Examine various aspects of religion in general and learn how to approach discussions of contemporary topics with the religious studies emphasis.


  • A flexible structure allows students to take courses that target future career goals.
  • The religious studies emphasis offers courses on religions of the world, the relationship between religion and politics, the philosophy of religion and interactions between culture and the church.

Career opportunities

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 knowledge developed can be beneficial in any position.

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Emphasis Required Courses

REL 405Philosophy of Religion3
REL 418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL 452World Christianity3
Select 18 Units From The Following With At Least One Course Each In Bib, Phil And Theo
BIB 106Classical Greek I3
BIB 107Classical Greek II3
BIB 115Hebrew I3
BIB 116Hebrew II3
BIB 304Paul and His Letters3
BIB 441Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century3
BIB 442Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries3
BLIT-310-349 BLITUnits Biblical Literature (OT or NT)3
COM 380Film Studies3
HIST 321Anabaptist/Mennonite History and Thought3
HIST 350American Religious History3
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
HIST 365Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics4
HIST 370Medieval Life, Thought and Literature4
HIST 380Reformation History and Theology4
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
LIT 460Critical Approaches to Literature3
LIT 480Narrative3
MIN 379Spiritual Formation2
PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 103Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
PHIL 330Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
PHIL 333Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 335Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 393Twentieth Century Western Thought3
PHIL 430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3
PHIL 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PHIL 455Philosophy of Language3
PHIL 460Philosophy of History3
PS 390Religion and Politics in America4
SPAN 330Latin American Thought: Readings in Spanish3
THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO 430Contemporary Theologies3
THEO 434Following Jesus Radically3
THEO 445Issues and Theologies of Mission3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3


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

Program director

Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.
Darren Duerksen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Intercultural & Religious Studies, Program Chair, Intercultural Studies