Trends in the minimum number of credit hours required to complete a bachelor’s degree have been studied at four-year public institutions and appear to have been moving steadily towards a 120-hour standard for the majority of programs. The existence of such trends at Christian institutions have not previously been investigated nor has credit hour data been collected and made publicly available. If Christian institutions are not moving towards 120 hours, as state schools are, it could signal an emerging dichotomy in higher education requirements. This paper presents both the data and the trends in the minimum number of credit hours required to complete a bachelor’s degree at institutions who are members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). An analysis shows that Christian institutions are likewise reducing their degree requirements but at a slower pace than public four-year institutions.
Lang, A. S., Valderrama, E. F., & Holt, C. R. (2018). The number of credit hours required for bachelor’s degrees at Christian colleges and universities. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Christians in Higher Education, 8(1), 3-11. https://doi.org/10.31380/sotlched.8.1.3