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Religion

Offered: On Campus Apply

The department of religion is a learning community committed to the church and to the academy, dedicated to the study of Scripture, theology, mission, leadership, and spirituality for the purpose of transforming individuals, relationships and communities.

The department of religion houses both the biblical studies and leadership studies disciplines as part of the college, and serves both undergraduate and graduate programs within professional studies. The curriculum for the religion major is administered through concentrations in biblical studies, Christian formation and discipleship, intercultural studies, pastoral leadership studies, and youth leadership studies. In addition, an option in general Christian studies allows students to choose any religion electives for the major without having to select a particular concentration.

Religion: Biblical Studies Concentration (B.A.)

In addition to the religion core requirements, this concentration will give students a foundation in beginning Greek and Hebrew Studies.

Religion: Christian Studies and Discipleship Studies Concentration (B.A.)

In addition to the religion core requirements, this concentration will include courses such as Christian Formation of Children, an Introduction to Youth Ministry, and Adult Formation and Discipleship.

Religion: Intercultural Studies Concentration (B.A.)

The Intercultural Studies concentration will give students a foundation in intercultural communication, integrative field studies, and current issues in mission studies.

Religion: Pastoral Leadership Studies (B.A.)

The pastoral leadership studies concentration focuses on courses such as Narrative and Expository Preaching, Management in Christian Organizations, and Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Religion: Youth Leadership Studies (B.A.)

The youth leadership studies concentration focuses on courses such as Introduction to Youth Ministry, Narrative and Expository Preaching, and Management in Christian Organizations.

Religion: General Christian Studies (B.A.)

This concentration consists of a mix of religion electives along with Old Testament and New Testament electives.

Religion Minor

Students in other majors can earn a minor in religion (no emphasis) by completing a minimum of 20 units of course work that is housed within the department of religion.

Religion courses taken as part of the university core curriculum requirement may be applied to meet minor requirements. Transfer units from other institutions are not accepted toward the religion minor.

Ministerial Credentials

Assemblies of God Minsterial Credentials

Ministerial Internship Program and Practica

The Department of Religion is committed to provide field education experiences that integrate conceptual aspects of ministry with the practice of ministry in local churches, hospitals, mission opportunities, inner-city ministries, and other parachurch organizations. Goals for field education include spiritual formation, mentoring relationships, theological reflection, and specific training in ministry skills that provide the framework for such integration.

Accreditations

West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Awesome Biology
Assemblies of God
Awesome Biology
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

News

Biblical Studies Alum Named Advisor to MI Governor
Lauren Slagter

Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel (Biblical Studies '91) is one of 5 people Gov. Rick Snyder appointed this week to a group that advises the state on early childhood education.

LANSING, MI - Washtenaw Intermediate School District Superintendent Scott Menzel is one of the five people Gov. Rick Snyder appointed this week to a group that advises the state on early childhood education.

Snyder announced the Early Childhood Investment Corp. appointments on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Along with Menzel, Luanne Ewald of Royal Oak, Laurie Linscott of East Lansing and Kristen McDonald of Bay City were added to the board, and Jeffrey Mills of Allegan was re-appointed.

Created in 2005, the 15-member board provides input on early childhood policy and programming to help children and families thrive, according to the group's website. Much of their work has centered on building and maintaining the Great Start network that provides quality standards for preschool and child care programs.

"I thank these individuals for their service and commitment. I am confident their combined experiences will be a positive asset to the board," Snyder said in a press release.

Menzel has been superintendent of the WISD since 2011. He previously served as superintendent at Whitmore Lake Public Schools and the Livingston Educational Service Agency. During the 2013-2014 school year, he worked as superintendent of both the WISD and Ypsilanti Community Schools.

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Meet Our Faculty

Gregory Austring

Gregory Austring

Sarah Cassell

Sarah Cassell

Student Success Coordinator
Roli Dela Cruz

Roli Dela Cruz

Associate Professor of New Testatment
Willem Dogterom

Willem Dogterom

Professor of Pastoral Ministries & Spiritual Formation
Roger Heuser

Roger Heuser

Frank Macchia

Frank Macchia

Richard Park

Richard Park

ADJUNCT
Doug Petersen

Doug Petersen

Markita Roberson

Markita Roberson

Gary Tyra

Gary Tyra

Diana Wahlstedt

Diana Wahlstedt

Administrative Assistant
April Westbrook

April Westbrook

A Sampling of Religion Courses

PLST 440

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Pastoral Care and Counseling

This course is designed to study cancer from both a cellular and a clinical perspective. Characteristics of aberrant cell growth, proliferation and metastasis will be studied with a focus on the genetic charges that occur in cancer cells. Clinical aspects of cancer that will be discussed will include the classification, carcinogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of cancer.

ICST 272

A Theology of Church Mission

A Theology of Church Mission

Coastal Ecology examines the ecological processes at the interface between land and sea in order to provide an understanding of the coastal environmental, how terrestrial and marine systems are intricately connected, and how human activities can impact both. Much of the course consists of local field trips in coastal and marine environments and in particular a week-long field trip usually during spring break. Course will fulfill CORE Curriculum science requirement. Lab fee. Lab fee covers lab project materials, food, transportation, and accommodation during the week-long trip. Any special diet or physical accommodations must be approved by the instructor prior to enrollment.

PLST 420

Disciplines of the Spiritual Life

Disciplines of the Spiritual Life

Co-requisite: BIOL432L Neuroscience Lab. The study of the nervous system from the cellular physiology of the neuron to complex structure and function of the central nervous system. Emphasis will be given to the cellular neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. This course will give an excellent foundation for understanding the brain and the nervous system. Students will critically read and discuss the scientific literature and learn to critically evaluate experimental neuroscience. Lecture three hours. Laboratory course designed to complement BIOL432. Lab is three hours. Lab fee

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