Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Theology

Compare 35 BA Programs in Theology

Theology

A Bachelor of Arts is an undergraduate degree that is awarded to students who complete studies in the sciences or liberal arts. Typical degree coursework provides theoretical knowledge and fosters strong critical reasoning skills. For students with religious beliefs or strong interests in religion, a BA in Theology can offer valuable insight and a variety of career opportunities.

Exactly what is a BA in Theology? Theology is essentially the study of religious practices and concepts, including God. This degree provides students with in-depth knowledge of the history, beliefs, traditions, and modern roles of religion, with a typical focus on Christianity and Judaism. Students study and analyze sacred writings, historical events, and the global impact of religions. Some degrees emphasize systematic or biblical theology, while other degrees include coursework on broader concepts such as ethics.

This degree offers students valuable skills and useful knowledge. Students develop academic skills such as research, critical analysis, and communication, which are desirable in many vocations. Students of faith often consider the degree coursework personally satisfying, while other students find that they gain useful insights into widespread doctrines and beliefs that influence many current events.

The cost of earning any bachelor’s degree will depend on the institution, the region, the course length, and other factors. Students should carefully evaluate all of the costs associated with a given program, rather than making any assumptions based on the pricing of similar programs offered elsewhere.

Various career opportunities are available to graduates with a BA in Theology. These individuals may pursue ecclesiastical work in various dominations, or they may go on to help others through social work, civil service, or non-profit organizations. Graduates may also teach or continue their studies through higher education.

This Bachelor of Arts degree can be completed online, which benefits students who might otherwise not be able to pursue higher education. Students around the world can complete online degrees at an affordable cost and on their own schedules. Learning more about these degrees or starting the application process is easy. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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BA Islamic Studies

The Islamic College
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 5 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

BA (Hons) Islamic Studies, validated by Middlesex University, provides you with an opportunity to study the foundation and development of Islamic knowledge from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective. Students are exposed to a variety of Sunni, Shia, Orientalist and other views and encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to adopt an academic approach to their studies. [+]

BA (Hons) Islamic Studies, validated by Middlesex University, provides you with an opportunity to study the foundation and development of Islamic knowledge from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective. Students are exposed to a variety of Sunni, Shia, Orientalist and other views and encouraged to engage in critical thinking and to adopt an academic approach to their studies.

At the same time The Islamic College emphasises the spiritual aspects of Islam and wishes to inspire students to endeavour to moral and ethical excellence. The course includes core modules on Islamic studies, while giving you the flexibility to choose from a broad selection of related courses on Islam and Muslim society. ... [-]


BA in Bible and Ministry

Abilene Christian University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Abilene

The Bible and Ministry bachelor’s degree gives you a solid theological foundation in the Old and New Testaments, and you’ll gain an understanding of how biblical principles are applied to daily life and ministry. As you delve into your concentration, you’ll develop specialized skills and knowledge. [+]

The Bible and Ministry bachelor’s degree gives you a solid theological foundation in the Old and New Testaments, and you’ll gain an understanding of how biblical principles are applied to daily life and ministry. As you delve into your concentration, you’ll develop specialized skills and knowledge.

We offer four distinct tracks of study within this major; choose the one that best fits your calling.

The biblical text concentration is designed for students who have a passion for the language, message and historic context of the Bible. It’s an ideal option for those looking to preach or pursue graduate studies.

The youth and family ministry concentration prepares students to minister to adolescents and families in church settings.... [-]


BA in Biblical & Theological Studies

God's Bible School And College
Campus or Online Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Cincinnati

The BA degree teaches leadership skills in basic ministry functions such as personal evangelism, the conduct of discipleship groups, and teaching biblical doctrine. [+]

The BA degree teaches leadership skills in basic ministry functions such as personal evangelism, the conduct of discipleship groups, and teaching biblical doctrine.

These students will have a strong grasp of the basic doctrines of classical Christian theology, as well as our unique Wesleyan emphases and contributions to its enrichment and development.

BA sample courses Systematic Theology Holiness: Critical Issues Religions of America Senior Worldview Seminar Students went off to be a Bible teacher missionary PhD student MDiv student pastoral counselor [-]

BA Study of Religions and...

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years August 2018 United Kingdom London

A degree in the Study of Religions at S.O.A.S. offers an impressive range of subject areas: religions of the ancient Near East, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Jainism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Shintoism, traditional religions of Africa and the new religious movements of our time. [+]

BA Study of Religions and...

Programme Code: V627BA/CR

Duration: 3 or 4 years

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DDM Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: AABBB Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish LC: 320 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 4 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 80% French Bacc: 14/20 German Abitur: 2.0 Italy DES: 80/100 Austria Mat: 2.0 Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Minimum Entry Requirements: Applicants are not required to have studies Religions at A-level, although a deep interest in the subject is essential.

Interview Policy: Applicants are not required to have studies Religions at A-level, although a deep interest in the subject is essential.... [-]


B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies

Fresno Pacific University
Campus Full time August 2018 USA Fresno

Recognizing a call to serve God and the church, you’re looking to deepen your knowledge of Scripture and ministry. The Biblical and Religious Studies program at Fresno Pacific University is here to help you discern and prepare for that call. FPU is committed to the biblical record as a primary source of direction for both personal and corporate Christian life. You will be exposed to a wide range of courses... [+]

B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies

Recognizing a call to serve God and the church, you’re looking to deepen your knowledge of Scripture and ministry. The Biblical and Religious Studies program at Fresno Pacific University is here to help you discern and prepare for that call. FPU is committed to the biblical record as a primary source of direction for both personal and corporate Christian life. You will be exposed to a wide range of courses in Bible, theology and church history. Our professors are committed to not only teaching Scripture, but strive to set an example as followers.

Highlights Opportunities to interact with diverse populations and study abroad to places like Israel Designed to broaden your perspective and hone your gifts Structured to help liberate students from parochial confines Consistent with the character of the university as a liberal arts institution Concentrations Biblical Literature Biblical Studies Religious Studies Theology and Ethics Career opportunities ... [-]

Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (Leuven)

KU Leuven: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 Belgium Leuven

Interested in the study of theology and religion? In Leuven we offer an internationally renowned Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies. In a three-year program (full- or part-time) students are initiated in all areas that together constitute Christian theology; in addition, particular attention is given to the contribution of religious studies, classical and modern languages, and philosophy. In some cases students can be granted advanced standing and as such admission to the Abridged Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (between 45 to 120 ECTS). [+]

Interested in the study of theology and religion? In Leuven, we offer an internationally renowned Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies. In a three-year program (full- or part-time) students are initiated in all areas that together constitute Christian theology; in addition, particular attention is given to the contribution of religious studies, classical and modern languages, and philosophy. In some cases students can be granted advanced standing and as such admission to the Abridged Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (between 45 to 120 ECTS).

What is the Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies all about?

The Bachelor of Theology and Religious Studies (also available part-time)will:... [-]


B.A. in Biblical Studies

Carver College
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2018 USA Atlanta + 1 more

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to prepare students to serve as pastors, evangelists, missionaries, counselors or teachers. This degree program will provide students a comprehensive understanding of the Bible for ministry and graduate theological studies. [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (B.A. in Biblical Studies)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to prepare students to serve as pastors, evangelists, missionaries, counselors or teachers. This degree program will provide students a comprehensive understanding of the Bible for ministry and graduate theological studies. The program requires 120 credit hours for graduation with required coursework in Biblical, Theological, Professional and General Studies. In addition, students have the option to choose a minor of concentration which requires 12 credit hours for its completion.

Learning Objectives

Students will...

Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the Bible & Theology. Gain skills in exegeting passages from various genres of Scripture. Model a lifestyle of Christian character. Be proficient in biblical exposition for teaching/preaching in professional or lay ministry. Display competent skills for graduate level coursework by successful research and writing. Complete practical ministry requirements outside the classroom. Demonstrate knowledge of General Studies from a biblical perspective. [-]

BA Hons in Religion

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg + 1 more

The Honours programme may be taken with a specific focus in the following areas of specialisation or in combination [+]

The Honours programme may be taken with a specific focus in the following areas of specialisation or in combination:

