Religious Studies, BA, BS, Minor

Religions-such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam-have played, and continue to play, a profound role in the way people shape their lives. The Religious Studies program examines the nature of religious commitment and explores how those convictions shape our perception of life and death, good and evil, justice and mercy. A student majoring in Religious Studies can expect to build a solid foundation for his or her own religious experiences and to lay the groundwork for further exploration of the Bible, religion, and theology. He or she can also expect to develop an enlightened perspective from which to approach other religious traditions and academic disciplines.


Sample Courses

Introduction to Biblical Greek I, II
Jesus in Hollywood
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Monotheistic Religious Traditions
Religious Traditions of India, China and Japan
Sacred Texts and Popular Culture

See full degree and minor requirements in the College Catalog

Career Opportunities

No matter what your career goals are, a Religious Studies major can prepare you with skills for a variety of professions while enhancing lifelong learning guided by religious faith and understanding. Graduates of this program pursue a wide variety of careers and graduate study. Students who are planning to pursue a career in ministry, or in other areas such as business, law, and counseling will find the resources and encouragement they need in this program of study. The major has been designed to offer inter-disciplinary options--in psychology, outdoor studies, arts ministry, and spirituality.

  • Ministry
  • Youth Camp Counselors
  • Art Historian
  • Biblical Scholar
  • Teacher


Dr. Kenneth M. Craig
Professor of Religious Studies
B.A., Wake Forest University
M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Seminary
Dr. Michael Vines
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
B.A., Willamette University
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education

Contact Us

Dr. Kenneth M. Craig
Program Coordinator for Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies