Bachelor of Arts in

Canyon Hills, Bakersfield

Offered: Evenings, On Campus
Yes! I'm interested in the Professional Studies Program in Religion

Vanguard University, a fully accredited, private, non-profit Christian University, is proud to now be offering in-class religion courses for working adults in the Bakersfield area.

Ministry and Leadership

Building on nearly 100 years of service to Southern California, Vanguard University is pleased to now be offering courses for working adults in the Bakersfield area pursuing a bachelor’s degree in religion.

Designed to integrate into regular life and support family and work demands, the 5-week accelerated courses are held once a week for four hours. Hosted at the Canyon Hills Church Northeast Bakersfield Campus, these in-class courses provide Central Valley residents with unprecedented access to affordable, accredited, and Christ-centered education.

Courses are forming. Apply today!


of Vanguard’s Professional Studies students
receive financial aid
Running my own business has definitely taught me things that cannot be taught through school. Prior to my business career I was in the Marine Corps, and learned a totally different skill set. With the different experiences in life that I have encountered it is refreshing to find a school/ program I can use all my experiences.

The SPS program has encouraged me, challenged me, and pushed me to want to be better in my business life, as well as my faith. The program really has opened my eyes to a different side of education that I have never had before. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone out there.

Ben Briggs, '17

Professional Studies Business Student

Sample Student Schedule

Year One

Term One - 6 Units

Theology of Church Mission
and Ministry

Critical Thinking and Writing
for Ministry


Church History

Research Methods for the Study and Preaching of the Scripture

The Ministry of Preaching
and Teaching


Leadership in Christian Organizations

Management in Christian Organizations

Foundations of Christian Ethics

Year Two


Theological Themes of the
Old Testament

Research Methods for the Study of Christian Organizations

Theological Themes of the
New Testament


Pastoral Care and Counseling

The Ministry of the Spirit in
the Church

1 Corinthians: The Church in an Urban Setting


Conflict Management

The New Testament and Contemporary Christian Issues

Change Theory and Strategic Planning in Christian Organizations

Vanguard University + Straighterline

Vanguard University and StraighterLine have teamed up to provide you the most affordable and convenient pathway to a Vanguard University degree.

Graduate Religion Programs

Vanguard University also offers Graduate programs in Leadership Studies and Theological Studies. Find out which one best fits your pathway to success!

Who We Are

Vanguard University is a private, Christian university of liberal arts equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

Vanguard promises to give you the tools you need to live the story God has for you… a story that matters.