Written by: Lesieli Savelio
Southern Adventist University student Christian Teal will graduate in May with a quadruple major in archaeology – Near Eastern studies, biblical studies, history and international studies – German.
Teal did not start his college career with four majors. He said the process of becoming a quadruple major was gradual.
“In my junior year of high school, I enrolled in a program that allowed me to take full-time college courses for both college and high school credit,” he said. “So, by the time I arrived at Southern, I already had an associate’s degree.”
Teal said he started at Southern with three majors: archaeology, biblical studies and history. After spending a year in Austria, he decided to add the fourth major, international studies – German.
Lisa Diller, chair and professor of the History and Political Science Department, said quadruple majors are rare.
“Every three or four years, we have triple majors in our department, but I’ve never heard of a quadruple major,” Diller said.
Diller said Teal loves discussion, especially on the topic of science fiction, and finds ways to incorporate his experiences with his different majors into all his studies.
Teal has left quite the impression on his professors.
Moritz Wieser, professor in the Modern Languages Department, said he was never late for class. Wieser said Teal was very knowledgeable about Austria after having spent a year there. He said they enjoyed having in-depth discussions on the culture, history and economics of Austria.
School of Religion professor Michael Hasel said he believes Teal’s motivation and determination will take him far.
“He maximized what Southern had to offer in his areas of interest and is finishing with a broad base that will prepare him for many options in the future,” Hasel said.
Teal is set to graduate at the end of this semester in May. He said he plans to stay on the East Coast after graduation and find a job in writing or research. After that, he hopes to begin working on a graduate degree in either archaeology or anthropology.