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.

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 catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018.

RLGN 101       Christian Beliefs............................................................................................................................. 3

RLGN 207       Research in Religion........................................................................................................................ 1

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

RLGN 220       Christian Witnessing......................................................................................................................... 3

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

RLGN 313       Prophetic Studies.............................................................................................................................. 3

RLGN 332       History of Christianity I................................................................................................................... 3

RLGN 332       History of Christianity II.................................................................................................................. 3

RLGN 410       Biblical Studies Seminar I OR

RLGN 411       Biblical Studies Seminar II................................................................................................................ 3

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL: 34                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

ELECTIVES TO BE SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

RLGN 315       Old Testament I..................................................................................................................................... 3

RLGN 316       Old Testament II..................................................................................................................................... 3

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

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

 

First Year

First Semester

RLGN 101—Christian Beliefs............................................. 3

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

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

UNIV 110—Principles of Active Learning.......................... 1

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

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

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

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

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

RLGN 220—Christian Witnessing...................................... 3

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

TOTAL:​ 16

U.S. History Elective........................................................ 3

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

RLGN 207—Research in Religion...................................... 1

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

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

TOTAL:​ 15

Third Year

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 15

Fourth Year

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 15

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

RLGN 313—Prophetic Studies........................................ 3

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 15