Urban Studies

The Urban Studies Major equips students to effectively work in a variety of local and global urban contexts. The program equips students to embody and announce the gospel of Jesus Christ in urban contexts by introducing them to social, political, and cultural structures that influence urban environments.  Students combine the Intercultural Studies Core and an Urban Studies curriculum, with a rigorous emphasis on experiential learning, to prepare for missional witness and city transformation.

Students in the Urban Studies major will benefit from Johnson’s accreditationaffordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual formation and professional preparedness of each student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree coursework integrate a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core.

Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Serve as missional agents and resource persons in urban contexts.
  • Articulate biblical, theological, and missiological foundations for their chosen ministry field.
  • Pursue Christian formational growth conducive to urban
    cross-cultural ministry.
  • Conduct research, planning, and implementation of missional strategies in urban contexts.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Race & Ethnicity in the American Experience
Dynamics of the City
Faith & The City
Urban Anthropology
Encountering Cultures
Living & Working Cross-Culturally

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective