Christian Studies Major Overview
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.
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.
Common Sites for Internships
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.
- 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
Christian Studies 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.
- Children's Ministries Director
- Christian Education Minister
- Women's Ministry Director
- Associate Pastor
- Youth Ministry Director, Youth Pastor
- Christian Education Director
- Children's Minister
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
Graduate Schools Attended
- 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
Clubs and Organizations
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.
Associate Professor of Christian Studies; Chair, Department of Christian Studies
Class of 2012
"I was initially drawn to Bluefield College because of the small community feel, the beautiful scenery, and its Christian mission. With a passion for youth ministry and missions, I chose to pursue a degree in Christian Studies. Directly after graduation, I was offered a position as Youth and Children's Director with a new and growing ministry.
I find myself applying the skills and understanding I acquired during my time at Bluefield College daily in this ministry. Not only did my experience at the college prepare me for teaching and ministering to the community, but I also came away with a drive to continuously challenge myself and develop new skills in my ministry." Read more...
Class of 2011
"My time at Bluefield College laid the foundation for my present endeavors in ministry. I was initially drawn to Bluefield College after attending an open house and talking to the Christian Studies professors. The newly offered Youth Ministry track, as well as the minor in Biblical Languages were deciding factors for me.
Two areas of my Bluefield College experience stick out in my mind. First, the Christian Studies professors are extremely helpful in regards to their in-class presentation, as well as providing opportunities for one-on-one interaction and advising. Taking the course in World Religions has helped me better communicate about other religions to students and adults in a church setting. While I have benefited from each Christian Studies class that I took, the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, as well as New Testament studies, have been most beneficial in my day-to-day work in the ministry." Read more...