Wimberly School of Religion  
Religious Education Major

A major in religion/religious education is particularly useful to persons planning to enter the Christian ministry, Christian education, youth work, program coordination, or other church-related vocations. Studies in the major field, along with courses in English, history, philosophy, the social sciences, and various electives, will give the student an excellent background for entrance into a theological seminary or for service in the church and society.

The Internship in Religion course is required for majors in religious education. It is taken in the junior or senior year.

Religion/Religious Education (B.A.) Major Requirements
Credit Hours: 41


At least one upper-division course (3000-4000) must be completed in each area: biblical studies, history of Christianity, and theology from the list below. One course at any level must be taken in religion, ethics, and culture area.

I. BIBLE
A. Required (3)

REL 2023 - Methods of Biblical Analysis

B. Biblical Studies (3)

REL 3103 - Psalms and Wisdom Literature
REL 3203 - Prophetic Literature
REL 3303 - Gospels and Acts
REL 3403 - Pauline Letters
REL 4143 - Seminar in Hebrew Bible

II. HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY (3)

REL 3013 - History of Christianity (Ancient-Medieval)
REL 3113 - History or Christianity (Reformation-Modern)
REL 3223 - History of Christian Spirituality
REL 4153 - Seminar in History of Christianity

III. RELIGION, ETHICS, AND CULTURE (3)

REL 2033 - Introduction to Religion
REL 2163 - Moral Issues in Contemporary Culture
REL 2213 - Introduction to Moral and Social Philosophy
REL 2313 - Philosophy of Culture
REL 2413 - Philosophy of Religion
REL 2513 - Introduction to World Religions
REL 2603 - Religion and the Arts
REL 2703 - Introduction to Christian Ethics
REL 3313 - Religion in Contemporary America
REL 3613 - Problems and Issues in Christian Ethics
REL 3903 - Religious Drama
REL 4103 - Seminar in Religion and Culture

IV. SENIOR PAPER (3)

REL 4893 - Senior Paper required for all majors

V. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
A. Required 18

REL 3813 - Nature and Work of Christian Education
REL 4603 - Leadership in Christian Education
REL 4633 - The Bible in Christian Education
REL 4653 - Theology and Christian Education
Choose two of the following:
REL 3913 - Ministry with Youth
REL 3933 - Ministry with Children and Families
REL 3943 - Ministry with Adults

VI. INTERNSHIP

REL 4981 - Internship in Religion
(Junior or senior standing. Taken on a credit/no-credit basis. Should be taken in a two-semester sequence during one academic year.)

VII. UNITED METHODIST STUDIES (3)

REL 3233 - United Methodist Studies
(Required of all United Methodist majors for certification. Other denominations may substitute an elective from Areas IB, II, III or IV in the School of Religion.)


Additional electives outside the major must be taken to reach a total of 121 hours.