Biblical and Religious Studies - Religious Studies Emphasis

The religious studies emphasis examines various aspects of religion in general and teaches students how to approach discussions of contemporary topics. A flexible structure allows students to take courses that target future career goals.

Unique Features

The religious studies emphasis offers courses on religions of the world, the relationship between religion and politics, the philosophy of religion, the interactions between culture and the church.

Our Graduates

Graduates with a biblical studies emphasis possess the knowledge necessary to pursue careers and advanced study specifically in Christian ministries, church leadership and Christian education, but the commitments that are developed can be beneficial in any position.


Required Courses (27 Units Minimum)

  • PHIL-405 Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • REL-418 Culture, Religion and the Church (3)
  • REL-452 Christianity and the Non-Western World (4)

Choose remaining 17 units from the following with at least one course each in BIB, PHIL and THEO:

  • BIB-106 Classical Greek I (3)
  • BIB-107 Classical Greek II (3)
  • BIB-115 Hebrew I (3)
  • BIB-116 Hebrew II (3)
  • BIB-304 Paul and His Teaching (3)
  • BIB-441 Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century (3)
  • BIB-442 Biblical Interpretation: 19th - 21st Centuries (3)
  • BLIT-310-349 Biblical Literature (OT or NT) (3)
  • COM-380 Film Studies (3)
  • HIST-321 Anabaptist History and Thought (3)
  • HIST-330 Introduction to Mennonite History (3)
  • HIST-350 American Religious History (3)
  • HIST-360 Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis (4)
  • HIST-365 Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics (4)
  • HIST-370 Medieval Life, Thought and Literature (4)
  • HIST-380 Reformation History and Theology (4)
  • HIST-410 Latin American History and Religious Thought (4)
  • LIT-460 Critical Approaches to Literature (3)
  • LIT-480 Narrative (3)
  • MIN-379 Spiritual Formation (2)
  • PHIL-100 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-103 Logic and Critical Thinking (3)
  • PHIL-110 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics (3)
  • PHIL-330 Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric (4)
  • PHIL-333 Medieval Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-335 Modern Philosophy (4)
  • PHIL-393 Twentieth Century Western Thought (3)
  • PHIL-430 American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-450 History of Political Theory and Ideas (3)
  • PHIL-455 Philosophy of Language (3)
  • PHIL-460 Philosophy of History (3)
  • PS-390 Religion and Politics in America (3)
  • SPAN-330 Latin American Thought: Readings in Spanish (3)
  • THEO-365 Current Perspectives on Mission (3)
  • THEO-425 Theological Ethics and the Environment (3)
  • THEO-430 Contemporary Theologies (3)
  • THEO-434 Theologies of Radical Discipleship (3)
  • THEO-445 Biblical Theologies of Mission (3)
  • THEO-447 Theologies of the Human Person (3)
  • THEO-465 Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking (3)


Students may cross over no more than one focus series course with coursework in the major.

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