Message from the Associate Dean

The Division of Religion and Philosophy serves the general education needs of Azusa Pacific University students by offering 18 units of coursework in biblical, theological, and philosophical formation. We serve the needs of our majors by focusing study toward a bachelor of arts degree in biblical studies major, theology major, philosophy major, Christian ministries major, or youth and family ministries major, and moreover by directing certificate of distinction programs in theology certificate, philosophy certificate, and biblical studies certificate. We augment majors in other academic disciplines by providing minors in the above-mentioned fields, as well as minors in ancient languages minor, cultural engagement minor, philosophical apologetics minor, practical and professional ethics minor, and religious studies minor.

Our students learn the meaning of Jesus Christ and His message for His time and ours, while exploring the cultural heritage that preceded and shaped the world of Jesus and His earlier disciples. Students learn to critically evaluate and apply what professional and popular voices in every era say about God, Christ, the Church, the cosmos, faith, knowledge, humanity, and ministry, and they learn to integrate faith with academic study and cultural engagement. Our graduates are pastors, church and parachurch professionals, missionaries, educators, writers, administrators, organizers, managers, and change agents.

We provide resources and renewal for the Church through our unique and decisive vocation as an evangelical Christian school of theology with a Wesleyan heritage.

We look forward to your arrival in our classrooms and corridors. We welcome you to our offices. Furthermore, we invite you to join us in service-learning projects, academic conferences, travels to holy lands, and discovery at archaeological digs. We are having the time of our lives. We believe that you will too.

Grace and Peace,

Kenneth L. Waters Sr., PhD
Associate Dean, School of Theology
Professor, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

Note: This information is current for the 2021-22 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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