Mission & Objectives
We are committed to our students
The Department of Religion furnishes an appreciation of Biblical studies and the breadth of Christian thought for all graduating students. It seeks to help students become aware of how religious commitments and values continue to shape our world views and affect our ethics. It also seeks to be a learning environment for intensive and advanced work in religious explorations as a means of preparing students for graduate study and professional careers in churches and ministry.
Objectives of the Religion Department
- To furnish an appreciation of Biblical studies and Christian thought for all graduating students
- To provide preliminary studies for students wishing to do graduate work in religion
- To prepare students to enter seminary training, religious vocations and related social professions
- To provide courses of study for students who wish to teach religion in primary and secondary schools
- To provide courses of study for students who have interests in Christian involvement in community and churches
- To develop a basic knowledge of the Bible, as well as the reading and writing skills to engage and critically analyze the Biblical text and secondary Biblical studies writings
- To develop an overall understanding of the history of Christian thought and practice, as well as the reading and writing skills and historical tools to critically engage primary works in Christian history
- To develop a basic understanding of Christian systematic and historical theology and ethics, as well as the reading and writing skills to critically engage primary works in Christian theology and ethics
- To develop a familiarity with and appreciation for world religious traditions
- To integrate religious studies to life and vocation
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify the main events and themes in the Bible.
- Analyze the Biblical text and secondary Biblical studies writings.
- Examine the history of Christian thought and practice.
- Identify major themes in Christian theology and ethics.
- Evaluate primary works in Christian theology and ethics
- Identify beliefs and practices in major world religious traditions.
- Integrate religious studies into life and vocation.
Ashland University was founded by the Brethren Church in 1878. The Religion Department has a close relationship with the church while maintaining a broad, non-sectarian approach to the study of Religion. For more about AU's religious identity and relationship with the Brethren Church follow this link.