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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Ask questions, seek answers and form opinions.

About the Course

This degree is designed for those who would like to gain a solid grounding in Adventist history, theology, faith and the Bible but who do not necessarily want to go into formal ministry. It deals with philosophical ideas and their history and biblical teachings, and offers the chance to ask questions, seek answers and form opinions.

Unlike the Bachelor of Arts in Theology, the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies does not require studies in the ancient languages of Greek and Hebrew, and is ideal for those who would like to undertake studies in Adventist theology, without studying these ancient languages.

The course is appropriate for those wishing to use it as a pre-professional degree, or who may wish to pursue a career in, for example, education or church administration. As such, two thirds of the programme is comprised of general education and electives, permitting students the possibility to tailor the programme according to their interests. It is not intended for those who wish to enter the ministry or for those seeking a pathway to the Master of Arts in Theology.

Why enrol in  BA Religious Studies with us?

  • Enjoy academic liberty that will provide you with the opportunity to explore any religious issue which is of interest to you.
  • Benefit from the experience of our staff, most of whom have real-world experience. Every area of study, whether Old or New Testament Studies, Biblical or Systematic Theology, and Practical or Pastoral Theology, is taught by specialists in the field
  • Take the opportunity to study the phenomenon of religion in a European context.
  • As a Religious Studies student you will become an automatic member of the Newbold Ministerial Society. The Society provides a range of events and activities for its members, such as seminars, social activities, and mission and evangelism trips.

Your future matters.

This course prepares you for careers and employment in a broadrange of fields, including:

  • Education
  • Counselling
  • Church administration
  • Not-for-profit
  • Government and community work
  • Journalism and editing
  • Youth and social work

The course breakdown

BA RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Your academic years

Year One

Year One is the entry point for those completing the course in three years.

The focus of Year One will be narrowed more to the realm of religion and its relations to the history of thought, contemporary culture and society, and personal experience of spirituality and faith. You will be exposed to a variety of ideas from philosophy, sociology, biblical studies and biblical spirituality. At the same time, you will be able to explore, compare and evaluate these ideas from a biblical perspective

Year Two

In Year Two you will start exploring issues related to biblical theology and ethics. Modules such as Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament and Acts and Epistles will provide insight into the exciting world of the prophets and the early Christian church.

 

Year Three

Your final year of study will focus more on research. Six credits of this final year will be taken as a research project in addition to your other modules.

Modules

  • General Education - Sample Modules

    Intake: If you are planning on completing the programme in 4 years, you will begin at this stage. See ‘Entry Requirements’ for more information.

    If you are enrolled in the four year degree programme, your first year will serve as a foundation year in which you will take a very broad set of lower division modules (defined by 100 and 200 level codes). During this year, you will develop your reading, writing, research and communications skills so that you will be fully equipped to undertake undergraduate studies.

    In so doing, you will gain a broad knowledge base in areas such as English literature and composition, history, fine arts, algebra, religion, science and health principles.

    • 20: Religion credits (fulfilled in major)
    • 3: ENGL115 - English Composition I
    • 3: ENGL215 - English Composition II
    • 3: COMM104 - Communication Skills
    • 6: History credits
    • 3: IDSC205/IDSC206 - Introduction to Fine Arts I OR Introduction to Fine Arts II
    • 3: English Literature credits
    • 3: Natural Science credits
    • Modern Foreign Language OR Greek credits
    • 3: MATH165 - College Algebra
    • 3: ANTH200 - Cultural Anthropology
  • Core Modules*

    The requirements for the Religious Studies major, and the modules typically offered in this course are as follows:

    *TWO modules which fulfil the general education Religion and Service requirements – the first module counts towards the major.

    • 3:

      (Fulfils general education. Service requirement only – does not count towards major)

      RELG360G - Mission and Volunteerism
    • 3:

      Theological Studies modules encourage you to consider a variety of important issues raised by the Biblical texts, such as the concept and nature of God. You will first learn how Christians in previous eras dealt with the issues in question before going on to formulate and defend your own positions.

      RELG360C /RELG360D - Foundations of Biblical Studies/Foundations of Christian Theology
    • 3:

      Practical Theology modules seek to develop your ability to apply the results of biblical and theological reflection in your own life, church and community.

      RELB216/RELB406/RELB274 - Law and Writings of the Old Testament/Studies in Daniel and Revelation/Prophetic Writings of the Old Testament
    • 3: RELB210/RELB335 - Jesus in His Time and Ours/Acts and Epistles
    • 3: RELG496 AND RELG496 - Special Project: Research Project I AND Special Project: Research Project II
  • Elective Modules

    Elective modules (21 credits taken from credits below or those not yet taken above)

    • 3: RELT250 - Personal Spirituality and Faith
    • 3: RELH400 - SDA History and Prophetic Heritage
    • 3: RELG360B - Ministry and Culture
    • 3: RELG360E - Reformation Theology
    • 3: RELG360H - History of Western Thought
    • 6: Any from the list of Core Modules that have not yet been taken

Entry Requirements

Our mission is to provide quality higher education and unlock our students’ potential from all educational backgrounds. Here are our entry requirements.

Three Year Programme

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • 2 A-levels, or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Four Year Programme

To apply to complete this programme in three years, you will need:

  • 5 GCSEs grade A*-C (including Maths and English), or equivalent
  • To be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of the academic year

If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient standard of the language to study. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.