Theological and Religious Studies
If you would like to be able to
- interpret scripture in its historical-cultural context
- know the history of the church and how the Bible has been understood
- develop a thoughtful and systematic theology to guide you in life
- see connections between theology and other fields of study
- think in distinctively Christian ways in all areas of life
- apply Christianity in today’s cultural context
then perhaps you should take a look at a Bible and Religion major with a concentration in Theological and Religious Studies.
Thorough Knowledge of the Field
Students in the Bible and Religion major at Huntington University choose one of two concentrations: biblical studies or theological and religious studies. Though both concentrations provide a solid foundation in scripture, they each have a different area of focus. The concentration in theological and religious studies couples a solid grounding in scripture with an understanding of the history and theology of the church. Moreover, this concentration develops an awareness of the values and thought forms of contemporary society which is useful for understanding the assumptions we bring to the Bible and how to apply scripture. This concentration seeks to integrate biblical studies with other disciplines such as philosophy, history, literature, and psychology.
The theological and religious studies concentration is flexible, enabling students to design a course of study to meet individual interests and needs. It has an interdisciplinary component requiring students to take religion courses in other departments such as English and History. Since some of the courses count towards more than one major, the interdisciplinary element allows for students in this concentration to minor or even double major in another department.
The theological and religious studies concentration is excellent preparation for seminary, graduate school, or to provide biblical and theological background for ministries that students may enter without a graduate degree. It is also valuable for those desiring a broad and engaging liberal arts degree.
The program consists of 36 credit hours:
- Old Testament I-II
- New Testament I-II
- Biblical Interpretation
- Systematic Theology I-II
- History of Christianity
- An additional 10 hours from at least two departments in: Religions of the World; Contemporary Religious Thought; Religion and Scientific Thought; Philosophy of Religion; Topics in Theological Studies; Early Modern Europe; American Religious History; World Masterpieces I; C. S. Lewis; and Religion and Behavioral Science.