The Theology minor is designed to provide basic preparation for the student who wishes to pursue further studies in theology or related disciplines. It will also provide a basic theological understanding for students preparing for service in a local church as pastors or in other leadership positions.
The following courses are required:
- Elementary Greek I (LANG 2113) – 3 hrs*
- Elementary Greek II (LANG 2213) – 3 hrs*
- Bible courses, 2000 level or above – 3 hrs*
Select 9 hours from the following:
- Bible course, 3000 level or above – 3 hrs*
- Biblical Interpretation (BIBL 3013) – 3 hrs*
- Directed Readings in Theology (THEO 4232) – 2 hrs*
- Systematic Theology I (THEO 3313) – 3 hrs*
- Systematic Theology II (THEO 3413) – 3 hrs*
- Theological Workshop (THEO 3801) – 1 hr*
BIBL 3013 BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION 3 hours
This course is a study of the process that led to the creation of the English Bible and its authority. It includes a survey of the principles and practice of independent Bible study, including an emphasis on the grammatical, historical approach to Biblical interpretation. The student will study methods of application leading to the development of theme, proposition, and, finally, the lesson itself.
LANG 2113 ELEMENTARY GREEK I 3 hours
This course is a study of the basic grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek language. Emphasis is given to the Greek of the Hellenistic Period. Facility in translation is developed through the use of practice exercises.
LANG 2213 ELEMENTARY GREEK II 3 hours
This course is a continuation of Elementary Greek I. Further attention is given to the development of elementary grammar, vocabulary, and translation skills. Prerequisite: LANG 2113.
LANG 3113 INTERMEDIATE GREEK I 3 hours
This course is a study of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the Greek language designed for second year students. Facility in translation is developed through the translation of practice exercises and selected passages from the Greek New Testament and/or other Greek literature. Prerequisite: LANG 2213.
LANG 3213 INTERMEDIATE GREEK II 3 hours
This course is a continuation of Intermediate Greek I. It seeks to develop an understanding of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of the Greek language which is appropriate for a fourth semester student. Considerable attention is given to developing appropriate translation skills. Prerequisite: LANG 3113.
PHIL 2203 INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY 3 hours
This course is a basic introduction to the problems, methods, and terminology of philosophy by means of an historical examination of the major philosophers in the Western tradition. The perennial questions of philosophy are explored including, the nature of God, reality, knowledge, values, and humanity. The analysis of these issues emphasizes their integration in the development of an overall conceptual framework or worldview.
THEO 3313 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I 3 hours
This course is an introduction to the major doctrinal teachings of the Christian faith. It begins with an analysis of the major terms used in the field of systematic theology and an overview of the major theological systems which the student is likely to encounter. It also examines theology, bibliology, Christology, and pneumatology.
THEO 3413 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II 3 hours
This course is a continuation of THEO 3313 Systematic Theology I. It examines angelology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.
THEO 3801 THEOLOGICAL WORKSHOP 1 hour
This workshop is designed as an intensive study of various topics, scripture texts, or methodologies. The course may be repeated with change of subject matter for a maximum of four hours.
THEO 3802 THEOLOGICAL SEMINAR 2 hours
This seminar is designed as an intensive study of various topics, scripture texts, or methodologies. A writing project is required. The course may be repeated with change of subject matter for a maximum of four hours. Permission of Program Director is required.
THEO 4232 DIRECTED READINGS IN THEOLOGY 2 hours
This course requires the reading and analysis of leading works in theology under faculty supervision. Works read come from a variety of different religious traditions including traditional Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Neo-orthodoxy, and liberal Protestantism. The course may be repeated once with different content. Prerequisite: THEO 3303 or THEO 3313 and THEO 3413 or permission of the instructor.
THEO 4243 EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY 3 hours
This course examines the development of theology of the evangelical movement. It focuses on the contributions of leading evangelical theologians such as Charles Hodge, Carl F.H. Henry, and others. The course includes an analysis of the doctrines which are distinctive to the evangelical movement. Prerequisite: THEO 3303 or THEO 3313 and THEO 3413 or permission of the instructor.
THEO 4903 SPECIAL TOPICS 3 hours
Various subjects in the area of study will be presented through research and writing or through visiting professors and lecturers that complement the curriculum and take advantage of the educational background, experience, and expertise of the instructor. Emphasis is given to the creative approaches, research, and/or collaborative learning to enrich the understanding of the student. Permission of instructor is required. This course may be repeated with change of subject matter for a maximum of nine credit hours.