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The Department of Religion is a department within the Humanities Division presenting an area of study and research which students may choose as the focus of their liberal arts education. The Department of Religion is comprised of four fields: Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Theological Studies, and Studies in World Religions.
There are four (4) Religion Major options: 1) Comprehensive; 2) Biblical Studies; 3)Christian History and Theology; and 4) Ethics, Culture and Social Witness.
Comprehensive Religion Major
The Comprehensive Religion Major offers a broad program of study that includes courses in Biblical Studies, Church History, Christian Theology, Christian Ethics, and World Religions. While some may focus their studies in one of these areas, this major provides a broad exposure to different areas of study.
Religion plays a central role in social, political, and economic events, as well as in the lives of communities and individuals. The Religion Major offers you an excellent way to understand and navigate the complex and diverse world of the twenty-first century.
Biblical Studies Major
The scriptures of Judaism and Christianity are the defining texts of these faith traditions. They contain the stories of its ancestors and heroes, the likes of Abraham and Sarah, Joshua, David, and Jesus of Nazareth. The biblical books also contain worship songs and love poems, laws, and wise counsel, prophecy and tales of apocalyptic terror. There's so much to love and appreciate! What better way than by choosing a Biblical Studies Religion Major.
Scripture is a great starting point for understanding Jewish and Christian history, theology, and Christian ethics. It would serve you tremendously well as a primary major if you intend to enter the field of ministry, and is great preparation for seminary or graduate school in biblical studies. Or it would be a wonderful double major for personal and professional enrichment.
Christian History and Theology Major
The major in Christian History and Theology focuses upon Christian theology, the value of the Church, and the day-to-day devotion of ordinary believers. It offers you the opportunity to grow in your knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith.
The ultimate goal of historical and theological sutdy is to enable Christians to better understand and share in the worship of God and love of neighbors. At the core of this knowledge is the desire to be shaped by God's revelation in Scripture. Therefore, in both required and elective courses you will be trained to consider critically the meaning of Christian doctrine, evaluate the enduring contribution of key figures, and to understand the living and dynamic shape of the Christian faith.
Ethics, Culture and Social Witness Major
Are you interested in considering a career with a Christian service organization or a career in mission? Would you like to learn about how to connect the things you believe with the challenges Christians face in a complex world? Are you being challenged to think more deeply about what it means to live your faith every day?
Students pursing a religion major in Ethics, Culture, and Social Witness will focus on topics such as: How do religion and culture influence each other? How can Christians engage in practices that change the world? How do Christians engage in moral reflection? What does it mean to care for the earth, to seek justice, and to the things that make for peace, to bind up the wounds of people who are afflicted? Because Christian Ethics is fundamentally concerned with the way Christians live out their convictions in their cultural context, this major places a special emphasis on the way Christian faith is embodied in social witness.
A minor consists of a minimum of 20 credits, including three courses at the 200 level and two courses at the 300 or 400 level. The minor must include one 400 level Religion seminar. Religion 100 does not count toward a minor.