16 weeks (semester)
Traditional On-Campus, Lancaster
LBC | Capital’s Christian Thought in the Humanities program seeks to cultivate wisdom in students through the study of human thought, culture and artifacts. Students will learn to see God as the author of human creation and the love of God as the ultimate purpose for studying human creation.
The Arts & Sciences Department designed the Christian Thought in the Humanities program to provide students with a degree that deepens their understanding of God and broadens their understanding of humanity. The major takes advantage of the disciplines already part of the Arts & Sciences core curriculum while offering students the opportunity to dig deeper into courses that help them see the world, its cultures, its societies and its people according to the light of Scripture.
The program, also with specializations in Literature, Rhetoric & Writing and History, prepares students to move into humanities graduate degree programs after graduation as well as serve as teachers in Christian schools, classical schools and homeschool environments. The end of all education is to know God through the study of his creation. This program was created to give students that kind of education.
The Humanities degree at LBC is designed to integrate wisdom and beauty across disciplines to help students gain a deeper understanding of the truth and goodness of the Triune God.
The Christian Thought in the Humanities bachelor’s degree prepares students for a wide range of technical and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers and opportunities this degree affords:
Bible & Theology Core 42 Credits
Arts & Sciences Core 37 Credits
Christian Thought in the Humanities Core 26 Credits
Specialization 18 Credits
View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.
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By combining the core course plan with one of these 18-credit specializations, you can customize your course of study to better meet your educational goals.
A history specialization will provide students an opportunity to pursue the true, the good and the beautiful through the examination of human history. History is the story of the human effort to create lasting significance and meaning in a world poisoned by death. In each eon of history, people have engaged the struggle to make things right, even if they did not know the Creator who alone is the author, sustainer and redeemer of all things. At LBC, students will examine the human pursuit of the eternal through cultural expressions, economic development, political institutions and philosophical investigations. In this way, since God created humanity in his image, students will stretch to see, know and love God who is the good, true and beautiful, and who alone can satisfy every heart and enlighten every mind.
Students choosing to earn a specialization in History will take the following courses:
A writing-rhetoric specialization will provide students the opportunity to place writing at the center of their Christian thought and humanities major. Rhetoric is a disciplined art corresponding with a process of logical thought and the creation of purposeful oral, written and visual compositions to promote understanding in the context of human experiences and interactions. A writing-rhetoric concentration equips students to think logically and communicate effectively so they become more acute, attentive interpreters of the world around. Undergirded by a growing love for God, His Word and others, this concentration equips students to be reflective, articulate thinkers and proficient writers who actively participate in current academic, cultural and professional conversations.
Students choosing to earn a specialization in Rhetoric and Writing will choose 6 courses from below for a total of 18 credits:
A literature specialization will provide students with avenues to explore the good, the true and the beautiful through an examination of human creative activity in the literary arts. Literature represents the written exploration of experience—human and divine—across the centuries and across cultures, and it has both a challenging and a binding force in human civilizations since its origins thousands of years ago. Students in the literature specialization will learn ways of recognizing the technique and craftsmanship of great literary writers across time and will have the opportunity to explore the ways in which literature has shaped culture, been shaped by culture and communicated goodness, truth and beauty in ways that transcend culture. The critical thinking and cultural analysis skills developed in this specialization are broadly applicable across disciplines, but they will be particularly relevant for students who desire to go on to graduate school or seminary, as well as those who may seek careers as cultural commentators or teachers in college or private Christian schools.
Students choosing to earn a specialization in Literature will take the following courses:
This course overviews rhetorical history, theories, and structures. Students will evaluate various rhetorical artifacts in diverse textual forms to observe how language impacts past and present discourses. (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the principles of instructional design. Students will understand the role outcomes and standards play in instructional design and will design ways to assess learning. Effective lesson planning will be discussed and practiced as students explore various instructional methods and materials. Instructional design will be observed and studied in classroom experiences. (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the major classical problems and issues in the philosophy of religion and the relevance of these to Christian faith. (3 credits)
This course covers the major ideas that have been expounded by scientists who hold to naturalistic evolution as the cause for all that exists. It also covers the concepts of intelligent design theory and creation by a Designer. Historical information and cutting edge ideas are studied from various subject fields in the sciences and the philosophical/theological ideas set forth by both evolutionists and creationists. Laboratory work that relates to the subject from various sciences is also part of this course. (3 credits)
HUM 430 Cultivating Christian Thought in the Humanities
HUM 450 Humanities Practicum I
HUM 451 Humanities Practicum II