Attending a Bible college is often a significant and life-altering experience. While the overall experience of being in a Christ centered environment is transformational for all students, the experience does differ depending on the type of student life they have chosen. Many of the actual day to day college experiences vary based on whether the student’s college experience is an on campus experience or distance-learning online program, as well as whether they attend full-time or part-time.
What Bible College Degree Majors and Curriculums Do Schools Offer?-
There are usually a wide variety of degree majors and certificate programs available at Bible colleges. Preparation for primary ministry, youth ministry, music ministry, Christian school teaching positions, Christian counseling, support ministry and full time missions are often the basic course degree majors offered by most Bible colleges. Additional degree focuses may vary greatly depending on the college.
For on campus experiences, most students find the support and interaction of other students sharing in the joy of Christian learning to be very beneficial. The interdisciplinary outlines vary depending on the Bible college. But the primary focus of most Bible colleges for all levels of students, is based on understanding scriptures from both the Old and New Testament within their historical and present-day context.
Other primary focuses of the base education platforms are usually defined on the doctrinal approaches of the college itself. Often church history, theological tenets and understanding scriptural intent are the main focus of Bible college classes in addition to whatever the degree major is that is chosen.
What Is On Campus Student Life Like at Bible College
While there are similarities in all colleges and campus life whether Biblical or secular, Bible colleges usually have a strong code of personal conduct that must be adhered too. In traditional college life, drinking, partying and having multiple relationships of a sexual nature over the four-year time span are not unusual. By contrast in most Bible colleges, this type of behavior would not be tolerated and could lead to discipline. Alcohol and drugs are almost never tolerated at Bible colleges.
Additionally, in some Bible colleges, first year students are not allowed to have any dating relationships with other students. After the first year, dating relationships between students is often allowed but there are usually defined boundaries for on campus behavior that excludes intimacy.
Other than the basics of morality, much of the variations of code of behavior are minor between different Bible colleges. Dorms are usually separated by gender throughout the two- or four-year college term of the student attending.
What Is Bible College Extracurricular Life Like?
Bible colleges are often filled with a vast array of different events students can get involved in. These may be both on campus and off campus events that students may participate in. Picnics, sporting events and competitions, revivals, theatrical and musical events are not uncommon at most Bible colleges. Some Bible colleges have sporting competitions with both secular and other religious college institutions for higher learning.
Do Christian Schools Offer Missions Work Curriculum ?
Most Bible colleges of all doctrinal approaches mandate that their students participate in off campus missions work several times over the course of the term they are attending for. This is usually a mandate that the college sets in place to help students understand the practical applications of Christian outreach and missions.
Because missions’ outreach is part of the basic teachings of Christ, many Bible colleges mandate a variety of mission trips and mission outreach programs be participated in by the student. This is usually the case no matter what the student has for a degree major. Students do usually receive some college grading for their participation via the class grades they receive from the course that has mandated the mission project.