Christian Studies Major Overview

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The Christian Studies Major prepares students for both academic study and practical ministry.

Students will develop knowledge of the biblical story as well as the skills needed to interpret the Bible. In order to understand our own time and place we need to also know the theology and history of the Christian tradition which has sought to live out the biblical text. All students complete a core of courses in biblical studies, theology, church history, and ministry preparation. They then pursue further study in two areas of personal interest.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view course descriptions for the Christian Studies major.

Internships

Students can do internships with church youth ministry programs and other ministry organizations. Ministry internships are designed by the student and their local mentor around the student’s interest and calling. Many students do an internship during the summer so they can be immersed in the practical workings of ministry.

Our students do internships in churches around the state. The Youth Ministry internships are popular, and we also have a general Ministry Internship for those called to other forms of ministry such as pastoral ministry, music ministry, or parachurch organizations.

Common Sites for Internships

  • Bonsack Baptist Church, Roanoke
  • First Baptist Church, Princeton
  • Edgemont Baptist Church, Bluefield
  • Journey Church, Roanoke
  • Morgantown First Church of the Nazarene
  • Bluefield Community Church
  • Wytheville Baptist Church

Major Outcomes

Christian Studies majors are given the skills and knowledge to work in churches or related ministry situations. The skills they acquire can be applied in a lifetime of ministry. Students are given the foundations for a lifelong commitment to personal spiritual growth as well as equipping others in ministry.

Career Opportunities

  • Children's Ministries Director
  • Christian Education Minister
  • Women's Ministry Director
  • Associate Pastor
  • Youth Ministry Director, Youth Pastor
  • Missionary

Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Gardner Webb University Divinity School - Master of Divinity
  • Liberty University – Master of Divinity and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Southeastern Baptist Seminary – Master of Divinity
  • Mary Baldwin – Masters in Teaching
  • Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond – Master of Divinity
  • Leadership Lincoln University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary - Master of Divinity
  • Wake Forest Divinity School - Master of Divinity

Positions Held by Alumni

  • First Baptist Church Bluefield, WV – Youth Minister
  • Brushfork First Church of God – Youth Pastor
  • Buchanan Baptist Church – Students Minister
  • Geneva Presbyterian Church - Pastor
  • First Baptist Church, Gaithersburg, MD – Youth and Children’s Director
  • Rainbow Acres – Caregiver

Clubs and Organizations

Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is the religious studies honor society. Qualified students can become members. We have a meeting or get-together each semester with some academic or ministry-related presentation.


I was initially drawn to Bluefield College because of its small community feel, Christian mission, and beautiful scenery. The small class sizes allowed for in-depth discussion and one-on-one opportunities with the professors. I find myself applying the skills and understanding I acquired at BC daily in my ministry.

Natasha Wood, Wytheville, VA, Class of 2012