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Bachelor of Arts in Religion

Program Overview

The BA in Religion, Theology Emphasis, is the regular pre-seminary track. It includes the prerequisite classes required for attending a Seventh-day Adventist theological seminary. The BA in Religion, Religious Studies Emphasis is a more flexible track. It allows a student to take a minor along with his or her religion degree. This minor can be in a completely separate field, such as Biology, Chemistry, etc. It does not fully satisfy prerequisite requirements for a Theological Seminary. BA in Religion graduates with a Religious Studies Emphasis may still enter the seminary, but must take additional classes the summer before the regular program begins.

Students taking the Theology Emphasis will study Biblical languages and take part in additional activities related to pastoral ministry and/or academic research that includes but is not limited to, church member visitations, conducting and/or observing church board meetings, leading out in church services, teaching Sabbath Schools, research and writing, mentoring under professors or instructors, and teaching in class settings.

Students taking the Religious Studies Emphasis will meet their objectives through a combination of in-class lectures, internships, and mentorship alongside pastors, faculty, and educators with opportunities for preaching, teaching, and sharing content learned in the classroom.

Students graduating from the Religion program will:

  • Know the hermeneutical and exegetical principles necessary to correctly interpret Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments.
  • Understand and know how to share the fundamental 28 beliefs and philosophy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Be experienced communicators and educators (necessary for future pastors, educators, and administrators).
  • Have the necessary skills for research, writing, and analysis.
  • Have the skills and passion necessary for successful evangelism in its various facets (canvassing, Bible work, etc.).
  • Have the practical, pastoral, and leadership experience that is indispensable to nurturing a church. Key experiences will include working alongside a seasoned pastor, preaching, counseling, visitations, and involvement in board meetings.

The B.A. in Religion degree will prepare the student for a variety of ministry, church, and education related occupations. Graduates from the program can expect to find employment as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and administrators within Seventh-day Adventist institutions. Graduates are also equipped to further their education with post baccalaureate degrees.

Programs Courses

Theology Emphasis

Religion Core

›   Life and Teachings of Jesus*3

›   Old Testament Studies I3

›   Old Testament Studies II3

›   Principles of Christian Faith3

›   Daniel*3

›   Revelation3

›   New Testament Studies I3

›   New Testament Studies II3

›   Seventh-day Adventist Church History*3

›   History of the Christian Church I3

›   History of the Christian Church II3

›   Biblical Preaching and Homiletics*3

›   Personal Evangelism3

›   Church Ministry and Leadership3

›   Public Evangelism3

›   Practicum in Church Ministry Capstone3

›   Sanctuary Doctrine3

›   Christian Ethics3

›   Prophetic Ministry of Ellen G. White3


Major Cognate

›   Issues in Origins3


Theology Emphasis

›   New Testament Greek I3

›   New Testament Greek II3

›   Biblical Hebrew I3

›   Biblical Hebrew II3

›   Cross Cultural Mission3

Or

›   Christian Apologetics & Worldviews3


Electives11


* Taken as a part of General EducationTotal Credits 71

Religious Studies Emphasis

Religion Core

›   Life and Teachings of Jesus*3

›   Old Testament Studies I3

›   Old Testament Studies II3

›   Principles of Christian Faith3

›   Daniel*3

›   Revelation3

›   New Testament Studies I3

›   New Testament Studies II3

›   Seventh-day Adventist Church History*3

›   History of the Christian Church I3

›   History of the Christian Church II3

›   Biblical Preaching and Homiletics*3

›   Personal Evangelism3

›   Church Ministry and Leadership3

›   Public Evangelism3

›   Practicum in Church Ministry Capstone3

›   Sanctuary Doctrine3

›   Christian Ethics3

›   Prophetic Ministry of Ellen G. White3


Major Cognate

›   Issues in Origins*3


Religious Studies Emphasis

Choose 9 credits from the following courses

›   New Testament Greek I3

›   New Testament Greek II3

›   Biblical Hebrew I3

›   Biblical Hebrew II3

›   Religion & Health3

›   Cross Cultural Mission3

›   Christian Apologetics & Worldviews3


* Taken as a part of General EducationTotal Credits 54

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • PSLO #1
  • PSLO #2
  • PSLO #3
  • PSLO #4
  • PSLO #5
  • PSLO #6
PSLO #1

Spiritual Leaders

Students follow Jesus Christ’s example of faith-filled leadership by rendering love-motivated church ministry that magnifies the universal principles of the biblical Ten Commandments in speech and action.

