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BA Degree – Major in Christian Women's Studies

The major in the Bachelor of Arts degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To engage learners in an interdisciplinary study of women’s issues from a biblical and theological perspective; to explore the literary, historical, political, and social contexts in which Christian women have ministered; and to create new ways of viewing, examining, and understanding the world in which learners live and work.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will identify and apply the skills associated with the study of women’s issues as they relate to the practice of Christian women’s ministries in the church and para-church organizations.
  2. Learners will define and examine their personal views and understanding of the role of women in ministry, from both a historical and contemporary viewpoint.
  3. Learners will acquire the practical leadership, teaching, management, and language skills required for positions of women’s ministry within a church or parachurch setting.
  4. Learners will analyze the role of women in the church from a historical, political, and social perspective.
  5. Learners will describe the various roles Christian women have had in the development of contemporary evangelical church culture.
  6. Learners will design and evaluate ministry models for use in the local church or parachurch organizations.

Major Core Studies – 30 Credits

Major Core Studies form 30 credits of the 120 credits minimum for the BA degree. Major Core Studies are from Women's Studies, Christian Education, Conflict Management, General Education, and Pastoral Ministry subject areas.

  • WS 300 Introduction to Christian Women’s Studies
  • WS 303 Women and the Church
  • WS 304 Christian Women and Leadership
  • WS 313 Women’s Ministry in the Local Church (Prerequisite: WS 300)
  • WS 341 Fundamentals of Spiritual Formation for Women
  • WS 425 Women in Scripture and Church History
  • CE 388 Strategies for Effective Teaching
  • CM 326 Fundamentals of Managing Conflict
  • GE 237 Public Speech in Ministry
  • PM 459 Fundamentals of Personal Evangelism

Program Structure – 120 Credits Minimum

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