Christian Studies, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you called to serve Christ and the church in ministry or missions? Do you have a passion to learn more about Scripture, God, and your faith? If so, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies will allow you to blend your zeal for Jesus with your desire for meaningful ministry and service.

After gaining a solid foundation in the fields of biblical history, philosophy, theology, and either Hebrew or Greek, you’ll be ready to select the concentration that will prepare you to answer the call on your life. Whether your heart’s passion is to see youth who are on fire for God, or to become a ministry leader, whether you want to further the Kingdom at home or abroad, a Christian studies degree from PLNU will prepare you to be the hands and feet of Christ.

With six concentrations to choose from, a Christian studies major will provide you with a broad understanding of God and the Bible while allowing you to focus your attention on one area of study. Alternatively, you can choose a general concentration, which will give you a broad perspective on Christian ministry, theology, philosophy, and the Bible.


  • Biblical Studies: Learn to identify the major context and content of the Bible, translate biblical texts into Hebrew or Greek, and apply the interpretation of Christian biblical literature to ministry in local church congregations.
  • General: Choose from among the courses in Christian ministry, theology, philosophy, and biblical studies that most interest you and will serve your vocational calling.
  • Leadership: Focus on what it means to be a leader both in and out of the church by diving deep into Christian leadership principles and practices, as well as building a strong foundation in biblical study and ministry.
  • Philosophy: Study philosophy as an intellectual discipline, learning to apply it to relevant issues bearing on the church and society.
  • Theology: Devote yourself to the study of God as an intellectual discipline and as an act of service, applying theological principles to those difficult issues facing the church and culture today.
  • Youth & Family: Learn to identify trends in contemporary youth culture and adolescent faith development, and apply your study of biblical texts, Christian biblical literature, theology, and philosophy to ministry to young people.


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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The bedrock skills of every Christian studies student — research, critical thinking, and writing — are applicable across a range of careers, with ministry, education, and law being some notable favorites of PLNU Christian studies majors. Recent alumni have worked as pastors, youth ministers, and children’s ministers in local churches; served as chaplains in various government and social service agencies; and joined mission agencies, nonprofit ministries, and social justice initiatives.

PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that combines your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in ministry.

A Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies can lead to a career in the following:

  • Youth, Children, Adult, and Worship Ministries
  • Missions
  • Education
  • Chaplaincy
  • Compassionate Ministry
  • Para-Church Ministry
M'Lynn Martin

Student Profile

M'Lynn Martin (18)

When M’Lynn Martin was 15 years old, she felt called to ministry. She began dreaming of being a youth pastor. But the idea of college felt more like a financial burden than a dream come true.

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