Religious StudiesQuestions of truth and destiny confront each generation and are at the root of all human enterprises, necessitating that the very nature of the educational task focus on these basic issues. With a firm commitment to the centrality of the Christian tradition for all such considerations, the Department of Religious studies offers many experiences for growth and education.
Students seeking more than one major in the department may present no more than 15 hours common to those majors. Students seeking minors as well as majors in this department must choose a different area of study for the minor and present a minimum of 12 hours not applied to the major. Many of the department’s academic and support activities are channeled through the Anderson University Center for Ministry Education (AUCME).
Targeted academic and practical experience
The Department of Religious Studies offers course work and field experiences designed to: develop in all students familiarity with and appreciation for the biblical foundations of the Christian faith; make available from a Christian perspective a wide range of knowledge concerning the religious experience of humankind; provide the biblical, theological, and pastoral Christian education, field courses, and experiences central to preparing enlightened and committed Christian leaders; and develop students’ appreciation for and critical reflection of their own and others’ beliefs, practices, and experiences.
Students have an opportunity to work at intercultural and practical aspects of the study through TRI-S (Study, Serve, Share) trips. Christian education students can share in trips to locations such as Grand Cayman and London to conduct vacation Bible schools. The history and background of the Bible have been explored on recent trips to Greece and the Middle East.
Our Graduates go into church ministry, social agencies, para-church organizations such as Youth For Christ and Young Life, or go to graduate school. Many of our students attend the School of Theology at Anderson University, but others have attended Claremont School of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Union Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Asbury Theological Seminary. The university is also known for the internship opportunities it offers to its students.