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Exploring the intersection of Leadership, Faith, and Society
The BSC Fellows Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a biblical and theological foundation during their time at Virginia Tech. The program combines rich community and conversation, Christian spiritual formation, and the historic resources of the Christian tradition, helping students to see their studies and callings in the light of the gospel. This multi-semester program aims to provide a grounding in the best of what the Christian tradition—the Bible, the early church, and more recent Christian writers—says about what it means to bring our whole lives into God’s story for the world.
We encourage you to try out the Fellows Program for the Fall Semester with our first cohort: Rooted — Finding Your Part in God’s Plan.
What’s involved in the the BSC Fellows Program?
The BSC Fellows Program includes three parts, which you can take throughout your studies at Virginia Tech, exploring important themes of Christian theology and application to real life. The Fellows Program includes two “cohorts” of up to 12 students and faculty — one offered in the Fall and one in the Spring. Each cohort meets weekly for 12 weeks during the semester, often over a meal. There is some advance reading — 15-20 pages each week — which is strongly encouraged to promote more engaging and fruitful discussions. Fellows who complete the program will be awarded a Certificate in Christian Studies, formally recognizing their education in the Christian tradition and exploration of Christian vocation.
Finding Your Part in God’s Plan
Each Fall Semester
This cohort provides deep immersion in Scripture as we trace the arc of the biblical story from creation in Genesis to new creation in Revelation. We will consider how all parts of Scripture are connected to one another in the unfolding of God’s purposes and we will explore how our own respective purpose in life is found in God’s larger plans for the world, and particularly what this means for life now as college students. We’ll use The Drama of Scripture and the Bible as our texts.
The Renewing of your Mind
Students complete a self-directed learning project under the direction of a tutor — a VT faculty or BSC staff. This presents a student with the opportunity for guided study on a topic of interest, or other learning project of interest to the student. Options might include one or more BSC reading groups, a study exploring a topic of theology, vocation, science and faith, Christian themes in a class you are taking, or a reflection on a Spring or Summer mission trip.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Christian Calling in Public Life
Each Spring Semester
In this cohort we explore what Christian faithfulness looks like in our twenty-first century society and how the Christian faith guides and informs our academic study and future vocations. We consider what it means to be human: how we’re designed for worship, love, embodiment, freedom, work, and more. We seek to understand both the challenges and the opportunities for Christians studying at a public university and preparing to become Christian leaders in our modern society.