Study religion or as they
call it at Grove City College ... Christian Thought?
Why? Maybe those going to seminary might think of
such a thing but what about the average ordinary
We are actually excited about our
program for any and all students at the College.
Some Colleges and Universities have a Religion or
Religious Studies program that focuses on the
"phenomenon" of religion itself -- the comparison of
different religions, the psychology of religion, the
sociology of religion, the philosophy of religion, and
the like. While GCC has classes like this, in our
Religion Department, we orient the focus of our major
around a Biblical-Theistic worldview and the
implications of this for our lives.
In fact, that's why we call it Christian Thought.
Students study Biblical, Church Historical, and
Theological issues in the classes we offer. We
desire to challenge both students and professors to
refine views by valuing analytical, contextual, and
logical thinking with the Scriptures as the final
In terms of design, therefore, we have three types of
student in mind:
Students who simply want to study Christian
Thought with a desire to be enabled to become more
effective in whatever vocation to which they are
called. Many students in this category
actually like taking Christian Thought as a second
major with a first major in fields such as Business,
Communication, English, History, Psychology,
Sociology, and others.
Students going into professional ministry
positions right out of college (non-seminary bound)
-- positions in para-church ministries, mission
agencies, and churches. Students get more
grounded in the faith and thus get equipped to teach
in such situations.
Students planning on seminary take
this major, although we also encourage them to look
into possibilities like Communication, English,
History, Psychology, or Sociology. Such
students desire to gain a handle on basic skills
while developing solid critical thinking skills.
While the Department
encourages all students to take classes in the
Biblical languages, Hebrew and Greek, we especially
deem it important that pre-seminarians do so.
Taking at least if not both of the languages during
College will make Seminary a much more enjoyable
learning and training experience.
So, we hope that you will think about how a Christian
Thought major at Grove City College could help you have
a center in Christ for all of life's adventures.