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A Religion degree emphasizes critical thinking and practical application of Biblical knowledge, church history, and theology. Whether your interest lies in Biblical studies or Theological studies, a religion degree can equip you to serve Christ in any area of ministry, whether that is scholarly or ministerial.

Religion majors gain a deeper knowledge of the Christian faith, which equips them for a wide range of church-related positions and for broader Christian service throughout the world. Courses in Biblical studies, theology and church history root students in the heart of the Christian faith. That grounding is invaluable for students who have a calling to pastoral ministry and who plan to continue graduate work in seminary, as well as pursuing careers in fields like education, counseling, social work, medicine, art, and business.


B.A. in:

  • Religion (Bible Track)
  •  Religion (Religious Studies Track)
  •  Religion (Theology Track)
  • Biblical Literature and Languages
  • Religion (General)

Featured Faculty
Dr. Eric Vail

Dr. Eric Vail, Chair of the Religion Program is the Associate Professor of Theology. He has a B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University; a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary; a Ph.D. from Marquette University in Theology. He was a worship team leaders for 4 years and pastored for 2 years in Churches of the Nazarene. He has taught at several different institutions as an adjunct before joining the faculty at MVNU. His first book, Atonement and Salvation: The Extravagance of God’s Love, was published in May 2016. Read More

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The MVNU Experience

At MVNU, the Religion program involves courses in Bible, theology, and church history; practical learning experiences through educational trips; conferences and workshops in the local area; internship assignments; and volunteer programs. We emphasize spiritual growth through a deepening love for Christ and spiritual maturity through personal purity and self-giving service.

Program Distinctives
  • Active faculty – MVNU professors of Religion continually conduct research, present at conferences, and publish in their disciplines.
  • Double major program – the Religion major offers a compact degree designed for laypeople studying in any other discipline to gain deeper knowledge of the Christian faith as a second major; this major can be pre-seminary preparation for future ministers wanting to double-major in another field.
  • Graduate success – Religion majors report that they are well-prepared in graduate programs compared to their peers from other universities.

"The professors always made me feel comfortable talking to them about materials from class... MVNU prepared me as an academic and as a servant."
Theological Studies
MVNU Grads Work Here
  • Crosspoint Community Church
  • Missionary, Church of the Nazarene
  • New Beginning Church of the Nazarene
Grad Schools Our Alumni Have Attended
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • John Carroll University
  • Wheaton College Graduate School
MVNU Bible Trips
Interesting Courses I Can Take
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Life and Letters of Paul
  • Beginning Biblical Hebrew
  • Foundations of a Biblical Worldview