Christian Studies Degrees
Discover your calling through faith & theology
Whether you are currently employed in a faith-based career and want to further your education and understanding, or you are just beginning on a path to a future ministry career, the AOE Christian Studies program will give you the foundational tools and knowledge you need. The programs focus on developing a core understanding of biblical studies, church history, basic beliefs of Christian faith, ethics, and theology.
Many of our AOE students come to our programs because they have a ministry calling and afterward, continue their education in divinity school. Others come to develop a deeper understanding of faith and Christian beliefs and the role they play in every aspect of life. Whichever program option you choose, you will find new ways to explore your faith, discern your calling to a faith-based career, and come to a stronger and richer understanding of your beliefs.
Additional learning outcomes:
- Conducting research, reading, and analyzing primary sources specific to the field of Christian studies
- Improving reading comprehension, critical thinking and communication, and oral presentation skills
- Writing an exegesis paper on a biblical text, involving field-specific research
- Gaining familiarity with the library resources available for doing research relevant to the disciplines of Christian studies
The AOE Christian Studies program provides you with a broad knowledge base in foundational subjects relevant to faith, theology, and research. In addition to the comprehensive curriculum, in the online and adult education program, you will:
- Customize your Christian studies education with options that enable you to choose the degree or certificate that best meets your personal and career goals.
- Benefit from maximum flexibility of an online Christian studies degree and an asynchronous format that allows you to take your classes when and where it is convenient.
- Leverage a program that allows you to incorporate Christian studies while taking courses in other majors or degree programs.
- Learn from courses taught by our main campus faculty, allowing you to benefit at AOE from the same high-quality Campbell Christian Studies campus experience.
- Study with faculty who combine active ministry work and pastoral experience with expertise in both classroom and online instruction.
- Access a vast network of churches looking for help and pastoral mentors through our partnership with the Campbell Divinity School. Students looking to serve will find opportunities and a practicum is recommended, though not required.
- Benefit from accelerated 8-week terms that allow you to complete your degree sooner and put your new skills to work faster.
- Get a more personal experience with smaller class sizes, allowing greater connection/interaction with your instructors.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Christian Studies provides a solid foundation in the Hebrew and Greek scriptures, church history, theology, and ethics. In addition, we introduce our students to the disciplines of world religions and philosophy.
Credit Hours: 124
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Christian Studies with a Ministry concentration provides a solid foundation in Biblical interpretation, ministry studies, theology, ethics, and church history. In addition, we introduce our students to the discipline of world religions.
Credit Hours: 124
The Associate in Arts (AA) in Christian Studies introduces students to a broad range of subjects including: New and Old Testament, Christian ethics, world religions, Christian beliefs, and church history.
Online | Camp Lejeune
Credit Hours: 62
Offered in partnership with the Campbell University Divinity School, AOE undergraduates can apply for early admissions to Campbell Divinity School and complete requirements for both a BA in Christian Studies and a Master of Divinity in as little as six years. The undergraduate component focuses on developing the skills you need for a ministry career while the master’s program focuses on the practical application of those skills.
Credit Hours: 124
Courses You Will Take
Some examples of courses that may be offered include:
A study of the call to ministry work and expectations and skills related to the vocational aspects of ministry.
A study of the message of Jesus in the first three Gospels with a special focus on the Sermon on the Mount and the parables.
A review of the current state of theology and examination of a broad range of movements, issues, and global perspectives.
Black Church Studies focuses on the historical development, distinctive characteristics, and theological contributions of the Black church and African-American forms of Christianity.
Skills You Will Learn
- Foundation in biblical studies
- Church history
- Basic beliefs of Christian faith
- Critical thinking
- Reading, writing, and communication skills
The AOE Christian Studies program provides foundational knowledge and skills transferable to many careers in ministry and other fields including:
- Education and teaching
- Pastoral careers
- Missionary work
- Church staffing jobs
- Youth ministry jobs
- Worship leader jobs
- Social Work