Bachelor of Arts
Study English literature, history, philosophy, and theology in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment. Learn to love what is good and pursue it wholeheartedly.
The Humanities program shapes students into people who are strong in faith, able to wrestle with the core questions of life, and ready to succeed in their ministry, profession, or further education. It engages the whole person spiritually, morally, and intellectually.
Humanities students develop essential skills to help them excel in every area of their lives. Skills they gain include the following:
Learn to Learn
Education can be a source of permanent delight. We believe that if students learn to love what is good and pursue it wholeheartedly, they will, by God's grace, find themselves with the characteristics, motivations, and ways of living that will enable them to serve well in our society and in our Lord's kingdom.
Humanities at Briercrest
Briercrest College and Seminary provides a rich theological context in which to engage in life-changing studies. The Humanities program is supported by strong biblical studies and language courses as well as many opportunities to apply these studies to Christian service and ministry.
Our professors have specialized training in their fields and are keenly interested in the larger theological and personal development aspects of their teaching. Our most experienced professors teach the majority of our introductory courses.
Students appreciate that our faculty members are students of the humanities themselves and are continually reshaped by this rich tradition. It is not simply something they teach; it is something they aspire to be in their own lives.
This program lays a solid foundation for further study at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly in the areas of humanities, biblical studies, and/or social sciences.
The BA Humanities requires 69 credit hours of disciplinary study, largely in English Literature, History, and Philosophy, complemented by courses that present a distinctly interdisciplinary methodology. In addition, this degree requires 3 credit hours of cognate requirements in the fine arts. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Humanities requires a minimum of 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.
Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).
New students: apply to the college now and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.
Current students: contact Academic Services to change programs and/or to be connected with a faculty adviser.
(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level)
(66 credit hours)
(30 credit hours)
Area of Concentration
(18 credit hours)
(21 credit hours [9 + 9 +3])
(3 credit hours)
(6-21 credit hours)
"The Humanities program at Briercrest has prepared me to think
broadly, deeply, and sensitively about the world around me, the
needs of those in my midst, and the call on my life to be a
follower of Christ. It has also fostered a curiosity that has
fundamentally produced in me a desire toward and engagement in
continuous learning activities and characteristics that have
enabled me to stand out to my current employer."
"Briercrest offers a unique setting for exploring the nature of
faith and thought-one that is safe for questioning and
investigation, anticipating that graduates will go with that
knowledge and change the world."
Joel was born and raised in Saskatchewan and spent most of his youth in Caronport. He was converted to Christ at a very early age. During his school years, he excelled at academics and sports and learned a variety of trade skills (including carpentry, plumbing, and mechanics) from his father. For several summers, he drove trucks in the oil patch in Alberta.
Joel married Rebecca Zender in 1988, and they have three children: Olivia, Aaron, and Rachel. He spent seven years in pastoral ministry in Buffalo, New York, and he has been a professor and part-time administrator at Briercrest College and Seminary for thirteen years. He currently enjoys watching his children play sports, reading, doing home repair/construction projects, and teaching.