Offered at: Online

Major: Theological Studies

God reveals himself through his Word and, to a lesser degree, through his world. The Theological Studies Major examines the Bible, God’s revealed Word, in broad introductory overviews of the Holy Scriptures (isagogics) as well as in close reading of a particular biblical book (exegetical studies). The major also studies God’s providence in history. In addition, students receive practical training in the application of their studies in ministry to others. The Theological Studies Major offers some students the opportunity for a vocation in church, either as a primary or secondary calling.

Through participation in, and upon completion of, the Theological Studies Major at Concordia University Wisconsin, students will:

  • Have a greater understanding of God’s Word, the Holy Scriptures
  • Appreciate the value of sound Christian doctrine based squarely on the Bible
  • Develop a heightened awareness of God’s working throughout history
  • Grow in their relationship with Christ and put his teachings into practice in their vocations
  • Employ various methods of delivering and defending biblical truth in a relevant and practical way to diverse groups
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research skills

Students who complete this major and wish to become certified as LCMS lay ministers should apply to the Director of Church Ministries  Certification Program. They may get application forms from the church ministries office at or at 262-243-4343. Applicants must be of good moral character and must meet other qualifications specified by the program. They will also need to complete the remaining courses in the program. 

Core Requirements 132
Major Requirements48
Minor: Optional
Total Hours128

 For transfer students, please see the Advanced Transfer Core.

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Civilization and World Views: History 1
Culture 1
Social Science
Physical Development
Civilization and World Views: Literature
Creative Arts 1
Lab Science
Required Courses
AL 107Student Success Strategies3
AL 204College Writing 23
AL 379Classical Greece and Rome 23
AL 159Heritage of Faith 23
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 383Gospel of Luke3
AL 395Life of Christ3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
REL 376Christian Ethics3
REL 387Christ's People Thru the Ages 23
REL 233Communicating Bible Messages3
REL 229Rel Educ-Youth & Adults3
REL 287Christian Care Giving3
REL 388Varieties of Belief3
or REL 410 World Religions
REL 312Office Professional Chrch Work3
Major Electives
Select 48 elective credits 348
Total Hours96