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Christian Ministries Majot at Southwest Baptist University

Degree Requirements

Related Majors

Questions? Contact

Bing Boyd Bayer, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Theology, and Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
(417) 328-1765

Visit the Department of Theology website for more information.

Add a deeper understanding of theology and ministry to your academic plan.

The SBU Advantage

  • Courses in Greek and Hebrew lay the essential linguistic foundations for those who teach and proclaim the Bible as well as teach the language skills necessary to a liberal arts program.
  • All professors hold doctorates and represent a wide range of educational backgrounds including Baylor Graduate School, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary and others.
  • Our Biblical Studies professors are published authors and have completed additional study at institutions such as Oxford, Notre Dame and Hebrew Union.


Are you planning to major in something else but want to have a foundation of theology and ministry knowledge? The Christian Studies major is a secondary major that can be added to any academic plan, other than another Redford College of Theology and Ministry major. This is great for students considering bi-vocational ministry, going on to seminary or who are just interested in expanding their understanding of the Bible and the Christian intellectual tradition.

Course Information

The Christian Studies major is designed to give students majoring in another field within the university, but outside of the Redford College of Theology and Ministry, a broad overview of the various disciplines within theological and ministry studies. A student may not major in Christian Studies as a standalone major or as a second major along with another major within the Redford College. The intention is to prepare students for either ministry in the local church or community or for the pursuit of graduate studies in either theology or ministry after graduation. It is ideal for students who wish to prepare for bi-vocational ministry.


Students preparing for a church-related vocation, including Intercultural Studies majors, can apply for the Church-Related Vocation Scholarship. Students must submit applications by March 1 and other required supporting documentation by June 1. Recipients are expected to participate in SBU’s In-Service Training Program and must complete The Baptist Denomination (THE 3023) class.
More information is available on the Financial Aid page.

Career Opportunities

The coursework is excellent preparation for missions, church service, and seminary or graduate school. About half of our theology graduates go on to seminary or graduate school and half begin work in churches upon graduation.

Degree Requirements

Christian Studies Core

At least one course from each of the following four areas for a total of 12 credit hours:
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Christian Ministry and Christian Education
  • Intercultural Studies
Electives from Theology and Christian Ministry
  • 3 courses from the Department of Theology (9 hours)
  • 3 courses from the Department of Christian Ministry (9 hours)