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King University News :: King University Now Offering Online Degree in Religious Studies

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 22, 2014 – In addition to the traditional on-ground platform, King University will offer an online bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies beginning fall 2014.

“King’s Religious Studies online program would include an emphasis on biblical studies, which is part of King’s heritage. Students would still receive a reformed theological viewpoint, but the program will also include a global perspective,” says Dr. Don Michael Hudson, associate professor of Religious Studies and chair of Philosophy and Religion at King University.

The program will include such courses as politics and religion in a global context, philosophy, theology, hermeneutics, and the study of world religions. These courses will be taught by world-class professors including archaeologists, theologians, and experts in the study of the Bible, missions, and youth ministry.

“We want our students to have ample grounding in biblical studies and the study of religion. We also want them to have a foundation in what a Christian worldview is, how we frame that Christian worldview, and then how we take that view into our cultures,” says Hudson. “The main focus of the Religious Studies online program will be on how to construct a Christian worldview. In the 21st century, the heart of many world conflicts is centered on religious beliefs; it is important to be able to differentiate and understand the varying theories and how they relate to our own personal beliefs.”

The online degree in Religious Studies is part of King’s Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) program, which is designed specifically for the adult learner. King’s GPS program is tailored to reduce the challenges facing the adult learner. Time and access are often a barrier for adult students wanting to finish their degree.

“By taking classes either one night per week or online, working adults can earn their degrees in as little as 16 months,” says John King, vice president of Development and Enrollment Management for King University. “King provides a learning experience that allows students to receive that training while working to provide for their families. We are significantly impacting the adult population of the region by giving the student access to affordable high quality degree programs that fits their schedules.”

One key principle that is highlighted in King’s curriculum is that of global citizenship. This key philosophy is interwoven into the fabric of all of King’s degree programs. “The Religious Studies program will challenge students to discover not only what it means to be a Christian but also what it means to be relevant in the 21st century,” says Hudson.

For additional information on King’s online bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies contact Dr. Don Michael Hudson at 423.652.4154 or or contact King’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or


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