The principal goal of our program is to help students become faithful and intelligent readers of the Bible and the Christian theological tradition. Our approach is multidisciplinary: we draw on the insights of other academic fields to assist in opening the Biblical text for contemporary readers in the Christian tradition. We research and teach about the Bible and its reception, interpretation and use in the Church, the academy, and popular culture; investigating its language, historical settings, transmission, enculturation, and the symbiotic relationship that exists between the interpreter's social setting and the interpretation of the text. While the diversity of this study places an emphasis on methods, we remain committed to an articulation of Biblical Theology that is consistent with our confession of the Bible as the Word of God.
Our approach to Christian Theology is likewise multidisiplinary: including systematic, historical, and philosophical methodologies. We research and teach about the development of Christian thought in the Church, the academy, and popular culture; drawing attention to the formative role of Christian thinking in the shaping of the western world, its effect on the global Christian community, and its ongoing afterlife in society at large.
All students in degree programs are required to take a minimum of courses in a variety of general arts and sciences so as to enable them to acquire an adequate foundation and context for their chosen area of studies, and to develop a critical appreciation of scholarship in general. These general requirements, along with the related co-curricular expectations of all regular Providence University College students, are designed to equip students to fulfill the mission and purposes of Providence University College.