BS In Religious Studies

Become a Ministry Professional with a Degree in Religious Studies

Do you feel called to a life of ministry? Maybe you’re interested in global outreach, pastoring a church, or being a theology author. With one of our Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies degrees, your ministerial options are limitless. You can either start your career upon graduation or go on to seminary or graduate school.

We understand that you’re passionate about God’s Word. You’re excited about starting a life of ministry. Our desire is and has always been Training Champions for Christ. We want you to go out and make an impact for the world after pursuing one of our religious studies degrees. Plus, you have the option of tailoring your degree to your unique calling in ministry with any of the following concentrations:

  • Biblical Languages
  • Global Studies
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Theology and Apologetics

So what are you waiting for? Churches, parachurches, nonprofit organizations, and peoples locally, nationally, and abroad are desperate for someone like you who is passionate about serving God and others. Our religious studies degree is going to give you the knowledge and tools needed to start professionally pursuing a life of ministry.


Why Choose One of Liberty’s Religious Studies Degrees?

At Liberty, we strive to give you an exceptional learning experience. We want you to learn from experienced professionals, have access to current resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and opportunities for hands-on experience.

One of the most valuable assets available to you as a student is your professors. They are professionals in their field who are either working towards or have earned their doctoral degrees. Plus, they have years of experience working in ministry, and are excited about the opportunity to teach, guide, mentor, and support you throughout your academic journey.

Additionally, you’ll have access to some of the latest technology, resources, and internship opportunities. Our Freedom Tower houses a 7-projector immersive classroom, an interactive classroom that utilizes teleconferencing capabilities, and a state-of-the-art homiletics teaching lab. The Rawlings Foundation’s rare book collection contains a 111-foot long Torah scroll dating back to the 16th century and a functioning Gutenberg Printing Press replica. Plus, you’ll be able to participate in internship opportunities with churches and parachurches locally, nationally, and globally.


What Will You Learn in One of Our Religious Studies Degrees?

Our desire is to provide you with a curriculum that gives the knowledge and experience you need to prepare for your future career in the ministry or academia. You may decide to start your career immediately upon graduation, or you may choose to go on to seminary or graduate school. Whatever you choose, we provide the knowledge you need to get there.

Some of the areas of study we cover are hermeneutics, the history of the Christian church, Christian evidences, and world religions. Plus, the concentration you choose provides additional, focused curriculum in the field that most interests you.

Check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!

Featured Courses

BIBL 350 – Inductive Bible Study

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • An introduction to the basic steps and tools involved in the inductive study of the Bible
  • The skills needed to practice a methodical approach to the observation, interpretation, application, and correlation to Scripture
BIBL 425 – Romans

Here’s what you’ll learn: an analytical and exegetical study of Romans, giving attention to the following doctrinal issues:

  • Condemnation
  • Justification
  • Sanctification
  • The Place of Israel
  • Practical Christian living
BIBL 480 – Hermeneutics

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • A study of the nature, methods, and issues of biblical interpretation
  • A variety of different approaches to biblical interpretation
  • Demonstration of the crucial importance of hermeneutics
  • The role genre plays in interpretation
  • Students will develop their own hermeneutical method

RLGN 350 – World Religions

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The basic principles and practices of the most significant world religions
  • Points of contact and cultural opportunities for the following: effective communication, understanding, and engagement
Specializations
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Biblical Languages

Global Studies

New Testament 

Old Testament

Theology and Apologetics

Highlights of Our Religious Studies Degrees

  • John W. Rawlings School of Divinity professors are active in the classroom, as well as in research and publishing original works.
  • Our School of Divinity is committed to the authority of Scripture and conservative evangelical theology.
  • Benefit from the teaching and professor involvement of a small bible college with the experience and amenities of a university.
  • Internship opportunities with churches and parachurches locally, nationally, and globally.
  • The Freedom Tower, home for the School of Divinity, houses a 7-projector immersive classroom, an interactive meeting space that utilizes teleconferencing capabilities, and a state-of-the-art homiletics teaching lab.
  • The Rawlings Foundation’s rare book collection is valued at over 1 million dollars and contains a 111-foot long Torah scroll dating back to the 16th century and a functioning Gutenberg Printing Press replica.

Religious Studies Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Religious Studies Graduates

  • Archaeologist
  • Author
  • Biblical translator
  • Christian educator
  • Church administrator
  • Evangelist
  • Global relief worker
  • Para-church ministries leader
  • Pastor
  • Theologian

Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021 applicants)
  • Admission essay

*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.