Religion (B.A.)

The Department of Religion provides a Christ-centered and Bible-based religious education that is in line with the global mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Emphasis is placed in such areas as biblical understanding, personal application, and service to the church. Classes in this major are typically small, which provides ample time for interaction between professor and student. The program also offers the opportunity to add other areas (minors) that best fit the academic and professional goals of the student.

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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.

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

RELT 101       Christian Beliefs............................................................................................................................. 3

RELT 207       Research in Religion........................................................................................................................ 1

RELB 211       Life and Teachings of Jesus............................................................................................................ 3

RELP 220       Christian Witnessing......................................................................................................................... 3

RELH 230       History of the SDA Church............................................................................................................... 3

RELB 313       Prophetic Studies.............................................................................................................................. 3

RELH 332       History of Christianity I................................................................................................................... 3

RELH 332       History of Christianity II.................................................................................................................. 3

RELB 410       Biblical Studies Seminar I OR

RELB 411       Biblical Studies Seminar II................................................................................................................ 3

RLGN              Electives............................................................................................................................................... 9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL: 34                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

ELECTIVES TO BE SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

RELL 315       Old Testament I..................................................................................................................................... 3

RELL 316       Old Testament II..................................................................................................................................... 3

RELL 339       New Testament I: The Gospels............................................................................................................ 3

RELL 340       New Testament II: The Letters............................................................................................................ 3

 

First Year

First Semester

RELT 101—Christian Beliefs............................................. 3

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition................................. 3

CSIS 102—Microcomputer Literacy................................... 3

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life................................................ 2

Foreign Language.......................................................................4

TOTAL:​ 15

Second Semester

RELB 211—Life and Teachings of Jesus........................ 3

COMM 111—Speech........................................................ 3

MATH 110—College Algebra...................................... 3

Fine Arts Electives............................................................ 3

Foreign Language.......................................................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

RELH 230—History of the SDA Church............................ 3

ENGL 220—Research Writing............................................ 3

Lab Science Course............................................................. 4

RELP 220—Christian Witnessing...................................... 3

Foreign Language....................................................................4

TOTAL:​ 16

History Elective................................................................ 3

Physical Science Elective................................................. 4

RELT 207—Research in Religion.................................. 1

KINA Activity Elective..................................................... 1

Foreign Language...............................................................3

Elective............................................................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

RELH 331—History of Christianity I.............................. 3

Foreign Language*............................................................. 3

KINA Course.................................................................... 1

Electives........................................................................... 6

Elective (upper division).............................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 16

RELH 332—History of Christianity II................................ 3

Foreign Language*............................................................ 3

Literature Course............................................................... 3

Elective.............................................................................. 3

Elective (upper division).................................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

RELB 410 or 411—Biblical Studies Sem............................ 3

RELL 315—OT I or RELL 339—NT I............................. 3

KINA Course.................................................................... 1

Electives........................................................................... 6

Elective (upper division).............................................. 3

TOTAL:​ 16

RELL 316—OT II or RELL 340—NT II........................ 3

RELB 313—Prophetic Studies........................................ 3

Social Science Elective........................................................ 3

Elective............................................................................. 3

Elective (upper division)................................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15