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Why Is a Bible Minor Important?

December 15, 2014

At Cedarville University, we take our mission statement very seriously: “Cedarville University is a Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” Not only is there biblical integration in every course, but all students complete a Bible minor as a part of their academic program. Always among our students’ favorites, Bible classes prepare them to think about their vocation in light of God’s Word and to find their place in God’s mission.

The Bible minor at Cedarville is made up of five courses:

  • Course One: Spiritual Formation challenges students to pursue a Spirit-led relationship with Christ through personal study of God’s Word. Students learn to read and interpret the Bible well, with a view toward their growth in Christian maturity. 
  • Courses Two and Three: Old Testament Literature and New Testament Literature reinforce the Bible-reading skills developed in Spiritual Formation by setting the trajectory for a lifetime of reading the text. Students learn how the chapters, books, and sections of the Bible fit together to tell the story of the Gospel. 
  • Courses Four and Five: Theology 1 and 2 help form a biblical-theological foundation for a lifetime pursuit of ministry within the church and within the student’s vocation. Students systematize their biblical knowledge by carefully thinking through what the Bible teaches and how Christian theologians of the past have answered these questions. 

So why is a Bible minor an important addition to students' Christ-centered education? These classes challenge their thinking by exalting Christ through the careful reading of God’s Word. More importantly, they will transform students' lives as they boldly live out God's call.

Posted in Academics Spiritual Growth Why Christ Centered Higher Education?

High School Students Taking College Courses

December 4, 2014

Does your student want to get a head start on earning college credit? Are you looking for ways to save money on the cost of college? Would your student benefit from getting a taste of what college life is like now? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, encourage your student to consider taking online or on-campus courses from Cedarville University

The evidence is mounting that high school students who take a college course are more likely to attend college, and at Cedarville, we've also seen high school students outperform their college student peers. They study with top professors, earn college credit, and get a taste of university academics ... before they ever step foot on campus as a freshmen student! 

As part of Cedarville's high school course options, students will:

  • Get a head start on college, potentially saving both time and money in completing their degree. 
  • Satisfy high school academic requirements at the same time (ask your student’s high school guidance counselor for details). 
  • Study with top Cedarville professors who will challenge them to think deeply and apply biblical principles to what they are learning. 
  • Gain confidence that they’ll excel at college-level academics. 
Online courses are forming for spring semester, which begins in January. Courses are also offered in the summer (including our campus-based, two-week Summer Studies program) and the fall semester. Your student can choose from our most popular general education courses

and experience innovative technologies that are shaping the future of education. Local students may also choose to attend courses on campus.

Visit www.cedarville.edu/collegenow for more information!


As an added bonus for Ohio students, Cedarville is now participating in College Credit Plus (formerly known as PSEO). Through this program, Ohio high school students are able to enroll in Cedarville courses for FREE — including books!

Posted in Academics Admissions Affordability

Why is Teaching Creation Important at a Christian College?

November 21, 2014

When it comes to their science departments, most Christian universities and colleges either ignore the issue of Creation and Genesis altogether, or they promote theistic evolution or some other harmonization of Genesis. There are only a handful of schools that believe that Genesis is historically accurate and forms a foundation for science, the Bible, and Christian education. 

So, why is it important for a Christian college to teach Creation? 

Dr. John H. Whitmore, Professor of Geology in Cedarville's Department of Science and Mathematics, shares five reasons in today's Parent Prep post. 
 

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Posted in Academics Why Christ Centered Higher Education?

A University's Doctrinal Statement: How Important Is It?

October 13, 2014

Like your local church, Christian colleges all have a statement of beliefs. As you research and visit different institutions with your student, how important is it to consider each college's doctrinal statement?

First, know that a doctrinal statement provides the general framework within which the university will be offering its education. It is a good idea to review the statements (most are posted online) to assure you are comfortable with the direction. Have questions about what you read? This is a great opportunity to involve your pastor to provide insights.

Second, ask Christian universities if their faculty sign the doctrinal statement as a condition of employment. Not all do. Knowing that faculty will be teaching in line with the institution's stated beliefs provides a point of accountability to you as a parent. Are you comfortable that the faculty at the university will uphold the beliefs that are most important to your family?

Photo of Dr. Jason LeeTwo years ago we conducted a study related to parents' use of the Cedarville University website. We made an interesting -- and candidly, unexpected -- finding. Parents were more likely to search terms related to the University's doctrinal commitments and focus on spiritual growth than any other topics. 

In today's post, Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville, provides insight about the importance of Cedarville's Doctrinal Statement and how it informs our approach to Christ-centered higher education. Read the the full post here.

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