Theology Minor (M)

The theology major or minor gives you a strong understanding of the Christian faith that will support you in your chosen vocation. As a university of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), our courses are taught in accord with the Lutheran Confessions. The theology program is not intended to stand alone. Rather, it is intended primarily for those of you who are preparing for certification as professional church workers such as Lutheran School Teachers or Directors of Church Ministries (DCM). (That is why the internship is specific to your track.) If you aren’t interested in the education or church ministries routes, we highly recommend checking out the Christian Thought program.

You can expect to benefit from a well-rounded study of biblical and systematic theology, along with the application of that theology in your life within the Christian Church. You’ll  join renowned scholars  as you delve into the Old and New Testaments, systematic doctrine, and practical theology (teaching and worship). We offer many theology electives, so you can explore and grow in the particular areas that interest you.



Required Core Courses
Old Testament
Biblical Theology
Any REL course with a number above 204
Required Courses
REL 203New Testament3
Theology/Philosophy Course
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions (recommended for all church-work students)
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
Christ and Culture
Office of Church Worker Course
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching (for education students)3
or REL 312 Office of the Professional Church Worker
Internship Course
Select one of the following:3
Church Ministries Internship
ED 44XX Student Teaching (for education students)
Religious Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Religious Education of Youth and Adults
Communicating Bible Messages
Teaching the Faith (for education students)
Comparative Religion Course
REL 310Religion in America Today3
or REL 410 World Religions
Total Hours18

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.