Critical Issues in the Study of Religion: The Divine in Religions; Religions and Science; Method and Theory in the Study of Religion; Liberation Theologies in Religions. Christianity: The Context of Early Christianity; The Bible as Literature; The Christian Tradition; Christianity and Contemporary Issues. Islam and Arabic: Studies in Hadith; Islam and Gender; Islamic Spiritual Traditions; Selected Arabic Texts (Tafsir); The Qur’an and its Major Themes; The Shari’ah and Constitutional Democracies; Critical Issues in Contemporary Islam African Indigenous Religions: African Spirituality; Indigenous Religions and Ecology; The Influence of Modernization on African Indigenous Religion; African Indigenous Religion and other Indigenous Religions of the World. Hebrew – Aramaic and Judaica Related Themes: Biblical Texts; Mishnah and Talmud; Targums and Interpretative Texts; Judaism and Contemporary Issues.... [-]


BA (Hons) in Religion

University of Stirling
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 United Kingdom Stirling

Just as the term ‘critical’ has a wide range of meaning, so too does the concept of religion continue to develop beyond traditional and conventional boundaries. As a result we find engagement with the idea of ‘religion’ in the contexts of religious institutions, but also within the fields of literature, history, gender studies, hermeneutics, visual art, anthropology, politics, philosophy, marketing and business studies, and so on. In coming to Stirling to study Critical Religion, every student is thus exposed to a broad and interdisciplinary vision that can be life-changing in many rich and unexpected ways. [+]

At Stirling we are committed to approaching ‘religion’ in a critical manner, in two broad senses:

Firstly: We question the fundamental category of ‘religion’. It is sometimes assumed to be a ‘thing’ that simply exists, and this is where, in part, the idea that we can study ‘religions’ as entities in any society or context comes from. This, of course, implies that what ‘religion’ actually is stands as common knowledge and applies to all contexts. But where does religion begin, end or move into other areas? Some of the great religion scholars of the past have argued that there is some kind of supernatural essence to ‘religion’ based on a person’s relationship to a God or gods. Such an essence might be very meaningful as part of someone’s faith, but perhaps ‘religion’ as a category has little meaning on its own because the boundaries around what is and what is not ‘religion’ so easily blur into other categories (such as politics, economics etc.)? Secondly: Rather than hold religion to suspicion, or blame, or discredit, or incredulity – a growing tendency amongst certain public intellectuals, even if against the tide of global demographics – we examine religion from a positive critical standpoint. What this means is that in our studies we consider how open to re-interpretation or re-conceptualisation the term ‘religion’ is today in our intellectual, social, and cultural spheres. ... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Ministry

Kingswood University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 Canada Sussex

The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program of study is designed to train students for multiple types of ministries. In addition to excellent classroom instruction, during their fourth year B.A. (Ministry) students will complete a four-month in-depth supervised ministry experience under the direct supervision of a qualified ministry leader in their field of study. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program of study is designed to train students for multiple types of ministries. In addition to excellent classroom instruction, during their fourth year B.A. (Ministry) students will complete a four-month in-depth supervised ministry experience under the direct supervision of a qualified ministry leader in their field of study.

During this time, students will be exposed to a broad range of ministries within a local church or parachurch ministry. This supervised ministry experience gives opportunity for students to sharpen and focus ministry skills learned in the classroom. Students are also required to complete a minimum of three student ministry assignments.... [-]


B.A. in Religious Studies

Siena College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Loudonville

The Religious Studies Department gives all students at Siena College a general knowledge of religion in the modern world, and offers a major and minor to those desiring a career in or a more in-depth study of religion. [+]

Studying the world's religions is a central part of understanding human cultures. Religions shape how human beings interpret and interact with other humans, with nature, and with what we take to be most sacred. If you find human beings interesting, you'll find studying the world's religions interesting.

The principal mission of the Religious Studies Department is to help students at Siena understand and appreciate the meanings and roles of religion in human culture. The academic investigation of religion is a component of a liberal arts education and clearly has an important function at a college sustained by the Franciscan tradition.

