Grand Canyon University prepares learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.
The curriculum at GCU is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed in the contemporary job market. Students are challenged to develop these tools and to push their intellectual limits in order to become successful in their careers.
In addition, the curriculum fosters personal discovery so that students realize within themselves the elements of compassion and accountability. A uniquely important element of the GCU mission statement is the defining attribute of its Christian heritage. The GCU community defines its culture by the way its members reflect a committed relationship with Christ and creates the GCU experience in a manner that reflects His teachings to support students and graduates through a successful life journey.
Our curriculum provides a framework from which the individual can examine his or her worldview. The goal is not to mandate an exact set of values, rather it is to challenge each learner to consider his or her present values and assess his or her beliefs and behaviors. This framework also allows students to clarify their beliefs and decide who they are. In general, Christian heritage would contend that there is such a thing as truth to be sought after. Although we may not be able to apprehend it fully, it does exist. We were designed with certain gifts and talents and we are called upon to refine those gifts through education and practice. Then, we are responsible to use those gifts and talents in willing service to God and our fellow human beings. God has a purpose for our lives and He prepares and calls us to that purpose. This concept transcends and distinguishes work not as a mere occupation, but rather a calling or vocation.
University Statement of Faith
At Grand Canyon University, faith is defined from the context of our Christian heritage. Our student, faculty, and staff demographics represent over 20 denominations, allowing us to embrace a broad spectrum of faith. We believe that all Christians are united spiritually in our Lord Jesus Christ. Through that belief, opportunity exists in an environment of mutual respect to allow individuals the freedom and occasion to discuss differing opinions, and to make faith a matter of meaningful consideration. We welcome dialogue from diverse faiths and beliefs, while identifying with the commitment to the Christian faith.