College of Theology Minor Degree Programs

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GCU offers a variety of minor degree programs across the College of Theology. These programs prepare you for ministry and service through a deep biblical, theological and spiritual education. Our faculty is committed to helping you formulate your call to ministry by exploring the various directions that a call may take, while helping you develop character and integrity in all aspects of life.

Earned in conjunction with a major degree, our minors provide a well-rounded education within specific areas that may be of professional interest to you. Discover your College of Theology minor degree options below.


Minor in Christian Studies - 16 Credits

A minor in Christian studies offers you a basic understanding of the Bible and theology. Gain ethical knowledge while exploring the virtues and habits that shape Christian character and morality. This minor complements foundational teachings introduced in the Christian worldview foundational course, with an emphasis on discipline and character development.

  • Bible Survey (BIB-100)
  • Christian Life: The Way of Jesus (BIB-316)
  • Christian Character Formation (MIN-320)
  • Christian Ethics (HTH-330)

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Minor in Philosophy - 16 Credits

A minor in philosophy introduces students to philosophical studies in the key areas of knowledge and reality, ethics and philosophy of religion. The program complements foundational teachings addressed in Christian worldview by providing students with competencies necessary to effectively engage in ethical and philosophical discourse. You will analyze and assess ideas and ethical systems, as well as express those understandings to others.

  • Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics (PHI-¬103)
  • Knowledge and Reality (PHI-¬301)
  • Applied Ethics (APHI-¬307)
  • Philosophy of Religion (PHI-¬403)

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Minor in Biblical Studies - 20 Credits

A minor in biblical studies provides you with basic knowledge of the Bible and ability to interpret Scripture effectively. Coursework surveys the Bible, introduces principles and practices for sound interpretation and applies interpretive skills to major divisions of the Bible. This minor is designed for students in any major who want to understand the Bible more fully and learn to interpret it faithfully.

  • Old Testament Survey (BIB-106)
  • New Testament Survey (BIB-107)
  • Biblical Interpretation (BIB-355)
  • Old Testament Exegesis: Pentateuch (BIB-350)
  • New Testament Exegesis: Gospels and Acts (BIB-360)

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Minor in Short-Term Missions – 16 Credits

A minor in short-term missions provides students with basic biblical understandings and the ability to communicate the gospel effectively within cross-cultural contexts. Coursework surveys the Bible as a whole, introduces principles and practices for global and local missions and culminates in a mission experience. This minor is designed for students who want to understand how to share the Christian faith in word and deed within various cross-cultural contexts while gaining hands-on experience through short-term missions experiences in local and international contexts..

  • Bible Survey (BIB-100)
  • Christian Life: The Way of Jesus (CWV-316)
  • God-Centered Missions Lab (INT-101)
  • Cross-Cultural Missions Lab (INT-102)
  • Missional Skills Lab (INT-201)
  • Short-Term Missions Lab (INT-202)
  • Short-Term Missions Experience (INT-494)

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Minor in Worship Ministry – 20 Credits

A minor in worship ministry offers a basic understanding of the Bible, theology, music and technology used in contemporary worship services. This minor is designed for students who have a calling to serve and lead within a worship ministry context. Students gain the knowledge and skill needed to serve as an effective worship pastor in a broad variety of ministry opportunities.

  • Bible Survey (BIB-100)
  • Music Structures I (WSA-300)
  • Digital Audio Workstation (WSA-320)
  • Theology of Worship (WSA-322)
  • Worship Leadership (WSA-423)

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Minor in Media and Production Ministry – 20 Credits

A minor in media and production ministry provides a basic understanding of the Bible and theology along with skill and knowledge of standard media and technology used in contemporary worship services. This minor is designed for students who have a calling to serve and lead within a worship ministry context. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership opportunities in worship media and production ministries.

  • Bible Survey (BIB-100)
  • Church Audio (WSA-123)
  • Digital Audio Workstation (WSA-320)
  • Theology of Worship (WSA-322)
  • Worship Leadership (WSA-423)

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