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Overview

You long to be a part of something in which your life is invested, not merely spent. You desire to know more about God's Word and how to communicate it effectively. You want to use your gifts to help fulfill the Great Commission. You often think about ways to help others grow in their Christian faith. You are drawn to people who have needs. You find yourself seeking to understand your world in light of God's eternal plan.

If this describes you, then the Christian studies degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Christian Studies Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career as a Christian minister.

 

Major Description 

As a Christian studies major at NGU, you will spend much of your time studying and interpreting the Bible, as well as communicating ideas and preparing presentations. You will learn about the Old and New Testaments, the proper method of interpreting various biblical passages, resources available to Christian thought and practice, solutions to the most perplexing problems in the Christian faith, and theological doctrines, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own ministry.

In your senior seminar class, the capstone course of the major, you will write a research paper that integrates the biblical, historical, theological, historical, ethical, and practical elements emphasized throughout your studies at NGU.

Ultimately, the Christian studies degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of ministry-related pursuits.

 

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Christian Studies Department at NGU begins with foundational courses on the Old and New Testament and spiritual disciplines. These studies are followed by a course on how to research and write concerning biblical and theological issues. This is followed by a course on principles of biblical interpretation. 

As you continue through the program, you'll have the opportunity to take a variety of courses divided into three general categories: biblical, historical/theological/ethical, and practical.

Biblical courses include such courses as The Life and Teachings of Christ, The Life and Teachings of Paul, Old Testament Prophets, and courses on most all books of the Bible. Historical/Theological/Ethical courses include such courses as Church History, Ethics, Systematic Theology, and Apologetics. Practical courses cover topics such as evangelism, missions, youth ministry, discipleship, and preaching.  

A major strength of the Christian studies program is that very few specific courses are required, allowing you to design your curriculum to meet your specific career goals.

 

Faculty Strengths

Each Christian Studies Department faculty member at the level of assistant professor or above holds a doctorate or its equivalent in an area of Christian studies. These include Old Testament and Hebrew, New Testament and Greek, biblical languages, church history, historical and systematic theology, and missions.
 
Christian Studies Department faculty members are not merely academicians, but they also have experience serving full time on church staffs as lead pastors, youth ministers, and other related positions, and they consider themselves in their teaching roles to be servants of the church.  

In addition, each member of the Christian Studies Department faculty is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and affirms the "Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy." 

Tracks / Concentrations

Apologetics
Biblical languages
 

Electives

Apologetics
Christian Ethics
Christian Studies Practicum
Christian Worldview
Discipleship Methods
Evangelism
Greek
Hebrew
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Missions
Philosophy
Preaching
The Book of Revelation
Youth Ministry

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

  • Camp Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Church Planter
  • Counselor
  • Denominational Worker
  • Family Minister
  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Military Chaplain
  • Missionary
  • Parachurch Ministry
  • Pastor
  • Teacher
  • Women's Minister
  • Youth Minister

Postgraduate Studies

  • Beeson Divinity School
  • Biola University
  • Clemson University
  • Columbia International University
  • Erskine Theological Seminary
  • Liberty Divinity School
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • The Citadel
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • University of Louisville
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of South Carolina School of Law

 

Employers

  • Anderson University
  • Cedarville University
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute
  • Greenville Baptist Association
  • In Touch Ministries
  • International Mission Board
  • Newberry College
  • North American Mission Board
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • Shannon Forest Christian School
  • South Carolina Baptist Convention
  • South Carolina Department of Social Services
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Taylors First Baptist Church
  • The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • United States Army
  • United States Navy
  • Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • YMCA

 

Learning Experience



Hands-On Experience

Internship

The Christian studies program allows you to earn up to six semester hours serving as interns in various areas of church and/or academic life.  

Study Abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in such programs as the Summit Oxford Study Centre and to take trips to Israel as part of your degree program.  

Work Study

Several work study opportunities are available for you to work closely with the Christian Studies faculty.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Spiritual Formations (1 hour)
First Year Experience (1 hour)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
Western Civilization to 1715 (3 hours)
Western Civilization Since 1715 (3 hours)
Math (3 hours)
Health and Physical Education (2 hours)
Natural science course (8 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

English literature course (3 hours)
Foreign language courses (6 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Principles of Theological Research and Writing (3 hours)
Hermeneutics (3 hours)
Humanities (3 hours)
Social science course (3 hours)
Christian studies biblical course (3 hours)
Christian studies practical course (3 hours)
Information Technology (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Foreign language courses (6 hours)
Humanities (3 hours)
Christian studies practical course (3 hours)
Christian studies historical, theological, or ethical course (3 hours)
Christian studies electives (6 hours)
Open electives (9 hours)
Fine arts appreciation course (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Social science course (3 hours)
Christian studies historical, theological, or ethical course (3 hours)
Christian studies biblical course (3 hours)
Christian studies electives (6 hours)
Open electives (12 hours)
Senior Seminar (3 hours)

*In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.

Program Objectives

 

  • Gain entrance to and perform at a high level in graduate school or seminary.
  • Accurately interpret the Bible and communicate its teachings to others.
  • Minister effectively in church staff positions.
  • Engage contemporary religious and cultural issues by utilizing reliable research methods.
  • Use reliable research methods to respond effectively to issues concerning Christian faith and practice in the contemporary setting.

 

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