Christian Studies and Ministry

The Christian Studies and Ministry major promotes an investigation of the basic questions of human existence: origin, meaning, purpose and end. It focuses on Christianity and encourages a comprehension of Christian beliefs and practices and how they interact with other religions and worldviews throughout the world. Students analyze sacred literature (primarily but not exclusively Christian) and historical contexts to understand the interactions of religion and culture. Students consider the role of religion in contemporary America as they seek to clarify their own convictions and moral precepts. Study in this field can profoundly shape individual identity as students examine their personal attitudes, values, and beliefs. Students gain Biblical, theological, and philosophical knowledge that helps them develop respect and appreciation for diversity among persons of different religions, ideologies, and ethnicities. They are encouraged to become critical thinkers, expand their worldviews, and develop a personal sense of responsibility that creates a need to minister to others in a holistic manner. Students are prepared to continue their education at the graduate level, enter Christian ministry, teach, or pursue a wide range of careers dedicated to assisting and serving others.

Degree Requirements

Required Major Courses

REL 20224THE GOSPELS

REL 21024CHRISTIAN THOUGHT I

REL 30123BIBLICAL BOOK

REL 30323PENTATEUCH

REL 31023CHRISTIAN THOUGHT II

REL 33823WORLD RELIGIONS

REL 36523CHRISTIANITY PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

REL 40224CHRISTIAN ETHICS

REL 41023INTERNSHIP: RELIGION

REL 44823LIFE AND THOUGHT OF PAUL

REL 49023COMPREHENSIVE IN RELIGION

Elective Courses

Choose two from the following:

REL 20723YOUTH MINISTRY

REL 22003EXPLORATION OF PERSONAL MINISTRY

REL 30225JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS

REL 31223INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW

REL 33023LIBERATION THEOLOGY

REL 36623FEMINIST AND WOMANIST THEOLOGIES

REL 37723ORIGINS OF CHRISTIANITY

REL 41223INTRO TO NEW TESTAMENT GREEK

REL 41523ISSUES IN SCIENCE AND RELIGION

REL 43003NON-WESTERN CHRISTIANITY

REL 45523TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

Recommended Course

PHL 11023BASIC ISSUES PHILOSOPHY

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