The College at Southeastern

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The College at Southeastern
Type Private
Established 1994
Affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Dean Jamie K. Dew
Location Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA

The College at Southeastern (abbreviated "C@SE") is a Christian liberal arts college located in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Established in 1994, it serves as the undergraduate school for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1] Both of the Southeastern schools are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[2]


Both of the Southeastern schools are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College at Southeastern combines the best of a liberal arts college education with substantial biblical and theological training.

The mission of the college is "to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission."

While Southeastern equips young men for pastoral ministry, the college also equips missionaries, counselors, teachers, youth pastors and others who spread the Gospel across the street and around the world.

Approximately 500 Southeastern college and seminary students and graduates currently serve as foreign missionaries, the vast majority through the International Mission Board. Dozens of graduates serve as North American church planters in urban centers such as Boston, Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, Richmond and Nashville, as well as underserved rural areas in the Midwest and New England.

Hundreds of Southeastern students from the college and seminary participate annually in short-term mission trips sponsored by the seminary or local churches. Numerous Southeastern professors regularly lead mission trips or teach short-term in overseas settings.

Enrollment is currently approximately 3,250 students including the College at Southeastern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Students come from 49 states and are citizens of 33 countries. The College’s current enrollment is approximately 650 students.


Students can select one of 10 majors and 15 minors and are equipped to employ their Christian worldview in whatever vocation God has called them to serve. Students pursuing a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree will complete a core curriculum, which includes vital training in biblical studies, Christian worldview, world history, theology and English. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program complete a minor in Christian studies in addition to their selected major. C@SE also offers a small variety of associate degree programs and certificate programs.

Majors [3]

  • Biblical Studies
  • English
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • History (Pre-Law)
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Theology
  • Worship Ministry
  • Justice and Social Ethics


  • Apologetics
  • Biblical Studies
  • Business
  • English
  • ESL
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Justice and Social Ethics
  • Missions
  • Music
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Preaching
  • Psychology
  • Student Ministry
  • Theology
  • Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication

Hunt Scholars Program[5] Students preparing for the pastorate at Southeastern now have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Divinity in five years through the Hunt Scholars Program.


Student Life [6] Includes activities such as intramural sports, campus-wide cookouts, coffee houses and concerts.


Southeastern Seminary opened its doors in 1950 on the Wake Forest College campus with a relative handful of students and a mandate to train ministers for churches all over the east coast of the United States. In the nearly sixty years since then the student body has grown considerably and its reach has expanded across the entire globe.

The College at Southeastern began in 1994.[7]

In an effort to accommodate the school’s increasing enrollment trustees approved construction of a new academic building at their October 2005 meeting. Since its completion in 2008, Paige and Dorothy Patterson Hall is now the flagship academic building on campus. Patterson Hall houses the Center for Faith and Culture, The College at Southeastern and the school’s doctoral programs.

The Southeastern Board of Trustees elected to change the name of the college from Southeastern College at Wake Forest to the College at Southeastern in April 2008.

In January 2009, Dr. Bruce R. Ashford was installed as dean of The College at Southeastern. He made several important changes during his first few month including new curriculum like minors in leadership and student ministry.

Dr. Jamie Dew succeeded Ashford in January 2013 as the dean of the college.

The College at Southeastern is marked by Ashford and Dew’s vision to give greater flexibility to students’ academic pursuits. The History of Ideas Program engages students to research and read classical works that have shaped history from a Christian perspective. New majors were added such as Global Studies, Missions, Pre-Law, History, Biblical Studies and Worship Ministry.


The faculty at Southeastern promises to teach in accordance with, and not contrary to, the Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message. The school further affirms the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

The school aims to see students become effective disciples of Christ.

Former Deans

  • Peter R. Schemm, Jr
  • Bruce Ashford

Notable Alumni

  • Jonathan McClelland

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