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Bachelor of Arts Christianity and Culture

The BA Christianity and Culture is for students who want to understand the profound ways that Christianity has shaped and been shaped by culture throughout its history. A deep awareness of this relationship is vital for understanding contemporary, multicultural societies like Canada. In order to prepare students to engage in current society and culture wisely, this degree draws students into a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Students will examine the relationship between Christianity and culture from multiple vantage points—history, philosophy, the social sciences, religious studies and cultural theory. As well, students will receive a thorough education in advanced biblical and theological studies so that they know the depth of the Christian tradition. This sort of preparation provides a unique foundation from which they might go on into careers within the Church, the marketplace, or the not-for-profit sector in various capacities. The BA Christianity and Culture also serves as excellent preparation for graduate school in fields such as religious studies or as a foundation for seminary education.

Credit Hours: 120
Coordinator: Grant Poettcker

Faculty
Joy Demoskoff, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Joel From, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
Ken Guenter, MA
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History
Alan Guenther, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
David Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
Grant Poettcker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
    Learning Outcomes  Requirements  Program Sheet

Program Overview

The BA Christianity and Culture requires 57 credit hours of major requirements with a minimum of 30 hours at the 300+ level. For students considering further study, we strongly recommend that they study a second language, either biblical or modern.



Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Christianity and Culture will be able to:

  • Work across academic disciplines in articulating the diverse roles that religion in general and Christianity in particular have played in both historical and contemporary contexts.
  • Demonstrate a mature and nuanced understanding of the historical and theological developments of the Christian church from the New Testament to the Modern era.
  • Discuss various definitions of “culture” and their relevance for understanding the world.

Requirements

I. Christianity and Culture Requirements (18 credit hours)
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views
RLST 311 World Religions

II. Religion and the Social Sciences (9 credit hours):

A. Required Course (3 credit hours):
RLST 410 Methods in the Study of Religion

B. Two of the following (6 credit hours):
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
GLST 301 Globalization
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion
SOC 260 Contemporary Religious Movements
SOC 317 Sociology of the Family
SOC 392 Sociology of Youth
SOC 396 Urban Sociology

III. Religion and Culture (12 credit hours)

A. Required Courses (6 credit hours):
ENG 389 Critical Theory
THEO 272 Christian Faith and Contemporary Culture

B. Two of the following (6 credit hours):
BLST/WMST 378 Women and Vocation
ENG 409 Studies in Religion and Literature
HIS 340 Gender, Sex and Sexuality in Global History
PHI 310 Early Medieval Philosophy
PHI 380 War, Peace and Society
PHI/RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion
THEO 276 Theological Ethics
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian
THEO 371 Theology in the Majority World
THEO 491 Theology and Political Engagement

IV. Religion and History (12 credit hours)

Choose four of the following (12 credit hours):
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era
HIS 352 Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras
HIS 371 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
HIS 432 History of Christianity in the USA
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations

V. Cognate Requirements (6 credit hours)

PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.


The most satisfying thing about Briercrest is that I can study in an environment that encourages me in a healthy relationship with God and others. It gives me a chance to make friendships and relationships with those who have the same values as me.
From the National Survey of Student Engagement 2015