The BA in Biblical Studies at Eastern situates the canonical texts of the Christian tradition within the context of the larger Christian story, while also equipping students to interpret these texts for themselves and for the benefit of the Christian church. Students are familiarized with the social and historical setting of these texts, critical issues in their transmission, interpretation and application, and are given the tools to faithfully and creatively apply the message of these texts to contemporary contexts.
The Minor in Biblical Studies is a flexible program of study designed for students who are interested in learning more about the Bible and its interpretation. It is ideal for those pursuing vocations related to various forms of Christian ministry or considering eventual graduate study. But it also can easily be paired with most other majors offered by the University, allowing students to draw upon the rich offerings of the Department as they think about their vocational pursuits in relation to the broad contours of the Christian faith.
Those pursuing the BA in Theological Studies at Eastern can expect to grow in their understanding of the key issues, concepts, and personalities that have contributed to the living tradition that is the Christian faith. They will be asked to understand the significance of this tradition for the development of a Christian identity that is theologically grounded, personally meaningful and socially engaged, and will be encouraged to critically interpret and creatively apply that tradition in order to illumine and engage their life contexts in a distinctively Christian fashion.
The Minor in Theology and Ethics is a flexible program of study designed for students pursuing vocations outside of the church and who have a particular interest in Christian ethics and social justice. It is also suitable for those who may be interested in eventual graduate study. It can easily be paired with a number of other majors offered by the University, allowing students to draw upon the rich offerings of the Department as they think about their vocational pursuits in relation to the broad contours of the Christian faith.
At Eastern, a BA in History provides a broad knowledge of history with special skills in critical analysis, research, and writing. Coupling strength in European and American history, our students develop a Christian interpretation of the past and the present.
The purpose of the BA in Missiology and Anthropology at Eastern University is to prepare students for Kingdom work in cross-cultural settings. Anthropology provides ethnographic skills and an understanding of culture; missiology clarifies the gospel of Jesus and the mission of God. Together, the two disciplines create a unique degree that emphasizes the dialogue between Christ and cultures.
Eastern University’s minor in missiology prepares students to do mission for the Kingdom of God in a wide variety of capacities, bringing “the whole Gospel to the whole world.”
Eastern University’s minor in anthropology equips students with cross-cultural skills and understanding to be used in work involving the holistic transformation of people’s lives.
Political Science emphasizes the study of political institutions and processes of politics in historical, contemporary, domestic, foreign, and international contexts. The BA in Political Science prepares students for employment in various fields such as local government, nonprofits and NGOs, labor organizations, as well as lobbying and intergovernmental offices of businesses. Political Science is further a gateway to advanced studies in law, international relations, global studies, advocacy, public policy, public administration, international development and more.
Whether working in business, education, medicine, social work, the ministry or any field, a person will confront issues arising out of governmental actions and public policy. Whatever major you choose, a minor in political science will be a good complement and provide you with more knowledge about how government impacts our daily lives.
The BA in Sociology—with its broad scope of study topics including social problems, group relations, urban dynamics, social institutions and justice, immigration, social inequality and stratification, family systems, majority/minority relations relations, religion, and others—offers students skills that will enable them to be effective agents of transformation in any sector of society. Jobs are often found in social services, community development, the non-profit sector, international relations, education, business, and research. The BA in Sociology is a valuable asset in the pursuit of a fulfilling career in improving human flourishing.
Eastern University's minor in Sociology includes courses in contemporary social problems and socialization and group relations, along with introduction to sociology and three other sociology courses. These courses complement any major.
This Pre-Law Minor offers an interdisciplinary introduction to law and legal institutions that emphasizes the skill-sets that are necessary for success in law school, as well as graduate programs and careers related to law. Law schools do not require applicants to have a specific major or to have taken specific classes, but they do emphasize that certain skills are essential to success in their programs. This program offers students a guided path to developing those skills, while allowing the freedom to major in a subject that interests them. The program is suggested for individuals considering law school or graduate programs with a legal emphasis.
The minor in American History at Eastern University is designed to educate students in the fields of United States legal history, the early American republic, American intellectual history and the civil war and reconstruction, among other areas.