FPU is committed to a biblical record as a primary source of direction for both personal and corporate Christian life. Students enrolled in the biblical and religious studies major are exposed to a wide range of courses in the Bible, theology and church history.
Building directly upon foundations established in the "Stories of Peoples and Cultures" sequence of general education courses, this major offers three traditional emphases:
Theology encompasses a system of religious beliefs and teachings, often outlining a set of ethical standards that must be upheld. The theology and ethics emphasis explores these systems throughout the world, and throught various periods in history, in order to better understand current beliefs.
This emphasis builds on the biblical foundations of the major, discussing a wide range of topics from Latin American religious thought to Mennonite history.
The Spanish language, though in various dialects, is spoken across the country and throughout the world. Thus, a deep understanding of this language and the cultures from which it originates is a vital part of a global perspective, and is of value in a wide range of professions.
While many Spanish programs focus solely on the language, the Spanish language and culture major at FPU offers a choice of focus through two emphases:
Latin America consists of many individual countries, each with a unique history, and each with a uniqe culture. The Latin American cultures emphasis exposes students to some of these cultures, exploring their differences from each other, and from American ways of life.
The pre-law/criminal justice major equips prospective lawyers or criminal justice personnel to be knowledgeable about the legal and criminal justice systems in the United States. It provides an understanding of alternative approaches to conflict resolution and the pursuit of justice and prepares graduates to pursue value-based careers in a law-related fields.
Chemistry explores the composition, properties, structure, and reactions of matter. The chemistry major provides students with an understanding of the unifying themes-and diversity-of natural and synthetic materials and their importance within the environment and technology.
The intercultural studies major prepares students for living and working within cultures different from their own. Students develop a broadened perspective and the knowledge needed to function and serve in our inter-dependent global society.
This major is built around a core set of interdisciplinary courses designed to give a broad understanding of the world and connections between societies. It offers two emphases:
Ministry, put simply, is an act (or acts) of service to others. Expanding on this definition, the contemporary Christian ministries major prepares graduates for ministry by focusing on specific needs and roles in church and para-church organizations. Thus, this major is designed for students with an interest in practical forms of service in church and para-church ministries.