Theology and Ethics

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Theology encompasses a system of religious beliefs and teachings, often outlining a set of ethical standards to be upheld. With the theology and ethics emphasis, you’ll explore systems from throughout the world and through various periods in history in order to better understand current beliefs.


  • This emphasis builds on biblical foundations, discussing a wide range of topics from Latin American religious thought to Mennonite history.
  • You will select from courses on contemporary theologies, philosophical ethics, Roman politics, the theology of mission and more.

Career opportunities

A solid understanding of theology and ethics proves useful in many fields: careers in education, justice, history and ministry are just a few of the possibilities.

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

THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO 430Contemporary Theologies3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Select a minimum of 15 units from the following

THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3
THEO 400Theologies of the Christian Imagination3
THEO 434Following Jesus Radically3
THEO 445Issues and Theologies of Mission3
THEO 447Theologies of the Human Person3
THEO 470Justice, Poverty and Development3
ART 330Art and Religion3
HIST 350American Religious History3
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
HIST 365Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics4
HIST 380Reformation History and Theology4
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Culture3
MIN 360The Church in an Urban World3
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
REL 418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL 452World Christianity3
HIST 325History of Christianity4
HIST 364Classical Mythology3
HIST 367The Ancient Near East3
HIST 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
HIST 455Historical Peacemakers4
MIN 340Theology, Culture and U22
PHIL 103Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL 331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 333Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 335Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3


Choose two courses (6 units minimum) from BIB, BLIT and/or MIN.


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

Program director

Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.
Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies, Program Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies


Greg Camp, Ph.D.
Greg Camp, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

Melanie Howard, Ph.D.
Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

Brian Schultz, Ph.D.
Brian Schultz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies