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  •  Religion Program

    The mission of the religion program is to foster student spiritual and intellectual growth through the disciplined, critical study of religion. The four key aspects of this mission are to develop in students:

    • An understanding of the nature of religion, Christian scriptures and traditions, and world religions;
    • An ability to carry on disciplined, critical dialogue concerning varied understandings of Christianity, other religions and other disciplines, relating these to everyday experience;
    • An ability to engage in multiple modes of critical thinking, and to articulate and defend their own ideas; and
    • The capacity for critical reflection concerning good living and working, honoring both their abilities and communal needs.


    The religion faculty also teach four classes related to Greek language for the purpose of reading in relationship to religious studies.

    Religion Majors and Minors

    In the study of religion, faculty and students work in the areas of ethics, religious studies, world religions, theology, church history, religious practices, sacred texts, including biblical texts, and the intersection of religion and culture The discipline intends to serve well students who pursue the study of religion as part of their journey of faith and vocation, as well as students whose interest in religion is more purely academic. In continuity with its historical tradition of more than 150 years of providing education for students preparing for Lutheran ministries, the department also provides support, guidance, and education for students preparing for various vocations within their communities, including church-related work, regardless of the students’ denominational traditions.


    • Religion Major 
    • Religion: Worship Ministries Major 
    • Religion: Youth Ministry and Christian Education Major 
    • Religion Minor 
    • Religion: Worship Ministries Minor 
    • Religion: Youth Ministry and Christian Education Minor  
    • Pre-Seminary Program

    Course requirements for all programs can be found in our Online Course Bulletin.


    Classes are small to ensure individualized attention. In addition to the prescribed curriculum, religion majors organize and participate in campus and community activities as well as local and international service learning.  Many work with the student congregation on campus, metropolitan ministries and Trinity Lutheran Seminary, which is adjacent to Capital's campus.


    Each member of the religion faculty possesses a doctorate. Their specialties include ancient languages and literature, Christian ethics, New Testament, contemporary theology, history of theology, Asian religions and faith development.

    Careers and Placement

    Religion graduates are well prepared to attend graduate school or seminary. Other students enter the job market immediately upon graduation. Graduates of Capital's religion program are participating not only in ordained ministry both nationally and internationally, but also are working in an exceptionally wide variety of programs and occupations, demonstrating the value and flexibility of Capital's religion program.

    Additional Resources

    Online Course Bulletin 

    Religion and Philosophy Majors Handbook