Theology and Philosophy Major
Students majoring in Theology with emphasis in Youth Ministry will acquire basic knowledge of the distinctive disciplines and established findings of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, Church History, and Philosophy, along with the ability to integrate thought across these disciplines. Students will gain the ability to think critically about biblical, historical, and theological ideas, communicating them coherently and applying them responsibly. In addition, students will be prepared for seminary study, and will be trained sufficiently in the theology and goals of Christian youth ministry to serve effectively in a staff position in a local church or parachurch agency.
The Theology & Philosophy major can be a foundation for graduate and professional training leading to careers in pastoral and youth ministry, Christian education, missionary service, campus ministry, institutional chaplaincy, para-church ministry and teaching.
Requirements: In addition to meeting the regular degree requirements of the University (which include THE 140 & 240), the student must take at least 30 semester hours of study that include the following courses. An overall GPA of 2.5 within the courses for the major is required for graduation.
THE 303 History of Christianity
THE 313 Religions of the World
THE 317 Jesus & the Gospels
or THE 318 Letters of Paul
or THE 319 Hebrews to Revelation
THE 351 Old Testament Elective
THE 490 Senior Seminar
PHI 207 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 341 Ethics
or PHI 350 Philosophy of Religion
Nine elective semester hours from Theology or Philosophy courses or History 304.