If you are planning to enter the ministry, attend seminary or you just want to increase your religious or spiritual knowledge, a major in religion will help you meet those goals. The Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Religion at ENMU focuses on the exegesis and practical application of foundational religious texts. Courses you’ll take in this program include the history, psychology and philosophy of religion, the interface of science and religion, and the many questions, including ethical, raised by world religions.
We offer biblical Greek and Hebrew, both as courses or a minor. Our program has been recognized with Zondervan Awards for Excellence in Theology, Excellence in Biblical Greek and Excellence in Biblical Hebrew. The time needed to achieve a degree in religion varies with everyone, but you can generally expect to complete this degree in four years. The degree can be completed three ways: entirely on-campus, online (through web-based or lecture-capture based courses) or through a combination of both.
Learning Format For Religion
Our Bachelor of Science or Arts in Religion can be completed online; you’ll be completing assignments, readings, papers, tests and projects throughout the semester. When you take courses for this program, you’ll have the option to take all classes online or a combination of online and in-person. This degree includes three different course formats:
- Course sections where recorded and live lectures via Mediasite connect you with professors and other students on your own time are labeled “AW.”
- Courses where participation with the professor, other online students and students attending the in-person class on campus is required in real-time are labeled, “SW.”
- Courses that are completely online and offered through Blackboard, with no recorded lecture or in-person students are labeled “WW.”
The Bachelor of Arts in Religion requires a foreign language proficiency, while the Bachelor of Science in Religion does not. If you are working on your BA in History, depending on your choice in foreign language, you may need to take your language courses in person.
Advising for Religion Majors
When you join our program we want to make sure you have all the resources and advice you need to successfully complete your degree at ENMU. To do this, we offer advising via phone or email. We look forward to working with you!
Religion Degree Resources and Academic Help
At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance education students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you’ll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.
If you have questions or concerns about your homework assignments, projects or grades, you always have the option to email or call your professor.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
We are committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans, and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers 37 scholarships, several of which are available for ENMU students who have declared religion as their major. Additionally, many Eastern New Mexico University students work part-time jobs to help finance their education.
Career Opportunities for Religion Majors
If you are considering serving in a ministry capacity, completing a degree in religion will equip you for theological training in your denomination. And this degree, because of its focus on developing critical thinking and strong communication skills, is of value in a variety of fields from lay ministry to business.
When you are ready to graduate, we can help you find a job. ENMU’s Counseling and Career Services to offers free job placement assistance to all ENMU students.
Additional Degree Information
You can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science or Arts in Religion degree, including the courses you will take when you're a religion major at Eastern.