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Programs & Courses

Religion Major

Students who take a major in religion must earn the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The religion major includes 30 hours of coursework in addition to the core curriculum courses. The following courses are required: REL 203, 204, 240, 303, 304,320 or 420. Twelve additional hours must be taken from 400 level courses.

Students who major in religion are required to take a minor. A minor in any area within the arts, humanities, or sciences is recommended (i.e. philosophy, history, English, communication, theatre, Spanish, mathematics, biology, chemistry).

To fulfill language requirements, the student may elect any one of the following options:
1) 12 hours of Greek, 2) 12 hours of Hebrew, 3) six hours of Greek and six hours of Hebrew, or 4) 12 hours in a modern language (i.e. Spanish). Also, in fulfilling core requirements, students must take PHI 201, one psychology course, one course from sociology, political science, or economics, and six hours of literature with an ENG prefix i.e. ENG 211-212).

Religion Minor

The religion minor includes 15 hours of coursework in addition to REL 101-102. The required courses for the religion minor are: REL 204, 240, 320 or 420, and six hours of upper-level religion courses.

Biblical Language Minor

The biblical language minor includes 15 hours of coursework in addition to GRK 201-202 and HEB 201-202. The required courses for the biblical language minor are: GRK 301, 302, HEB 301, 302, and one senior level GRK or HEB course.

Philosophy Minor

A philosophy minor is composed of 18 hours of coursework, including PHI 201, 250, 401, 450, and six additional hours in philosophy.

Course Descriptions for Religion(REL)

Course NO. Course Name Course Hours Course Description
REL 101 Introduction to the Old Testament 3 hours An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the Old Testament.
REL 101.8 Introduction to the Old Testament Honors 3 hours An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the Old Testament, including a more intensive summary of current research in Old Testament studies. Students who enroll in this course must be participants in the honors program.
REL 102 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament.
REL 102.8 Introduction to the New Testament Honors 3 hours An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament, including a more intensive summary of current research in New Testament studies. Students who enroll in this course must be participants in the honors program.
REL 203 The Baptist Heritage 3 hours An introduction to the history, doctrine, and polity of Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention.
REL 204 Principles of Interpretation 3 hours A study of the formation of the Bible, the history of biblical interpretation, and modern methods of biblical interpretation.
REL 240 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 hours A study of the biblical, theological, and practical foundations of Christian missions.
REL 303 The Ancient Near East 3 hours A study of the history, cultures, and religions of the ancient Near East from ca. 3000 B.C. to 333 B.C. Prerequisites: HIS 101, REL 101. Same as HIS 323.
REL 304 The Greco-Roman World 3 hours A study of the history, cultures, and religions in the Mediterranean basin from 333 B.C. to A.D. 476. Prerequisites: HIS 101, REL 102. Same as HIS 324.
REL 320 Christian Theology 3 hours A study of Christian theology from the standpoint of the Bible, historical theology, and systematic theological expression.
REL 401 Old Testament 3 hours An intensive historical and literary analysis of a selected portion of the Old Testament (may be repeated as a different topic). Prerequisite: REL 101.
REL 402 New Testament 3 hours An intensive historical and literary analysis of a selected portion of the New Testament (may be repeated as a different topic). Prerequisite: REL 102.
REL 403 Christian Ethics 3 hours A study of the major theoretical paradigms of ethics from the ancient Greeks through the contemporary theorists, including Christian ethicists; attention is given to the application of ethical theory to contemporary ethical issues. Offered concurrently with PHI 403.
REL 404 Philosophy of Religion 3 hours A study of the philosophical issues related to the logic of, challenges to, and problems for Christian theism. Offered concurrently with PHI 401.
REL 405 World Religions 3 hours A study of the nature of religion, a comparative treatment of the world’s major religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other eastern religions—and an examination of the religions’ diverse philosophical foundations, theologies, and practices. Offered concurrently with PHI 405.
REL 411 History of Christianity 3 hours A study of Christianity's historical foundations, expansion, historical theology, and cultural influences. Same as HIS 411.
REL 413 Renaissance and Reformation 3 hours A study of the renaissance and the Protestant reformation with primary attention given to the interrelationship of these movements. Same as HIS 413.
REL 420 History of Christian Thought 3 hours A study of the philosophical and cultural influences on the development of Christian theology and ideology. Offered concurrently with PHI 450.
REL 430 History of the Bible 3 hours A study of the languages, texts, canons, and translations of the biblical literature; specific attention is given to the history of the English Bible.
REL 440 Biblical Archaeology 3 hours A study of the contribution of archaeological research to biblical studies and the proper relation of the two fields with attention to specific issues.
REL 443 Travel in Biblical Lands 1-3 hours An intensive travel program in lands of the Bible, with specific attention given to archaeological and historical sites, especially those of importance for biblical studies.
REL 444 Archaeological Field Work 1-3 hours Participation in an archaeological excavation in a biblical land with emphasis on field methodology and application of the results of biblical studies.
REL 450 The Dead Sea Scrolls 3 hours A study of the background, discovery, translation, contents, and impact of the Dead Sea Scrolls on the world of Judaism, 100 B.C.E. to 100 C.E., from which classical Judaism and Christianity developed. Same as HIS 450.
REL 460 The Holocaust 3 hours A study of the development of anti-Semitism and other factors resulting in the policies of National Socialist Germany (1933-1945), the events of the Holocaust itself, and its aftermath. Same as HIS 460.
REL 470 The Life and Work of William Carey, D.D. 3 hours A study of the background, biography, and influence of William Carey, D.D., British Baptist minister and missionary to India.
REL 480 Service Practicum 3 hours A supervised learning experience in mission work overseas or in the United States. Satisfies writing intensive course requirements.
REL 481 Christian Preaching 3 hours A study of the history, content, theory, and practice of Christian preaching.
REL 482 Christian Ministries 3 hours A study of the various responsibilities of ministers within the total church program with special emphasis given to pastoral care and administration.
REL 483 Evangelism and Church Growth 3 hours A study of theological principles and cross-cultural methods of evangelism and church growth.

