If entering the ministry, attending seminary or increasing your religious and/or spiritual knowledge is your goal and you have an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) with a technical or vocational major from a Council for Higher Education (CHEA)-recognized organization, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Religion will help you reach your goals. We focus on the exegesis and practical application of foundational religious texts. Courses include the history, psychology and philosophy of religion; the interface of science and religion; and the many questions, including ethical, raised by world religions. Our Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) will help you use your prior academic experience to complete your degree. The average time frame for completing a BAAS degree is two years.
We offer biblical Greek and Hebrew, both as courses or a Religion Minor. Our program has been recognized for 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 the individual student, but you can generally 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.
Do I Qualify for This BAAS Program?
Our Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Religion Concentration will help you use your prior academic experience to complete your bachelor's degree.
You qualify to enter our BAAS program if you have an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree with a technical or vocational major from a Council for Higher Education (CHEA) recognized organization. You may also qualify to enter this program if you have earned a significant number of hours in a career-technical related discipline.
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.
Online Learning Format For Religion
Our BAAS religion concentration can be completed online. In this program, however, you’ll have the option to take all of your classes online or a combination of online and in-person. You’ll be completing assignments, readings, papers, tests and projects throughout the semester. This concentration 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 are 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.”
Faculty and Advising for Religion Majors
The applied arts and sciences faculty are committed to responsible academic advising. This means we help you schedule the right courses at the right time to help you take this next step in your professional career. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission into the programs they advise so you get the academic advice you need, when you need it.
Academic Help and Resources for Religion
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.
Career Opportunities in Religion
If you are already working in ministry or a related field and want to gain more knowledge to couple with your real world experience, our degree will help you advance your career goals. 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. Additionally, ENMU offers free job placement assistance and resume help to all students, so if you are looking for another job, we can help you find it.
BAAS Concentration: Religion
The BAAS program requires you to complete 120 hours to earn your bachelor's degree. Within those 120 hours, you must complete a primary concentration and a secondary concentration.
As a secondary concentration, Religion requires 24 hours of coursework and includes the following courses.
Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog.
|Religion 101 Old Testament Survey||3|
|Religion 103 New Testament Survey||3|
|Religion 201 Principles of Textual Interpretation||3|
|Religion 402 World's Living Religions||3|