Christian Thought

The world needs leaders who have thought about the Christian faith and how to share the Gospel in an age of distraction. CUW’s Christian Thought program is devoted to the study of the history of Christianity, Christian doctrine, Christian philosophy, apologetics, and ethics. The program is suitable for anyone with an interest in theology and philosophy and a sincere desire to carry out the Great Commission.

Why Study Christian Thought at CUW?

A CUW degree offers you:

  • A Lutheran higher education community committed to helping you develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the church and the world
  • Small classroom sizes and personal connections with teachers and administrators
  • A wide variety of worship and devotional opportunities
  • Coursework that combines insight, leadership skills and ethical values
  • The foundation for a lifetime of success and achievement

Program Overview

The Christian Thought program at CUW includes a 33 credit major and a 21 credit minor. Elective courses allow for specialized study in history, theology or philosophy.

What You’ll Learn in the Christian Thought Program

CUW’s Christian Thought program will teach you how to:

  • Examine the interaction between Christian and surrounding cultures in both Western and non-Western settings
  • Appreciate approaches to public theology within different denominations
  • Evaluate the range of contemporary issues facing Christians today
  • Consider the meaning of history from the Christian perspective
  • Explore the theological, political, and educational ideas and major themes of the reformations
  • Defend and support the Christian faith
  • Research, write, and present a piece of original historical work
  • Synthesize knowledge, skills, and attitudes to create and support a new point of view
  • Understand how different branches of Christianity react to conflict between church and state
  • Negotiate issues of Christ and culture

Career Choices

  • Church worker
  • Journalist
  • International business

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Liberal Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Biblical Studies
  • Theology
  • Theological Languages


CUW’s Christian Thought curriculum includes coursework in the Old and New Testament, Religion in America Today, the History of Christianity, Christ and Culture, and Christian Apologetics. A number of electives are available in history, theology or philosophy. Please review our course catalog for a full class listing.

High School Prep Courses

The following courses are recommended, but not required, for the Christian Thought program. 

  • English
  • Math
  • Lab Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language