Taking a look at the required Bible minor, considering the value of choices
by Sara Elrick
Coming to Northwestern, I knew that there would be a mandatory number of Bible credits needed in order to graduate. I was more than okay with that. In fact, I was looking forward to it. I chose to come to a Christian college, so it would be unreasonable for me not to want to take any Bible courses, having made this decision.
Current and incoming students are automatically enrolled with a Bible minor without having a choice. We actually have enough required credits to move the minor to a major. Again, this is not our choice.
Not having the choice is contrary to what most of us have been told about college. We’ve been told that at college we can choose what we want to major and minor in, what direction we want to go. Being told that we must take all these classes is no longer allowing us to maintain this bit of freedom we have been looking forward to.
“We’ve been told that at college we can choose what we want to major and minor in, what direction we want to go. Being told that we must take all these classes is no longer allowing us to maintain this bit of freedom we have been looking forward to.” – Sara Elrick
I understand why UNW would want us to take all of these courses. It is an excellent way to make sure all students are well versed in the realm of apologetics – the defense of the Christian faith and hermeneutics – and how to interpret the Bible. But perhaps not everyone needs that course load. I believe every student should be given the choice of whether he or she wants to have a Bible minor or major.
I still believe that we should have a number of required Bible credits, but not nearly as many as now. I also believe that we should be given more freedom with these credits. For example, say that someone is interested in the life of the Apostle Paul. He or she could take Pauline Epistles, followed by Prison Letters. From there, he or she could branch off and take Minor Prophets. I believe that we should be able to choose our own path with our Bible credits.
Sara Elrick is a public relations major and psychology minor at UNW. She hopes to work in consumer behaviors, aiding in research and development to find out what motivates consumers and why (photo by Sara Elrick).