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Religious Studies

The King University Philosophy and Religion department prepares men and women from all walks of life. We are committed to both excellent scholarship and practical ministry. If your goal is vocational ministry or academia we have the programs to prepare you. Or, if you have an interest in studying philosophy, biblical studies, or religion as an integral part of your higher education, we have the tools and resources to prepare you to be relevant within an increasingly diverse culture.

Curriculum

Our faculty are well-equipped to provide you with a superior education. The curriculum includes courses such as Biblical Greek and Hebrew, theology and interpretation, study of religion within a global context, social scientific approaches to religion, and the relevance of faith within a particular community. It is imperative for students to understand the Christian faith in the context of the 21st century while recognizing the importance of historical tradition. The Philosophy and Religion Dept. at King offers a superb combination of over 150 years of heritage and tradition with new and innovative thinking as we move into the 21st century.

A degree in Religious Studies is not just for those who want to pursue the ministry full-time. Many students pursue our major or minor to enhance their overall educational experiences. Religious studies can be a great addition to any course of study. Many students who pursue biblical studies go on to successful careers in health, science, teaching, journalism, archaeology, law, business, social work, and politics.

This program is also offered online. View more information about the online Bachelor’s in Religious Studies.

Study Abroad

At King University, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to study in a variety of environments. For example, many students choose to study abroad in our Italy and Israel study programs. During the summer, students and faculty from our department assist Tel Aviv University in a major archaeological dig at Tel- Azekah. These opportunities are provided in order to facilitate global awareness, responsible citizenship, and intellectual depth.

Students and faculty have also assisted missionaries in Calcutta with Mother Teresa’s Ministries and in New Delhi volunteering at the Good Samaritan School. Our students have also worked in Kenya and Tanzania establishing theological education and developing safe water supplies. Each summer we also provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian and Syrian refugees in the Middle East. If students are looking for unique intercultural opportunities closer to home, they can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge that our faculty boasts by completing guided independent studies.

Religious Studies Course Requirements

An introduction to the practice of Biblical hermeneutics. The class will examine the history and development of hermeneutics, including the most recent developments. Also included is practice in the interpretation of the different kinds of Biblical literature. – 4 s.h.

A survey of the content, message, and literary forms of the books of the Old Testament with attention given to the principles of biblical interpretation. – 4 s.h.

A survey of the content, message, and literary forms of the books of the New Testament with attention given to the principles of biblical interpretation. – 4 s.h.

This course will aim to give the student a thorough overview of the land of the Bible from the Patriarchs to the Islamic conquests. Matters of topography, geology, history, and archaeology will be addressed in a manner that enhances the meaning of the Bible and enriches the student’s grasp of Biblical history. – 4 s.h.

An introduction to the life and thought of Paul with primary emphasis on the chief theological themes found in the apostle’s writings as they relate to distinctive settings in Acts. -4 s.h.

This course is a survey dealing with the ideas and practices of the world’s major religions. This introduction provides opportunity for Christian interface with world religions, cults, and sects. – 4 s.h.

Examines the basic contents of Christian theology. It investigates theological methodology, the philosophical presuppositions of various theological systems, and provides a basic acquaintance with theological vocabulary through readings and by survey of various creeds and confessions. – 4 s.h.

This course examines the prominent place of religion in this religiously plural geopolitical environment. It explores Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Native American traditions, white Protestantism, and African and Asian religions, and their expression in global communities. It examines the relationship between politics and religion and its impact on contemporary events. – 4 s.h.

Islam encompasses many forms of practice, scriptural interpretations, and religious knowledge, but only some forms of Islam become the focus of mainstream public attention. In this course, we will examine some of the fundamental precepts, practices, and history of this religion from an academic perspective. Special attentions will be given to militant interpretations of Islam. – 4 s.h.

A course designed to acquaint the student with some of the basic questions of philosophy of religion, the answers philosophers have given, and to help the student develop answers of his/her own. – 4 s.h.

The origin stories and foundational concepts (such as creation, exodus, torah, and covenant) of Israel’s heritage are considered in detail in this study of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and
Deuteronomy. – 4 s.h.

An exploration of the questions and literature of Israel’s wisdom tradition, especially Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Includes comparisons with modern authors and culture. – 4 s.h.

A study focusing on the “quest” of the historical Jesus, the historicity of the gospel records, the life of Jesus, and the form and content of His teaching. – 4 s.h.

A review of the scholarly research in Johannine studies and an in-depth examination of the gospel. Special emphasis on the major theological themes of John as they relate to Biblical theology. – 4 s.h.

Undergraduate level. All candidates for a degree from King are required to demonstrate competency in their major field. Students with more than one major must demonstrate competency in each of their major fields.

Comprehensive assessment in religious students demonstrates competency in the graduating student’s major field in these areas: Biblical content, theology, philosophy, and critical thinking and analysis. For a B.A. in Bible and Religion or a B.S. in Religious Studies students must earn a passing grade on the Philosophy and Religion Department Comprehensive Exam. – 4 s.h.

Religious Studies Coursework

  • To view all required courses for a BA in Religious Studies click here.
  • To view all required courses for a Minor in Religious Studies click here.
  • To view Bible course descriptions click here.
  • To view Philosophy course descriptions click here.
  • To view Religion course descriptions click here.
Questions? Contact our faculty.
Dan Kreiss
Dan Kreiss
Peeke School of Christian Mission
Nita Andrews
College of Arts & Sciences
Melissa Ferguson
College of Arts & Sciences