Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Humanities
Four-Year Program (120 Credits)
This program offers students a broad foundation of biblical and liberal arts studies including intercultural studies, history, language and philosophy.
Courses revolve around:
- Acquiring understanding in History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences
- Studying theology from a historical perspective and in varied cultural contexts
- Practicing faithful Christian witness in Post-Christian times
The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry – Humanities offers students a broad foundation of biblical and liberal arts studies including intercultural studies, history, language and philosophy.
In offering a broader range of study, this program intentionally makes interdisciplinary connections between biblical studies and the humanities. An emphasis on cultural formation encourages students to contextualize their own culture in face of increasing globalization and intercultural dialogue. Students will also benefit from developing valued research, critical analytical and effective communication skills, preparing them for advanced university, seminary and graduate level education.
Although the program can be completed through Prairie’s on campus and/or distance education offerings, students are strongly encouraged to take a full semester of the program abroad by applying to one of the Best Semester programs offered through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Visit www.bestsemester.com for the range of opportunities available to third and fourth year students.
- Demonstrate a grasp of the foundational concepts in History, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology
- Analyze primary texts in History and Philosophy in their historical-cultural contexts.
- Practice the academic skills of library research in finding primary and secondary source documents.
- Show competence in identifying and summarizing scholarly arguments, and identifying presuppositional commitments in scholarly works.
- Develop written and oral communication skills in presenting their own scholarly research.
- Cultivate a theological understanding of the subject disciplines in the Humanities core.
All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.
Bible & Theology (45 credits)
BT 409 Word and World
NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
NT 221 Reading Paul’s Letters
NT 351 Reading Hebrews to Revelation
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
OT 343 Reading the Psalms and Wisdom Literature
OT 453 Reading the Prophets
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH 210 The God of the Gospel
TH 313 Creation to New Creation
Bible and Theology electives 200 level or above (9 credits)
Arts & Sciences (39 credits)
AS 400 Integrative Seminar
HF 111 Thinking and Writing
HF 231 History of Western Civilization I
HF 232 History of Western Civilization II
SC 230 History and Philosophy of Science
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
SS 210 Introduction to Psychology
SS 261 Leadership Foundations
Arts and Sciences elective (12 credits)
Arts and Sciences elective 300 level
Humanities Major (21 credits)
HF 403 Humanities Directed Study
HF 406 Humanities Research Paper
Five courses from this list: (15 credits)
HF 242 Survey of Western Philosophy
HF 334 Christianity in the Ancient and Medieval World
HF 335 Christianity in the Modern World
HF 336 Experiencing History and Cultivating Historical Consciousness
HF 430 Topics in History
TH 343 History of Christian Thought I
TH 344 History of Christian Thought II
Electives (15 credits)
For course descriptions, see our catalogue here.
The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry is a 4-year degree program for students planning to advance to ministry, theology or interdisciplinary studies at the seminary or graduate school level. It is also for pre-professionals pursuing studies in law, education, journalism or service opportunities with NGO’s and/or mission organizations.
- Graduate and seminary level studies in ministry, theology or interdisciplinary
- It is also for pre-professionals pursuing studies in law, education or journalism
- Service opportunities with NGO’s and/or mission organizations.
- Church and Parachurch service
Thankfully God brought counselors into my life who perceptively pointed out that God had given me those desires and academic gifts for a purpose. He would open up a career or ministry pathway; in the mean time I needed to be faithful in cultivating the knowledge, skills and creativity which the Humanities offer. Studying the Humanities proved a tremendously rich and rewarding adventure, and has opened doors for me to a variety of vocations, including teaching and pastoral work, as well as graduate studies. I trust that the Humanities program at Prairie will do the same for students who sense that same calling."