Boyce College to offer Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree

Communications Staff — October 21, 2016

Boyce College logoLOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) —  A new degree program at Boyce College will prepare students to apply a Christian worldview in the areas of politics, international justice, and economic development, according to leaders at the undergraduate school of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics will be available beginning in fall 2017.

“This is another great step in the maturity and growth of Boyce College,” said Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. “This is one of the most significant and timely majors we could offer at this time, especially to young people who are going to be prepared to apply the Christian worldview to every dimension of life and to some of the most pressing challenges of our day in economics and politics. I’m really proud of this new degree program and if I were a young person preparing to major in college I would want to attend Boyce College and take this major.”

School leaders say the program addresses the mounting challenges facing Christians in a globalized society. The interdisciplinary degree will advocate for religious liberty, public justice, human flourishing, and the need for a holistic ministry, according to the program’s website.

“Our mission is to serve the church, equipping young men and women with an education grounded in biblical truth that will prepare them for global kingdom service,” said Boyce College Dean Matthew J. Hall. “The PPE degree is designed with precisely that mission in mind. In an age that is so deeply confused about what it means to be made in the image of God and what makes for human flourishing, this degree program aims to send out graduates for service in the church, the public square, and the marketplace who will make a difference for Christ.”

Bryan Baise, assistant professor of worldview and apologetics at Boyce College, will serve as program director for the school's new degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.
Bryan Baise, assistant professor of worldview and apologetics at Boyce College, will serve as program director for the school’s new degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

While the program can prepare future pastors to lead their churches in engaging the public square, students can also use this degree to work for missions agencies and nonprofit organizations who need executives and staff trained in economics and public policy analysis.

The degree program includes 39 hours of studies in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major, which will be incorporated with 33 hours of Biblical and Theological Studies courses and 12 hours of Ministry Studies courses. The foundation in Bible and theology will allow students to integrate their studies with the cultural and political issues Christians face around the globe, program leaders say.

“I am thoroughly excited for Boyce College as we launch this degree program,” said Bryan Baise, assistant professor of worldview and apologetics and program director for the new degree. “It provides a unique opportunity for Southern Baptists to study key ideas placed into an interdisciplinary context with a philosophical and theological mind.”

For more information on the degree and to apply, visit boycecollege.com/ppe.

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