The Department presents in its courses a critical study and appreciation of the various religious traditions of the world. Through this approach to Religious Studies, the Department provides students with an opportunity to explore the significance of human existence in its relation to the sacred, and alerts them to the importance of religious beliefs and practices in the political, social, aesthetic, and economic arenas.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts: Pastoral Ministry

Barclay College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Haviland

God has chosen to do His work through the local church. The major in Pastoral Ministry is designed for the student who is called to local church ministry and leadership. A student who has completed the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications for serving as pastor of a local church and the foundation for a lifetime of developing ministerial skills. [+]

God has chosen to do His work through the local church. The major in Pastoral Ministry is designed for the student who is called to local church ministry and leadership. A student who has completed the program will demonstrate the basic qualifications for serving as pastor of a local church and the foundation for a lifetime of developing ministerial skills.

OBJECTIVES

Students who complete the Pastoral Ministry curriculum will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their own cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible-study, prayer, and devotional life which can sustain and empower one’s personal life and ministry to others.... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies

Canadian Mennonite University
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years September 2018 Canada Winnipeg

Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) invites students to disciplined, thoughtful reflection on the Bible, on the theological traditions and history of the church, and on the experiences and practices of Christian communities around the world. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in BTS provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and significant depth in Biblical and Theological Studies. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skills—communication, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in BTS also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional studies such as social work, law, and so on. [+]

Biblical and Theological Studies (BTS) invites students to disciplined, thoughtful reflection on the Bible, on the theological traditions and history of the church, and on the experiences and practices of Christian communities around the world. Both the three-year and the four-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in BTS provide a breadth of exposure to the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and significant depth in Biblical and Theological Studies. These degrees prepare students well for any area of employment or vocation with valuable skills—communication, writing, analytical, critical thinking, and organizing. A three- or a four-year B.A. in BTS also serves as a sound basis for launching into professional studies such as social work, law, and so on.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Religion: Leadership and Ethics

Carson-Newman University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Jefferson City USA Online

Welcome to the Carson-Newman School of Religion web page. Our school offers a rich and diverse selection of degree emphases that range from the basic Religion major to a major with one of the following emphases: biblical languages, biblical studies, church recreation and youth ministry, ministry, philosophy and religion, leadership and ethics, pastoral ministry, and spirituality and the arts. [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Religion: Leadership and Ethics

Welcome to the Carson-Newman School of Religion web page. Our school offers a rich and diverse selection of degree emphases that range from the basic Religion major to a major with one of the following emphases: biblical languages, biblical studies, church recreation and youth ministry, ministry, philosophy and religion, leadership and ethics, pastoral ministry, and spirituality and the arts.

Our school embraces an identity that reflects our Baptist heritage and what is best in an ideal liberal arts background. The key trajectories that shape our mission and persona include the following:

Faculty will enable the student to develop a theological and philosophical literacy; improve critical reading, writing, and thinking skills; establish a biblical foundation and competency to address life questions and issues in the 21st century; nurture a robust spirituality; create a sense of mission, social consciousness, and global citizenship; and prepare for commitment and leadership in the local church.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Criswell College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Dallas

The goal of the Biblical Studies major is to prepare students to study the Bible efficiently and to communicate it effectively in a contemporary setting. Despite the fact that there are more Bible study resources and aids available today than ever before, biblical illiteracy still seems to be on the rise even among those who have been raised in a Christian environment. Since we affirm that the Bible is “God’s revelation of Himself to man” and “a perfect treasure of divine instruction,” we believe it is important for those who will communicate its message to do so with accuracy and truth for the benefit of the body of Christ. [+]

The goal of the Biblical Studies major is to prepare students to study the Bible efficiently and to communicate it effectively in a contemporary setting. Despite the fact that there are more Bible study resources and aids available today than ever before, biblical illiteracy still seems to be on the rise even among those who have been raised in a Christian environment. Since we affirm that the Bible is “God’s revelation of Himself to man” and “a perfect treasure of divine instruction,” we believe it is important for those who will communicate its message to do so with accuracy and truth for the benefit of the body of Christ.

Minimum Degree Requirements (120 Hours) General Education Core Studies (33 Hours) COM 202 Introduction to Speech Communication ENG 101 Composition I ENG 201 Composition II HUM 201 Roman World HUM 302 Modern World HUM 404 Faith and Culture PHI 201 Introduction to Philosophy PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology ... [-]