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Religion Major and Minor

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

The religion major at Seaver College offers students core courses fundamental to understanding the Christian faith. Students also may choose to specialize in one of the following areas: scripture, Church history, Christian thought, and practical theology.


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Religion Degree

Our religion major prepares students for ministries in religious bodies, service, voluntary organizations, and graduate studies in religion. The religion degree program also pairs nicely with other Seaver undergraduate degrees in preparation for graduate work in the social sciences, business, law, public affairs, and ethics.

Religion Minors

Minor in Religion

Our religion minor provides students with a broad understanding of how religion is integrated into every culture—particularly American culture—including how it relates to their chosen career.

Minor in Faith and Vocation

Our Faith and Vocation minor is designed to help students explore their chosen career through the lens of vocation (calling), enabling students to apply spiritual and theological discernment to various facets of their professional and personal lives. Students learn to think from a faith-based, theological perspective and to apply spiritual discernment to various facets of their professional and personal lives.

Quick Facts

  • 45Units Required
  • 50%Alumni Work in Church or Para-Church Organizations
  • 3Study Abroad Programs
  • 20Summer Internship Scholarships

Student Opportunities

Summer GE Program

Students study at Pepperdine University's 56 Prince's Gate facility, a Victorian Grade II house in the South Kensington district of London. An educational field trip takes students to Turkey, a country that has for centuries marked the geographic, political, religious, and cultural border between Europe and Asia.

Religion Keck First-Year Seminar

At the beginning of their first semester of college, students in the Keck First-Year Seminar: "Money, Power, and the Holy Land" are handed ancient coins from the John Wilson Coin Collection. Dr. Wilson graciously made his coins, dating from the 5th century BCE to the 15th century CE, available for student research. When handed these coins, the first-year students knew next to nothing about the coins they were handed; they could not read Greek, Latin, or ancient Hebrew (the languages of the coins), nor did they know much about the culture, religion, cities, or historical circumstances surrounding the coins. 

Career Options

Through our undergraduate major, the Religion and Philosophy Division prepares students for a variety of undertakings, as religion courses challenge students to develop their critical and analytical thinking, as well as written and oral communication skills.

A 2010 alumni survey of recent graduates showed that after graduation, approximately two-thirds of the University's religion majors had entered into local ministry jobs (full-time or part-time) and/or were pursuing advanced degrees in some area of religion (M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.). The former serve in a wide variety of church and para-church settings, located all over the world. Some of the latter are pursuing careers in university teaching or private secondary education.

Other graduates regarded their religion degree as central to obtaining a broad, liberal arts background that produces the kind of well-rounded, educated person desirable in so many professions today. These graduates can now be found pursuing advanced degrees and careers in a variety of fields, including law, psychology, business, public education, personal counseling, and social work.

Scholarship Opportunities

 The following scholarships are available to current students:

  • Hinds, Paul & Ruth Scholarship
  • Marshall Memorial Scholarship
  • Nelson, Oscar & Florence Endowed Scholarship

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Student Testimonials


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Contact Our Division

Religion and Philosophy Division
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4352
P: 310.506.4352

Division Office Location:
APC 201

Daniel A. Rodriguez
Chair & Professor of Religion

Tiffany Ferguson
Office Manager

Madison Weeks
Administrative Assistant

Christopher Low
Technology Liaison