DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION

The Department of Religion offers undergraduate degrees to prepare Bible teachers and gospel ministers to serve the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the wider community. Degree students are provided in-depth instruction in biblical, theological, historical, ethical, and pastoral courses so as to be better equipped for a wide and relevant proclamation of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. The department also provides basic religion courses to meet the religion course requirement needs of general education courses.

The mission of the department is to involve both degree majors and general education students in an experiential understanding of Jesus Christ and His Word; to encourage the study of God's word, sharing of spiritual and ethical ideas, connecting with people, serving humanity, and changing one's world; and to contribute to the development of family, community, and the Church in anticipation of the soon return of Jesus Christ.

The department offers the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

The mission of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology is to furnish the Seventh-day Adventist Church with competent, highly motivated, and consecrated graduates who can serve among people hailing from an Arab context. One of those contexts for service includes education. The BA degree in Religion is offered to those who wish to become Bible teachers at the elementary or secondary school levels. Students must complete 112 credits.

General Education Courses cr
CLST240 History and Culture of the Arabs 3
COMM211 Communication Skills 3
ENLG211 English Composition I 3
ENLG212 English Composition II 3
ENLG215 Research Methodology 2
HLED110 Principles of Healthful Living 2
INFS220 Introduction to Information Technology 3
PHIL241 Ethics in Modern Society 3
RLGN213 Old Testament Survey 3
RLGN274 God and Human Life 3
3 credits from:
ARAB101 Arabic for Beginners I 3
ARAB211 Arabic Language Skills 3
1 credit from:
PEAC101 Basic Physical Education 1
PEAC104 Individual Activities - Soccer 1
PEAC105 Team Activities - Basketball 1
PEAC106 Individual Activities - Volleyball 1
PEAC107 Team Activities - Soccer 1
3 credits from:
RLGN212 Jesus in His Time and Ours 3
RLGN214 New Testament Survey 3
3 credits from:
PSYC201 General Psychology 3
SOCI210 General Sociology 3
Core Courses cr
ALNG397 Internship 3
PEAC___ Physical Education Course 1
RLGN225 The Gospels 3
RLGN238 Biblical Spiritual Life 3
RLGN262 Personal Ministry 3
RLGN268 Music, Worship, and Liturgy 2
RLGN278 Biblical Hermeneutics 2
RLGN281 Introduction to World Religions 2
RLGN290 Research Methods in Religious Studies 2
RLGN320 Studies in Daniel 3
RLGN322 Studies in Revelation 3
RLGN325 Old Testament Studies I 3
RLGN326 Old Testament Studies II 3
RLGN327 Old Testament Studies III 3
RLGN328 Acts and Epistles I 3
RLGN329 Acts and Epistles II 3
RLGN345 History of Seventh-day Adventism 3
RLGN375 Doctrines of the Adventist Faith 3
RLGN378 Prophetic Heritage 2
RLGN381 Introduction to the Religion of Islam 3
RLGN420 Foundations of Biblical Canon 2
RLGN425 The Bible as Literature 3
RLGN471 Christian Theology I 3
RLGN472 Christian Theology II 3
RLGN485 Theology of Mission 3
Cognate Courses cr
EDTE210 Foundations of Education 4
EDTE220 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3
EDTE311 Introduction to Religious Education 2
EDTE338 Methods of Teaching Religion 3
EDTE345 Educational Psychology 3
EDTE452 Classroom Testing and Evaluation 3
EDTE488 Student Teaching 3
EDTE495 Research in Education 1
PHIL245 Biblical Ethics 3
Total Credits 130
Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The BA degree in Theology is offered to those who desire to become gospel workers and leaders in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Students are introduced to various phases of gospel ministry and to the methods, principles, and procedures of biblical interpretation. It aims to develop skills required for effective proclamation of biblical faith through personal witness, preaching, teaching, and leadership in local, regional, and global communities. Courses are designed to enhance students' commitment to Jesus Christ and their involvement in the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Graduates will be prepared for ministry in any vocation in the world field-but especially Middle Eastern North African contexts or with people who come from the region. Students must complete either 126 or 138 credits.

Who is a candidate?

MEU's theology program graduates will be better equipped to interact with people of Arab and Muslim heritage with understanding, respect, confidence, and personal influence. Whether graduates go on to serve in the secular workforce, in community service, in education, through the media and arts, in sensitive spiritual interaction, or church leadership, the Facult's goal is to provide a biblical foundation for impacting the Arab and Muslim people with a personal, Christ-centered life and message.

