Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Major is an interdisciplinary program that examines the religious experiences of global human cultures past and present. It develops skills of theological reflection, historical research, analysis, and communication that enable students to engage the world in which they serve in a thoughtful, positive, and creative manner. Students will strengthen their own Christian perspective and define their own beliefs more clearly by exploring the beliefs and practices of numerous other religious traditions. 

Studetn image for religious studiesStudents will benefit from Johnson’s accreditation, affordable tuition, and an experienced and engaged faculty dedicated to the spiritual and professional formation of every student. Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs combine a Bible & Theology Core and an Arts & Sciences Core. Bachelor of Arts degrees usually include 12 or more credits of foreign language study, while Bachelor of Science degrees include additional Natural Science (like Biology and Science Concepts) and Social and Behavioral Science courses (like Psychology and Economics). Students also apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world settings through professional internships.

When students complete this program, they will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the humanities.
  • Think critically and empathetically.
  • Write persuasively and communicate effectively.
  • Understand and employ foundational skills of artistic, historical, literary, and philosophical research.

For a comprehensive list regarding program goals and objectives, see the catalog.

Professional Area Course Sampling
Cultural Anthropology
Survey of World Religions 
Philosophy of Religion
Biblical Interpretation Across Cultures
Religion & Philosophy in China
Islam: History, Beliefs, & Practices
Cults, Sects, & New Religions
History & Theology of Judaism

Bible and Theology Course Sampling
Orientation to the Old Testament I
Orientation to the Old Testament II
Orientation to the New Testament
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Exegetical Methods
Old Testament Poetry/Wisdom or Prophets Selective
New Testament Epistles or Gospels Selective