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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:
The religion faculty also teach four classes related to Greek language for the purpose of reading in relationship to religious studies.
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.
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.
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.
Online Course Bulletin
Religion and Philosophy Majors Handbook
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