Explore Christian Studies from a Philosophical Perspective in the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies – Philosophy Degree
Deepen your appreciation for Christian doctrine, Christian history and biblical truths with the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Philosophy degree program. Grand Canyon University is pleased to offer an intensive theological education to students who wish to faithfully serve others within the Christian church and other Christian organizations. Develop your theological, religious and philosophical knowledge while preparing to engage the public as an ethical servant leader.
This Christian philosophy Bachelor of Arts degree is offered by GCU’s College of Theology. Students delve deeply into the Christian worldview and its philosophical basis as they nurture their ability to minister to others with wisdom and sensitivity. All students at GCU are encouraged to become effective communicators, ethical decision-makers and inspiring leaders who hold fast to the Christian worldview as they explore a diverse range of perspectives and visions.
Early on in their studies, Christian philosophy students are expected to affirm the Doctrinal Statement and the College of Theology Covenant.
Examine Philosophy and Ethics Within Ministerial Contexts
Personal faith formation and professional development are both key objectives for this BA in Christian philosophy degree program. Students receive support from likeminded peers and thoughtful guidance from accomplished instructors as they work to develop their Christian character. GCU is a modern, inclusive university that effectively prepares students to share their knowledge and understanding of Christian doctrines.
You will learn to apply critical thinking skills as you analyze and assess ideas and ethical systems. Core curriculum areas include epistemology and metaphysics, as well as the ethical and philosophical roots of religion. Students practice expressing biblical truths to others in effective written and oral communication. There is an emphasis on Christian ethics, personal morality and the exploration of contemporary issues that are relevant to the church’s public witness. Other core curriculum areas include the following:
- The study of representative philosophical problems, including the use of analytic tools for the practice of critical thinking and knowledge evaluation
- An in-depth study of the nature of knowledge and the knowledge of self, with an emphasis on the nature of humans, free will, the meaning of life and life after death
- Bio-ethical and social issues that present challenging questions of morality
- The key events, personalities, movements and theological developments that have shaped Christianity throughout its history
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian philosophy degree program concludes with an intensive exploration of the fundamental issues in religion and religious experiences. Students will explore arguments for the existence and nature of God.
Pursue an Impactful Career in Ministry With a BA in Christian Studies – Philosophy
A Christian philosophy Bachelor of Arts degree is a versatile career credential that may enable graduates to pursue meaningful work within the ministry. Graduates are prepared to engage others in thoughtful discussions of biblical truths, theology and philosophy. This ability may prepare graduates to pursue ministerial roles within the church and other Christian organizations. Some specific careers that may be related to this degree include:
- Youth pastor
- Religious activities director
- Volunteer coordinator
- Christian school teacher
GCU seeks to graduate future Christian leaders who are capable of spreading the love of God in a diverse range of ministerial contexts. Some students may choose to further enhance their career qualifications by pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree through the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.