Theology (B.A.)

The B.A. in Theology will give you a solid foundation in theology, practical ministry and biblical studies. You will understand the historical background, the exegetic process and the message of the Bible more deeply and explore answers to significant theological, philosophical and spiritual questions of life and mission. You will be prepared to continue seminary studies or to serve others through different ministries in the Church. 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. The B.A. in Theology offers unique opportunities for practical ministry and evangelism through required church assignments and its Field School of Evangelism.

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Most of our graduates are hired as pastors in various Adventist conferences. Other graduates attend the Seminary or enter other programs for chaplaincy, counseling, medicine, or teaching. They also become qualified to work as missionaries, colporteur directors, religion editors in publishing companies, Bible teachers in grade schools and academies, or departmental directors and administrators at various levels of the Adventist Church.

Job Outlook

Our graduates are interviewed each year by conference presidents within the Southwestern Union as well as from outside of the Union. About 90% of our graduates are hired as pastors or as youth/associate pastors. Employment opportunities will increase in the next few years as a significant number of pastors in North America will retire from active ministry.

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 parishioners. 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.

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 320       Ellen White Writings........................... 3

RELP 323/4  Homiletics I and II................................ 6

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

RELT 405       Biblical Theology................................ 3

RELB 410       Biblical Studies Seminar I or II........ 3

RELP 423/4  Pastoral Ministry I and II.................... 6

RRLP 425       Field Evangelism................................ 3

RELP 427       Hospital Ministry............................... 1

SELECT THREE FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

RELL 315/6  Old Testament I or II..................3/6

RELL 339/340  New Testament I: The Gospels OR........ 3

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

MINOR IN BIBLICAL LANGUAGES

RELL 240/1    New Testament Greek I and II........... 9

RELL 340         Intermediate NT Greek...................... 3

RELL 343/4   Biblical Hebrew I and II.............................. 6

RELH 314       Origin & Development of the Bible.. 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

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

TOTAL:​ 14

Second Semester

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

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

Life Science Elective...................................... 4

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

PSYC 212—General Psychology .................. 3

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

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

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

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

RELL 240—New Testament Greek ................. 5

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

TOTAL:​ 15

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

RELL 241—New Testament Greek II ............ 5

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

(Summer: RELL 340—Intermediate NT Greek ...................... 3)

Third Year

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

RELL 343—Biblical Hebrew I ........................ 3

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

RELP 323—Homiletics I ................................ 3

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

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

RELL 344—Biblical Hebrew II ....................... 3

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

RELP 324—Homiletics II ............................... 3

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

TOTAL:​ 15

(Summer: RELP 425—Field Evangelism .......... 3)

Fourth Year

RELP 423—Pastoral Ministry l ................... 3

RELB 410—Biblical Studies Seminar I ......... 3

RELT 405—Biblical Theology ...................... 3

RELH 314—Origin & Dev. of the Bible ......... 3

Religion Elective .......................................... 3

TOTAL:​ 15

RELP 424—Pastoral Ministry II .................. 3

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

RELH 320—Ellen White Writings ................... 3

RELH 314—Origin & Dev. of the Bible ......... 3

RELP 427—Hospital Ministry ..................... 1

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

TOTAL:​ 16