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Religion Major

Go deeper into the why behind your faith and influence others for Christ.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religion

Do you want to better understand not only your own faith, but also the faith of others around the world? MVNU Religion majors gain a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith, which equips them for Kingdom service in any field.

Courses in Biblical studies, theology, and church history root students in the heart of the Christian faith. That grounding is valuable for students who have a calling to pastoral ministry and plan to continue onward to seminary, as well as students pursuing careers in fields like education, counseling, social work, medicine, art, and business.

The religion program offers a compact degree designed for students studying in any other discipline to gain deeper knowledge of the Christian faith as a second major. A double major gives you an extra edge in your career, as you will have multiple degrees under your belt by graduation. Religion majors report that they are well-prepared in graduate programs compared to their peers from other universities.


Explore a robust, inclusive religion curriculum, designed with a Christ-centered lens.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


The School of Theology and Philosophy offers annual opportunities to travel to countries significant to the Christian faith. Our most recent trips include:

2015 — Turkey and Greece, where students walked in the footsteps of Paul and visited the locations where many of the New Testament and early church events took place.

2016, 2019 — Israel and Jordan, where students walked in the footsteps of Jesus and the prophets. They saw for themselves the lands where their favorite Bible stories took place and experienced the culture and history of these important places.

2017 — Germany and Switzerland, where we walked in the footsteps of the Reformers and saw the places where Western tradition was deeply shaped.

Service Learning:
  • Belize (Tropical Biology)
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala


Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

There are over 30 endowed scholarships for students in the School of Christian Ministry with a call to ministry. 

A Nazarene Ministerial Scholarship Program in which Nazarene ministry students can participate during their four years.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.


A degree in religion from MVNU provides an excellent foundation in the Christian faith for those pursuing a host of careers. Students desiring to enter business, social work, law, communications, and more can add religion to their preparation! It is also great preparation for graduate school.


Become a pastor or join a church staff.


Plant churches and get the good news out to more people.


Advocate for social justice and inclusion.


Become an author, theologian, or researcher.


Prepare to earn an M.Div., Counseling master’s degree, and more.

Church pastor
Female author

Hyson Campus Center

The School of Christian Ministry is located on the second floor of Hyson Campus Center — a centralized hub that merges academics and campus life.

The first floor of Hyson Campus Center is home to the dining commons, President's Dining Room, The Recreation Equipment Center (The REC), Student Government Association, and the new student union.

On the second floor you will find the offices of Campus Ministries, Student Life, Counseling, Intercultural Learning and Engagement, Center for Global Engagement, the School of Christian Ministry and the Education Department. Campus-wide activities such as Global Spotlights (pictured) take place in the lobby. Classrooms are found on both the second and third floors.

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