Career Options

Pastoral Ministry

Student Ministry


Children’s Ministry

Christian Education

Women’s Ministry

Camp Ministry

Church Planting

Featured Courses

Spiritual Formation

Communicating the Gospel

Discipleship in the Church

History of Christianity

View the Ouachita catalog for a full course listing with course descriptions.

Degree Details

This flexible degree program allows you to choose an emphasis to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Ministries
  • Christian Missions
  • Christian Theology
  • Philosophy

View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.

Learn more about the Pruet School of Christian Studies.

Christian Studies: B.A.

Has God called you to serve Him through ministry or missions? Ouachita’s Christian studies students receive an excellent education that provides a firm biblical foundation and practical training to prepare them to engage in planting, building and serving the church both here in the U.S. and around the world. Choose among four emphases: Biblical studies and theology, Christian ministries, Christian missions and philosophy.


2018 Grads in a Job or Graduate School

Emphasis Options

Books Published by Current Christian Studies Faculty


Full-time Faculty Have Doctoral Degrees


choose your path


The Biblical Studies emphasis is designed to prepare students for church ministry and seminary.

Classes focus on the study and interpretation of the Bible, theological analysis and practical application. Students can pick a range of classes including Life of Christ, Old Testament Historical Books and Revelation.


The Christian Ministries emphasis is designed for students who are interested in any area of ministry – whether as a pastor, chaplain, youth ministry, women’s ministry or children’s ministry.

Classes focus on theological foundations and practical applications to grow a ministry. Students can pick courses that interest them most, including Discipleship in the Church, Ministry Recreation and Christian Counseling.


The Christian Missions emphasis is designed for students who are called to the mission field.

Along with knowing the theological foundation of Christianity, courses focus on the history, purpose and challenges of Christian missions. Students are prepared to proclaim the Gospel effectively in the modern era. A range of classes are offered including New Religious Movements, Islam and Missiology.


The Christian Theology emphasis is designed to introduce students to the systematic study of the Christian faith.

The emphasis focuses on inspiring and equipping students to reflect on their lifestyle, church ministries, encounters with people of other faiths and personal expressions of worship. Courses include Theology of Worship, Christian Apologetics and History of American Christianity.


The Philosophy emphasis is designed for students to think critically and creatively about fundamental questions posed by human life and experience.

The emphasis encourages students to participate in and contribute to the quest for truth, wisdom and life – which ultimately points toward God. Students can choose from a range of classes including Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Contemporary Philosophy.



“The Pruet School of Christian Studies has prepared me in ways I would have never expected. Not only has it set me up to succeed in ministry, but it also has taught me many important life lessons. As a Biblical studies major, I was able to have irreplaceable relationships with multiple professors as well as study opportunities like my summer in Israel. I am thankful to the Pruet School for pouring into me and investing in my ministry.”

  Alex Jones
 2019 Christian studies graduate from Dallas, Texas

Experience Hands-On Missions

With several mission trip opportunities coordinated by Ouachita, students are able to balance their academics with the advancement of the gospel. Students have the chance to participate in missions for an entire semester or during the summer.

Learn From Top Theologians

Ouachita’s Pruet School professors are among the top Christian studies scholars in the nation, with numerous books and published articles. Students are also able to attend the annual Evangelical Theological Society to hear from scholars around the country.

Walk Where Jesus Walked

The Pruet School’s summer Biblical Studies Trip allows the Bible to come to life as students tour Israel with their professors. By seeing the archaeological and historical aspects firsthand, students are able to have a deeper understanding of the Bible.


in state-of-the-art facilities

While Berry Bible Building and J.E. Berry Chapel have stood as campus landmarks for decades, the facilities of the newly renovated Berry-Peeples Bible Building and Berry Chapel are designed with the next generation of Christian leaders in mind. You will have access to both conference and work rooms for group projects and private study, as well as the Horne Center for Biblical Preaching, which features a state-of-the-art preaching lab with tiered, theater-style seating and sophisticated media, recording and playback equipment. You also will find the stillness and beauty of Berry Chapel both a quiet space for retreat and a place of learning with your professors and peers.

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pruet School of Christian Studies

Has God called you to serve Him through ministry or missions? The Pruet School of Christian Studies is a great place to prepare. Our students gain an understanding of the theological, biblical and practical elements of Christian ministry as well as hands-on experience in ministry, missions and service.


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