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Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry Department

The twenty-first century has brought with it an increased need for understanding the role of faith and faith traditions in a rapidly shrinking world. Finding ways of articulating the complexities of religion and carrying on constructive dialogue, while both understanding and embracing one’s core beliefs, lies at the heart of a Greenville University education. The Philosophy and Religion Department seeks to meet these challenges and to prepare students for a life of intelligent service to God, the Christian community, and the world at large. The department embraces a holistic approach summed up in the phrase that, “All truth is God’s truth.” Believing that there is an essential unity in all knowledge, the department is at the center of the College’s understanding of the Christian liberal arts. Providing the setting in which students ask the most basic, fundamental, and important questions facing human beings, the department invites all students, majors and non-majors, to approach life thoughtfully, and thereby, to develop a habit of thinking beneath the surface, with a deep contextualized understanding of their faith.

Courses offered by the department seek to develop in the student a college level understanding of the Christian faith, the ability to look at life in depth rather than superficially, a Christian approach to the pressing problems of the day and skill in carrying one’s faith into the world. Courses in Greek are offered to aid the student in studying the New Testament.

Many students have chosen a vocation that lies in the pastoral ministry, college/university teaching, missionary work, Christian education, or socially oriented religious service. The Department offers a four-year curriculum for those who wish to pursue one of these goals and encourages these students to attend seminary for additional professional training. The pre-seminary student is advised to major in philosophy or religion with a strong emphasis in other academic areas in such fields as English, history, psychology, or sociology. Students who wish to obtain a double major will be assigned an advisor from both the Philosophy and Religion Department and from their second major.

Members of the Free Methodist Church who do not plan on graduate professional training for the ministry may qualify for annual conference membership and ordination through the Track II outlined in the Free Methodist Book of Discipline.

Majors & Minors

Ministry, BA
Our Ministry major offers several avenues of study including youth ministry, urban cross-cultural, and pastoral ministry. Students are prepared to enter their chosen fields with confidence or to attend graduate school or seminary.
Theological Studies, BA
The Theological Studies major educates students in the many fields related to Christian thought and life. Students will be trained in the history of the church, philosophy, and the Bible.
Ministry Minor
For a Ministry minor you will be required to take 17 credit hours in the Religion Department.
Philosophy Minor
The Philosophy minor is designed to help you form an interpretation of truth around an understanding of God, human nature, and the universe that sees and essential unity in all knowledge. For a minor you will be required to take at least 15 credit hours in the Philosophy Department.
Theological Studies Minor
The Theological Studies minor provides a comprehensive background of the many fields pertaining to theological studies. You will study the history of the church, theology, philosophy, and the Bible. For a minor you will be required to take at least 15 credit hours in the Philosophy and Theology Department.

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