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RELIGION

There are two different aspects to a Bachelor of Religious Studies:  a secular viewpoint that includes major religions of the world; and, the Christian perspective.  Non-denominational universities offer programs that include global beliefs, while Christian educational institutes present Christian degrees.  A Bachelor of Religious Studies can be narrowed down to a particular denomination, depending on the college or university.

A Bachelor of Religious Studies at a secular university is inter-disciplinary and covers a broad array of subjects.  Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism are all explored in an unbiased basis.  History, sociology, philosophy and theology courses form the basis of what might be also called a liberal arts program.  If preferred, students may decide to focus on one particular religion.  Students gain a greater understanding of cultures, rituals and values.

A secular Bachelor of Religious Studies is a valuable accomplishment as it prepares students for a variety of administrative, counseling and consultant positions.  This degree may also be used as a stepping stone for law, medicine, psychology and philosophy graduate programs.

A Christian-based Bachelor of Religious Studies has a completely different approach.  Spiritual beliefs are interwoven with academic studies.  Students may be required to have past lay ministry experience to qualify for admission.  Regular attendance at a church or the educational institute‚Äôs chapel may be stipulated.

Students in a Christian-based program will typically attend core courses, such as the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, the Pauline Epistles, Book of Revelation, Theology, Ministry, Worship, together with a specified number of religious electives.  General mathematics, science, social science and English electives complete the curriculum.

Students, upon graduation, are eligible for pastoral and ministry work.

Whether students attend a secular or theological institution, they will learn critical thinking, analytical, research, observational and abstract reasoning skills that are beneficial in whichever career pathway they choose.