Among the great strengths of our department are the diverse educational, training, and employment opportunities available both during study programs and upon graduation. By plugging into one of our programs, you can reach your dreams and make a difference. The level of education that you will receive in the Religion/Theology program is unparalleled among Adventist institutions. Upon completion, you will be conversant with basic biblical knowledge, principles of biblical hermeneutics, biblical languages, Seventh-day Adventist doctrines, and individual spiritual gifts.
Associate of Arts
Christian Discipleship AA (Distance Education)
This degree prepares students for personal outreach ministries, including Bible instruction, and offers an opportunity to study a broad spectrum of courses covering both Old and New Testament.
This program is offered mainly in a self-paced online format. Some courses are also available in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education Online Delivery Definitions). This degree does not require any on-campus time.
Bachelor of Arts
Religion BA (Distance Education)
This degree is offered as a self-paced online program, although some courses are sometimes available in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education Online Delivery Definitions). This program does not require any time on campus. Students are encouraged to come to campus for graduation.
The BA in Religion with a concentration in Biblical and theological studies is designed for students seeking a mastery of basic principles of biblical interpretation, theological reasoning, and practical ministry. In distinction to other BA in Religion emphases, this track does not aim for intentional integration with a student's primary major and related vocational goals, but instead provides a broad-based immersion into Adventist theology and practice. It is suited as a degree for non-traditional students who for various reasons are not in the position to complete a BA in Theology. The degree does not meet pre-Seminary requirements and students are encouraged to add another major.
Religion, Religion and Society BA
The BA in Religion with a concentration in Religion and Society is designed to function as a supplement to another major or to a pre-professional program. Its purpose is to provide students with a mastery of basic principles of biblical interpretation, theological reasoning, and practical ministry in the context of their chosen vocation. It aims for intentional integration of faith from an SDA perspective with a student's primary major or vocational goals. The degree does not meet pre-Seminary requirements.
Religion, Secondary Education BA
The BA in Religion for Secondary Education includes all requirements in Religion for SDA church certification and is designed for those seeking to teach religion on the secondary level. In order to meet Michigan State Teacher Certification requirements an additional major and minor must be earned. Students must obtain a second advisor in the School of Education and consult regularly with that advisor as well as their Religion advisor.
The BA in Theology is a pre-professional degree which prepares students for the Theological Seminary and further training towards full time gospel ministry. It lays a solid foundation in the areas of biblical languages, exegesis, and theology, practical theology and ministry, history of the Christian Church with an emphasis on the Seventh-day Adventist movement, and doctrine and systematic theology, including ethics. It requires the development of an individual portfolio of ministerial service.
The Certificate in Ministry in Spanish provides biblical and theological foundations for practical Hispanic ministry through blended learning. The certificate requires academic study and service learning in a practical life setting, with a portfolio as evidence of completing all certificate outcomes.
The Christian Discipleship Certificate prepares Christians to better connect with God, self, and others, through a deeper understanding of biblical foundations, applied to their vocational calling and specific ministries. The certificate requires academic study and service learning in an internship ministry experience, with a portfolio as evidence of completing all certificate outcomes.
Online delivery: This program is offered in a self-paced online format (see School of Distance Education Online Delivery Definitions). Some courses may be available sometimes in an interactive online format. This program does not require any on-campus time, unless one is enrolled in the on campus delivery.
The Mission and Global Awareness Certificate prepares students for serving God and humanity in a cross cultural context. The program provides theological foundations combined with sociological, anthropological and missiological understandings which equip the student for international service.
Minoring in Biblical languages is hard yet inspiring work. Studying Greek and Hebrew is no walk in the park, but definitely provides a richer understanding of scripture and encourages a more realistic and inclusive experience in biblical scholarship.
Do you like to travel abroad? Can you see yourself ministering overseas? Whether in the deserts of Africa or the jungles of Brazil, the minor in Missions will prepare you in your quest to spread the gospel. Both theoretical and practical approaches to mission work are taught with a global perspective. For this minor you are required to take numerous classes to help you better absorb an international, cross-cultural experience. Some required courses are World Religions, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Anthropology, and International Nutrition.