Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies (HTRS)


Program Description


To provide well-trained mentors for the different religious institutions nationally and regionally.

  • to provide leadership for theological education through consultancy and support services to communities in need of collaboration with other theological institutions.
  • to facilitate research and publication in African theology and methodology
  • to stimulate collaboration among existing theological institutions.
  • to initiate theological and religious initiatives that address the many challenges of the world such as war, HIV/AIDS, famine and environmental change.

Career Prospects

The Theology and Religious Studies graduates will have career opportunities in Religious institutions, NGOs, the public sector, the uniformed forces, welfare institutions, universities, private sector.

Entry Requirements

For normal entry into the BA Theology and Religious Studies programme candidate should have an “A” level pass in Divinity and any one of the following, History, Sociology, Shona, Ndebele, Economics, Accounts, Literature in English and any other relevant subject in the Humanities.

General Provisions

  • These regulations should be read in conjunction with the University’s General Academic Regulations for Undergraduate degree Programmes, hereinafter referred to as the General Regulations.
  • Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies and Theology is a full-time degree programme. Normally, a student will be required to complete the programme in not less than four years from the date of registration.
  • At the Third Level of the degree programme, students go on Work Related Learning for 10-12 months.
  • The degree programme offers pre-requisite, core, and elective modules.
  • At least four of the modules registered per semester should be from within the programme.
  • Normally, where a prerequisite module is involved, a candidate will be required to pass it before taking higher modules.
  • Students can include in their programme of study, modules offered by other departments, in line with the concept of “Flexible Packaging”.
  • Each module is worth four credits except the dissertation which is worth eight (8) credits.


  • The overall assessment shall consist of continuous assessment and formal examinations
  • To be admitted to examinations, a student must have satisfied continuous assessment requirements for all approved modules of study.
  • In the case of a dissertation, the Departmental Board of Examiners shall determine a mark for each student based on the presentation to a panel of the Departmental Board of Examiners and improvements done to the final version of such dissertation, submitted at a date determined by the Departmental Board.
  • Each formal examination shall be held during an examination period at the end of a semester in which the module is completed.
  • The final mark will be weighted as 25% for continuous assessment and 75% for examination.

Programme Structure

NB. *Denotes elective modules

**Denotes a module with a prerequisite

(Code) (Description) (Credits)

Level 1 Semester 1 Credits

  • HTRS 101 Jesus and the New Testament 4
  • HTRS 102 Introduction to the Old Testament 4
  • HTRS 103 Introduction to Religious Studies and World Religions 4
  • HTRS 104 African Traditional Religions 4
  • CS101 Basic Communication Skills 4
  • HCS115 Introduction to Information Technology 4

Level 1 Semester 2

  • HTRS 105 Introduction to Christian Theology 4
  • HTRS 106 Philosophy of Religion 4
  • HTRS 108 Themes in Christian History and Thought 4
  • *HTRS 109 Introduction to HIV/AIDS ministry in Zimbabwe 4
  • *HTRS 110 History of Christianity in Africa 4
  • CS102 Extended Communication Skills 4

Level 2 Semester 1

  • HTRS 201 Pauline Writings 4
  • HTRS 202 Islam: Africa 4
  • HTRS 203 Social Ethics 4
  • *HTRS 212 Religious Perspective on Sexuality, Marriage and Family 4
  • *HTRS 208 New Religious Phenomena: Growth of Independent Churches and Tele Evangelists 4
  • *HTRS 209 Fundamentalism and Religion in the 21ST Century 4
  • *HTRS 213 Biblical Greek 4
  • GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies 4

Level 2 Semester 2

  • HTRS 204 Theology of Development 4
  • HTRS 205 The Bible in an African Context 4
  • HTRS 206 Theology and Gender Studies 4
  • HTRS 207 The Great Themes of the Old Testament 4
  • *HTRS 210 Research Methods in Religious Studies and Theology 4
  • *HTRS 211 Religious Education 4
  • **HTRS 214 Biblical Hebrew 4

Level 3 Work Related Learning

  • HTRS 301 Work Related Learning Report 15
  • HTRS 302 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
  • HTRS 303 Employer’s Assessment Report 10

Level 4 Semester 1

  • HTRS 401 African Christian Theology 4
  • HTRS 402 Church and Social Transformation 4
  • HTRS 403 Religion and the Media 4
  • *HTRS 404 Christian Leadership 4
  • *HTRS 410 History of Spirituality and Mysticism 4
  • *HTRS 411 Religion and Society in Africa 4

Level 4 Semester 2

  • HTRS 405 Counseling and Theology 4
  • HTRS 406 Religion, Conflict, Peace and Development 4
  • HTRS 408 Dissertation 8
  • *HTRS 412 Themes in African Religions and New Religious Movements 4
Last updated Jul 2018

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