College

What better preparation for purpose than to study the Great Books, in light of the Greatest Book, for the sake of the Great Commission?

God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him. Spend the next four years lavishing in this great truth as you mine the treasures of the Bible and consider the Great Books—works of history, literature, philosophy, and theology that have stood the test of time and resonated with human beings through the ages and around the world.

A college education like this enables you to graduate as a mature adult ready to witness for Christ with wisdom and wonder for the rest of your life.

Here you will be challenged and pushed beyond your sense of your own abilities. In the process you will cultivate habits of mind and heart as you are intentionally stress-tested to ensure that you graduate with a resilient faith that is ready to stand firm and contend for truth in the home, church, and world.

This core demands more.

The Omnia extended academic core approaches all of human knowledge from a confessionally reformed theological perspective. It is classical in that it aims to recover the best of the Christian and classical liberal arts traditions, examining the diversity of human knowledge under the unifying discipline of theology. In other institutions, the academic core involves two years of meeting requirements in order to pursue your field of interest. Here, your field of interest is engaged on the first day of class and extended through a third year before you specialize. This approach also makes you better able to pursue a master’s degree in any of the three specialties in your fifth year, should you chose to do so.

You will learn in an extraordinarily small school with a tight-knit community of students, teachers, pastors, and church members who share a deep personal interest in both your academic performance and spiritual growth. And it all takes place amidst the life of a globally-minded local church in a multi-ethnic urban center in which opportunities for equipping abound.

The undergraduate House System enriches college student life by fostering a community that promotes spiritual growth, academic flourishing, and leadership development. Each incoming college student is assigned to a gender-specific, non-residential “house,” which meets regularly to deepen friendships and strengthen each other’s faith through life together, events, and competition with other houses.

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Biblical Studies major focuses more deeply on interpreting Scripture in its historical, literary, canonical, and redemptive-historical contexts. Students in this major will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to the exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments. All courses in this major will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. Students in this major will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable and Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Credits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew 14
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew 24
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Year 1
Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Year 2
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Year 3
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Year 4
Credits
Fall Semester
Classical Hebrew 14
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Classical Hebrew 24
Christian Ethics & Apologetics2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Global Studies major invites students to examine carefully the historical and contemporary issues affecting the cross-cultural ministry endeavors. This major also engages students in close examination of biblical texts, equipping students to study the Word accurately themselves and to teach others from it. In addition, this major gives students theological categories for assessing methodologies proposed by the social sciences so that they might apply these insights to various contexts for ministry in a biblically faithful manner. Students will learn to exegete both God’s Word and his world for the sake of clear, biblical exposition and faithful discipleship in an increasingly pluralistic world. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Credits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Intermediate Greek or Hebrew 14
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Greek Readings or Hebrew 22/4
World Religions or No Class2/0
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Year 1
Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Year 2
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Year 3
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Year 4
Credits
Fall Semester
History of Global Christianity4
Intermediate Greek or Hebrew 14
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology for Ministry4
Greek Readings or Hebrew 22/4
World Religions or No Class2/0
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in our undergraduate core, the Theology and Letters major is designed to equip undergraduate men and women with the skills needed to think clearly and accurately about the world in which they live and to challenge them to live faithfully in the home, the church, and the world. This major focuses upon great works of Western Civilization with a view to equipping students to evaluate the seminal ideas in the history of thought in light of the self-disclosure of the triune God. The program will not merely expose students to the great thinkers and ideas of history, but it will equip them to participate in the Great Conversation while growing into mature human beings who are broad-minded and big-hearted, possessing firm convictions and eager to pursue wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives. Students will be given the opportunity to put the knowledge they gain in the classroom into practice through completion of a guided internship. Students who complete their fourth year in this program will have the opportunity to continue for a fifth year to obtain an accelerated Master of Arts.

Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Credits
Fall Semester
Shakespeare4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Great Authors 12
Great Authors 22
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
Year 1
Credits
Fall Semester
Ancient Civilizations2
Old Testament Survey & Theology4
Foundations of Christian Discipleship2
Ancient Greek Literature2
Trivium 1: Grammar2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Spring Semester
New Testament Survey & Theology4
The Greek & Roman Worlds2
Classical Philosophy: Pre-Socratics & Plato2
Ancient Roman History & Literature2
Trivium 2: Logic2
Natural Science4
Year 2
Credits
Fall Semester
Medieval Europe2
Early Medieval Theology & Literature4
Classical Philosophy: Aristotle & Roman Philosophy2
The Life & Thought of Augustine2
Trivium 3: Rhetoric2
Language 1*4
Spring Semester
Renaissance & Reformation Europe2
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Literature4
Medieval & Renaissance Theology & Philosophy4
Introduction to Visual Arts & Music2
Language 24
*Students will choose between a classical or a biblical language track.
Year 3
Credits
Fall Semester
The Early Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 1: God, Scripture, Man4
Early Modern Literature4
Early Modern Philosophy2
Language 34
Spring Semester
The Modern World2
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 2: Sin, Christ, Holy Spirit4
Modern Literature4
Modern Philosophy2
Language 44
Year 4
Credits
Fall Semester
Shakespeare4
Intermediate Greek4
Advanced Doctrine 3: Salvation, Church, Last Things4
Leadership and Vocation2
Spring Semester
Great Authors 12
Great Authors 22
Greek Readings2
Elective or Internship2
Biblical Theology4
Global Discipleship2
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Debt Freedom

Students can leave here without a burden of student loan debt. Generous disciples of Christ affirm the quality of this “Education in Serious Joy” by providing a $10,000 annual Serious Joy Scholarship to all students so that they may launch without debt into life and ministry upon graduation.