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Major, Minor and Honors


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion has the following components, in addition to the regular McMurry general education requirements:

REL 1330: Introduction to Christianity
REL 2310: Introduction to Christian Ministry
REL 2330: Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 2340: Introduction to the New Testament
REL 2350: Religions of the World
REL 2360: Research Methods in Religion and Philosophy
REL 4390: Senior Seminar in Religion
PHIL 2350: Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours from REL 334(a-g)
3 hours from REL 3375, 3385, 4370, 4375, 4380
3 hours from REL 3310, 3315, 3320, 3330, 3390
3 hours of REL electives
3 hours of advanced philosophy electives

The Religion major requires a minor in some other discipline as well as two years of a foreign language at the college level.

Major in Christian Ministry

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Ministry equips student for a wide range of ministerial positions. It comprises the following components, in addition to the regular McMurry general education requirements:

REL 1330: Introduction to Christianity
REL 2310: Introduction to Christian Ministry
REL 2360: Research Methods in Religion and Philosophy

3 hours from either REL 1399, REL 2330, or REL 2340

REL 3300: Homiletics
REL 3340: Pastoral Care and Counseling
REL 4340: Worship and Liturgy
REL 4388: Internship in Christian Ministry

6 hours from REL 2350, 3310, 3315, 3320, 3330, 3390, 334(a-k), 3375, 3385, 4365, 4375, 4380, 4399

3 hours advanced religion electives

The Christian Ministry major requires a minor in some other discipline as well as two years of a foreign language at the college level.

Minor in Religion

The minor in religion totals 18 hours from the following courses:

REL 2310: Introduction to Christian Ministry
REL 2360: Research Methods in Religion and Philosophy
6 hours of REL electives
6 hours of advanced REL electives

Minor in Philosophy

PHIL 2350: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2360: Logic
12 hours of PHIL electives, with at least 3 hours at the 4000 level

Minor in Christian Ministry

REL 1330: Introduction to Christianity
REL 2310: Introduction to Christian Ministry
REL 2330: Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 2340: Introduction to the New Testament
REL 3335: Introduction to Hospital Ministry
REL 4388: Internship in Christian Ministry

Minor in Ethics

SLD 1300: Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 2350: Introduction to Philosophy
REL 3320: Biomedical Ethics
REL 3330: Christian Ethics
PHIL 3330: Topics in Ethics
BA 4385: Ethics in Business and Society

Honors in Religion

Admission to the honors program in religion requires at least 60 hours of college work, 15 hours of religion courses including REL 1330, 2330, 2340, and 2350, and an overall religion GPA of 3.25.  Students will complete seven hours of honors course work in religion, including REL 4X96: Honors Tutorial (3-6 hours), and REL 4X97: Senior Thesis


For More Information Contact

Dr. Jeffery Kinlaw, Chair
Department of Religion and Philosophy
1 McMurry University #1028
Abilene, TX 79697

Office: Old Main 204C
Phone: 325-793-3897