PSLO #2

Comprehensive Evangelists

Students practice and promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing by leading in collaborative, community-based programming among diverse people groups domestically or internationally.

PSLO #3

Discriminating Readers

Students investigate a field-related question and display their ability to discern the bias and worldview of both scholarly and non-scholarly publications from the perspective of a Biblical worldview by articulating a relevant question, analyzing a collection of publications, and identifying strengths and weaknesses in methods and conclusions.

PSLO #4

Critical Thinkers

Students evaluate a controversy or problem related to theology or related problems where diverse perspectives of the controversy or problem are assembled, analyzed, and used to draw a Biblically-consistent conclusion or judgment.

PSLO #5

Effective Communicators

Students effectively communicate “threshold concepts” in religion or theology in both written and oral forms by leading other individuals to accept them.

PSLO #6

Biblical Scholars

Students proficiently identify relevant Biblical concepts by accurately locating and reciting fundamental Bible verses and by using an appropriate Bible hermeneutic.

General Education Requirements

Students intending to complete a BA in Religion are required to meet the Baccalaureate General Education requirements of Weimar Institute.

Program Length

Students typically take 4 years to complete this degree.

Program Cost

The cost approximation of the 4 year degree is $96,000 including room and board.

Admission

As a future pastor, teacher, professor, chaplain, or church administrator, the Religion graduate must have a reputable character, intellectual capacity, a deep commitment to the well-being of both his local and global community, and dedication to service. Furthermore, a dedication to spirituality, healthy lifestyle, and ethical conduct is expected. These components are assessed in the initial application process and throughout the program.

Application for formal admission to the BA in Religion degree program is open to students during the middle of their second year (see requirement checklist at the Religion Department office). Students will submit an application requesting admittance into the program. If denied, students may submit more than one application. The Religion program faculty together with the Academic Standards Committee will determine whether or not the student qualifies for the program.

The criteria for admittance into the program include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Spiritual commitment
  • Dedication to health evangelism, public and personal evangelism, and service
  • High ethical and social standing
  • Emotional balance
  • Compassion for people
  • Dedication to a healthy lifestyle, including NEWSTART® principles
  • Academic eligibility (3.0 GPA or higher. Up to two (2) core courses may be repeated to meet or maintain eligibility. Students not qualifying may still complete the BA in Theology or BA in Religion degree, but without faculty endorsement.)

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester credits is required for the degree. The student pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Religion will fulfill the general education requirements, including the practical, work education, and ministry-related components. In addition, students will take the specific core, cognate, and emphasis-related courses listed below. Students will complete a minimum of 30 upper-division credits.

Students taking the BA in Religion with a Theology Emphasis are not required to have a separate minor due to the additional requirements of the pre-seminary track. Students taking the BA in Religion with a Religious Studies Emphasis must choose one or more minors offered by Weimar Institute in order to complete their degree.

Both the Theology Emphasis and the Religious Studies Emphasis of the BA in Religion include the 9 credits of Religion classes which are part of the General Education requirement for all students. In addition, Religion majors must take RELP 308, Biblical Preaching and Homiletics, to satisfy the speech portion of the General Education Requirement. Students in this program would also need to take the 49 credits of other classes that are listed as General Education requirements, along with sufficient electives to amount to the 120 total credits needed for graduation.

For further information, please see the Academic Bulletin.

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