May 18, 2022  

Religion BA (Distance Ed)

Online Delivery: This degree is offered as self-paced online program, although some courses are sometimes available in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education and International Partnerships  Definitions). This program does not require any time on campus. 

Total Credits: 124

Program Description

The BA in Religion is designed for students seeking a mastery of basic principles of biblical interpretation, theological reasoning, and practical ministry. This degree does not aim for intentional integration with a student’s primary major and related vocational goals, but instead provides a broad-based immersion into Adventist theology and practice. As this degree fulfills part but not all of seminary prerequisites, it is a good fit for non-traditional students as they can finish their remaining prerequisites in the seminary.

Andrews Core Experience

  • The Religion Andrews Core Experience requirement is fulfilled through completion of the religion major.
  • Students must complete an intermediate language course/requirement either through Greek, Hebrew, or a modern foreign language.
  • Students must take all courses designated in the BA/BS degree requirements of the Andrews Core Experience Program while noting the preceding specific considerations for this degree.

Program Outcomes

Seek Knowledge

  1. Possess a foundational knowledge in the areas of Bible, history, and theology, from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective.

Affirm Faith

  1. Expression of faith: In the context of present society, history, theology, be able to articulate the Seventh-day Adventist view of life both orally and in writing.
  2. Exhibit growth in Christian life skills.

Change the World

  1. Document an attitude of mission, experience & skills in personal service.


Students planning to enter the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary should select a major in theology. A religion major may be selected but must be supplemented with Seminary prerequisite courses. For entrance requirements, see the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary   section of this bulletin.