Associate of Science in Christian Studies

Program Information

Begin the journey to a fulfilling career in ministry with an Associate of Science in Christian Studies degree. This program from Campbellsville University allows students to follow their calling in a flexible online format. Our curriculum provides in-depth insight into biblical studies, pastoral leadership and educational ministry, among several other topics. All courses are taught by our remarkable theology faculty members, who combined have decades of experience in Christian studies.

Course Offerings

This program includes 62 credit hours of study. Although the completion time will vary, the program can be completed in as little as two years.

General Education for Associates Degrees (29 credit hours)

CHS 111 – Introduction to Old Testament Study

Christian Studies Requirements (33 credit hours)
CHS 121 – Introduction to New Testament Study
CHS 352 – Pastoral Ministries
CHS 353 – Ministry of Proclamation
CHS 432 – Christian Theology

Students must choose one of the following:
CHS 211 – Art of Reading the Bible
CHS 230 – Spiritual Formation

Students must choose one course from both the Old Testament and New Testament categories:
Old Testament
CHS 311 – Wisdom and Poetic Literature
CHS 312 – Studies in Old Testament Prophets
CHS 411 – Studies in the Pentateuch
CHS 412 – Intertestamental Period
New Testament
CHS 323 – Studies in the Gospels
CHS 324 – Studies in Paul
CHS 325 – Studies in John
CHS 328 – General Letters (Hebrew – Jude)

Students must choose two of the following:
CHS 354 – Introduction to Christian Evangelism
CHS 355 – Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
CHS 361 – Introduction to Educational Ministries
CHS 362 – Teaching for Life Change
CHS 363 – Introduction to Children’s Ministry
CHS 364 – Introduction to Youth Ministry
CHS 376 – Introduction to Missiology
CHS 378 – Missions Methods and Strategies
CHS 451 – Growing a Healthy Church
CHS 462 – Intergenerational Ministries
CHS 463 – Innovative Educational Ministries

Students must choose one of the following:
PHI 241 – Introduction to Philosophy
CHS 130 – Christ and Culture

Students must choose one of the following:
CHS 337 – Theology in Film
CHS 371 – Baptist Heritage
CHS 431 – Contemporary Theology
CHS 436 – Ethical Teachings of Jesus
CHS 437 – Faith and Beauty
CHS 471 – Church History
PHI 345 – Philosophy of Religion
PHI 361 – Ethics
PHI 380 – Special Topics

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

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Real-World Preparation

With our online Christian Studies program you will be prepared for a career in providing ministry in a number of environments. Benefits gained through studying in Campbellsville also include:

  • An education built on foundations of God, Christian scholarship and the Holy Spirit of Promise
  • The fostering of Christian values and their place in the modern world
  • Understanding of modern trends that are altering ministry around the globe
  • Instruction from faculty members with extensive experience in Christian studies
    number of environments

How to Apply

The Campbellsville application program is simple and straightforward. Follow these steps to begin your journey:

  1. Submit a complete application for admission form.
  2. Arrange for the office of admissions to receive an official transcript (containing a complete record of all courses attempted) from each college or university previously and currently attended.
  3. If transferring less than 24 credit hours, arrange for the office of admissions to receive an official and final high school transcript and an official ACT or SAT score report.

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This program is also available on campus in a traditional format. Learn more about Campbellsville University’s traditional Associate of Science in Christian Studies.

At Campbellsville University, students can earn an Associate of Science in Christian Studies degree by completing 62 credit hours. Depending on the number of credits transferred and how many courses are taken each semester, students may be able to complete the degree program in approximately two years. The examination of Christian studies involves understanding of the Old Testament and New Testament, with focus on specific events, themes, figures and places. This is an online program, which means students will participate in courses, discussion, homework and exams in a digital manner. Associate degrees from Campbellsville University are typically designed for students who want to begin their education while also furthering their religious training. CU strives to establish a foundation of Christian scholarship and godliness in students. They are taught to foster their Christian values and be informed about ministry occurring around the world. Professors have extensive experience in Christian studies and are thoroughly prepared to share their experience and knowledge concerning pastoral leadership, biblical studies and educational ministry.
Students should be prepared to complete at least 32 credit hours in general education and 30 credit hours in Christian studies. Topics include pastoral ministries, Christian evangelism and contemporary theology. As many students are training to become Christian ministers, the coursework concentrates on the history of Christianity, Christian counseling, the teachings of Jesus Christ, systematic theology and educational ministry. These topics are designed to provide students with not only a foundational understanding of Christian history and thought, but also with the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career path.

Prospective students should already be seeking or participating in ministry. While this isn’t a requirement for the program, students will find participating in ministry will help lead to discovering their calling and focus their service path. Having direct access to ministry leaders in their community will also be beneficial when seeking advice and involvement with the church and will help to foster relationships.

Career possibilities include human services, Christian education, ministry, nonprofit organizations and missions. Some specific careers are: pastor, Christian counselor, chaplain, missionary and theologian. According to PayScale, pastors earn approximately $45,513 per year, depending on the size of their church and their geographical location, while chaplains earn $45,644 on average per year. In these types of careers, salary isn’t typically a driving factor; church-related positions are usually positions of service. Many open church positions can be filled by church members or volunteers. Those searching to use their degree for a full-time job will want to explore careers in church leadership or missions.

If students do not want to jump right into a career, they may choose to enter into further education. Graduate degree options such as the Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministries or Master of Theology.

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