Christianity and Culture

Bachelor of Arts

This multi-disciplinary liberal arts degree is designed for students who desire a deeper knowledge of the role of the church and Christianity in society, both in its historic and contemporary contexts.

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The BA Christianity and Culture is for students who want to understand the profound ways that Christianity has shaped and been shaped by culture throughout its history. A deep awareness of this relationship is vital for understanding contemporary, multicultural societies like Canada. In order to prepare students to engage in current society and culture wisely, this degree draws students into a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Students will examine the relationship between Christianity and culture from multiple vantage points-history, philosophy, the social sciences, religious studies and cultural theory. As well, students will receive a thorough education in advanced biblical and theological studies so that they know the depth of the Christian tradition. This sort of preparation provides a unique foundation from which they might go on into careers within the Church, the marketplace, or the not-for-profit sector in various capacities. The BA Christianity and Culture also serves as excellent preparation for graduate school in fields such as religious studies or as a foundation for seminary education.

Graduation Requirements

Like most Briercrest programs, the BA hristianity and Culture requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree. Because there is overlap with core requirements, students in this program will have a considerable amount of free elective room. For students considering further study, we strongly recommend that they take at least two years of biblical languages.

Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).

New students:  apply to the college now  and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.

Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.

Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)


BA Core Curriculum (54 credit hours)


Christianity and Culture Requirements (18 credit hours):

HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views
RLST 311 World Religions

Religion and the Social Sciences (9 credit hours):

A. Required Course (3 credit hours):
RLST 410 Methods in the Study of Religion

B. Two of the following (6 credit hours):
ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology
GLST 301 Globalization
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion
SOC 260 Contemporary Religious Movements
SOC 317 Sociology of the Family
SOC 392 Sociology of Youth
SOC 396 Urban Sociology

Religion and Culture (12 credit hours):

A. Required Courses (6 credit hours):
ENG 389 Critical Theory
THEO 272 Christian Faith and Contemporary Culture

B. Two of the following (6 credit hours):
BLST/WMST 378 Women and Vocation
ENG 409 Studies in Religion and Literature
HIS 340 Gender, Sex and Sexuality in Global History
PHI 310 Early Medieval Philosophy
PHI 380 War, Peace and Society
PHI/RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion
THEO 276 Theological Ethics
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian
THEO 371 Theology in the Majority World
THEO 491 Theology and Political Engagement

Religion and History (12 credit hours):

Choose four of the following (12 credit hours):
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era
HIS 352 Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras
HIS 371 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
HIS 432 History of Christianity in the USA
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations

Cognate Requirements (6 credit hours):

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

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)


Joy Demoskoff, PhD (Cand.)
Assistant Professor of History
jdemoskoff@briercrest.ca
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Brad Doerksen, MA, MSc
Director, Archibald Library and Instructor in History
bdoerksen@briercrest.ca
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Joel From, PhD
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities
jfrom@briercrest.ca
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Ken Guenter, PhD
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History
kguenter@briercrest.ca
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Alan Guenther, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
aguenther@briercrest.ca
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David Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
dmiller@briercrest.ca
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Grant Poettcker, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
gpoettcker@briercrest.ca
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