Christian Studies Degree

North Greenville University offers a program of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies. In keeping with the institution’s Statement of Purpose, the program seeks to enable students to integrate academic discipline, Christian lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience by offering course work in biblical, historical, theological, and practical studies.

The goals of the Bachelor of Arts program in Christian Studies are to

  • Equip students with a basic knowledge;
  • Enable students to comprehend, analyze, and integrate primary and secondary sources of biblical, theological, historical, and ethical thought;
  • Instruct students in the use of accepted English standards in speaking and writing as stated in standard college English texts;
  • Teach students research procedures, including writing style following the latest edition of Turabian’s A Manual for Writers.

The B.A. in Christian Studies requires that the student earn at least 128 hours.  Students choosing the Christian Studies major must complete the general education requirements listed below as part of the degree program.  Transfer students must earn at least 19 hours in their major at North Greenville University.  That is one-half of the major requirements excluding CHST 2200 and CHST 3200.  All Christian Studies majors must take CHST 1310 and CHST 1320 as part of their general education requirement.

The major consists of 41 hours within the College of Christian Studies.  Christian Studies 1100, 2200, 2300, 2390, 3200, and 4390 are required of all Christian Studies majors.  At least 15 hours in the major must be taken at the 3000 level or higher.  A minimum grade point average of 2.25 in all Christian Studies courses that apply toward the major is required for graduation.   At least six hours must be taken from each of the following three areas:  Biblical Studies, Historical/Theological/Ethical Studies, and Practical Ministry Studies.  The course classification is given at the end of the course description.  Courses with no designation are either required courses, or may be used as a Christian Studies elective or a free elective only.  Majors in the College of Christian Studies cannot minor in the College of Christian Studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

General Education Requirements

COLL 1100 or HNRS 1210     1 (2) hours
ENGL 1310, 1320     6 hours
ENGLISH LITERATURE (2000 level)    3 hours
ARTS 1300, MUSC 1300, MUSC 1310 or THTR 1300)    3 hours
HIST 1350, 1360    6 hours
HUMANITIES    6 hours
MATH 1310 or higher level (1315 suggested)    3 hours
CSCI 1305       3 hours
PHED 1200     2 hours
CHST 1310 and 1320**     6 hours
SOCIAL SCIENCE     6 hours
COMM 2300 (or CHST 2365)    3 hours

Total              68-69 hours

Christian Studies Courses

CHST 1100, Introduction to Church-Related Vocations     1 hour
CHST 2200, 3200 In-Service Guidance I and II    4 hours
CHST 2300, Principles of Theological Research and Writing***    3 hours
CHST 2390, Hermeneutics    3 hours
CHST (Biblical Studies)****    6 hours
CHST (Historical/Theological/Ethical Studies)    6 hours
CHST (Practical Ministry Studies)    6 hours
CHST 4390, Senior Seminar    3 hours
Christian Studies Electives    9 hours

Total    41 hours

Total General Education Requirements    .68-69 hours
Total Christian Studies Requirements    41 hours
Total Elective Courses    18 or 19 hours
Total Hours for Degree    128 hours

Four hours must be taken in a biological science and four hours in a physical science.

Christian Studies majors must make a grade of C or higher in CHST 1310 and 1320 prior to taking any course that has these courses as prerequisites – including CHST 2390, Hermeneutics.

Christian Studies majors who do not make a minimum grade of C on the grammar portion of CHST 2300 will be required to take ENGL 3315 for elective credit.

At least one course must be at the 4000 level; one must be in Old Testament and one in New Testament.

All students at North Greenville University must earn one credit hour for Chapel and Cultural Events for each semester of full-time enrollment in addition to the above hours.