Christian Studies

Christian Studies (BA)

The course offerings in the Core Curriculum provide a foundation for ministry by equipping students with knowledge and practical skills in the areas of Biblical Studies, Historical-Theological Studies, and Practical Ministry Studies. The Christian Studies Core is required and takes forty-two (42) hours to complete. Students must also choose an area of specialization and complete twenty-nine (29) semester hours of Foundational Core courses as part of the program of study. Including unrestricted electives, the degree requires the successful completion of 120 semester hours.

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Degree Courses

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Church History
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Christian Ethics
  • Ministry & the Church
  • Preaching
  • Ministry

Other Christian Studies Programs

Christian Studies Concentrations (BA)

Christian Education Concentration

The Christian Education Concentration aims to provide the student with greater skills in the church setting to help others know God better and to follow Him more closely. These skills are often utilized in lay leadership positions of education ministry, youth ministry, women’s ministry, and family ministry.

Required Courses

  • Christian Education
  • Church Administration
  • Worship Leadership
  • Teaching in the Church
  • Studies in Christian Education
Christian Missions Concentration

The Christian Missions Concentration intend to inspire the student to participate in God’s mission by: 1) helping the student to become a better interpreter of political, economic, and social contexts, and 2) helping the student to grasp better the project and programs of the church on mission.

Required Courses

  • Christian Missions
  • Perspectives in Christian Missions
  • World Religions
  • Principles of Missionary Service
Pastoral Concentration

The Pastoral Concentration feature a professional orientation intended to prepare students for vocational ministry in the highest leadership positions of a church. The faculty of the Chapman School of Religious Studies encourages students in the Pastoral Concentration to consider furthering their education at the Seminary level upon the completion of the degree.

Required Courses

  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Preaching Practicum
  • Christian Missions
  • Christian Education
Worship Leadership Concentration

The course offerings of the Worship Leadership Concentration train students to lead worship through music in both aspects of performance and production.

Required Courses

  • Worship Leadership
  • Music Theory
  • Sound Mixing/Critical Listening
  • Recording Technology

Christian Studies (AA)

The Associate of Arts in Christian Studies prepares men and women for lay leadership roles in the local church or parachurch ministry. The associate degree program has a required Foundational Core of twenty-four (24) semester hours, a Christian Studies Core of thirty (30) semester hours, and six (6) hours of unrestricted electives as part of the program of study. The associate program requires the successful completion of sixty (60) semester hours.

Degree Courses

  • Biblical Literacy
  • Christian Thought
  • Christian Education
  • Church Administration
  • Worship Leadership
  • Church History
  • Evangelism & Church Growth

Christian Missions (Minor)

The course offerings of the Christian Missions Concentration intend to inspire the student to participate in God’s mission by: 1) helping the student to become a better interpreter of political, economic, and social contexts, and 2) helping the student to grasp better the project and programs of the church on mission.

Degree Courses

  • Christian Missions
  • World Religions
  • Biblical Basis of Missions
  • Missionary Service
  • Christian Education

I have experienced knowledge that is taught in a variety of practical and heartfelt ways. The professors here at Chapman truly care about the campus and the future of their students. I have gleaned much theological knowledge, but more importantly I have seen the love with which it needs to be conveyed.

Kinzer Havill

Christian Studies, Student Pastor at Hanover Baptist Church

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