Applied Theology Major (A)

The theology department identifies its purpose in terms of Concordia’s statement of purpose, especially the following statements with spiritual focus:

“The total program is centered in the Christian philosophy with a confessional Lutheran emphasis…. Concordia University seeks to develop mature Christians in whom knowledge and understanding of the Holy Scriptures, the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the source and norm of Christian truth, are united with personal faith in Jesus as God and Savior. Concordia’s spiritual resources are directed to the development of Christian faith and practice of Christian virtues so that the student can form value judgments and arrive at ethical principles required for purposeful living. Concordia’s programs … nurture religious commitment, provide insights for Christian action in the world, and … provide an opportunity for intelligent selection of vocations for service to God, church and society…. Concordia … is interested in exerting a Christian influence on the community, nation, and world.” (Departmental Statement of Purpose, August 30, 2002)

The Applied Theology major centers on the study of the Word of God as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures and taught by the Church. It also includes courses which develop the student’s skills for communicating this Word in our contemporary culture. The Applied Theology major is open to all students who desire to prepare for graduate level studies in theology. It is recommended that LCMS pre-seminary students select this major. Selecting this major does not constitute entrance into the LCMS pre-seminary program. Please see program description for more details.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will develop an understanding of the origin of the Bible, recognize the unique qualities of God’s Word, and appreciate the varied yet unified content of the Old and New Testaments, and use sound principles in interpreting Scripture.
  • Students will recognize the Bible as the authoritative source for knowledge of God and humankind, articulate key doctrines of the Christian faith, especially the gospel of Jesus Christ, and apply the teachings of Scripture to the life of the individual.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for how God has worked in history, recognize key figures and movements in the life of the Church, and identify the state of theology today.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements 133
Electives (credits will vary depending on Major(s) and minor selected)48
Minor: Required (minimum 18 credits)
Total Hours126

This major/minor is not permitted to share (overlap) any credits with the core curriculum, with a major, with a minor, or with a certificate per departmental policy unless otherwise specified in the curriculum. 

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Old Testament
Biblical Theology
Introduction to Sociology
Advanced Writing
Creative Writing
Greek I 1
Public Speaking
Recommended Core Courses
For 3 credits of the Human Beings and Being Human requirement, it is recommended to select:
OR Any PHIL course except PHIL 101
Required Courses
COMM 105Public Speaking3
COMM 205Advanced Public Speaking3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
REL 440Lutheran Worship: Theology and Practice3
REL 490Senior Seminar I3
REL 491Senior Seminar II3
Major Electives
Bible Elective3
It is recommended to select any course pertaining to upper-level Old or New Testament content
Historical Theology Elective3
It is recommended to select:
A Survey of Christian Thought
Theology/ Family Life Elective3
It is recommended to select one of the following:
Practical Skills in Family Life Ministry
Foundations of Family Life Ministry
Administration in Family Life Ministry
Writing Elective
It is recommended to select one of the following:
Advanced Writing (May be counted in core)
Creative Writing (May be counted in core)
Classical & Modern Rhetoric
Philosophy/ Literature Elective3
It is recommended to select one of the following:
Elementary Logic
Moral Philosophy
Christian Apologetics
Bioethical Dilemmas in Contemporary Society
Total Hours33

If COMM 105 is taken in the core, it is replaced in the required courses by any REL elective above REL 204.