Religion Courses, Majors, and Minors
The religion department offers courses in:
- Hebrew Bible
- New Testament
- Biblical Hebrew
- Greek is offered through the Department of Classics
- Greco-Roman religions
- Archaeology of Palestine
- World religions
- Psychology of religion
- Sociology of religion
- Religions in America
- Theory and method
- Philosophy of religion
- History of Christianity
- Research and writing
- Congregational studies
- Christian worship
- Formation for Christian ministry
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Ministry internship
What if I want to major or minor in religion at Samford?
Students who major or minor in religion have great freedom to concentrate their study to fit their interests and needs. Accordingly, the religion department offers four areas of study: Area I, Jewish and Christian Scriptures; Area II, Historical/Cultural Studies; Area III, Theological/Ethical Studies; Area IV, Practice of Ministry.
The major in religion at Samford University focuses on the trajectory of Christianity in the West, and it requires 36 credit hours to be taken in the department. The core of the major is 16 credit hours of work in the comparative study of world religions, academic study of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, theory and method in religious studies, and the Senior Seminar. Students complete 20 additional hours in religion courses.
The major in religion with a concentration in congregational studies requires 36 credit hours to be completed in the department, including 16 hours of core study (see above), and 12 of the remaining 20 hours to be completed in Area IV. Students may choose to complete either the research and writing intensive Senior Seminar in Religion or the Senior Seminar in Congregational Ministries, which requires 180 hours of internship in a congregation or church related agency along with regular colloquia.
The minor in ministry and missions requires 8 credit hours of core study in world religions and either pastoral theology or missiology and 12 additional hours in courses from Area IV, Practice of Ministry.
The minor in religion is the least restrictive of all our programs, requiring Introduction to World Religions (4 credit hours) and 16 other credit hours in religion courses of the student’s choosing.
Among the department’s distinctive offerings are our Preministerial Scholars program, two lecture series, religion colloquia, informal forums on Christian faith and critical thinking, preaching opportunities, and opportunities for overseas study. Also, to aid students in their studies, the department offers scholarships and awards based on various criteria, and professors recognize the high achievements of students through induction into ΘΑΚ, a national honor society for religious studies and theology.