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 a wide range of church-related positions and for broader Christian service throughout the world.
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 an unapologetically 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:
- Belize (Tropical Biology)
- Croatia, Austria & Hungary
- Spain, Portugal & France
- Greater Columbus Area
- San Francisco
- New Orleans
- Washington, D.C.
Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.
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.
LOCAL CHURCH MINISTRY
Become a pastor or join a church staff.
Plant churches and get the good news out to more people.
URBAN COMPASSIONATE MINISTRY
Advocate for social justice and inclusion.
Become an author, theologian, or researcher.
Prepare to earn an M.Div., Counseling master’s degree, and more.
Meet the Faculty
Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.
Rev. Jennifer Ballenger
Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministries
Dr. Brenita Nicholas-Edwards
Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement
Professor Timothy Radcliffe
Director of the Library
Dr. Henry “Hank” Spaulding, III
Assistant Professor of Theology and Associate Campus Pastor
Dr. Eric Vail
Associate Professor of Theology
Dr. Doug VanNest
Dean of the School of Christian Ministry and Professor of Pastoral Practices
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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