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Theology and Ministry Major

This bachelor-level major is designed for students seeking to serve in Lutheran or other Christian congregations as staff members with responsibility to children, youth, families, and persons of all ages.

The major provides a broad range of foundational courses in theology as well as practical learning experiences. Building on the university’s program of general education and the resources of the theology department, students, in consultation with their academic advisor in the department, are able to customize a course of study. This major may also be used as a second major for students with other professional or career goals, but who wish an education that will enable them to serve in leadership positions within a local congregation or other organization on either a part-time or volunteer basis.

Students completing the theology and ministry major are also encouraged to participate in THEO 399: Church Vocations Symposium and other para-curricular activities arranged by the Center for Church Vocations.


B.A. students in theology and ministry at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions. Note that six of these credits also fulfill theology and ministry major requirements, (e.g. THEO 200 and a 300-level THEO course)

Required CourseworkDescriptionCredits
Core Foundations
22 credits
One course from the following options:
THEO 200 The Christian Tradition

CC 215 The Christian Tradition
(for Christ College students)
3 credits
Biblical StudiesOne course chosen from THEO 310 – THEO 3193 credits
Foundations of ChristianityOne course chosen from THEO 320 – THEO 3293 credits
Theology and EthicsOne chosen from THEO 330 – THEO 3493 credits
Religions of the WorldOne course chosen from THEO 360 – THEO 3693 credits
Research and Writing in the DisciplineTHEO 393 Theories and Methods in Theological and Religious Studies (3 Cr.)

THEO 492 Research and Writing in Theology (1 Cr.)
4 credits
SeminarTHEO 493 Theology Seminar3 credits
Ministry Courses6 credits
Pre-Professional Study At least six credits from the following options:THEO 451 Theology of Diaconal Ministry

THEO 453 Clinical Education for Ministry

THEO 480 Practicum in Ministry

THEO 481 Basic Homily Preparation (may be repeated once for additional credit)
6 credits
Electives in Complementary Disciplines15 credits
15 credits from the following options:ART 132 Introduction to Design and Digital Media

ART 230 Graphic Design I

COMM 230 Graphic Design I

COMM 243 Public Communication

COMM 244 Persuasion and Advocacy

COMM 345 Leadership Communication

COMM 366 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

ED 206 School and Society

ED 30414 Educational Psychology

ENGL 431 Advanced Writing and Rhetoric

PSJ 201 Principles of Peace and Social Justice

PHIL 115 Experience and Existence

PHIL 125 The Good Life

PSY 225 Social Psychology

PSY 250 Principles and Applications of Learning

PSY 332 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

PSY 350 Human Cognition

PSY 445 Community and Health Psychology

PSY 461 Introduction to Counseling

Note: PSY 110 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses, but may not be counted among courses for this major.

SOCW 151 Introduction to the Profession of Social Work

SOCW 210 Social Welfare Policy: History and Programs

SOCW 220 Human Behavior and Social Environment

SOCW 240 Communication and Counseling Skills

SOCW 260 Diverse Populations: Human Rights & Justice

SOCW 410 Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Advocacy

SOC 220 The Family 3 Cr. SOC 245 Social Psychology

SOC 270 Juvenile Delinquency

SOC 275 Systems of Social Stratification

SOC 325 Urban Sociology

SOC 340 Gender
Note: SOC 110 is a prerequisite for all 300-level sociology courses, but may not be counted among courses for this major.

SPAN 308 Spanish for Service Professionals
Note: SPAN 220, SPAN 230, or SPAN 231 is a prerequisite for SPAN 308, but may not be counted among courses for this major.
3 credits each
TOTAL43 credits