Christian Studies Program

Major & Minor

The interdisciplinary Christian Studies program at Hillsdale College strives to integrate the College’s strong liberal arts curriculum from the perspective of a Christian understanding of God, man, society and the world. Building upon a core of courses in Bible and theology, students take a variety of electives in English literature, history, political science, psychology, sociology and philosophy. As in all liberal arts majors, the Christian Studies major aims at developing students’ potential for rigorous and intense analysis, rational and cogent argumentation, lucid and graceful expression, coherent and compelling communication, broad and integrative synthesis, and refined and intelligent aesthetic sensibilities. Its uniqueness lies in its stress on a thorough and appreciative knowledge of the biblical and theological elements woven into the culture and imagination of Western civilization and in its attempt to interpret man and society from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Christian Studies Major & Minor

Required courses include:

  • Religion 211: Old Testament History & Literature
  • Religion 212: New Testament History & Literature
  • Religion 213: History of Christian Thought I or Religion 214: History of Christian Thought II

Student must also take 24 credit-hours of electives. Christian Studies electives for a major include courses chosen from at least three departments other than religion. A maximum of 18 hours (including core courses) may be taken in religion. At least one seminar in which the student writes a research paper comparable to the senior thesis requirement in English, history and other areas must be taken in the senior year.

Minor

Required courses include:

  • Religion 211: Old Testament History & Literature or Religion 212: New Testament History & Literature
  • Religion 213: History of Christian Thought or Religion 214: History of Christian Thought II

Students must also take 15 hours of electives. Christian Studies electives for a minor includes courses chosen from at least two departments other than religion. A maximum of 12 hours may be taken in religion and may be applied to the minor.