Religion Major

DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION AND THEOLOGY

The Department of Religion and Theology seeks to graduate students who are knowledgeable in the scriptures and develop students who pursue and embrace a vocation of ministry and learning for the common good.  The Department provides two majors, Religion and Theology. The Religion major is designed to prepare students for further academic studies in graduate and/or professional schools.  The Theology major combines practical experience with professional and academic courses to prepare students for entry into a ministry vocation immediately upon graduation.  In addition to the two majors, the department also provides a minor in religion, a minor in theology, and a certificate in theology.

RELIGION MAJOR

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Religion major, students will be able to demonstrate:

1.  Mastery of biblical literature and interpretive tools. (Content and Critical thinking)

2.  Understanding of the history of Christianity. (Content)

3.  Comprehension of the complexity of religious phenomena and theories. (Critical Thinking)

4.  Critical thinking about religious and ethical questions of meaning and purpose. (Critical Thinking)

5.  Proficiency in using technology as a tool for research and communication. (Communication)

Program Outcomes

As a result of successful completion of the Religion Program, graduates will:

1.  Pursue advanced study at a graduate or professional school.

2.  Enter careers in church ministry.

3.  Enter careers in other areas of service consistent with a degree in Religion.

Major in Religion

Required courses for the major in Religion

The Religion major consists of a minimum of 39 hours. Required courses are:

Item #
Title
300-level Religion  +
3
400-level Religion or Theology  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
39

Minor in Religion

Required courses for the minor in Religion

Students earning a minor in Religion will complete a total of twenty-one (21) hours in addition to REL 131 and REL 132. These credits will consist of the fifteen (15) hours of foundational and intermediate coursework, a 300 level course in biblical studies, plus six (6) hours in upper level courses at the 300 or 400 level as advised by a member of the faculty in the Department of Religion and Theology.

Item #
Title
300-level Biblical Studies  +
3
300/400-level Religion  +
3
300/400-level Religion  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
21

Course Sequencing

SOPHOMORE YEAR Spring Semester

Item #
Title
Sub-Total Credits
15

JUNIOR YEAR Fall Semester

Item #
Title
General Elective (2 credits)  +
2
Sub-Total Credits
14

JUNIOR YEAR Spring Semester

Item #
Title
300-level Religion  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
13

SENIOR YEAR Spring Semester

Item #
Title
400-level Religion or Theology  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
General Elective (3 credits)  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Arts