Jesus declared that, by the unity and love of His people, the world will know that He was sent by God the Father (John 17:20-23). Covenant College seeks to express love and unity as we embrace oneness even through our uniqueness. God uniquely created each of us, and part of that is ethnic and cultural.
"I've been able to learn and be challenged by the great faculty here, make great friends and connections, and experiencing this with my family has been such a blessing."
Lesley Hill ’21
“[I grew up in Malaysia, but] I’m not Malaysian. I’ve got a Korean passport, but I’m not Korean enough. I’m not American, because I speak with an accent and I look different. But God is bigger than this…My home is in heaven and I am God’s son. I am part of His Country and His nation. Covenant has been a real good family to me, even though we look different. We are Christians and that means we are His people and that means we are family.”
John Bae ’21
Covenant embraces the fact that our ethnic heritages and cultural experiences have shaped each of us uniquely. We practice loving each other as our many different stories collide in a beautiful expression of diversity here on top of Lookout Mountain. By interacting with God’s image as exemplified in other people, we gain a clearer picture of God.
"I came to Covenant from Napula, Mozambique. At Covenant, I have been able to have friendships with all sorts of people who grew up in many different environments. These friendships have helped me to understand the diversity that is in a community as well as assisted me in recognizing ways that different cultures act."
Benaiah Woodrow ’22
“I want to charge Covenant to lead and truly show diversity in the body of Christ. My hope is that the conversations continue and the college continues taking action toward making the Covenant community a space where racial minorities feel welcomed and loved. Covenant can grow to reflect a fuller picture of the Kingdom of God.”
Kiaira Cooper ’14
Kingdom Unity Through Clubs & Programs
Outside of the classroom, Covenant fosters kingdom unity through clubs and programs.
- Alkebulan Student Association: Through this club, African students feel culturally free and comfortable with their heritage while serving others on campus. Students unite to help each other grow spiritually and connect with their backgrounds.
- McRae-Zellner Club: The club is designed to bring African-American students together to share the richness and complexity of African-American culture with the Covenant campus.
- Mu Kappa: Mu Kappa creates a sense of home away from home for any cross-cultural students who find themselves with an ambiguous cultural identity split between host culture and home culture (missionary kids, military kids, DODs, and others).
- Spanish Club: The club connects Spanish speakers from different backgrounds to explore the beauty found in this language. The Spanish club also serves the local Spanish-speaking community in whatever way possible when occasions arise.
- Intercultural Program: Through educational resources and opportunities for celebration, the Intercultural Program (IP) fosters a campus-wide appreciation of various cultures. IP creates intentional spaces for students in ethnic and cultural minority groups and also connects our International Student Support Network with students studying here on F-1 visas. One favorite campus-wide event is Culture Fest, a spring celebration led by IP.
"Culture Fest is my favorite event because of how much work the students put into it and how beautiful and inspiring it is to see the cultural diversity and traditions of my fellow students. Also, trying the food from all the different countries is amazing."
Emily Braswell ’22
“[In a class at Covenant], I learned that I was not alone in some of the experiences I had as a black person…I truly believe that God placed the guys I did life with at Covenant, through the good and the bad, in each other’s spaces. None of us really have that much in common. It’s actually our differences that make us better friends.”
Caleb Keitt ’20
Kingdom Unity Through Academics
One piece of our core curriculum is the diversity distribution. Courses that fill this requirement help students:
- Identify the role of ethnicity/race, gender, religion, social class, disability, and culture in shaping human knowledge and cultural production.
- Empathize with perspectives other than their own.
- Connect course knowledge to broader concerns for, and commitment to, the physical and spiritual worth and welfare of all image bearers.
With a wide variety of courses that fill this distribution, students can study areas that interest them. Some options include Women, Art, and Culture, Global Theology, Economic Development in the Majority World, African-American Literature Since 1900, French Civilization and Culture II, and Cross Cultural-Psychology.
Additionally, all students complete COR 337 - Intercultural Learning Experience. This core class offers an opportunity for experiential learning using the action-reflection model as students experience a cross-cultural environment. Students do preparatory reading, complete field notes throughout the experience, and reflect after the experience through essays and in meetings with a faculty evaluator.
"Growing up in Indonesia...surrounded by economically disadvantaged urban settlements sparked my passion for poverty alleviation, but it was Covenant's classes and faculty mentorship that helped me see how I could impact areas struggling with poverty and how I could do so with a biblical worldview. Majoring in international studies helped me discern the part I can play in God's work in the world."
Ella Sahertian '18
Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs
- Arts Administration
- Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
- Journalism and Society
- Medical Ethics Consultation
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
- Art, 2-D Concentration
- Art, 3-D Concentration
- Art, Art History Concentration
- Art, Graphic Design Concentration
- Art, Photography Concentration
- Art minor
- Art History minor
- Biblical & Theological Studies
- Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration
- Biblical & Theological Studies minor
- Biblical Languages minor
- History of Christianity minor
- Missions minor
- Youth Ministry minor
- Biology, Biomedical Concentration
- Biology, Environmental Concentration
- Biology, General
- Biology, Health Professions Concentration
- Biology minor
- Business, Accounting Concentration
- Business, Finance Concentration
- Business, Marketing Concentration
- Sport Management
- Business minor
- Sport Management minor
- Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration
- Chemistry, General
- Biochemistry minor
- Chemistry minor
- Computer Science
- Computer Science minor
- Community Development
- Community Development minor
- Economics minor
- Education Studies
- Elementary Education (P-5)
- Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program
- Education minor
- Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration
- English, Writing Concentration
- English minor
- Writing minor
- Coaching minor
- History, Art History Concentration
- Political Science
- International Studies
- History minor
- Political Science minor
- Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations
- Mathematics minor
- Music, Church Music Concentration
- Music, Creative Studies Concentration
- Music, General Music Concentration
- Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration
- Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration
- Music, Organ Performance Concentration
- Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration
- Music, Piano Performance Concentration
- Music, Vocal Performance Concentration
- Music minor
- Philosophy minor
- Physics minor
- Pre-Law Studies
- Pre-Medical Studies
- Pre-Nursing Studies
- Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
- Psychology minor
- Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration
- Sociology minor
- Theatre minor
- French minor
- Spanish minor