Majoring in Religion

Major

Requirements for a Major in Religion (General Track) (CIP 38.0201)
Students will take RELG 202 Old Testament Survey to satisfy the General College Curriculum Religion requirement and must take PHIL 121 Introduction to Philosophy to satisfy three hours of the humanities requirement. Students will then be required to complete the following:

  • A departmental core of eighteen semester hours beyond the General College Curriculum, consisting of RELG 212 New Testament Survey, 224 Christian Ethics, 227 Introduction to Theological Education, 236 Introduction to Church History, 251 World Religions, and 322 Basic Christian Beliefs.
  • Three semester hours from each of the following areas:
    1. Biblical Studies: RELG 301 Pentateuch, 302 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament, 304 Poetic and Wisdom Literature, 305 Jewish Backgrounds to the New Testament, 313 Teachings of Jesus, 314 Paul, and 317 John.
    2. Theological Studies:  RELG 321 Contemporary Theology, 324 Ancient and Medieval Theology and Philosophy, 325 Modern Theology and Philosophy.
    3. Christian History:  RELG 332 Early Christianity, 333 Reformation, 334 Religion in America, 335 Baptist History.
  • Twelve elective hours of Religion courses, all of which must be at the 300-level.

Requirements for a Major in Religion (Christian Ministry Track) (CIP 38.0604)
Students will take RELG 202 Old Testament Survey to satisfy the General College Curriculum Religion requirement and must take PHIL 121 Introduction to Philosophy to satisfy three hours of the humanities requirement. Students will then be required to complete the following:

  • A departmental core of eighteen semester hours beyond the General College Curriculum, consisting of RELG 212 New Testament Survey, 224 Christian Ethics, 227 Introduction to Theological Education, 236 Introduction to Church      History, 251 World Religions, and 322 Basic Christian Beliefs.
  • Three semester hours from each of the following areas:
    1. Biblical Studies: RELG 301 Pentateuch, 302 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament, 304 Poetic and Wisdom Literature, 305 Jewish Backgrounds to the New Testament, 313 Teachings of Jesus, 314 Paul, and 317 John.
    2. Theological Studies:  RELG 321 Contemporary Theology, 324 Ancient and Medieval Theology and Philosophy, 325 Modern Theology and Philosophy.
    3. Christian History:  RELG 332 Early Christianity, 333 Reformation, 334 Religion in America, 335 Baptist History.
  • Twelve hours of ministry courses selected from the following: RELG 363 Youth Ministry I, 364 Youth Ministry II, 365 Life and Work of the Minister, 366 Ministry Practicum, 367 Discipleship and the Christian Community, 369 Biblical Foundations for Family Ministry; THEA 301 Theatrical Production in a Church Environment; MUSC 427 Music for Children, MUSC 428 Music for Youth and Adults, MUSC 429 Church Music Philosophy and Administration and MUSC 437 Hymnology.

Requirements for a Major in Religion (Pre-Law Track)
Students will take RELG 202 Old Testament Survey to satisfy the General College Curriculum Religion requirement and must take PHIL 121 Introduction to Philosophy to satisfy three hours of the humanities requirement. Students will then be required to complete the following:

  • A departmental core of eighteen semester hours beyond the General College Curriculum, consisting of RELG 212 New Testament Survey, 224 Christian Ethics, 227 Introduction to Theological Education, 236 Introduction to Church      History, 251 World Religions, and 322 Basic Christian Beliefs.
  • Three semester hours from each of the following areas:
    1. Biblical Studies: RELG 301 Pentateuch, 302 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament, 304 Poetic and Wisdom Literature, 305 Jewish Backgrounds to the New Testament, 313 Teachings of Jesus, 314 Paul, and 317 John.
    2. Theological Studies:  RELG 321 Contemporary Theology, 324 Ancient and Medieval Theology and Philosophy, 325 Modern Theology and Philosophy.
    3. Christian History:  RELG 332 Early Christianity, 333 Reformation, 334 Religion in America, 335 Baptist History.
  • Twelve semester hours of cognates selected from the following areas: BADM 221-222 Business Law I/II, COMM 160 Presentational Speaking COMM 311 Introduction to Persuasion, CRIM or POLS or HIST 300 Introduction to Law, ECON 410 Law and Economics, ENGL 302 Advanced Writing, ENGL 424 Argument and Persuasion, HIST 221-222 American History I/II, POLS 229 The National Government, POLS 230 State and Local Government, POLS 443 Medieval Political Thought, POLS 445 Modern European Political Thought, POLS 446 American Political Thought, POLS 447 Ancient Political Thought, POLS 449-450 The Development of the American Constitution, THEA 113 Vocal Performance, THEA 115 Public Speaking.

Requirements for a Major in Religion (Youth Ministry Track)
Students will take RELG 202 Old Testament Survey to satisfy the General College Curriculum Religion requirement and must take PHIL 121 Introduction to Philosophy to satisfy three hours of the humanities requirement. Students will then be required to complete the following:

  • A departmental core of eighteen semester hours beyond the General College Curriculum, consisting of RELG 212 New Testament Survey, 224 Christian Ethics, 227 Introduction to Theological Education, 236 Introduction to Church History, 251 World Religions, and 322 Basic Christian Beliefs.
  • Three semester hours from each of the following areas:
    1. Biblical Studies: RELG 301 Pentateuch, 302 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament, 304 Poetic and Wisdom Literature, 305 Jewish Backgrounds to the New Testament, 313 Teachings of Jesus, 314 Paul, and 317 John.
    2. Theological Studies:  RELG 321 Contemporary Theology, 324 Ancient and Medieval Theology and Philosophy, 325 Modern Theology and Philosophy.
    3. Christian History:  RELG 332 Early Christianity, 333 Reformation, 334 Religion in America, 335 Baptist History.
  • Nine hours comprised of the following: RELG 363 Youth Ministry I, 364 Youth Ministry II, 366 Ministry Practicum.
  • Three hours from the following: PSYC 260 Developmental Psychology, PSYC 325 Psychological Disorders of Childhood Adolescence, RELG 367 Discipleship and the Christian Community, 369 Biblical Foundations for Family Ministry, SOCI 359 Juvenile Delinquency, THEA 301 Theatrical Production in a Church Environment.

Minor

Requirements for Minor/Concentration in Religion
A minor/concentration is offered in Religion. Students must complete RELG 125 plus a an additional class selected from the following: RELG 202, 212, 224, 227, 235, 251, 322.  In addition, students must complete eighteen additional hours of Religion classes, nine of which must be at the 300-level.  The Department requires a residency of at least twelve hours in order to receive a Religion Minor. Courses are to be chosen under the guidance of the department chairman or a Religion faculty adviser.