Dr. Marvin Jones
Caples, Jones, Langford, Meek, Whatley
The Division of Christian Studies exists to prepare students for effective vocational Christian ministry and successful study in graduate institutions by offering a rigorous academic program concentrating on the study of the Christian Scriptures, theology, history, philosophy, ethics, and practical principles of Christian ministry.
The Division offers majors in Christian Studies, Biblical Studies, and Christian Education. The majors in Christian Studies and Biblical Studies offer good general preparation for any area of ministry, but are especially recommended for students preparing for ministries that focus on Bible teaching such as pastoral ministry or missionary service. The Christian Education major is especially designed for students preparing for service as ministers of youth, children, education, or administration.
Christian Studies Majors and Minors
- All majors in the Division of Christian Studies require 21 hours of core courses plus additional specialized courses for the specific major.
All students must complete the 56 hours required in the Central Curriculum. All students in the Christian Studies Division must take MA 230 /PI 230 as part of their Natural Science requirement. Biblical Studies, Christian Education, and Christian Philosophy majors must take GK 223 as the foreign language requirement. Christian Studies majors may take either GK 223 or HE 437 as the foreign language requirement. Christian Education majors must take PY 220 for 1 of their social sciences since it is a prerequisite for CE 320 /PY 320 .
Biblical Studies majors must pursue 400 level credit for the Old Testament and New Testament intensives (RL 435 ,RL 436 ,RL 437 ; RL 445 ,RL 446 ,RL 447 ). These advanced courses study Old and New Testament books in Hebrew and Greek. Students may take 400 level Old Testament courses only after completing 9 hours of Hebrew and may take 400 level New Testament courses only after completing 9 hours of Greek.
Biblical Studies majors must take either Elementary Greek 1 and 2 or Elementary Hebrew 1 and 2 in their first year in order to complete the program within 4 years.
Biblical Studies majors must take a third semester of the language (Hebrew or Greek) that they began studying in their first year in order to complete the program within 4 years.
Christian Education majors are required to take RL 365 and 3 hours of elective credit.
- Minors are offered in Biblical Studies, Biblical languages, Christian Studies, and Christian Education. The Biblical Studies minor requires 18 hours of biblical exegesis courses. The biblical languages minor requires 18 hours of biblical language courses. The Christian Studies minor requires 18 hours of Christian Studies courses. Other minors require 15 hours in the area.
The following courses, RL 335 /RL 435 – RL 347 -RL 447 , focus on the exegesis of various books or portions of books. Each course will seek to give students an understanding of the book’s original text, theology, grammar and syntax, literary analysis, word studies, and relationship to other biblical books. The course will also introduce students to important principles of biblical interpretation that apply especially to the book and guide interpreters in understanding the contemporary relevance of the text. Credit for each course will be three hours.