Charleston Southern University’s department of religion has transitioned to become the School of Christian Studies.

“The transition ... is rooted in our desire to reflect more accurately not only what we teach, but also why we teach,” said Michael L. Bryant, dean of the new school. “We will seek to interact in meaningful ways with non-Christian thought through critical instruction and field trips. Nevertheless, the content of our classes will focus more specifically on the Christian faith.”

The School of Christian Studies will offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Christian studies and student ministry. To encourage the study of Hebrew and Greek, the school also will offer a bachelor’s in Christian studies with an emphasis in biblical languages.

Students will be able to choose among several new minors, including degrees in Christian worldview and apologetics and in missions and church planting.

“Along with a firm commitment to important affirmations of faith, we will seek to be intentional in discipling our students so that they may in turn disciple others,” Bryant said.