Course Descriptions for Greek (GRK)

An introductory study of Koine vocabulary, morphology, and grammar. 1 John will be translated along with other selected passages from the New Testament.

Course NO. Course Name Course Hours Course Description
GRK 201-202 Introductory Greek I-II 3 hours each
GRK 301-302 Intermediate Greek I-II 3 hours each) A review of morphology and further study of Koine vocabulary and syntax through extensive translation from various Hellenistic documents, including the New Testament. Prerequisites: GRK 201-202.
GRK 402 Greek Intensive 3 hours Translation and historical and literary analysis of select portion of the New Testament (may be repeated as a different topic). Prerequisites: GRK 301-302.

Course Descriptions for Hebrew (HEB)

Course NO. Course Name Course Hours Course Description
HEB 201-202 Introductory Hebrew I-II 3 hours each A study of introductory vocabulary, morphology, and grammar. Selected passages in the Hebrew Bible will be translated and analyzed.
HEB 301-302 Intermediate Hebrew I-II 3 hours each A review of morphology and a study of the syntax of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisites: HEB 201-202.
HEB 401 Hebrew Intensive 3 hours Translation and historical and literary analysis of a select portion of the Old Testament (may be repeated as a different topic). Prerequisites: HEB 301-302.

Course Descriptions for Philosophy (PHI)

3 hours

Course NO. Course Name Course Hours Course Description
PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours An introduction to the problems, methodologies, and major areas of philosophy as exemplified in selected primary and secondary sources.
PHI 250 Logic 3 hours A course in critical reasoning with an introductory study of language problems, deductive logic, inductive logic, and symbolic logic.
PHI 350 Epistemology 3 hours A study of contemporary theory of knowledge, including the following issues: what knowledge is, perception, skepticism, propositions, truth theories, theories of justification, foundationalism, deduction, and induction. Prerequisite: PHI 201.
PHI 401 Philosophy of Religion 3 hours A study of the philosophical issues related to the logic of, challenges to, and problems for Christian theism. Offered concurrently with REL 404. Prerequisite: PHI 201.
PHI 403 Moral Philosophy 3 hours A study of the major theoretical paradigms of ethics from the ancient Greeks through the contemporary theorists; attention is given to contemporary moral issues and problems. Offered concurrently with REL 403. Prerequisite: PHI 201.
PHI 405 World Religions 3 hours A study of the nature of religion, a comparative treatment of the worlds major religions—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and other eastern religions—and an examination of the religions’ diverse philosophical foundations, theologies, and practices. Offered concurrently with REL 405. Prerequisite: PHI 201.
PHI 450 History of Philosophy 3 hours A study of the historical development of philosophy from the ancient Greek philosophers through the contemporary period. Offered concurrently with REL 420. Prerequisite: PHI 201.