A calling requires preparation. Our religion program focuses on preparing pastors and Bible workers for excellence in ministry through Biblical understanding, personal application, church leadership and administration, and evangelism. Classroom work is balanced by application in mission trips and our student-conducted School of Evangelism, which results in baptisms every year.


Many of our graduates are accepted into the Seminary or enter other graduate programs for chaplaincy, counseling, medicine, or teaching. Some are hired as Bible teachers in various Adventist educational institutions or dorm deans in Adventist academies. They also become qualified to work as missionaries, colporteur directors, religion editors in publishing companies, and administrators at various levels of Adventist institutions.

Job Outlook
Job opportunities increase as graduates combine their degree with other areas of emphasis like education, business, psychology, etc. In the next few years, these opportunities will augment as a growing number of Adventist educators and other workers in North America will retire from active service.

Educational Qualifications
Graduates are strongly encouraged to pursue graduate work in order to meet the demands of a highly educated society and the needs of local institutions. A doctorate will be required for those who want to teach religion at an Adventist college or seminary level.

Curriculum Guide. To view general education requirements for this major, please visit the catalog.


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Department of Religion
SWORD Program


Graduates are interviewed every year by conference presidents within the Southwestern Union as well as from outside the Union. Employment opportunities throughout North America are expected to increase in the next few years as many pastors will be retiring from active ministry.

The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” --Luke 10:2. Not everyone is qualified to serve as a pastor, a missionary or a Bible worker. Are you? God may be calling you.


  • Pastor
  • Church administrator
  • Bible worker
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Missionary
  • Hospital chaplain
  • Military chaplain


percent of our recent religion and theology graduates are working or are in graduate school.

Required Courses  
Item #TitleCredits
RELT 101Christian Beliefs3
RELB 211Life and Teachings of Jesus3
 Religion Minor Electives6
 Sub-Total Credits12


Religion Electives   
Item #Title Credits
RELB 313Prophetic Studies3
RELB 315Old Testament 13
RELB 316Old Testament 23
RELB 339New Testament 13
RELB 340New Testament 23
 Sub-Total Credits6


Faculty Profiles

Jorge Rico, PhD


Joaquim Azevedo, PhD

Associate Professor/Department Chair

Michael Campbell, PhD

Associate Professor