Dec 08, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Christian Studies, B.A.

Location(s): PBA Online

120 Credit Hours

Available to PBA Online students only

The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS) program at Palm Beach Atlantic University provides online learners an opportunity to earn a bachelor degree in Christian thought and practice. The overall goal of the program is to offer a quality, flexible degree-completion curriculum that:

  • Deepens understanding of Scripture and Christian thought;
  • Encourages engagement in ethical reflection on issues arising in contemporary society;
  • Equips in basic disciplines of Christian discipleship and service;
  • Promotes an appreciation of the multicultural environment in which students live and work.

Students who discern a call to vocational ministry may find the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program provides a better fit.

Program Structure

The required curriculum for the Christian Studies major is composed of three-credit hour courses normally offered during eight-week subterms.  Online courses are delivered electronically through the University’s Learning Management System.  Each online course is primarily asynchronous.  Students view lessons and complete assignments at the time of their choosing within stated course deadlines, which typically follow a weekly rhythm.  Online courses also invite students to attend several synchronous virtual class sessions through designated technology.  Generally for each 8-week course, students are invited to attend two or three of these live virtual meetings.  As an accelerated program, the Christian Studies major is designed so that full-time students can complete 30 credits each academic year: 12 credits each fall, 12 credits each spring, and 6 credits each summer.  Students will need to take courses toward this major in both an odd and even spring semester in order to complete the required coursework.  Some courses that are required for the Christian Studies major are available only during the summer term.  

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1.  Grow in foundational knowledge of Scripture and Christian thought.

2.  Develop skills in basic disciplines of Christian discipleship and service.

3.  Demonstrate character appropriate for a follower of Christ.

Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements  outlined here.

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Visit this program’s information page  for additional program-specific requirements.

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Requirements - 45 Credit Hours

The Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Global Studies requirement is fulfilled through another course in this major. Only 42 of the 45 credit hours of the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) program will still be required for the completion of this program.

As part of the remaining 42 credit hours of Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) requirements, students must elect to complete LAS 1003 - Learning and Academic Success at PBA * from the Orientation menu, and PLS 3003 - Freedom in American Society  as their “freedom” selection.

*Note: Students who change their major to Christian Studies after successfully completing either MLS 2003 - Foundations for Christian Ministry  or FYE 1001 - First Year Experience  from the Faith, Roots, and Reason Orientation menu are not required to take LAS 1003 - Learning and Academic Success at PBA 

Required B.A. in Christian Studies Courses - 18 Credit Hours

B.A. in Christian Studies Elective Courses - 24 Credit Hours

Select eight of the following courses (24 credit hours).  At least four of the selected courses (12 credits hours) must be at the upper level.  NOTE: No more than three electives (9 credit hours) toward the major can come from courses outside of the School of Ministry.  Courses that are satisfying a requirement in a student’s major cannot also count as an elective for the BA in Christian Studies.

Additional Required Credit Hours - 33-39 Credit Hours

These additional hours may be fulfilled by a minor, second major, general electives taken concurrently, previous coursework taken at PBA or through transfer credits.

Up to 27 credits are possible through Professional Education Credits. See Academic Policies  for information on PECs.


No more than one-third of a student’s required credits for a major or a minor in the School of Ministry may come from transfer or transient credits.