The Division of Theology 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 Division of Theology 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 theology electives for the major without having to select a particular concentration.
In addition to the theology core requirements, this concentration will include courses such as Christian Formation of Children, an Introduction to Youth Ministry, and Adult Formation and Discipleship.
The Intercultural Studies concentration will give students a foundation in intercultural communication, integrative field studies, and current issues in mission studies.
In addition to the religion core requirements, this concentration will give students a foundation in beginning Greek and Hebrew Studies.
The pastoral leadership studies concentration focuses on courses such as Narrative and Expository Preaching, Management in Christian Organizations, and Pastoral Care and Counseling.
The youth leadership studies concentration focuses on courses such as Introduction to Youth Ministry, Narrative and Expository Preaching, and Management in Christian Organizations.
This concentration consists of a mix of theology electives along with Old Testament and New Testament electives.
Students in other majors can earn a minor in theology (no emphasis) by completing a minimum of 20 units of course work that is housed within the department of theology.
Theology 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 theology minor.
The minor requires a total of 21 units: six required units of study and 15 elective units. A minimum of 12 elective units must be distinct and different from the requirements of the student’s major to complete the minor.
Assemblies of God Minsterial Credentials
The Division of Theology 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.