May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religion BA

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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. It is suited as a degree for non-traditional students who for various reasons are not in the position to complete a BA in Theology. The degree does not meet pre-Seminary requirements and students are encouraged to add another major.

Total Credits - 120

Major - 41

Additional Requirements

  • A minimum grade of “C-” for all major classes and cognates.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.25.
  • Major GPA of 2.50.
  • Practical service in accordance with the requirements of the department.

God and Human Life Challenge Exam

Students must take the God and Human Life test. If they fail this test, they are required to take RELT 100, God and Human Life.

General Education (Andrews Core Experience)

Students must fulfill all Bachelor’s Degree requirements listed in the Andrews Core Experience .

Additional Information

For students wishing to directly enter the seminary, it is recommended that you choose the following prerequisite courses in addition to the prerequisites built into the degree: RELP 485 (Pastoral Ministry), RELH 316 (History of the Christian Church I), RELH 317 (History of the Christian Church II), and RELP 330 (Homiletics). One of the RELP courses can count towards your practical studies elective component of the degree, and two of the three remaining courses can fit into your general departmental electives, leaving you with only one additional course. 

For students desiring to directly enter the ministry upon graduation, the Theology BA is the standard, in-depth degree that has greater employment options. The religion degree should be done in conjunction with another major for employment purposes except for transfer/major change students attempting to finish up and go directly to the seminary. Not all prerequisites are necessarily met. 

Off-Campus Locations

This program is also offered at approved off-campus locations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Document foundational knowledge in the areas of Bible, history, and theology from a Seventh-day Adventist perspective. (Seek Knowledge)
  • Effectively communicate the global mission, beliefs, and heritage of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. (Affirm Faith)
  • Exhibit growth in awareness of Christian values and life skills. (Affirm Faith)
  • Document service experiences & skills in community and cross cultural contexts. (Change the World)

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