The education offered at Grace University differs from a secular liberal arts education or even a Christian liberal arts education in a number of ways. Students should note the following distinctive characteristics:
The particular emphasis of the liberal arts college is to provide a broad, liberal education in the humanities and sciences as a foundation for many professions and vocations. Grace University, in contrast to this, gives primary focus to the Bible with the humanities and sciences serving a supportive role.
With our focus on the Bible and life application, Grace University emphasizes basic life skills development for the home and family, active involvement in a local church as an expression of commitment to community, and Christian character development with a critical thinking and an ethical mindset for the work place.
Integration of Knowledge and Skills
At Grace University, the Bible is the integrating dynamic of our curriculum. This core helps students form a unified Christian worldview and philosophical perspective on life. On this integrated foundation of Biblical Studies and General Education, professional studies are added to prepare for his or her work place. These professional studies also provide leadership development skills and life-long learning skills so students are not limited to initial vocational responsibilities. With time and maturity, our graduates become top-level professionals who are prepared for key leadership roles within their vocational fields. At Grace University, most professional programs at the bachelor level require 40 to 50 hours of professional studies to fully train the individual for his/her stated vocational calling and for leadership capacities for the home, the church and the world.
Personal Spiritual Life
Grace University places heavy emphasis upon spiritual formation and ministry skill development regardless of the vocational direction a student has chosen. Spiritual formation includes a lifestyle of daily quiet time to read Scripture, meditation, prayer, and the pursuit of a worshipful focus on God. Spiritual formation also includes development of a Christ-honoring lifestyle including self-discipline, ethical decision making, and abstaining from behavior and attitudes that Scripture calls sin.
Ministry skill development includes development of one’s ability to share one’s faith with others, to speak about and teach Scripture publicly in a variety of ministry settings, and to engage in Christian worship with sensitivity to various traditions and styles. Grace University offers a complement of weekly chapels, called Grace L.I.F.E. (Life Integration For Excellence), a fall Bible Conference, a spring World Christian Conference, a Day of Prayer each semester, lectureships and forums, campus mentoring programs, and support of church ministries throughout the local area to help facilitate the development of a student’s spiritual life and ministry skills.
Like other institutions of higher education, Grace University prides itself in its faculty and the academic freedom each has in accomplishing his/her duties in the classroom, research, and community service. What distinguishes our faculty is not their academic achievements, but their desire to devote those achievements to Christ, local churches and global missions, and the theological position of Grace University. Many private colleges are Christian in name, but their faculty promotes a worldview that is anything but Christian. At Grace University, faculty views their teaching responsibilities as being supportive of the values found in scriptures and of the church. Faculty see themselves as key role models for students of godliness, as well as scholarship. Our faculty does not see it as their role to undermine a student’s confidence in Scripture or personal faith, or to challenge the values of their parents; rather, our individual and collective role is to encourage students and help integrate faith, the Word, and values into all aspects of life.