Faces and Stories
PGH Christian Studies has been and will continue to be the highlight of my university experience. I look forward to future discussions and classes, as well as further conversations with both peers and faculty.
Read more from Sheyann here.
Going to school at Pitt, it is far too easy to compartmentalize my faith and my desire to learn. PGH Christian Studies reminds me that my intellect was given to me by God for the purpose of knowing Him, and that God doesn’t just want to be a part of my personal life: He wants to be a part of every aspect of my life, including my academic and intellectual life.
Read more from Mary Liz here.
Because I was introduced to the [Apocalypse literature] course in PGH CS, I am enrolled in a class that challenges me to talk about my faith and its teachings in an academic setting…
I could not be more joyful regarding my experience as a member of Pittsburgh Christian Studies. Since joining PGH Christian Studies, I have been able to interact with other Christian students at Pitt and nearby universities, discuss relevant topics and events in both social and academic settings, and enroll in challenging courses in order expand my knowledge of Christian life. I am so thankful that PGH Christian Studies has given me the opportunity to expand my experiences as a Christian through social and academic activities.
Read more from Alison here.
I have learned about different backgrounds and found more explanations for my own faith. I have made significant relationships.
The Pittsburgh Christian Studies program has presented me with many opportunities to expand my understanding of the history and beliefs of Christianity. The multiple events supplement my college coursework and provide a new experience for learning about my faith. The Christian Studies program is for anyone who is even curious about the Christian faith and is seeking new ways to learn more about it.
PGH Christian Studies opened me up to the range of strongly believing Christians that exist on our campus. Outside of this program, I don't have much contact with believers of such diverse denominations in a context where we can share our views constructively…
Another part of the program that I have benefited from is the mini seminars that are offered each semester. Although they are not for credit, I have found them a wonderful supplement to my other classes. These seminars give the brilliant christian faculty at the colleges in Pittsburgh a chance to talk about their work as it relates to faith in a way that they might not be able to do in a normal class, and gives the students a chance to see how Christianity relates to all realms of life.
Read more from Madeline here.
The Pittsburgh Christian Studies program helped me to engage in the intellectual life of my faith in the midst of my engineering classes. I am so grateful for the connections I have made through this program…
In my experience on my college campus, religion is something to hide... By engaging with students from different universities and faiths, I was able to explore and discuss topics that would be taboo in my engineering classes. From classes to movie nights to visits to local Christian sites, I was able to engage in my faith while also making deeper connections within the Pittsburgh community. The program is a fantastic and practical way to live for Christ in the university and beyond.
Read more from Alex here.
In philosophy, I completed an independent study focusing on the philosophical thought of John Henry Newman, a 19th century philosopher and priest. This course was probably the most fulfilling course I have had at the University, and it was made possible by the Christian Studies program.
Read more from Reed here.
My electives were an excellent opportunity to explore the historical and literary legacy of Christianity. In particular, Dr. Toker’s course, Introduction to Western Architecture, plunged me into the rich history of western church architecture. In addition to technical and historical considerations, Dr. Toker highlighted elements of Christian spirituality and practice that were built into these magnificent engineering marvels. Engaging the Christian intellectual heritage in this class and others like it deeply enriched my college experience with enjoyable courses.
Read more from Peter here.
I highly recommend to all engineers to try one of these courses early on in their academic careers so that they may have the opportunity to take multiple courses that will help strengthen their knowledge in Christianity and their faith. I regret not figuring this out sooner in my undergraduate career, because I could have fit in a few more Christian Studies courses into my schedule which would have all counted towards my degree.
Read more from Michael here.
I really enjoy Christian Studies courses because they allow me to spend time studying something that is so relevant to my life. The knowledge I gain from these courses comes from an academic and secular perspective, which gives me a more well-rounded education about my faith. I am hearing about Christianity not just from other Christians, church, and my own studies, but from professors looking at my faith from an analytical perspective.
Read more from Samantha here.