Bachelor of Arts SHEQAB Approved

Study English literature, history, philosophy, and theology in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. Learn to love what is good and pursue it wholeheartedly.

This program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education effective July 1, 2013. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs. Read FAQ >>

Transformative Living

The BA Humanities program shapes students into people who are strong in faith, able to wrestle with the core questions of life, and ready to succeed in their ministry, profession, or further education. It engages the whole person spiritually, morally, and intellectually.

Humanities students develop essential skills to help them excel in every area of their lives. Skills they gain include the following:

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  • precise thinking
  • imaginative approaches
  • adaptability
  • continuous learning
  • productive relationships with others

Learn to Learn

Education can be a source of permanent delight. We believe that if students learn to love what is good and pursue it wholeheartedly, they will, by God's grace, find themselves with the characteristics, motivations, and ways of living that will enable them to serve well in our society and in our Lord's kingdom.

Humanities at Briercrest

Briercrest College and Seminary provides a rich theological context in which to engage in life-changing studies. The Humanities program is supported by strong biblical studies and language courses as well as many opportunities to apply these studies to Christian service and ministry.

Our professors have specialized training in their fields and are keenly interested in the larger theological and personal development aspects of their teaching. Our most experienced professors teach the majority of our introductory courses.

Students appreciate that our faculty members are students of the humanities themselves and are continually reshaped by this rich tradition. It is not simply something they teach; it is something they aspire to be in their own lives.

This program lays a solid foundation for further study at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly in the areas of humanities, biblical studies, and/or social sciences.


The BA Humanities requires 66 credit hours of disciplinary study, largely in English Literature, History, and Philosophy, complemented by courses that present a distinctly interdisciplinary methodology. In addition, this degree requires 3 credit hours of cognate requirements in the fine arts. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Humanities requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

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.

As of 2013, the BA Humanities program has been approved by the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board (SHEQAB).

Degree Requirements (120 credit hours, minimum 39 at 300+ level)

BA Core Curriculum (54 credit hours)

Required Courses (30 credit hours):

ENG 100 Literature and Composition I
ENG 101 Literature and Composition II
HIS 237 History of Christianity I
HIS 238 History of Christianity II
PHI 100 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy II
CLS 201 Literature of Greece and Rome or HIS 115 The Ancient and Medieval World II
IDST 200 Interdisciplinary Studies: Modernity and Postmodernity
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views
HUM 490 Senior Humanities Seminar

Area of Concentration (18 credit hours):

Students must take 18 credit hours (including at least 9 credit hours at the 300+ level) in either English, History, or Philosophy.

Breadth Requirements (18 credit hours):

In the two remaining Humanities disciplines, students must complete 9 credit hours for each including 6 credit hours at the 300+ level.

Cognate Requirements (3 credit hours):

Students are required to take 3 credit hours of cognate courses in fine arts selected from:
FIN 110 Introduction to Fine Arts
FIN/MUS 216 History of Western Music I

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

"The Humanities program at Briercrest has prepared me to think broadly, deeply, and sensitively about the world around me, the needs of those in my midst, and the call on my life to be a follower of Christ. It has also fostered a curiosity that has fundamentally produced in me a desire toward and engagement in continuous learning activities and characteristics that have enabled me to stand out to my current employer."
Lindsey McComb
BA Humanities

"Briercrest offers a unique setting for exploring the nature of faith and thought-one that is safe for questioning and investigation, anticipating that graduates will go with that knowledge and change the world."
Leah Good
BA Humanities

Joel From
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Joel was born and raised in Saskatchewan and spent most of his youth in Caronport. He was converted to Christ at a very early age. During his school years, he excelled at academics and sports and learned a variety of trade skills (including carpentry, plumbing, and mechanics) from his father. For several summers, he drove trucks in the oil patch in Alberta.

Joel married Rebecca Zender in 1988, and they have three children: Olivia, Aaron, and Rachel. He spent seven years in pastoral ministry in Buffalo, New York, and he has been a professor and part-time administrator at Briercrest College and Seminary for thirteen years. He currently enjoys watching his children play sports, reading, doing home repair/construction projects, and teaching.