General Education Courses cr
CLST240 History and Culture of the Arabs 3
COMM211 Communication Skills 3
ENLG211 English Composition I 3
ENLG212 English Composition II 3
ENLG215 Research Methodology 2
HLED110 Principles of Healthful Living 2
INFS220 Introduction to Information Technology 3
PHIL241 Ethics in Modern Society 3
RLGN213 Old Testament Survey 3
RLGN274 God and Human Life 3
3 credits from:
ARAB101 Arabic for Beginners I 3
ARAB211 Arabic Language Skills 3
1 credit from:
PEAC101 Basic Physical Education 1
PEAC104 Individual Activities - Tennis 1
PEAC105 Team Activities - Basketball 1
PEAC106 Team Activities - Volleyball 1
PEAC107 Team Activities - Soccer 1
3 credits from:
PSYC201 General Psychology 3
SOCI210 General Sociology 3
Core Courses cr
RLGN225 The Gospels 3
RLGN238 Biblical Spiritual Life 3
RLGN252 Biblical Hebrew I 3
RLGN253 Biblical Hebrew II 3
RLGN255 New Testament Greek I 3
RLGN256 New Testament Greek II 3
RLGN262 Personal Ministry 3
RLGN268 Music, Worship, and Liturgy 2
RLGN278 Biblical Hermeneutics 2
RLGN281 Introduction to World Religions 2
RLGN295 Ministerial Praxis I 0
RLGN320 Studies in Daniel 3
RLGN322 Studies in Revelation 3
RLGN325 Old Testament Studies I 3
RLGN326 Old Testament Studies II 3
RLGN327 Old Testament Studies III 3
RLGN328 Acts and Epistles I 3
RLGN329 Acts and Epistles II 3
RLGN341 History of the Christian Church I 3
RLGN342 History of the Christian Church II 3
RLGN345 History of Seventh-day Adventism 3
RLGN362 Pastoral Ministry 3
RLGN366 Biblical Preaching I 2
RLGN375 Doctrines of the Adventist Faith 3
RLGN378 Prophetic Heritage 2
RLGN381 Introduction to the Religion of Islam 3
RLGN395 Ministerial Praxis II 0
RLGN420 Foundations of Biblical Canon 2
RLGN428 Studies in Hebrews 3
RLGN440 Biblical Archaeology 3
RLGN462 Pastoral Counseling 2
RLGN466 Biblical Preaching II 2
RLGN471 Christian Theology I 3
RLGN472 Christian Theology II 3
RLGN485 Theology of Mission 3
RLGN488 Church Planting 3
RLGN495 Ministerial Praxis III 0
Cognate Courses cr
ACCT208 Stewardship and Church Finance 2
EDTE311 Introduction to Religious Education 2
PHIL245 Biblical Ethics 3
SOCI315 Marriage and Family Relations 2
Total Credits 126
Ministerial Praxis

The three non-credit Ministerial Praxis courses (Ministerial Praxis I, II, III) enable theology students to be involved in practicing, strengthening, and refining their pastoral knowledge and skills in an authentic context while studying their degree program at the University. These non-credit courses are required in addition to the practical aspects of other ministerial courses such as Personal Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, Biblical Preaching I & II, and Church Planting. Short- and long-term field projects will be assigned to each student or student teams by the chairperson of the department or a faculty member, who will also describe the week days or weekends' task(s), assign the area(s), set the timeframe, and oversee the implementation of the requirements and the periodic reporting.

At each Fall Semester registration of the student's sophomore, junior, and senior year, the student must enroll in RLGN295, 395, or 495 respectively. The requirements of each of the praxis courses must be completed during the Fall and Spring semesters—a total of 30 sessions (15 sessions per semester). A growth portfolio that includes all the required reporting must be submitted in the last week of classes of the Spring Semester of each academic year. A “DG” designation (deferred grade) will be assigned for the Fall Semester until the requirements are completed in the Spring. An 'S' or 'U' designation (satisfactory or unsatisfactory) will be given for each semester.

Students cannot graduate before completing the praxis course series. The involvement of the students in ministerial praxis should help them gain real experiences in places such as local churches and their community, centers of influence, evangelistic/church planting endeavors, university/school campus ministries/chaplaincy, etc. The course outline will describe in detail the requirements of each praxis course.