Christian Studies Fellows are undergraduates from a wide variety of majors who want to learn more about the Bible and Christian history, culture, and theology in community. CS Fellows often take courses in Christian studies offered at area universities, but this is not a requirement. The heart of the Fellowship is a community of students and faculty seeking advanced formation in the Christian intellectual tradition, whether in their college curriculum or through the many cultural excursions and occasions for good conversation that PGH CS offers.
Fellows are assigned a faculty mentor in their general area of study. Through these relationships fellows receive help planning their curriculum, conducting advanced research, discerning future career paths, and thinking about the role of Christianity in the 21st-century research university and society at large. Fellows receive a stipend of $250 at the end of the year, and receive free textbooks for any Christian studies course they take. Fellows commit to participating in at least ten of the year's events, and they work together to produce the annual student-run Colloquium on the Christian Intellectual Life.
How to Apply: Interested students may apply directly to the Fellows program or be nominated by a friend or faculty member. Prospective fellows can apply here.
Throughout the semester all students are welcome to take part in a variety of events where they can experience Christian culture, history, and intellectual life. Each event includes a faculty-led, seminar-style discussion in which Christian scripture and tradition are important sources for rational inquiry. Events will focus on three areas: Christian culture (e.g., a Bach performance); local Christian history (e.g., a tour of the Maxo Vanka Christ-as-steelworker murals at St. Nicholas Croatian church in Millvale); and faith-based community development (e.g., a workday at the urban Garfield Farm and discussion with the church leaders who started it).