Explore the Christian Doctrine and Biblical Truths From a Philosophical Perspective
Deepen your appreciation for Christian doctrine, Christian history and biblical truths by earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Philosophy. Grand Canyon University is pleased to offer a theological education to students who wish to faithfully serve others within the Christian church and other Christian organizations. You will be introduced to theological, religious and philosophical knowledge while preparing to engage the public as an ethical servant leader.
Earn Your BA in Christian Studies With a Philosophy Emphasis From GCU
This Christian studies degree with a philosophy emphasis is offered by GCU’s College of Theology. As a Christian philosophy student, you will have the opportunity to delve deeply into the Christian worldview and its philosophical basis as you nurture your ability to minister to others with wisdom and sensitivity.
All students at GCU are encouraged to become effective communicators, ethical decision-makers and inspiring servant leaders who hold fast to the Christian worldview as they explore a diverse range of perspectives and visions. Early on in your Christian philosophy studies, you will be expected to affirm the Doctrinal Statement and the College of Theology Covenant.
Be Taught to Analyze and Assess Ideas and Ethical Systems
Personal faith formation and professional development are both key objectives for this bachelor’s degree in Christian studies. You can expect to receive support from peers and thoughtful guidance from accomplished instructors as you work to develop your Christian character. As a Christian university, GCU strives to prepare you to share Christian doctrines.
You will be taught to develop critical thinking skills during opportunities to analyze and assess ideas and ethical systems. Core curriculum areas include epistemology and metaphysics, as well as the ethical and philosophical roots of religion. Christian philosophy students are required to practice expressing biblical truths to others in effective written and oral communication. This Christian studies degree prioritizes Christian ethics, personal morality and the exploration of contemporary issues that are relevant to the church’s public witness.
Comprehensive Christian Philosophy Curriculum
Core Christian philosophy curriculum areas for this degree in Christian studies include the following:
- The investigation of representative philosophical problems, including the use of analytic tools for the practice of critical thinking and concept evaluation
- An in-depth exploration 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’s degree in Christian studies with a philosophy emphasis concludes with an in-depth exploration of the fundamental issues in religion and religious experiences. You will explore arguments for the existence and nature of God.
Career Paths for BA in Christian Studies: Philosophy Emphasis Graduates
A degree in Christian studies with an emphasis in philosophy is a versatile career credential that may provide a springboard for you to pursue meaningful work within the ministry. This degree strives to prepare you to engage others in thoughtful discussions of biblical truths, theology and philosophy. Christian philosophy competencies may prepare you to pursue ministerial roles within the church and other Christian organizations, such as in the role of a religious activities and education director, or postsecondary philosophy and religion 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.
GCU Offers Institutionally Accredited College of Theology Programs
GCU is an institutionally accredited university — accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1968. Accreditation is a reflection of the quality of a university’s education, acknowledging that it is offering programs that meet established standards.
At GCU, an institutionally accredited university, we prioritize the quality of our education along with the strength of our faith. When you become a Christian studies student online or on campus, you can benefit from comprehensive curriculum designed to develop critical thinking, communication and other important skills. Examine the foundational principles of faith and philosophical questions about the nature of religion from within a faith-based learning community that champions your progress.
Bachelor’s in Christian Studies: Philosophy Emphasis FAQs
Explore the following frequently asked questions and answers as you reflect upon your choice of degree program and intended career pathway.
If you feel called to embrace higher education that introduces you to biblical truths and explores Christian philosophy, then GCU may be the right choice for you. Fill out the form on this page to learn more about this Christian studies degree.
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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
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.