Bachelor of Christian Studies Anderson University

Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

The College of Christian Studies at Anderson University offer academic excellence in programs that emphasize practical ministry training for a new generation of Kingdom leaders. Students preparing for ministry will find an exceptional level of preparation at Anderson University, with committed faculty who can link classroom and real-life experience. Whether you are planning to go on to seminary or to seek a ministry position right after college, you’ll find that the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies offers a solid foundation and an outstanding opportunity for practical training.

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Program Overview

Christian Studies Courses Only.

CHR107. Introduction to the Old Testament is an introduction to the literary content and historical setting of the Old Testament.
CHR109. Introduction to the New Testament is an introduction to the literary content and historical setting of the New Testament.
CHR305. Christian Worldview and Contemporary Application is the study of the teachings of Jesus and Christian worldview in comparison to its contemporary rivals; includes an emphasis on the ethical application of Christian beliefs. Pre-requisite: CHR 105 (or CHR 107 / CHR 109 ) and Junior status.
CHR312. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is a survey of reading biblical Hebrew; basic grammar and vocabulary are emphasized.

CHR322. Introduction to Biblical Greek is a study of basic Greek grammar and vocabulary in order to read simple narrative passages from the New Testament.

CHR205. Hermeneutics is An introduction to the process of interpreting scripture. Prerequisite: CHR107/109.
CHR240. Systematic Theology is an introductory survey of the principal topics in the field of Christian theology.
CHR335. History of Christianity is a survey of the history of the Christian church.
CHR195. Ministry Practicum is a brief introduction to the life and practice of ministry in the contemporary church and includes analysis of varying local churches.
CHR250. Introduction to Ministry is an introductory survey of the theology and practice of ministry in the local church.
CHR494. Ministry Internship allows students to apply classroom skills and insights in actual work environments under professional supervision. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Senior Standing in Christian Theology or Christian Ministry.
CHR353. Leadership in Ministry is a survey of principles and practices of leadership and management in the local church. Prerequisite: CHR250 or permission of instructor.
CHR365. Evangelism and Church Health is an introduction to the disciplines of evangelism and missions, including their biblical basis and theological foundations along with a study of strategies, methodologies, and trends in the 21st-century church.
CHR491. Senior Seminar is research, career preparation, senior project, and/or study abroad. Prerequisites: Senior Standing and at least 12 hours in 200+ level CHR courses, including CHR205.
Students are required to take Christian Ministry 300+ level courses. Students may also be able to talk Fast Track (500+ level) course to be articulated into the M.Div. Courses include but are not limited to the following:

CHR350. Christian Education and Ministry Management is a study of areas of Christian education in the context of church organizations and ministry management principles.

CHR353. Leadership in Ministry is a survey of principles and practices of leadership and management in the local church. Prerequisite: CHR250 or permission of instructor.

CHR360. Pastoral Ministry is an introduction to the theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral ministry, including: pastoral care, worship, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, and topics in local church ministry. Prerequisite: CHR250 or permission of instructor.

CHR362. Christian Preaching is a study of the preparation and delivery of effective biblical sermons.

CHR363. Pastoral Care and Counseling is an introduction to the biblical-theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral care and counseling in the local church.

CHR364. Worship is an introductory survey of the history, theology and practice of worship in the local church. Prerequisite: CHR250

CHR366. Missiology is a survey of missions and outreach with particular focus on Southern Baptist missions and emerging mission strategies in the 21st century. Prerequisite: CHR365 or permission of instructor.

CHR367. Ministry in the Contemporary Church is a study of practices and trends in ministry in contemporary churches, including use of technology, multi-site approaches, church planting strategies, and other topics. Students will be required to attend a major ministry conference as part of the course. Prerequisite: CHR250 or permission of instructor.

CHR369. Youth Ministry is a comprehensive study of the theology, theories, philosophies and practice of youth ministry in the local church. As part of this study, students will critique various philosophies of youth ministry and create a theology and philosophy of youth ministry of their own. Prerequisite: CHR 250.

CHR370. Youth Ministry Administration is a study of the various aspects of administering the work of the youth minister focusing on roles, relationships, resources and responsibilities, and practical application to the local church. Prerequisite: CHR369 or permission of instructor.

CHR372. Preaching Practicum provides students the opportunity to practice and further develop skills developed in CHR362, Christian Preaching. Students will sharpen their skills in effectively preparing and delivering sermons, discover insight on developing genre specific sermons, and learn to develop and implement a preaching plan. Prerequisite: CHR362 or permission of instructor.

CHR375. Church Planting serves as an introduction to the topic of Church Planting. Students will be provided a theological basis for church planting, analyze New Testament admonitions for church planters, and be introduced to the nature of church planting in the 21st century. Students will discover terms and concepts pertinent to church planting.

