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Programs and 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).

Intercultural Studies Major

Students who major in intercultural studies must earn the Bachelor of Arts degree. The major includes 30 semester hours of coursework with the following courses required: REL 310, 320, 405, 470, 480, 483, 484, and 497.

Students who major in intercultural studies 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 curriculum requirements, students must take PHI 201 (introduction to philosophy), 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).

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.

Missions Minor

The missions minor includes 18 hours of coursework in addition to REL 101-102. The required courses for the missions minor are: REL 310, 320, 470, 480, 483, and 484.

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.

Course Descriptions for Religion(REL)

101. Introduction to the Old Testament: (3 hours) An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the Old Testament.
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.
102. Introduction to the New Testament: (3 hours) An introduction to the history, literature, and theology of the New Testament.
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.
203. The Baptist Heritage: (3 hours) An introduction to the history, doctrine, and polity of Baptists and the Southern Baptist Convention.
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.
240. Introduction to Christian Missions: (3 hours) A study of the biblical, theological, and practical foundations of Christian missions.
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.
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.
310. Principles and Practices of Missions: (3 hours) A study of the principles and practices of missions by examining the biblical foundations of missions and the study of various mission paradigms that are reflected in the practice of one’s theology.
320. Christian theology: (3 hours) A study of Christian theology from the standpoint of the Bible, historical theology, and systematic theological expression.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
411. History of Christianity: (3 hours) A study of Christianity's historical foundations, expansion, historical theology, and cultural influences. Same as HIS 411.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
480. Service Practicum: (3 hours) A supervised learning experience in mission work overseas or in the United States. Satisfies writing intensive course requirements.
481. Christian Preaching: (3 hours) A study of the history, content, theory, and practice of Christian preaching.
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.
483. Evangelism and Church Growth: (3 hours) A study of theological principles and cross-cultural methods of evangelism and church growth.
484. Intercultural Field Experience: (3 hours) A study of missiological principles, missions methods, and cultural considerations in a practical university-sponsored international or North American missions experience.
497. Internship in Missions: (9 hours) A supervised missions experience either abroad or in the United States. Prerequisites: REL 310, 320, 405, 470, and 483.

Course Descriptions for Greek (GRK)

201-202. Introductory Greek I-II: (3 hours each) An introductory study of Koine vocabulary, morphology, and grammar. 1 John will be translated along with other selected passages from the New Testament.
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.
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)

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.
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.
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.