Christian Thought Major (M)

The world needs leaders who have thought about the Christian faith and how best to share the Gospel with people living in an age of distraction. Christian thought is devoted to the study of the history of Christianity, Christian doctrine, Christian philosophy, apologetics, and ethics. The major and minor provide the opportunity to study the structure of Christian belief and practice. Students are equipped in mind and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and world. These programs are suitable for anyone with an interest in theology and philosophy and a sincere desire to carry out the Great Commission.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will acquire a deep understanding of what it means to pursue work as a vocation, and will be aware of the spiritual and ethical implications.
  • Students will develop a mature understanding of the Christian faith informed by relevant history, philosophy, and comparative religion.
  • Students will improve their ability to identify worldview assumptions, to explore their implications, and to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses from a Christian perspective.
  • Students will acquire critical distance from the prevailing assumptions in their culture and gain the vocabulary and analytical tools required to assess them.
  • Students will understand a variety of important non-Christian perspectives and will learn how to communicate effectively with non-Christians.
  • Students will become proficient in witnessing their faith and defending it within their vocation.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements33
Minor: Required (minimum 18 credits)
Total Hours126

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Old Testament
Biblical Theology
Any REL course with a number above 204 1
Required Courses
HIST 208History of Christianity3
HIST 475The Reformations3
PHIL 334Christ and Culture3
PHIL 325Christian Apologetics3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 310Religion in America Today3
REL 376Christian Ethics3
Research Methods Class
HIST 385Historical Methods3
or REL 490 Senior Seminar I
Senior Thesis Class
HIST 490History Seminar3
or REL 491 Senior Seminar II
Major Electives
Select a concentration of any 2 classes (300-level or 400-level) in one of the 3 relevant areas (history, theology, or philosophy)6
Total Hours33

Strongly recommended: a course in historical theology, such as REL 333 A Survey of Christian Thought.