CHR380. Psychology of Religion examines empirical analysis of the effects of religion on the individual; topics include religious development; religious expression; religious conversation; religious attitudes and behaviors; and religion’s effects on mental health. Prerequisite: PSY101

CHR471. Topics and Issues in Youth Ministry is a study of the issues facing youth as well as the developmental nature of youth and the issues affecting them and their families, as well as an examination of the demands upon the schedule, priorities, family and other aspects of the youth minister’s life focusing on personal habits, family involvement, calling, career opportunities and continuing development. Prerequisite: CHR369 or permission of instructor.

CHR473. Special Topics in Preaching is a study of advanced topics in Christian preaching including hermeneutics, sermon forms, and delivery techniques. Prerequisite: CHR362.

Biblical Studies Electives focus on various components of the Biblical text. Students are required to take 300+ level electives. Students may also be able to talk Fast Track (500+ level) course to be articulated into the M.Div. Courses include but are not limited to the following:

CHR310. Hebrew Prophets is a study of prophecy in Israel and the prophetic literature of the Old Testament; emphasis on the historical setting of the prophets, the literary forms used in prophetic preaching, and the contemporary relevance of the prophetic message. Prerequisite: CHR107 and CHR205

CHR311. Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom Literature is a study of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Psalms, and Song of Solomon; explores wisdom thinking in Israel and the characteristics of Hebrew poetry. Prerequisite: CHR107 and CHR205.

CHR312. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew is a survey of reading biblical Hebrew; basic grammar and vocabulary are emphasized.

CHR313. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew Old Testament, emphasizing translation and exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR312

CHR314. Pentateuch is a study of the first five books of the Old Testament, including content, narratives, theological themes, and textual issues. Prerequisite: CHR107 and CHR205

CHR315. Historical Books is a study of the historical books of the Old Testament, including content, narratives, theological themes, and textual issues. Prerequisite: CHR107 and CHR205

CHR320. Jesus and the Gospels is a survey of the life and ministry of Jesus and an interpretation of His teachings. Prerequisite: CHR105 or CHR109 and CHR205

CHR321. Life and Letters of Paul is a survey of the life of Paul with special attention on an exposition of his letters. Prerequisite: CHR109 and CHR205

CHR322. Introduction to Biblical Greek is a study of basic Greek grammar and vocabulary in order to read simple narrative passages from the New Testament.

CHR323. Intermediate Biblical Greek is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament, including exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR322

CHR324. Acts and General Epistles is a study of the book of Acts and the General Epistles in the New Testament, including content, theological themes, and textual issues. Prerequisite: CHR109 and CHR205

CHR325. Pastoral Epistles and Revelation is a study of the Pastoral Epistles and the book of Revelation in the New Testament, including content, theological themes, and textual issues, with attention to the nature of apocalyptic literature in regard to Revelation. Prerequisite: CHR109 and CHR205

Theological Studies Electives focus on the nature of God and His teachings. Students are required to take 300+ level electivesStudents may also be able to talk Fast Track (500+ level) course to be articulated into the M.Div. Courses include but are not limited to the following:

CHR330. World Religions is a survey of major contemporary religious traditions with special attention to beliefs, practices, and historical background; includes manner in which each addresses common human questions. Prerequisite: CHR107/109.

CHR331. Christian Thought is a survey of the writings of prominent Christian thinkers addressing perennial human questions. Prerequisite: CHR240 or permission of instructor.

CHR332. Baptist History is a survey of the History of Baptists, with particular emphasis on the development of that tradition in America.

CHR336. The Age of Reformation is study of issues related to the birth and development of Protestant Christianity in sixteenth-century Europe. Prerequisites: Completion of 3 hours in history or permission of instructor. Same as HIS 336.

CHR339. Christian Philosophy is study of Christian approaches to epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophical theology. Prerequisites: CHR205 and CHR240.

CHR341.Christian Ethics is survey of Christian theological perspectives on such social issues as the use of violence, economic and political structures, human sexuality, ethnicity, the environment, technology, and the world of medicine. It is a companion course to CHR331. Prerequisite: CHR240 or permission of instructor.

CHR345. Philosophy of Religion is a study of the philosophical attempt to understand the nature of God and the significance of religion in the life of man.

CHR357. Christian Apologetics is study of the defense of Christianity with a view to application in contemporary ministry. Prerequisite: CHR250 or permission of instructor.

CHR409. Old Testament Topics is a study of specialized topic of Old Testament; includes individual research projects under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: CHR107 and CHR205.

CHR426. New Testament Topics is a study of specialized topic of New Testament research; includes individual research projects with faculty supervision. Prerequisite: CHR109 and CHR205. May be repeated once for credit.

