College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Theology Major (BA Traditional)

The major in theology is designed to prepare students who plan to attend seminary and pursue a master’s of divinity or other advanced theological degree. The core required courses introduce students to biblical studies, Lutheran theology, philosophy, and church history. Students are encouraged but not required to study biblical Greek and Hebrew and can choose from a variety of theology electives that are of interest to them. Although the degree emphasizes Lutheran doctrine, students from any Christian tradition planning to attend seminary will be well prepared by completing this major.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

New Testament (3)
THL 201Old Testament3
THL 241Church History3
THL 371Mission of God4
THL 431Lutheran Doctrine I3
THL 432Lutheran Doctrine II3
THL 342Athens and Jerusalem: Philosophy and Christianity4
THL 496Senior Thesis2
Select 20 credits of the following:20
Beginner Greek I (4)
Beginner Greek II (4)
Matthew (2)
Mark (2)
Luke (2)
Galatians and Romans (2)
Corinthians (2)
General Epistles (2)
Beginner Hebrew I (4)
Beginner Hebrew II (4)
The Land of the Bible (1)
Principles of Biblical Interpretation (3)
Archaeology and the Bible (4)
The Death of Jesus (4)
Old Testament Prophets Today (4)
Christianity and the Global South (4)
Christian Ethics (4)
Martin Luther: Saint & Sinner (4)
Callings: Christianity and Vocation (3)
Christianity and World Religions (4)
Christian - Muslim Relations (4)
One Nation under God? Christianity and Politics in America (4)
Christianity and the Media in Contemporary Culture (4)
Theology and Art (4)
Faith and Justice in the City (4)
Lutheran Confessional Writings (3)
Total Credits42