Christian Studies (BA) Program Overview

Follow your calling to become a compassionate leader in a church or Christian organization by earning a B.S. in Christian Studies with a concentration in Ministry Leadership from Bluefield College. As a leader, you will learn practical skills in how to serve members of your church community or serve on the mission field. Perhaps, you want to create your own path ministering to the rural poor or populations who need spiritual leadership. The B.S. in Christian Studies degree prepares you to reach your potential as a Christian leader.

In the B.S. in Christian Ministry courses, you engage in an in-depth study of the Bible while learning practical skills in ministering to others. Through courses like introduction to the ministry, introduction to preaching, and introduction to missions, you will learn the fundamentals of how to lead congregations and groups. The program includes opportunities for you to practice your skills through internships and local and international mission opportunities.

With your degree, you will be able to work in a variety of positions within religious and nonprofit organizations. Your dream may be to serve on the mission field, serve as a youth minister, or work with people facing traumatic life events. You may already be serving a congregation as a pastor and need formal training in Christian leadership. Achieve your dream as a Christian leader with a B.S. in Christian Studies degree.

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On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021
Online: January 2021

On-Campus Tuition & Fees
Online Per Credit: $365

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BA)
General Education (52 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors. Students seeking a BA degree must complete 6 credit hours of intermediate language studies.


  • Bluefield Core (9* Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)

* On-Campus   ** Online

Major Requirements (27 Credits)

  • Advanced Bible
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Engaging the Bible
  • Introduction to Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • World Religions
  • Church History
  • Senior Seminar
Concentration (21 Credits)

Choose your Concentration (2 Available)


  • Concentration – Biblical & Theological Studies (15 Credits)
    • (Choose 5 Courses)
      • Studies in the Prophets
      • Studies in the Psalms & Wisdom Literature
      • Formation & History of the Hebrew Kingdom
      • Johannine Literature
      • Exilic & Post-Exilic History of Jews
      • The Synoptic Gospels & Acts
      • Pauline Literature
      • History of the Christian Church I OR History of the Christian Church II
      • Philosophy of Religion
      • Anti-Semitism, Christianity, & the Holocaust
      • Christian Ethics
      • Medieval History
      • The Renaissance & Reformation
  • Concentration – Ministry Leadership (15 Credits)
    • (Choose 5 Courses)
      • Introduction to Preaching
      • Introduction to Missions
      • Ministry Leadership
      • Philosophy of Youth Ministry
      • Youth Ministry Internship
      • Johannine Literature
      • Worship Forms & Practices
      • Congregational Christian Song
      • Introduction to Church Music Administration
      • Internship in Church Music Administration
      • Drama in Ministry
  • Concentration Electives (6 Credits)
Electives (20 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

Youth Minister
Faith Leader
Ministry Director
Missionary
Church Administrator
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