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Religious Studies

The mission of the Department of Religious Studies is to provide a dynamic and challenging learning environment that encourages each and every student to reach beyond their perceived limits; and strive to excel in whatever field or undertaking they choose. We also aim to nurture our students, while preparing them to take their place in the global society as scholars, leaders, and builders of the future in religious institutions, the academy or whatever other area of society within which they choose to function.

Religious Studies at VUU: Courses that make a difference for your future:

  • World Religion
  • The Black Religions Experience in America
  • The Art of Preaching in the Black Church Tradition
  • Old testament and New Testament Studies
  • Theology and Ethics
  • Christian Thought Throughout the centuries 
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Womanist religious Thought-The writings of Women and Men on the issues facing African-American Women in the 21st Century
  • The culture and Anthropology of Women in Biblical Times-Showing the Active Roles of women in Middle Eastern and African History in Religious Communities in Biblical Times
  • Courses on Islam
  • Field work placement in churches and religious organizations that expose students to many jobs opportunities that a degree in Religious Studies offers
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Logic
  • Additional course in Philosophy
  • Small class sizes
  • Mentoring throughout your 4 years at VUU
  • Preparation for the Master's of Divinity program at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology and other Seminaries and divinity Schools throughout the United states

Outlined Program of Study

Religious Studies Major

Requirements (B. A. Degree, 121hours)

General Education 48-50 hours

(A grade of C or better is required in all English, History, Math, and Science)

Required Core Courses 73 hours

PHI 211 Logic 3

PHI 212 History of Philosophy

PHI 213 History and Survey of Modern Philosophy

PHI 314 American Philosophies

PHI 316 Contemporary Philosophy

PHI 430 Philosophy of Religion

REL 201 Introduction to Religion

REL 224 Religious Cults and Sects in the U.S.

REL 235 Black Religion

REL 311 Old Testament Literature A and B

REL 312 New Testament Literature A and B

REL 316 Biblical Ethics

REL 366 Sociology of Religion

REL 417 Theological Communication

REL 420 Survey in Christian Thought

REL 421 Womanist Religious Thought

REL 463 Contemporary Trends in Theology A and B

REL 490 01 Culture/Anthropology of Women in Biblical Times

REL 490 02 Directed Field Work 4

Free Electives 6

(*Depicts courses that fulfill both a General Education and a Major requirement)

Religious Studies Minor 15 hours

REL 311 Old Testament Literature 3

REL 312 New Testament Literature 3

REL 316 Biblical Ethics 3

REL 417 Theological Communication 3

REL 463 Contemporary Trends in Theology 3