Encounter: Certificate in Bible
One-Year Program (30 Credits)
Courses revolve around:
The Encounter program also provides an excellent on-ramp to other programs at Prairie College. Students who want to complete their study of the entire Bible can stay a second year and earn a Diploma in Bible or transfer to most of our 4-year degrees.
Encounter: In Depth
Through classes, campus experiences and Impact Groups, (small communities of discipleship) your faith will be strengthened for whatever is next. The Encounter program also provides an excellent launching pad to other programs at Prairie College or other universities. Students who want to complete their study of the entire Bible can stay a second year to earn a Diploma in Bible or transfer to most of our two- and four-year degrees. If you decide to study elsewhere or enter the workforce, you will be able to do so with a strong biblical foundation.
Encounter students are eligible to join our Bible faculty on a 2-week study tour of Israel (planned every 2 years).
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Bible & Theology (18 credits)
Arts & Sciences (6 credits)
General Electives (6 credits)
Note: Students considering transferring into a bachelor's degree program should choose courses required for that program.
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
Carmen Imes Program Coordinator
For nearly 100 years, Prairie has been known for its focus on the Bible. Today Prairie offers more Bible courses in its core than almost any other college. Students have the opportunity for rigorous engagement with the entire Bible, paired with electives on a variety of related subjects.
If you are unsure about where God is calling you to invest your life, the Encounter program is a wonderful place to start. In just a year's time you'll encounter God through the Scriptures and gain a better sense for where you belong in his kingdom. If you sense a calling to academic ministry, Bible translation, or Bible teaching in the church, you may stick around for the 4-year degree. If not, you can jump into any of our other programs after your Encounter year. At Prairie we prepare you for a lifetime of study and a lifetime of service. We're eager to encounter the God of the Scriptures with you. Come join us!
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