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Drake in China

This page contains sources and topics relating to connections between Drake University and China

What Was the Drake University Bible College?

The Founding of Drake University 

  • Drake University was founded in 1881 by the Disciples of Christ 
  • Aimed for a religious education of Christian Missionaries 
  • Still, was nonsectarian and hoped for a broad based education 

The Bible Department 

  • In 1888, the Bible Department became the Bible College 
  • The College severed ties with the Disciples of Christ in 1907
  • Was eventually renamed the Drake University Divinity School in 1953 
  • The Divinity School closed in 1968, though Drake University still offers majors in religion under the Philosophy Department