Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do with a degree from the Department of Religion and Philosophy?
A Bachelor of Arts in Religion opens the door to many opportunities and professions related to the church (Pastoral, Church Planting, Youth Ministry, Mission Work, etc.) Other professions include Chaplaincy, Journalism, Social Work, Christian Broadcasting, Education, Business, and Law. Many of these professions require graduate degrees, for which the B.A. in Religion or Christian Ministry can give a head start in preparing.
What is the difference between a B.A. in Religion and a B.A. in Christian Ministry?
Many of the basic classes are the same. The upper level classes in the new Christian Ministry major focus on different types of ministries such as: Pastoral, Youth, Missions, Education, and Practicum. The upper level classes in the Religion degree focus on the theological studies, biblical studies, and Christian history.
What are some different types of Religion degrees at Campbell University?
The Religion Department at Campbell University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry and Religion. Within the B.A. in Religion there 3 concentrations to choose from: Biblical Studies, Theological studies, and Christian History.
Is a B.A. in Christian Ministry the same thing as the M. Div. degree?
No, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the Department of Religion and Philosophy is an undergraduate degree, and the Master of Divinity degree is a graduate degree. The B.A. is a broad, liberal arts degree that will introduce you to a broad range of religious studies, from the interpretation of the Bible to world religions to the history of Christianity. The Master of Divinity degree is a professional degree that you may pursue after your undergraduate studies. It is geared toward training ministers and individuals for vocational church work. The B. A. in Religion is an excellent preparation for success at the M. Div. level.
Are there any scholarships available for Religion and Ministry majors?
Yes! We offer a whole range of scholarships, both small and large. Nearly all of our majors receive some kind of financial assistance and scholarship money.
Do you accept transfer credit?
Yes! Campbell accepts transfer credit from other accredited schools. Transfer courses will also be individually evaluated by the Registrar’s Office before credit is assigned. We would be happy to talk with you further about your individual situation.
What are some topics of study in your Department of Religion and Philosophy?
At Campbell University, we emphasize Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Beliefs, World Religions, Ethics, Church History, Philosophy, and Theology. It is important to get a firm grasp of the basic disciplines, history, and method.
How will my studies strengthen my faith?
All truth is God’s truth. Learning enriches our lives and our faith in countless ways. A key paragraph in Campbell University’s Statement of Purpose reads: “The purpose of Campbell University arises out of three basic theological and Biblical presuppositions: learning is appointed and conserved by God as essential to the fulfillment of human destiny; in Christ, all things consist and find ultimate unity; and the Kingdom of God in this world is rooted and grounded in Christian community.” Learning is indeed appointed and conserved by God as essential to life and to spiritual growth.
I feel like I may be called to ministry, how do I know if I should study Religion or Christian Ministry?
Let us help you discern that call. Taking classes in the Department and becoming a major or a minor can help you explore your call and find opportunities to practice it.
What kinds of ministries can I be involved in while a student at Campbell?
Campbell University has CRU, FCA, BSU, bible study groups, and many other opportunities, including the Religion Department’s own Religion Club.
Does Campbell University accept students from any denomination?
Yes! Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy welcomes individuals from all denominations, traditions, and all walks of life. Campbell University is historically connected with the Baptist tradition, but our programs and classes explore the broader Christian heritage.