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CSU opens new School of Christian Studies

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Jake KingBeginning June 1, Charleston Southern University's Department of Religion transitioned to the  School of Christian Studies.

“The transition to a School of Christian Studies is rooted in our desire to reflect more accurately not only what we teach but also why we teach,” explained Dr. Michael L. Bryant, dean of the new school. “We will seek to interact in meaningful ways with non-Christian thought through critical instruction and field trips. Nevertheless, the content of our classes will focus more specifically on the Christian faith. As to why we teach--we will teach with the aim of preparing students to serve Christ in their unique vocation and to evaluate their surroundings from a Christian worldview.”

The new School of Christian Studies will offer a BA in Christian Studies and a BA in Student Ministry (formerly Youth Ministry). Also, to encourage the study of Hebrew and Greek, the School will offer a BA in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Biblical Languages. Students will also have the opportunity to choose between several new minors, a minor in Christian Worldview and Apologetics and a minor in Missions and Church Planting. The minor in Christian Worldview and Apologetics will train students to defend the Christian worldview more effectively. The minor in Missions and Church Planting will prepare students academically and practically to advance the gospel throughout the world. Here is a snapshot of all degrees offered:

Majors

  • BA in Christian Studies
  • BA in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Biblical Languages
  • BA in Student Ministry

Minors

  • Minor in Christian Leadership

Minor in Christian Studies

  • Minor in Christian Missions and Church Planting
  • Minor in Christian Worldview and Apologetics

“I am excited about the new School of Christian Studies. Students will find excellent preparation at CSU not only because of the quality faculty, but also because of the diverse learning opportunities available in the Charleston area,” said CSU trustee Dr. Sonny Holmes. “Charleston provides an ideal environment for gaining real-world experience about ministry and missions. It contains two Moslem mosques and three Jewish synagogues, among other non-Christian religious sites.”

All faculty members in the School of Christian Studies will teach in the Baptist tradition and affirm important expressions of belief such as the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy. “Along with a firm commitment to important affirmations of faith, we will seek to be intentional in discipling our students that they may in turn disciple others,” remarks Bryant.

For more information about CSU’s School of Christian Studies, contact Mrs. Tina Hartley at chartley@csuniv.edu.

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