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 126 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).

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Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

I. Christianity and Culture Requirements

(18 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
HIS 237 History of Christianity I 3
HIS 238 History of Christianity II 3
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity 3
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences 3
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views 3
RLST 311 World Religions 3

II. Religion and the Social Sciences

(9 credit hours)

Required
(3 credit hours):

RLST 410 Methods in the Study of Religion 3

Electives
(6 credit hours):

Choose two courses from the options below:

ANTH 200 Cultural Anthropology 3
GLST 301 Globalization 3
NTST 110 Introduction to Native Studies 3
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion 3
SOC 260 Contemporary Religious Movements 3
SOC 317 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC 392 Sociology of Youth 3
SOC 396 Urban Sociology 3

III. Religion and Culture

(12 credit hours)

Required
(6 credit hours):

ENG 305 Critical Theory 3
THEO 272 Christian Faith and Contemporary Culture 3

Electives
(6 credit hours):

Choose two courses from the options below:

BLST/WMST 378 Women and Vocation 3
ENG 409 Studies in Religion and Literature 3
HIS 340 Gender, Sex and Sexuality in Global History 3
PHI 310 Early Medieval Philosophy 3
PHI 380 War, Peace and Society 3
PHI/RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion  3
THEO 276 Theological Ethics 3
THEO 301 Worship in the Christian Tradition 3
THEO 371 Theology in the Majority World 3
THEO 491 Theology and Political Engagement 3

IV. Religion and History

(12 credit hours:)

Choose four courses from the options below:

HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present 3
HIS 351 Islamic History and Society in the Classical Era 3
HIS 352 Islamic History and Society in the Medieval and Modern Eras 3
HIS 371 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity 3
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada 3
HIS 432 History of Christianity in the USA 3
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science 3
HIS 451 History of Christian-Muslim Relations 3

V. Cognate Requirements

(6 credit hours)

PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I 3
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II 3

Free Electives

(12-39 credit hours)

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

 

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Grant Poettcker, PhD

gpoettcker@briercrest.ca
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Grant Poettcker.pngGrant was born and raised in Saskatoon, and is happy to return to the prairies after an eight-year stint in Ontario. His interest in philosophy was kindled during his time studying Bible and theology at Canadian Mennonite University, and the relation between philosophy, theology, and scripture remains one of his abiding concerns. In his teaching, Grant seeks to foster students' awareness of the broadly human traditions of reflection on ultimate value, on belief, knowledge, and truth, and to sharpen their perception of the way philosophical thinking is in play not only in technical philosophy books, but in cultural expressions like literature, music, drama, and the fine arts. 

Grant and his wife Rosalyn attend St. Aidan's Anglican Church in Moose Jaw and have three children, Josiah, Alina, and Ezekiel.