With a bachelor's degree in theology combined with education at the graduate level, graduates are prepared for pastoral ministry in a church setting or for specialized ministries such as hospital, prison, or military chaplaincy, youth ministry, church administration and college religion teaching. Students with a theology major also completing the Teacher Credentialing Program qualify for teaching Bible at the elementary or secondary level.
For service in pastoral ministry, students generally spend several years as a ministerial intern in a conference and take the two-year Master of Divinity program at Andrews University. Upon successful completion of these assignments, a person is recommended for ordination. The graduate can generally consider ordination to occur about five or six years after college graduation. Positions for secondary teaching are coordinated through the office of the education superintendent in the various local conferences.
Religion majors are usually pre-professionals looking toward careers in dentistry, law, medicine or other professions that require further education at the graduate level. The study of religion often interfaces with the study of literature, history, political science, sociology, psychology and philosophy. There are openings in teaching on the secondary level if this major is combined with another field.
Our graduates go on to serve the Church with distinction as local church pastors, conference officials, religion professors, physicians, dentists, General Conference officials, and even as General Conference President. Our graduates have been well prepared to further their theological training at Andrews University Theological Seminary and other schools, such as Fuller Theological Seminary and Azuza Pacific University.
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