Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies receive a broad liberal arts education, as well as the ability to select from a wide variety of courses that reflect their interests including specializations in biblical studies, biblical languages, philosophy, theology, and intercultural studies. Wherever your career takes you, a degree in Christian Studies will empower you to become a lifelong learner and an effective minister and servant of God.
In a word, the College of Christian Studies is Genuine. Genuine people who genuinely care for their students and genuinely love Jesus. My time in the department as a Christian Studies major has taught me how to love scripture and see the beauty of the Gospel in a more complete sense. I can confidently say that my Faith and Ministry has been made more genuine through the love and care of the professors and the program.
Why should I choose Christian Studies?
The B.A. in Christian Studies allows for flexibility in course selections and contains many different areas of study. If you are interested in church history, theology, philosophy, biblical studies, or Christian ministry, our Christian Studies program is the right fit for you!
What are some courses I will take?
- Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
- Congregational Leadership
- Intercultural Perspectives
Walking the Walk
Austin Fischer is a 2012 graduate of the Christian Studies program. After graduating from UMHB, Austin attended Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor. There, he received the Student Preacher of the Year Award twice. Austin is now the co-pastor of Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas. He has also written two books: Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism and Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt. Austin says, "As someone who currently ministers to people from all walks of life, I feel humbled yet deeply confident because of the training I received at UMHB."
What are some career options?
With a degree in Christian Studies, your future is open to many ministry opportunities:
- Teaching Pastor
- Cross-Cultural Missionary
- Bible Professor
- Worship Leader
- Church Historian
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Christian Studies students have found success in many different areas:
- Local churches
- Non-profit organizations
- University Spiritual Life directors
- Baptist General Convention of Texas
- Go Now Missions
- International missions organizations
Where can I go to grad school?
Many Christian Studies students have continued their education at these schools:
- George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor
- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Harvard University
- University of Edinburgh
- Fuller Theological Seminary
- Northern Seminary
What is special about Christian Studies at UMHB?
The Christian Studies program offers unique opportunities to obtain practical skills in both ministry and academic settings. Internships and practicum hours give students hands-on experience in whatever field of ministry to which they feel called.
Students have the opportunity to go on many exciting study abroad trips, including trips to Israel that include excavation opportunities. The College of Christian Studies has taken students to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Rome, and Greece, and each trip allows students to earn college credit. Financial assistance is available for all UMHB students.