CHR443. Topics in Christian Theology is an in-depth study of selected topics of theological significance. Prerequisite: CHR205 and CHR240.

CHR458. Topics in Apologetics is a study of advanced topics related to the thought and practice of Christian apologetics. Prerequisite: CHR 357.

Christian Studies Electives include any of the ministry, biblical studies, or theological studies 300+ level electives. Students may also be able to talk Fast Track (500+ level) course to be articulated into the M.Div.

For a complete list, check out the course catalog and click on the corresponding tab.

Free electives allow you to customize your degree to your interests. These electives are not limited to the College of Christian Studies. For more information about the variety of courses offered at Anderson University please visit the catalog page of AndersonUniversity.edu.

Christian Studies Concentrations

You can specialize your undergraduate degree through concentrations. These include Biblical Studies, Apologetics, Youth Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Missions, Preaching, and Women’s Ministry. Concentration credit hours replace some of your Christian Studies Elective credit hours.

CHR369. Youth Ministry is a comprehensive study of the theology, theories, philosophies and practice of youth ministry in the local church. As part of this study, students will critique various philosophies of youth ministry and create a theology and philosophy of youth ministry of their own. Prerequisite: CHR 250.

CHR370. Youth Ministry Administration is a study of the various aspects of administering the work of the youth minister focusing on roles, relationships, resources and responsibilities, and practical application to the local church. Prerequisite: CHR369 or permission of instructor.

CHR471. Topics and Issues in Youth Ministry is study of the issues facing youth as well as the developmental nature of youth and the issues affecting them and their families, as well as an examination of the demands upon the schedule, priorities, family and other aspects of the youth minister’s life focusing on personal habits, family involvement, calling, career opportunities and continuing development. Prerequisite: CHR 369 or permission of instructor.

CHR360. Pastoral Ministry is an introduction to the theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral ministry, including: pastoral care, worship, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, and topics in local church ministry. Prerequisite: CHR250 or permission of instructor.

CHR362. Christian Preaching is a study of the preparation and delivery of effective biblical sermons.

CHR363. Pastoral Care and Counseling is an introduction to the biblical-theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral care and counseling in the local church.

CHR339. Christian Philosophy is a study of Christian approaches to epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophical theology. Prerequisites: CHR 205, 240.

CHR357. Christian Apologetics is a study of the defense of Christianity with a view to application in contemporary ministry. Prerequisites: Chr. 205 and Chr. 240.

CHR458. Topics in Apologetics is a study of advanced topics related to the thought and practice of Christian apologetics. Prerequisite: CHR 357.

In addition to the Christian Studies Major Courses, in order to achieve the Biblical Studies concentration, you much also include the following courses into your elective courses.

CHR313. Intermediate Biblical Hebrew is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Hebrew Old Testament, emphasizing translation and exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR312

CHR329. Intermediate Biblical Greek is a study of the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament, including exegesis of the biblical text. Prerequisite: CHR322

Additionally, you will need to select two additional 400 level Biblical Studies Elective courses.

For a complete list, check out the course catalog and click on the Biblical Studies Elective tab.

CHR330. World Religions is survey of major contemporary religious traditions with special attention to beliefs, practices, and historical background; includes manner in which each addresses common human questions. Prerequisite: CHR107/109.

CHR366. Missiology is a survey of missions and outreach with particular focus on Southern Baptist missions and emerging mission strategies in the 21st century. Prerequisite: CHR365 or permission of instructor.

CHR375. Church Planting serves as an introduction to the topic of Church Planting. Students will be provided a theological basis for church planting, analyze New Testament admonitions for church planters, and be introduced to the nature of church planting in the 21st century. Students will discover terms and concepts pertinent to church planting.

CHR362. Christian Preaching is a study of the preparation and delivery of effective biblical sermons.

CHR372. Preaching Practicum will provide students the opportunity to practice and further develop skills developed in CHR362, Christian Preaching. Students will sharpen their skills in effectively preparing and delivering sermons, discover insight on developing genre specific sermons, and learn to develop and implement a preaching plan. Prerequisite: CHR362 or permission of instructor.

CHR473. Special Topics in Preaching is a study of advanced topics in Christian preaching including hermeneutics, sermon forms, and delivery techniques. Prerequisite: CHR362.

Biblical and Theological Foundations for Women’s Ministry is an intensive analysis of biblical and theological issues relating to women and their role in and relationship to the local church.

Women’s Ministry Administration is a study of the various aspects of administering the work of a women’s ministry within a local church or parachurch organization, focusing on roles, relationships, resources and responsibilities, and practical application to the local church and mission setting.

CHR346. Women’s Ministry in the Church/Community is a study of the theories, philosophies, and practice of women’s ministry in the local church and other ministry settings. Prerequisite: CHR 250.


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