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.

Required Courses

THEO-430Contemporary Theologies3
THEO-465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Select a minimum of 12 units from the following:

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
MIN-360The Church in an Urban World3
PHIL-110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
REL-418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL-452Christianity in the Non-Western World3
THEO-365Current Perspectives on Missions3
THEO-425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO-434Theologies of Radical Discipleship3
THEO-445Biblical Theologies of Mission3
THEO-482Mission Practicum1-3


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.