With a Bachelor of Arts in Missiology, you will receive an understanding of the Biblical basis for Christian missions and the historical development of Christianity as a global religion, as well as opportunities to serve in ministry both locally and around the world.
Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom for Missiology majors. In addition to learning about current strategies and methods used by mission organizations today and those that might emerge in the future, you will have opportunities for real-world experiences through an array of Gardner-Webb’s worldwide mission programs. The degree also provides a basic knowledge of theological and philosophical principles, as well as an understanding of how history, heritage and religious movements impact Christian missions.
A degree in Missiology offers students training for Christian missions, both domestically and internationally, as well as service and ministry opportunities in a range of professions. Students in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy commonly work as:
- nonprofit professionals
- social workers.
Students have also pursued graduate degrees at universities like Baylor, Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Others have stayed at Gardner-Webb to pursue degrees offered at the University, including various concentrations in the Master of Arts in Religion, the Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Ministry.
In addition to the University’s general education and prerequisite course requirements, Missiology majors are required to take nine hours of foundational course choices in philosophy, spiritual formation, Christian history and theology. The Missiology major also includes 21 hours of concentrated coursework with a practicum course or internship, six hours of departmental electives, and a three-hour seminar. Students must also take RELI 245 as part of a Global Heritage general education requirement and RELI 354 as part of an Oral Communication General Education requirement.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
A minor in Missiology includes 15 hours of coursework, including the study of the Christian church, global Christianity, contemporary religious movements and world religions. Students must also take RELI 245 as part of a Global Heritage General Education requirement. The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.