The Religion Division features a major which requires core courses fundamental to understanding religious studies as well as choices which enable a degree of specialization. The major prepares students for ministries in religious bodies, service and voluntary organizations, and graduate studies in religion.
REL 101 The History and Religion of Israel (3)*
REL 102 The History and Religion of Early Christianity (3)*
REL 301 Christianity and Culture (3)*
REL 302 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (4)**
REL 330 History of Christianity (4)
REL 346 The Task of Ministry (4)
REL 497 Senior Seminar (4)
REL 520 The Christian Faith (4)
Choose one course in Old Testament (4)
Choose one course in New Testament (4)
Choose any two additional religion courses (8)
Recommended: REL 526 Religions of the World
*Three-course sequence satisfies general education requirement.
** Pre-requisite for upper level Religion Courses
A minimum of 45 units must be taken in the Religion Division, including at least 35 upper-division units. All majors are encouraged to take as much biblical language as possible, especially if they plan to pursue graduate studies in Religion. GRE 320, Intermediate Greek, and HEB 502, Intermediate Biblical Hebrew, satisfy the general education foreign language requirement.
As part of the general education program listed in the catalog, religion majors should take REL 101 and REL 102 during their freshman year.