should not take CST 110 and CST 130.

Upper Division Requirements

CST 300 History of Baptist Thought

CST 350 Biblical Interpretation

CST 360 Church History

CST 370 Christian Doctrine

CST 490 Supervised Ministry

Three (3) Upper Division units of Old Testament

Three (3) Upper Division units of New Testament

Concentration Courses (12-21 units)

Students must complete all of the prescribed courses listed in one of the following concentrations:

Apologetics, Bible and Theology; Biblical Languages; Christian Ministry; Focus on the Family Institute; Global Studies; Pastoral Leadership, Theology/Church History, Theology/Philosophy; Youth Ministry

Concentrations

Apologetics (15 units)

PHI 303 Apologetics

PHI 343 Philosophy of Religion

PHI 403 Cultural Apologetics

PHI 433 Apologetics: Theory and Method

Three (3) units of additional upper division philosophy coursework from the following: PHI 353, 400, or 421.

Bible and Theology* (12 units)

At least three (3) units of upper division biblical studies coursework

At least three (3) units of upper division theology coursework

Six (6) units of additional upper division biblical studies and/or theology coursework

*Prerequisites for concentration: CST 210 and 220 for Old Testament coursework, CST 230 and 240 for New Testament coursework, CST 370 for theology coursework.

Biblical Languages* (12 units)

GRK 313 Intermediate Greek

GRK 323 Intermediate Greek

HEB 213 Hebrew I

HEB 223 Hebrew II

*Prerequisites to concentration: GRK 213 and 223.

Christian Ministry (12 units)

Twelve (12) units of upper division Christian Ministry coursework. Including from the following: CST 307, 380, 381, 382, 383, 414, 451, 480, 484, and 491, ICS 305, 375, 405, 415, 430, 431, 435.

Focus on the Family (12-16 units)

As a participant in the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities and a “sending institution” for the Focus on the Family Institute, CBU affords students the opportunity to study for one semester at the Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Coursework will be determined by the Institute and acceptance into the Institute program is required. As a part of this program, students may also be able to complete the core requirement of CST 490 Supervised Ministry. Application to this program can be made through the School of Christian Ministries.

Global Studies * (18 units)

ICS 105 Introduction to Global Studies

ICS 205 Models of Discipleship

ICS 305 Global Perspectives

ICS 405 Marketplace Strategies for Global Advancement

ICS 430 Intercultural Communication

ICS 431 Cross-cultural Immersion

*Recommended Courses: ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology and ANT 430 Culture and Personality, which can be used to meet General Education requirements.

Pastoral Leadership (21 units)

APT 452 Advanced Biblical Preaching

APT 482 Pastoral Leadership

CST 382 Evangelism

CST 451 Biblical Preaching

ICS 305 Global Perspectives

ICS 435 Community Development

Theology/Church History (12 units)

Three (3) units of upper division Theology coursework

Three (3) units of upper division Church History coursework

Six (6) additional units of upper division Theology and/or Church History coursework

Prerequisite for concentration: CST 360 for Church History coursework; CST 370 for Theology coursework

Theology/Philosophy (12 units)

Three (3) units of upper division Theology coursework

Three (3) units of upper division Philosophy coursework

Six (6) additional units of upper division Theology and/or Philosophy coursework

Prerequisite for concentration: CST 370 for Theology coursework

Youth Ministry (12 units)

CBS 403 Christian Institutions and the Church or CBS 303 Marriage and Family in the Christian Community

CST 380 Introduction to Christian Education

CST 383 Ministry with Youth

CST 484 Current Trends in Youth Ministry

This page was updated March 21, 2011.