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.

Core Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Christian Studies (30 credit hours)

BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament
6 credit hours of BLST electives (minimum of 3 credit hours at the 300+ level)
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry OR 3 credit hours of Theology 200+ level
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
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

English (6 credit hours)

ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

One course from:
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II

Social Sciences (6 credit hours)

Two courses from the following disciplines:
Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Psychology, Sociology

The Global Community (3 credit hours)

One course from:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
COMM 200/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 351Islamic 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

Fine Arts, Human Movement, and Communication (3 credit hours)

3 credit hours from:
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness
MUS 130 Basic Voice (2) + Private Lessons (1)
MUS 140 Basic Piano (2) + Private Lessons (1)
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS/THEA 365 Musical Theatre Production and Performance I
Ensembles (2) + Private Lessons (1)
THEA 221 Acting I
Any three of: DAN 100, 101, 105, 106, 107, Private Lessons - Dance

Scientific and Numerical Literacy (3 credit hours)

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
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

Non-Credit Requirements

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
Service and Experiential Learning

Total Core: 54 credit hours

BA Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours

Core Curriculum for Bachelor of Arts Partnership Degrees

Christian Studies (27 credit hours)

BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament
THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology
CM 101 Foundations of Church Ministry OR THEO Elective 200+ level OR BLST Elective 200+ level
BLST Elective 300+ level
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
One course from:
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences

English (6 credit hours)

ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II

Philosophy (3 credit hours)

One course from:
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II

Social Sciences (3 credit hours)

One course chosen from the following disciplines:
Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Psychology, Sociology

Choose 6 credit hours (typically two courses) from two different categories below:

The Global Community
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
COMM 200/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 351Islamic 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

Fine Arts, Human Movement, and Communication
COMM 104 Public Speaking
COMM/PAST 355 Homiletics
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness
MUS 130 Basic Voice (2 c.h.) + Private Lessons (1 c.h.)
MUS 140 Basic Piano (2 c.h.) + Private Lessons (1 c.h.)
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS/THEA 365 Musical Theatre Production and Performance I
Ensembles (2 c.h.) + Private Lessons (1 c.h.)
THEA 221 Acting I
Any three of: DAN 100, 101, 105, 106, 107, Private Lessons - Dance

Scientific and Numerical Literacy
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
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

Non-Credit Requirements

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio
Service and Experiential Learning

Total Core: 45 credit hours

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.

Biblical Studies (9 credit hours)

BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament
3 credit hours of BLST electives

Theology (6 credit hours)

THEO 112 Introduction to Spiritual Theology
THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

English (6 credit hours)

ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II

Christianity and the Church (6 credit hours)

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

Breadth Requirement (3 credit hours)

Choose one course from the following...

Philosophy:
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II

Social Sciences:
Administration, Anthropology, Economics, Native Studies, Psychology, Sociology

The Global Community:
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
CM 105 Perspectives in Mission
CM 405 Current Issues in Mission
COM 200/GLST 200 Intercultural Communication
ENG 322 World Literatures in English
ENG 356 Aboriginal Literature
GLST 301 Globalization
HIS 100 Issues in World History I
HIS 101 Issues in World History II
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 351Islamic 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
NTST 356 Aboriginal Literature
RLST 311 World Religions
SOC 396 Urban Sociology
THEO 370 Theology of Mission

Interdisciplinary Studies:
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:
COMM 104 Public Speaking
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
KIN 262 Physical Activity and Wellness
MUS 130 Basic Voice (2) + Private Lessons (1)
MUS 140 Basic Piano (2) + Private Lessons (1)
MUS/THEA 340 Musical Theatre Workshop
MUS/THEA 365 Musical Theatre Production and Performance I
Ensembles (2) + Private Lessons (1)
PAST 355 Homiletics
THEA 221 Acting I
Any three of: DAN 100, 101, 105, 106, 107, Private Lessons - Dance

Scientific and Numerical Literacy:
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
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
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

Non-Credit Requirements

Service Learning 1-2

Total Core: 30 credit hours

Degree Requirements: 63 credit hours