Trevecca’s Bachelor of Arts in religion offers you a balance of Bible, theology and church history. You’ll be challenged and prepared to carry out ministry in innovative, creative and transformative ways and can tailor the program to match your unique calling by choosing from the following minors: pastoral ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry, missions, worship ministry and compassionate ministry.
- Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
- Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
- Take advantage of incredible internship and ministry job opportunities available in Nashville.
What to Expect
At Trevecca Nazarene University, we believe that God has a unique plan and purpose for your life. Our Bachelor of Arts in religion combines academic excellence with application-based curriculum in an educational environment that aligns with your values and equips you for ministry.
Built upon a core combination of Bible, theology and church history courses, you can tailor your program to match your unique calling when you choose a professional minor in one of the following areas: pastoral ministry, youth ministry, children’s ministry, intercultural studies, worship ministry or church and community. Through your program, you will have the foundation you need to become a servant leader for various age groups in different ministry settings. You will be equipped with knowledge of the essential components of the field while also being challenged to minister in innovative, creative and transformative ways.
The Religion major with the minors in pastoral ministry, youth ministry and children’s ministry meets the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.
Why Choose Trevecca?
Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.
Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your religion degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith and your goals.
- Dan Boone University President / Professor, Pastoral Theology & Preaching
- Tim Green Dean, Millard Reed School of Theology & Christian Ministry / Professor, Old Testament Theology & Literature
- Steven Hoskins Professor, Religion
- Michael Jackson Professor, Religion
- Brent McMillian Associate Professor, Religion
- Kathryn Mowry Professor, Intercultural Studies and Christian Education
- Mary Schmitt Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
- Timothy Gaines Associate Professor of Religion
Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.*
Theology of Holiness
An analysis of the biblical, historical, and theological resources for defining Christian perfection within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition.
Systematic Theology I
A study of the nature of theology as a systematic, logical, and disciplined activity within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition. This course will consider theological method and the doctrine of God.
Systematic Theology II
A theological analysis of the doctrine of humankind, Christ, Salvation, Spirit, Church, Sacraments, and Eschatology.
Christian Theology of World Religions
An introductory study of major world religions with express attention to each religion's self-conception and to Christian theological interpretation of the religions with emphasis upon missiological implications of intercultural and interreligious engagement.
Old Testament Theology
A study of the primary methods of the discipline of Old Testament theology as well as the major theological themes of the Old Testament within their canonical context.
New Testament Theology
A study of the approaches, methods, and major developments within New Testament theology.
Philosophy for Theology I
An intensive study of Western philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to 1900 focusing on figures, topics, and themes which have been especially significant for Christian theological reflection.
Philosophy for Theology II
An intensive study of Western philosophy from the 1900 to the present focusing on figures, topics, and themes which have been especially significant for Christian theological reflection.
General Education — 40 hours
General Electives — 4-12 hours
*This program also requires twelve (12) credit hours from Upper Division Bible courses (inc. BIB 2990, one OT course and one NT course) and six (6) credit hours of Biblical Language.
*Church History: Students not seeking ordination in the Church of the Nazarene may substitute CHI 3130 History and Polity of American Denominations for CHI 3060.
*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.