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Union to add three master's-level Christian studies degrees


JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) - Three new graduate degrees in Christian studies have been approved by Union University trustees as part of its "Union 2010: A Vision for Excellence" goals for the next five years.

As part of the Union 2010 long-range plan, the Christian studies department will launch a Master of Arts in biblical studies, a Master of Arts in ethics and a master of Christian studies.

While the 48-credit-hour master's degrees in biblical studies and Christian ethics are specifically designed for fulltime students on Union's campus, Guthrie said the 42-hour master of Christian studies degree is geared more to staff and church members in the region.

Union's Christian studies department has grown considerably over the past decade, with the number of majors increasing from 70 to 230 and faculty increasing from six to 13.

Beyond the Christian studies degrees, the Union 2010 plan also calls for new construction on campus and projects a fall enrollment of 3,500 by 2010, up from the current 2,919. Union enrollment has increased from 1,975 to 2,919 since 1996.