Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies is a 120 credit-hour undergraduate program especially suited for those pursuing a life of service in the church and for those planning to enter seminary or graduate theological studies. Based on a foundation grounded in the classical liberal arts tradition, it seeks to bring the student through informed study of the Bible and historic Christian faith to mature development of a coherent worldview whereby they may function well in the contemporary world.

General Education Requirements (69 semester hours)

  • English Language and Literature – 12 hours
    (not including Public Speaking; see below)
  • Fine Arts – 3 hours
  • Natural Science – 6 hours
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • History – 12 hours
    (6 hours Western Civilization and 6 hours U.S. History)
  • Public Speaking – 3 hours
  • Philosophy or Classics – 6 hours
  • Social Science – 3 hours
  • Electives – 21 hours
    (Austin Grad offers a number of courses that may be used as electives)

Major Requirements (51 semester hours)

CS 3350 Research and Writing in Theology
OT 3310 Story of Israel
NT 3320 Jesus and the Gospels
NT 3321 Paul and His Letters
NT 4313 Interpreting the Bible
3 hours Elective in Bible
GRK 3351-52 New Testament Greek (6 hours)
CH 3312 The Church’s History: To the Reformation
TH 4312 The Church’s Faith
TH 4313 Christian Ethics
NT 4335 Biblical Theology
CS 4362 Church in the Contemporary World
CS 4363 Christian Encounter with Other Cultures
Pick 3:
    MIN 4320 Ministries in the Local Church
    MIN 4340 Ministry in Social Programs
    MIN 4306 Teaching and Preaching
    MIN 4360 Ministry in a Medical Setting
    MIN 4350 Christian Counseling
    MIN 3310 Marriage and Family


Additional Requirement

Successful completion of the BA Bible Knowledge Exit Exam in final semester prior to graduation. (click here for BA Exit Exam Study Guide)

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts for all credits previously attempted, sent directly to Austin Grad from the institution(s).
  • Three letters of reference (including one from a professor and one from a minister or leader of the congregation where the applicant is actively involved).
  • Application for Admission
  • $25 Application fee
  • One-page essay stating the applicant’s goals in ministry and reasons for pursuing the Bachelor of Arts.
  • If you are under 30 years of age, you must show evidence that you have received the Bacterial Meningitis vaccination (student must have received vaccination at least 10 days prior to the semester he or she is enrolled). Attendance will be denied if documentation is not received 10 days prior to start of class. Contact the Director of Admissions for more information.
  • Completion of at least 24 hours of general education requirements, including at least 3 hours in English Language and Literature. Students who have not yet met this requirement may be considered for Provisional Admission or admission as a Special Student.
  • Entering students who have earned less than 35 semester hours of credit at another accredited institution are required to submit their official high school transcript and an official report of scores achieved on the ACT or SAT.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must document a paper-based test score (PBT) of 550 or an internet-based test score (iBT) of 80 or higher on the TOEFL.