Religion

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In accordance with the mission statement of Missouri Baptist University and the academic program, the Religion faculty provides curriculum leading to general education and degree requirements, as well as major and minor programs of study in the discipline of religion.

Academic programs within the Religion Department have a twofold purpose. First, the faculty introduces the disciplines of religious studies to students to familiarize them with the major areas and issues of biblical and theological studies. The faculty equips students not only to be knowledgeable in religious studies, but also to develop their own interpretive powers. Second, the religion major provides the beginning stages of professional training for the ministry by preparing students for graduate school or seminary training. The courses are presented from the evangelical perspective.

  • By the application of critical thinking skills and clear logic, the student will evaluate the data of the Old and New Testaments using conventional and technological resources, interpret that data into sound teaching using proper hermeneutical principles and communicate that teaching using effective oral and written communication skills and using relevant conventional and technological platforms.
  • Based on sound biblical teaching, the student will synthesize knowledge from across disciplines and observations of diverse human cultures with the polemic task of the Christian Church, which is the communication of doctrinal, ethical Christian living personally, corporately, locally and globally.
  • Based on sound biblical teaching, the student will synthesize knowledge from across disciplines and observations of diverse human cultures with the apologetic task of Christian missions, which is the communication of the Gospel personally, publicly, locally and globally.
  • Counselor
  • Pastor
  • Social Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker
  • Missionary

RELIGION MINOR

The student must complete at least 21 hours as follows:

Required Religious Education (RRED) courses:
RRED 273 Foundations for Christian Ministry
RRED 303 Missions and Mercy
RRED 343 Discipleship and Evangelism: Leading in Spiritual Formation
REMU 473 Christian Ministry Internship

Required Religion (RREL) courses:
RREL 343A Foundations of Christian Theology
RREL 343B Man and Sin
RREL 343C Redemption and Reconciliation

A student may not major in Christian Ministry or Ministry and Leadership and minor in Religion.

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
Concentration in Religion

A total of 65 semester hours is required to earn the Associate of Science degree with a concentration in Religion, as listed below. Transfer credits will be accepted into this program from an accredited college or school up to a maximum of 42 semester hours of credit. Up to 15 hours of the associate degree may be earned through credit by examination and/or portfolio assessment of prior learning.

A student must earn a grade of C or better in all major (Religion component) courses, and achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better for the awarding of the associate degree.

Required General Education Component: 38 hours minimum
BCIS 103 Survey of Computing
BIOL 103+101 Introduction to Biology
COMM 103 Speech Communications
ENGL 113 English Composition I
ENGL 123 English Composition II
ENGL 203 World Literary Types
KHSC 333 Health and Wellness

MATH 123 Contemporary College Mathematics
OR
MATH 133 College Algebra
OR
MATH 154 Precalculus
OR
A mathematics course having one of the above as prerequisite

PHYS 103+101 Introduction to Physical Science
OR
PHYS 123+122 Geology and Earth Science
OR
CHEM 113+111 Introduction to Chemistry

PSYC 133 General Psychology

RPHI 213 Introduction to Philosophy
OR
RPHI 203 Introduction to Logic

SOCO 113 Introduction to Sociology

Required Religion Component: 27 credit hours from Biblical Studies, Religion, and Religious Education, as listed below.

Required Biblical Studies (RBIB) courses:
RBIB 113 Old Testament History
RBIB 123 New Testament History

Required Religion (RREL) courses:
RREL 343A Foundations of Christian Theology
RREL 343B Man and Sin
RREL 343C Redemption and Reconciliation

Required Religious Education (RRED) courses:
RRED 273 Foundations for Christian Ministry
RRED 303 Missions and Mercy
RRED 343 Discipleship and Evangelism: Leading in Spiritual Formation
REMU 473 Christian Ministry Internship