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Are colleges with classes that have a "christian perspective" the same as regular classes?

alcove12alcove12 1 replies2 threads New Member
There's a college I am looking at that has the health science/medical biology undergraduate degree that I am interested in. However, the description mentions that it's a regular health science path, with a "Christian perspective". It is a Christian college, however I've never been very religious. Will this affect me at all or my chances of getting into dental school?
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Replies to: Are colleges with classes that have a "christian perspective" the same as regular classes?

  • simba9simba9 3398 replies20 threads Senior Member
    "Christian perspective" is pretty ambiguous and its meaning likely varies from school to school. Can you name the college? If it's a school that's regionally accredited, you're probably fine. If it's a school with "Bible College" in the name, you might not be.
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  • happy1happy1 24442 replies2462 threads Super Moderator
    You need to get the details from the college about exactly what is taught.
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  • CamasiteCamasite 245 replies10 threads Junior Member
    edited July 24
    Yes, it depends on what they mean.

    Are they talking about nonsense such as "young earth creationism" then run because they obviously have zero scientific integrity and it is probably some fundamentalist bible college with no real interest in teaching science.

    If they are talking about taking certain conservative Christian moral stands on health care issues like abortion and stem cell research then you have to make the call as to whether or not you share the same beliefs. That might actually describe some reputable schools like Georgetown and Notre Dame.

    If they are talking about adding requirements that you take bible/religion classes and/or attend chapel or convocation while in your major you take ordinary science classes then they are more or less like a hundred other Christian universities from Georgetown to Baylor. And it isn't likely to affect your dental school admissions in the slightest.
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  • inthegardeninthegarden 1879 replies32 threads Senior Member
    There are many, many colleges and universities that are loosely affiliated with one denomination or another but no longer in have much (if any) religious presence (other than a campus chapel) and maybe a requirement to take a theology or philosophy class that may be more about comparative religion /world view than about pushing one perspective. On the other hand, there are fundamentalist/conservative schools who religious dogma permeates the curricula of classes on many levels. I would not recommend those to you so it is important to know the difference. Would you be comfortable naming the school in question?
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  • alcove12alcove12 1 replies2 threads New Member
    Crown College in Minnesota
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 30956 replies199 threads Senior Member
    edited August 6
    Crown College (formerly Saint Paul Bible College) has regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. https://www.hlcommission.org/component/directory/?Itemid=&Action=ShowBasic&instid=2079

    Reading the website, it looks like it could be a good choice for a strongly Christian student, but perhaps not a good choice for someone who is not religious. https://www.crown.edu/about/core-values/

    What appeals to you so far about Crown? Is it commuting distance from your home? Does it look affordable? Do you know a lot of people who have studied there and really liked their experience?
    edited August 6
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