Core Curriculum

The Christian liberal arts tradition has a long and important history of emphasizing the inter-connected nature of knowledge. The Briercrest College and Seminary core curriculum reflects this legacy and provides the student with essential knowledge upon which further disciplinary study will be based.

While the core curriculum begins with a thorough examination of the Christian Scriptures and theology, it also requires sustained exploration of the theological and historical nature of the Christian faith, both in its western and majority world contexts.

The emphasis upon the Christian Scriptures and faith is complemented by required study in English Literature and Composition, Philosophy, the Social Sciences, the Global Community, Fine Arts, Human Movement and Communication, and Scientific and Numerical Literacy, all taught within an environment that takes the intersection between faith and academic discipline seriously. 

Students are also asked to take an interdisciplinary course in world view formation where perspectives from several disciplines examine the nature of what makes up a Christian world view.  The core curriculum is required of all baccalaureate students, and because its requirements range from introductory to advanced classes, it is typically taken over the entire four years of a student's studies.

The College Core Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Category Credit Hours Comments
Biblical Studies 15 BLST 103 Gospels
BLST 111 Old Testament Literature
9 credit hours of Biblical Studies electives (minimum of 3 credit hours at the 300+ level) including:
3 credit hours in Old Testament studies
3 credit hours New Testament studies
Theology

 

9 THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology
6 credit hours of Theology electives (minimum of 3 credit hours at the 300+ level)
Spiritual Formation 3 THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
Christianity and the Church 12 One course from each section:
Section A: The Church in Theological Perspective
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
THEO 337 Comparative Studies on the Church
THEO 370 Theology of Mission
Section B: The Ancient and Medieval Church
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
Section C: The Western Church
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA
Section D: The Global Church
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
THEO 370 Theology of Mission
English Literature 6 ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II
Philosophy 3 One course from:
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II
Social Sciences 6 Two courses from the following disciplines:
Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Psychology, Sociology
The Global Community 3 One course from:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
COMM/GLST 200 Intercultural Communication
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
GLST 301 Globalization
HIS 100 Issues in World History I
HIS 101 Issues in World History II
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era
HIS 352  Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras
HIS 361 History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 362 History of Modern South Asia
HIS 420 Empire and Imperialism in World History
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
Modern Language Elective
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
RLST 311 World Religions
SOC 396 Urban Sociology
Interdisciplinary Studies 3 One course from:
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences

IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views
Fine Arts, Human Movement, and Communication 3 One course from:
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
KIN 262 Physical Activities and Wellness
MUS 130 Basic Voice (2) + Applied Music (1)
MUS 140 Basic Piano (2) + Applied Music (1)
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS/THEA 365 Musical Theatre Production and Performance I 

THEA 221 Acting I
YM 355 Teaching and Preaching to Youth
Ensembles (2) + Applied Music (1)
Any three of: DAN 100, 101, 105, 106, 107, Private Lessons - Dance
Scientific and Numerical Literacy 3 One course from:
BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function
BU 211 Financial Accounting
CMP 127 Introduction to Computers
CMP 315 Management Information Systems
ECON 100 Microeconomics
ECON 101 Macroeconomics
EVSC 210 Environmental Physics
GEOG 100 Physical Geography of Canada I: Earth Science
GEOG 101  Physical Geography of Canada II: Weather, Climate, Ecosystems
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
KIN 234 Nutrition

MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics
MATH 110 Financial Mathematics
MATH 292 Quantitative Methods
PSY 302 Statistics for the Social Sciences 
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods
Portfolio Pass/Fail PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
Service and Experiential Learning Pass/Fail Service Learning 1-6 (non-credit)
Total Core 66  
Degree Requirements 126  

The College Core Curriculum for Associate of Arts Degrees

The core requirements for the Associate of Arts degree follow the same principles and pattern as that of the baccalaureate degree, although in modified form. Students who take an Associate of Arts degree at Briercrest will be able to seamlessly continue their studies toward a BA degree.  

Category Credit Hours Comments
Biblical Studies BLST 103 Gospels
BLST 111 Old Testament Literature
3 credit hours of Biblical Studies elective
Theology 3 THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology
Spiritual Formation 3 THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
Christianity and the Church 6 One course from any  two of the following sections:
Section A: The Church in Theological Perspective
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry
THEO 337 Comparative Studies on the Church
THEO 370 Theology of Mission
Section B: The Ancient and Medieval Church
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
Section C: The Western Church
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA
Section D: The Global Church
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
THEO 370 Theology of Mission 
English Literature 6 ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II
  3 One course from:
Philosophy 0-3 PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II
Social Sciences 0-3 Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Psychology, Sociology
The Global Community 0-3 ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
GLST 301 Globalization
HIS 100 Issues in World History I
HIS 101 Issues in World History II
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era
HIS 352    Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras
HIS 361 History of the Modern Middle East
HIS 362 History of Modern South Asia
HIS 420 Empire and Imperialism in World History
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
Modern Language Elective
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
RLST 311 World Religions
SOC 396 Urban Sociology
Interdisciplinary Studies 0-3 IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views
Fine Arts, Human Movement, and Communication 0-3 COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
KIN 262 Physical Activities and Wellness
MUS 130 Basic Voice (2) + Applied Music (1)
MUS 140 Basic Piano (2) + Applied Music (1)
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
THEA 221 Acting I
YM 355 Teaching and Preaching to Youth

Ensembles (2) + Applied Music (1)
Any three of: DAN 100, 101, 105, 106, 107, Private Lessons - Dance
Scientific and Numerical Literacy 0-3 BIOL 115 Human Structure and Function
BU 211 Financial Accounting
CMP 127 Introduction to Computers
CMP 315 Management Information Systems
ECON 100 Microeconomics
ECON 101 Macroeconomics
EVSC 210 Environmental Physics
GEOG 100 Physical Geography of Canada I: Earth Science
GEOG 101 Physical Geography of Canada II: Weather, Climate, Ecosystems
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
KIN 234 Nutrition

MATH 101 Introduction to Finite Mathematics
MATH 110 Financial Mathematics
MATH 292 Quantitative Methods
STAT 200 Introduction to Statistical Methods
Service Learning Pass/Fail Service Learning 1-2 (non-credit)
Total Core 30  
Degree Requirements 63