Questions and answers regarding Saskatchewan government's degree granting announcement

Why did the Premier come to campus?

Premier Brad Wall was on campus to formally announce that Briercrest College is authorized to award a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. Authorization was provided through The Degree Authorization Act and The Degree Authorization Regulations, which came into force in the fall of 2012. Prior to this, only the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina had the authority to grant degrees, other than theological degrees, in the province. The newly created Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board (SHEQAB) reviews all applications for degree granting authority before they are approved.

"Briercrest is known across Canada for its academic excellence. We are pleased today to recognize that by authorizing the college to provide a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, this is the first time this has been done outside the province's two universities."
Premier Brad Wall


Why does the Saskatchewan government's authorization matter?

The government of Saskatchewan's authorization and SHEQAB's seal of approval is important to us for two reasons. First, it is another affirmation of the quality of education that we offer and, second, it helps our students who are going on to further study because other academic institutions often look for provincial government approvals when assessing entrance qualifications.

"This approval tells us that another vital external witness has found us to be offering high quality education that is worthy of being called a bachelor's degree in Canada. For our BA Humanities students, this gives them one more thing to tell employers and other institutions that would be assessing their degree and its recognition. It's another endorsement for the studies they've completed." Dr. Dwayne Uglem

How long has Briercrest been working toward this?

This process began decades ago following the recommendation of the Briercrest board, but  started to gain momentum over the last several years as Dr. Uglem worked closely with government officials. It has always been our mandate to provide outstanding Christian education and now we are being recognized for that quality.

"Over the last 20 years there have been lots of moments where it felt like this journey could go on forever. But the minute we began to see a policy framework emerge, we knew that at least it was possible. It was just a matter of waiting to work through the procedure in the right way. So, the hope really came with the Degree Authorization Act being approved last June. As soon as that happened, we knew that the next steps were just a matter of time."
Dr. Dwayne Uglem

"I think I've worked with eight ministers since the journey began in my experience," Uglem recounted. "I've worked with several deputy ministers and lots of government staff."

I thought Briercrest already offered accredited degrees?

We do; our degrees are accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and Association of Theological Schools. For over 75 years we have been providing outstanding Christian education to our students. This is just an additional stamp of approval and an assurance of quality for the people of Saskatchewan and academics across Canada.

What is the role of the Saskatchewan Higher Education Quality Assurance Board?

SHEQAB's role is to review each degree presented to them and to forward a recommendation to the Government of Saskatchewan. The government will not approve any degrees that do not meet the strict SHEQAB standards. We are thankful for this step and it will help us maintain our high standards.
"Saskatchewan has created a quality assurance board and Briercrest was absolutely first in line to submit itself to it. Briercrest is pleased to work with this board." Dr. Dwayne Uglem

What does this mean for our MSU agreement?

The MSU agreement is independent of this authorization; however this authorization does affirm the decisions of universities like MSU to recognize our degrees and work with our students. 

What does this mean for our current students?

Our students will be able to transfer into this newly authorized degree track.  The college will work with these students to make transitions as seamless as possible. 
Students will be able to graduate from this degree after July 1, 2013.

What does this mean for our graduating students - can my degree be grandfathered in?

This authorization is not retroactive.  Students with previous versions of the BA Humanities degree (or other Briercrest degrees) may apply to have their degree assessed to determine what would be required to complete the requirements of the authorized degree.

How does this affect our other degrees?

The authorization of the BA Humanities degree doesn't lessen the value of any of our degrees. Briercrest's academic policies and practices are the same for all of our degree programs.  However, with this new authorization protocol in place, Briercrest will be submitting other existing and new degrees for this same authorization. The next two degrees we will submit are BA degrees in English and History.

How do I know which degrees are approved already?

Currently only Briercrest's BA Humanities degree has been reviewed by SHEQAB and authorized by the Ministry of Advanced Education.  As we move forward, the degrees authorized by the ministry will be listed separately on web menus and the SHEQAB seal will be displayed on each of the approved degree program pages.