Program Requirements

Hours: 36 Plus Optional Concentration

Optional Concentrations:

  • Religious Education:  Religious Studies Major plus PSY 204, Secondary Teaching Methods, and RPS 345 Teaching Internship
  • Pastoral Ministry: Religious Studies Major plus 12 credit hours in RPS courses
  • Social Justice: 100 Level REL course plus 12 credit hours with 9 credits coded JCG and 3 credit hour immersion course.
  • Spirituality and Wellness:  100 Level REL course plus 12 credit hours of Spirituality courses.


Major Courses - 36 hours

Scripture: 6 hours

REL 102Christian Scriptures (3) R/CR

REL 350Pauline Theo/Christ Begin (3) R/CR


REL 351Spirituality of the Johannine Literature (3) R/CR

Seminars in Systematics: 6 hours

REL 347Seminar Systematic Theology I (3) R

REL 348Seminar Systematic Theology II (3) R

Seminar in Ethics - 3 hours

Choose one course from the following:

ETH:REL 250Christian Ethics (3) E

ETH:REL 251Business Ethics (3) E/CE

ETH:REL 252Theological Health Care Ethics (3) E/CE

JCG 255Christian Social Justice (3) JCG

Seminar in Spirituality - 6 hours

choose two from the following:

REL 104Personal Spirituality and Theology of Human Experience (3) R/CR

REL 206Spirituality & Wellness (3) R/CR

REL 303History of Spirituality (3) R

Religion and Culture: 9 hours

Choose two JCG (Justice and the Common Good) coded courses: 6 hours

Cultural Immersion Courses: 3 hours (choose one)

JCG 390Appalachian Culture & Spirit (3) JCG/IDS

JCG 391Cherokee Culture and Spirituality:Immersion (3) JCG/IDS

IDS 392Honduran Culture & Spirituality (3) IDS

IDS 393Lakota Culture & Spirituality (3) IDS

IDS 394US/Mexico Border Experience (3) IDS

IDS 395History & Culture of Ireland (3) IDS

Senior Learning Assessment: 3 hours

REL 399Concluding Seminar & Capstone (3) CAP

Choose one additional religious studies courses (3)

Program Outcomes

Graduates of Department of Religious and Pastoral Studies programs will be able to:

  • develop a competent background in scripture as well as systematic, historical and ethical theology.
  • think theologically about people, problems, and events, as well as about a particular mission, and access the scriptures and the Christian tradition in their professions.
  • reflect theologically about their experiences so they can enrich their own spirituality.
  • recognize and process with groups the theological concerns that surface in diverse leadership settings.
  • see themselves as change agents within an organizational framework while transforming the system in which they live, work and pray.