MAJORS AND MINORS
CHRISTIAN MINISTRY MAJOR
Majoring in Christian Ministry involves studying Christian beliefs, teachings, history, practices, ethics, church organization and management, and outreach. You’ll explore your vocation as you reflect on and formalize your understanding of faith and learning in the context of your personal identity in Christ, the broader ministry of the Gospel and your vision of future ministry and personal growth. You’ll be equipped for exemplary service in Christian ministry (with an education or outreach emphasis) as you take 42 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Majoring in Theology involves studying Biblical and Lutheran beliefs, teachings, history, practices and ethics. How is God’s intent disclosed in biblical texts and the Lutheran Confessions? How do Christian themes play out in themes play out in culture, artwork, books and movies? How are we to make moral choices? You’ll develop a greater understanding of people, interrelationships and morally important contemporary societal issues as you take 42 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
BIBLICAL LANGUAGES MINOR
Minoring in Biblical Languages involves studying grammar, syntax, and vocabulary to develop a basic reading knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek. You’ll take 22 credit hours toward a Biblical Languages minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major. It will be a relevant minor if you’re considering a church career, seminary studies or graduate school.
LUTHERAN THEOLOGY MINOR
Minoring in Lutheran Theology involves theological study, with special emphasis on the historical doctrines of the Lutheran Church. Your coursework will focus on the Old and New Testaments, Christian doctrine and Lutheran confessional writings. You’ll take 24 credit hours toward a Lutheran Theology minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major. This minor is required for all students enrolled in a church work certification program.
There is a growing realization in the world that humans are by nature religious beings, and they make decisions based on spiritual as well as material values. The religion minor addresses such questions as: How does religion help the individual live a well examined life? What is the importance of religious values for the individual and for the human community? How does theological literature relate to social issues? You’ll explore how religious perspectives have a significant role in public life and have opportunities to observe and reflect on religious activities of faith communities in the Twin Cities. The religion minor includes 19-20 credit hours of theology courses taken in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.