Private, Christian college in South Carolina

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

Professors provide one-on-one mentoring outside the classroom at Southern Wesleyan University

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

Division of Religion

The Division of Religion offers a major in religion with concentrations in Bible, Children's Ministry, Christian Ministry, Christian Worship, New Testament Greek, Sports Ministry, and Youth Ministry. Students preparing for ordained ministry are urged to complete the concentration in Christian Ministry, while taking additional courses in one of five focused areas: Bible, Christian Education, Mission, Pastoral Studies, or Youth Ministry.


The mission of the Southern Wesleyan Division of Religion is to grow in student numbers, in educational effectiveness, and spiritual influence to advance the Gospel in contemporary cultures.

Division Goals

Our overall goal is for our students to be transformed by Christ, the Living Word, and live transformed lives as evidenced by the values, priorities, and personal witness of those who have answered God’s call. Then equipped to study and teach the written Word of God, they will be prepared to serve Christ and His church as pastors, youth pastors, children’s pastors, worship pastors, missionaries, and other ministry leaders.

Learning Outcomes

Students obtaining a BA in Religion are students who will...

  1. Demonstrate spiritual growth and accountability
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Bible
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic theological concepts
  4. Be able to communicate God’s truth in order to make disciples
  5. Understand human development (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) and grow in their ability to minister in ways that are developmentally and contextually appropriate.

Religion Degree Programs

Traditional Program

Religion (BA)

This degree program prepares individuals for ministry in a variety of areas, with specialized concentrations offered in Christian Ministry, Christian Worship, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Sports Ministry, Bible, and New Testament Greek.

Religion Faculty

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New Language Courses



The Called Camp 2017


The Called Camp

The Called Camp

Could God be calling you to ministry? Want to unpack this calling with passion and insight? You won't want to miss The Called 2017. The Called Camp is a 7-day intensive summer experience designed to help high school students dive into the Bible, anchor their faith as their own, define their calling to service, and explore options for full-time ministry engagement.

Students have the option to choose between four ministry tracks:

    • Adventure Ministry
    • Missional Outreach
    • Worship Ministry

Learn more about The Called Camp


Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center

Religion students at SWU have the opportunity for a relevant and hands-on ministry education in the brand new Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center.

The center includes a sanctuary for preaching and worship education, as well as a tech lab for learning modern technologies used in worship services. The center also includes a youth ministry lab and a children’s ministry lab, both outfitted for engaging, age-appropriate ministry. The Nicholson-Mitchell Christian Ministry Center at SWU is the place to gain a relevant ministry education for today’s world.