Oct 01, 2023
The B.A. in Applied Apologetics provides baseline training which improves the church’s understanding and expression of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith and the evidence which undergirds those doctrines. The degree introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a meaningful defense of the faith and thoughtful evangelistic tools to share it. The curriculum provides undergraduate-level, theoretical consideration of apologetics issues as well as practical understanding of apologetics approaches.
Students choose one of four emphases that add greater depth and rigor to their Applied Apologetics academic program.
- Cultural Engagement
- Global Apologetics
- Innovative Evangelism
- Practical Apologetics
The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Apologetics degree requires completion of the following 120 credit hours:
General Education (39 hours)
Major Core (42 hours)
Emphasis Core (18 hours)
Electives (21 hours)
General Education Requirements (39 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
Biblical Studies (12 credit hours)
Communications (6 credit hours)
Integrative Studies (3 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
Science (3 credit hours)
Social Science (6 credit hours)
Applied Apologetics Major Core (60 credit hours)
Students take 42 credit hours of the major core and 18 credit hours of their selected emphasis core.
Major Core Requirements (42 credit hours)
Emphasis Core Requirements (18 credit hours)
Students choose one of the following four emphases required for the Applied Apologetics major.
Cultural Engagement Emphasis Core
The Cultural Engagement emphasis focuses on engagement with current culture and tensions it has with orthodox Christianity. Learning how to speak the truth in love - without compromising either element, students learn strategies for articulating biblical responses to key cultural issues, but also participate in real-world opportunities to present ultimate solutions grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Global Apologetics Emphasis Core
The Global Apologetics emphasis focuses on non-Christian and pseudo-Christian belief systems, paying close attention to where those systems diverge from biblical, orthodox Christianity. Application is then be made to appropriate apologetics approaches, crafted to address those divergent beliefs and present the true Gospel message.
Innovative Evangelism Emphasis Core
The emphasis in Innovative Evangelism is designed to enhance students’ evangelistic passion, and then to harness it into developing strategic and creative approaches that reach increasing numbers of non-believers who desperately need the truth of the gospel.
Practical Apologetics Emphasis Core
The Practical Apologetics emphasis focuses on how science, history, philosophy, archaeology, religious experience, and evidence related to the life and work of Jesus Christ can all be used to argue for the truth of Christianity - including the Christian worldview, the existence of the triune God, and consequent truth of the Gospel message.
Elective Requirements (21 credit hours)
Complete 21 hours of additional electives.
Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Apologetics
The faculty recommends students in the B.A. in Applied Apologetics to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:
- Completion of 120 credit hours of courses, including all general education, Applied Apologetics major core, required emphasis core, and elective hours.
- A letter grade of D or higher with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all CCU coursework.
- Satisfaction of the CCU Residency requirements .
- Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
- No outstanding financial obligation to the University.