• The Department of Theology encompasses the disciplines of biblical, theological, and historical studies, as well as philosophy and biblical languages. It offers a major in Biblical and Theological Studies, which prepares one for further training at the graduate level or seminary. This degree comes with the option of a Ministry Studies Emphasis in which some skills requisite for pastoral ministry are offered.
    There is also a special Bi-Vocational Track designed for students interested in combining a streamlined Biblical and Theological Studies major with a second major. This streamlined major is only available to students with a second major.

    Majors

    Biblical and Theological Studies

    This is the traditional degree track for those wishing to study bible and theology. It consists of 70 hours in Bible, theology, church history, and philosophy and ethics courses. The major is geared toward those who want the focus of their undergraduate education to be spent studying the sources of Christian faith and practice. The course of study will prepare anyone who wishes to continue their religious education beyond the baccalaureate level, or anyone who desires to work on the pastoral staff of local churches, or anyone who is called to not-for profit benevolent and/or ministry organizations. It develops core academic skills of critical thinking, research and writing, communication and argumentation that are useful in a host of other fields.

    Biblical and Theological Studies(BTSTS.BA)
    Biblical and Theological Studies, Ministry Studies Emphasis

    This degree track supplements the traditional bible and theology course of study with 12 hours of ministry courses for those students whose intention is to work in the local church. It consists of the same 70 hours of study of the sources of Christian faith and practice, including biblical languages, and can be used to prepare students for entrance into seminary.

    Biblical and Theological Studies, Ministry Studies Emphasis(BTSPS.BA)
    Religion CoreReligion Core for School of Religion MajorsTheological and Professional StudiesTheological Studies, Bi-Vocational Track

    This degree track streamlines the traditional course of study, reducing the number of hours in the major in order to open up more elective hours so that students can choose a second major to complement their biblical and theological degree. The goal is to allow students interested in the academic study of the sources, beliefs and practices of the Christian faith to do so without sacrificing their training in another discipline that holds an equal importance to them. This degree option is particularly geared toward those interested in bible and theology but also desire to pursue a professional studies degree, like teaching, business or counseling. This degree would be beneficial for those wanting to be a part of active ministry and hold a job in the workforce, for those wishing to teach in Christian schools, and for those who want to infuse their professional training with a solid handle on the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.

    Theological Studies, Bi-Vocational Track (THSBV.BA)
    Theological Studies, Bi-Vocational Track (THSBV.BS)

    Minors

    Biblical Studies Minor

    A minor in Biblical Studies consists of 18 hours selected from 300 and 400 level BIBL classes. Prerequisites to minor: BIBL-101 or 111, BIBL-102 or 112, and THEO-230 or THEO-250.

    Biblical Studies Minor
    Theological Studies Minor

    A minor in Theological Studies consists of 18 hours selected from 300 and 400 level THEO classes. Prerequisites to minor: BIBL-101 or 111, BIBL-102 or 112, and THEO-230 or THEO-250.

    Theological Studies Minor
    Biblical and Theological Studies Minor

    A minor in Biblical and Theological Studies consists of 18 hours selected from 300 and 400 level BIBL and THEO classes (a minimum of 6 courses required; at least two courses in each discipline are required). Prerequisites to minor: BIBL-101 or 111, BIBL-102 or 112, and THEO-230 or THEO-250.

    Biblical and Theological Studies Minor
    Biblical Languages Minor

    The minor in Biblical Languages offers students two possible tracks: 1) one that combines two years of NT Greek with one year of Biblical Hebrew; and 2) one that provides two years of Biblical Hebrew with one year of NT Greek. Either option is acceptable to fulfill the requirements of this minor.

    Track One (18 hrs.):

    • GREK-211: Elementary NT Greek. 3 credit hrs.
    • GREK-212: Elementary NT Greek. 3 credit hrs.
    • GREK-311: Intermediate NT Greek. 3 credit hrs.
    • GREK-312: Intermediate NT Greek. 3 credit hrs.
    • HEBR-301: Elementary Biblical Hebrew. 3 credit hrs.
    • HEBR-302: Elementary Biblical Hebrew. 3 credit hrs.

    Track Two (18 hrs):

    • GREK-211: Elementary NT Greek. 3 credit hrs.
    • GREK-212: Elementary NT Greek. 3 credit hrs.
    • HEBR-301: Elementary Biblical Hebrew. 3 credit hrs.
    • HEBR-302: Elementary Biblical Hebrew. 3 credit hrs.
    • HEBR-311: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I. 3 credit hrs.
    • HEBR-312: Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II. 3 credit hrs.

    Biblical Languages Minor
    Philosophy Minor

    The Philosophy minor (18 hours) is designed to prepare students for graduate work in philosophy, theology (including seminary studies), political science, history and other disciplines that require a strong background in philosophy, including law. The Philosophy minor also provides an in-depth introduction to major thinkers and perennial issues in the history of Western thought and promotes the development of critical thinking skills.

    Minor Courses Reuirement:

    • PHIL 241-Introduction to Philosophy. 3 credit hrs.
    • 15 hours of additional electives in philosophy*

    * Any course with a PHIL prefix may be taken to satisfy this requirement. Up to 6 of the required 15 elective hours may be satisfied by any of the following courses on Political Theory/Philosophy: POLS 370 (Political Theory), POLS 371 (Ancient Political Philosophy), and POLS 372 (Modern Political Philosophy).

    Philosophy Minor
    Philosophy and Theological Studies Minor

    The minor in Philosophy and Theological Studies minor consists of 18 hrs. of electives in the following courses:

    • 3 PHIL courses, one of which is PHIL 241.
    • 3 THEO courses selected from 300 and 400 level THEO classes.

    This minor WILL NOT be available to Biblical and Theological Studies Majors.

     
    Religion Minor

    A minor in religion consists of 18 semester hours, according to the following distribution: BIBL-110, BIBL-111, THEO-230, THEO-231, and 6 additional hours of coursework from 300 or 400-level BIBL, THEO, RELG, or CHIS courses.

    Religion Minor
    Religious Studies Minor

    The required courses in the minor are:

    • RELG-332: Religion and Culture. 3 credit hrs.
    • PHIL-361: Philosophy of Religion. 3 credit hrs.
    • 12 hours of electives selected from the following options:
      • RELG-444: Postmodernism and Christianity. 3 credit hrs.
      • RELG-333: The Ethics of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 3 credit hrs.
      • RELG 450: Directed Study in Religion. 1-4 credit hrs.
      • RELG-483: Special Topics in Religion. 3 credit hrs.
      • PHIL-371: Philosophical Ethics. 3 credit hrs.
      • PHIL-351: Philosophy of Human Nature. 3 credit hrs.
      • THEO-474: Feminist Theology. 3 credit hrs.
      • ISCP-352: Contemporary World Religions. 3 credit hrs.
      • ISCP-353: Eastern Religions and Philosophy. 3 credit hrs.
      • ANTH-331: The Arab World and Islam. 3 credit hrs.
      • PLSC-373: Theological Foundations of Politics. 3 credit hrs.

    Religious Studies Minor

Academic Calendar

12/01
Faculty Meeting
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12/09
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12/11
Winter Commencement Ceremony I
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Winter Commencement Ceremony I
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12/12
Winter Commencement Ceremony II
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Winter Commencement Ceremony II
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12/12
Winter Commencement Ceremony III
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