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Department of Religion

The Department of Religion offers a major in religion with concentrations in Christian Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry, and Christian Worship. Each of these concentration meet Wesleyan ordination competency requirements. In addition, students may wish to take a minor in religion with concentrations in Christian Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry and Christian Worship.

Online Religion Programs

Flex Ministry Program (BA)
This online religion program allows you to pursue your ministerial goals without disrupting your life and career. Finish your religion degree or work toward your ministry/ordination goals with affordable courses in a self-paced, flexible format - and with the opportunity to earn college credit for prior life and work experience!

On-Campus Religion Programs

3+1 Program for Religion (BA)
This 3+1 degree program features three years on-campus plus one year of a church residency. The 3+1 program is available for the Christian Ministry and Youth Ministry concentration.

CoVo Ministry Programs
Designed for the co-vocational Christian, this program allows students to complete a double major in religion and one other program during their four-year academic journey.

Religion (BA)
This degree program prepares individuals for ministry in a variety of areas, with specialized concentrations offered in Christian Ministry, Youth and Children's Ministry and Christian Worship. 

Meet the Religion Faculty


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

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.


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