Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies Program provides an opportunity for those who are seeking a solid foundation in the study of religion an opportunity to obtain an accredited Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies through distance learning. The program curriculum provides a strong core of biblical, theological, and pastoral courses reinforced by a strong liberal arts foundation. The program is designed to sharpen the skills of students already in ministry, to prepare students for advanced studies, especially in religious education and theology, and to broaden their options in the careers that put a premium on an informed religious consciousness. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in fields such as law, medicine, government, and business.

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies degree preparation for other professions: 

  • Pastor
  • Executive Leadership
  • Assistant Pastor
  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Denominational Leadership

Admission Requirements: 

  • Application and $50.00 processing fee
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Official High School and College Transcripts
  • Writing Sample of the Applicant’s Reason for Enrolling

Curriculum

Year One
CSOO 126 Understanding HU Culture 3
ENGO 101 Written Communications I 3
ENGO 102 Written Communication II 3
COMO 103 Oral Communications 3
BIOO101 Nature and Life 3
HISO 106 World Civilizations II 3
MATO 110 College Math 110 3
PSYO 203 Introduction to Psychology 3
RELO 111 Old Testament I 3
RELO 112 Old Testament II 3
RELO 200 Introduction to Religious Studies 3

Subtotal

33 hrs.
Year Two
SOCO 205 Introduction to Sociology 3
HISO 107 Survey of African American History 3
HUMO 201 Seminar in Humanities 3
RELO 211 New Testament I 3
RELO 212 New Testament II 3
RELO 201 Prophetic Books 3
RELO 202 Life and Teachings of Jesus 3
RELO 203 Islam 3
RELO 205 Other Religious Traditions 3
RELO 310 Judeo-Christian Heritage 3

Subtotal

30 hrs.
Year Three
PHIO 210 Logic and the Scientific Method 3
PHIO 301 Contemporary Moral Problems 3
PHIO 304 Ethics 3
PHIO 305 Ethics and Leadership 3
RELO 104 Public Speaking Fundamentals (Homiletics) 3
RELO 204 Pentecostalism 3
RELO 205 Other Religious Traditions 3
RELO 305 Biblical Exegesis 3
RELO 309 American Religious Traditions 3
RELO 321 African American Religion in Historical Perspective 3

Subtotal

30 hrs.

Year Four

HEAO 411

Health and Aging 3

RELO 401

Introduction to Theology 3

RELO 450

Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling 3

RELO 451

Pastoral Limits and Authority 3
* FREN 101-102; SPAN 101-102; HEBW 101-102, GREK 101-102 6
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Subtotal

27 hrs.