Theology (B.A.)

The Department of Religion prepares pastors who are able to integrate theological knowledge with pastoral training for excellence in ministry. Emphasis is placed in such areas as biblical understanding and personal application, church leadership and administration, evangelism, and pastoral service to the church. Classes in this major are typically small, which provides ample time for interaction between professor and student. The program offers unique opportunities for practical ministry and evangelism through required church assignments and its Field School of Evangelism.

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.

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

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

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

RLGN 405       Biblical Theology................................ 3

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

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

RLGN 425       Field Evangelism................................ 3

RLGN 427       Hospital Ministry............................... 1

SELECT THREE FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST:

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

RLGN 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

RLGN 314       Origin & Development of the Bible.. 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

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

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

Elective ........................................................... 2

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Semester

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

Second Year

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

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

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

RLGN 323—Homiletics I ................................ 3

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

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

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

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

RLGN 324—Homiletics II ............................... 3

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

TOTAL:​ 15

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

Fourth Year

RLGN 423—Pastoral Ministry l ................... 3

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

RLGN 405—Biblical Theology ...................... 3

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

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

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

TOTAL:​ 16

RLGN 424—Pastoral Ministry II .................. 3

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

RLGN 320—Ellen White Writings ................... 3

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

RLGN 427—Hospital Ministry ..................... 1

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

TOTAL:​ 16