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Religion Major

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Courses

The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Religion Major.

Courses Credits  
REL 200 Orientation to Ministry 3 Info

The course exposes student to the biblical and theological foundations of ministry in the Wesleyan tradition. The ministry of Jesus and its classical interpretation are explored, with particular attention given to calling, character, and spiritual gifts. Students will also deal with current ministry-related issues.

REL 245 Jews, Christians, Muslims 3 Info

A study of the history, culture, and texts of Jews, Christians, and Muslims based upon an examination of the significance of monotheism, Scripture, authority, ritual, family life, ethics, material culture, within each group. Observation of concepts and phenomena they share, as well as the ways they are distinguished for the purpose of understanding each group's origin, development, influence, and connection to civil/political orders. Cross listed with HST 245.

REL 265 Homiletics 3 Info

Analysis of the construction and delivery of sermons. For student and lay ministers.

REL 266 Introduction to Worship 3 Info

This course introduces students to the language and various elements of Christian worship and provides instruction in the theology and leadership of central liturgical events within the Christian community, including weddings, funerals, and the sacraments of baptism and the eucharist.

REL 275 Free Methodist Polity and Doctrine 2 Info

History, major beliefs, and administrative structure of the Free Methodist Church. Required of all ministerial students wishing to join an annual conference as a ministerial candidate.

REL 285 Historic Methodism 2 Info

Issues and developments in the origin and growth of world Methodism. Emphasis on the life and work of John Wesley and on the distinctive growth of American Methodism.

PHL 310 Philosophy of Religion 3 (WI) Info

 

A philosophical approach to and analysis of the basic concepts of religion, together with its implications for theism and Christianity. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

 

BIB 321 Pentateuch 3 Info

The course focuses on the first five books of the Bible, also known as Torah or Law. As the first major section of the Bible, Torah is foundational to the rest of the Biblical witness. In this course students will ascertain the primary theological emphases of a narrative that begins with creation and ends with the death of Moses. Meets the general education biblical studies requirement.

BIB 322 Prophets 3 Info

A critical and exegetical study of the Former (Joshua, Judges, Samuels, and Kings) and the Latter (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve) Prophets with special consideration given to the social, political, and religious conditions of their times. Attention is given to the ministry and message both for their time and the present age. Meets the general education biblical studies requirement

PHL 330 Ethics 3 (WI) Info

An analysis of personal and social ethics, with particular attention to the problems of Christian ethics in contemporary society. Criteria for ethical judgments will be examined and an attempt made to establish certain theological norms that ought to be met in Christian ethics. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

REL 343 Western Christianity I 3 Info

The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the First through the Fifteenth Centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with HST 343.

REL 344 Western Christianity II 3 Info

The systematic study of the development of Western Christendom from the Sixteenth through the Twentieth centuries focusing on major themes, figures, actions, and impulses. The historical method of research will be employed as a means of helping students to gain a contextualized understanding and appreciation for the developing role of the church and its relationship to culture. A major emphasis will be placed on the reading of primary sources as a means for understanding the development of Christian theology. Cross listed with HST 344.

REL 345 History of Judaism 3 Info

A study of the Jewish religion/culture that developed in the sixth century BCE and flourished in the Persian, Greek and Roman periods. Includes encounters with the rabbinic literature that began to be produced in the second century CE-the Midrashim, Mishnah, and Talmuds-and modern expressions of Judaism around the world. Cross listed with HST 345.

BIB 352 Pauline Epistles 3 Info

Studies in the epistolary form as it appears in the New Testament, focusing particularly on the issues which arise in the Pauline Letters and the broader cultural milieu of the first century church. Meets the general education biblical studies requirement.

BIB 353 Synoptic Gospels 3 Info

Intensive study of the three synoptic Gospels as they interpret the works and words of Jesus Christ. Meets the general education biblical studies requirement.

REL 354 World Religions 3 (CC) Info

Students will study nine of the great religious traditions of the world descriptively. Students will engage in a comparative study of these traditions with an emphasis upon the unique characteristics of Christianity. Cross listed with PHL 354. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement.

REL 451 Foundations of Christian Doctrine 3 Info

A historical and philosophical study of the development of Christian theology over the centuries.

REL 452 Methods in Wesleyan Theology 3 Info

Analysis of methodology in the development of certain historically important systems of Christian theology with a focus upon doing theology in the 21st century. A consideration of how the student may do theology today.

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