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The Department of Religion is a community of faculty members, staff, and students who work together on issues of religious identity in our world, formation for ministry, and preparation for careers in higher education. We are a diverse community and yet one committed to faith and to the church. We hope you will find the information you seek about our community on this site.
Our undergraduate program in religion invites students to inquire more deeply into the Christian faith, to gain an enhanced appreciation of the contributions of Christianity to the development of twenty-first century culture, and to prepare for life-long lay or career ministry. We offer courses of study in Biblical Studies, Historical Studies, Theological Studies, Practical Studies, and World Religions.
Undergraduate Program
Our Religion Department provides the context for a flourishing Ph.D. program with concentrations offered in the Old Testament, New Testament, Historical and Theological Areas. Faculty are committed to a strong research agenda, and that agenda is tied to the Baylor tradition of providing the very finest in classroom instruction. Baylor continues to move toward its goal of becoming a top tier university and the department along with the university remains friendly to faith and to church, thus providing a distinctive setting in American higher education.
Graduate Program
The faculty of the Department of Religion is made up of top scholars in the fields of biblical studies, church history, theology and ethics, world religions, and practical studies, and offer students an opportunity to join with them on a journey together towards truth and understanding. While committed to academic excellence, our faculty members also understand that helping to shape students’ whole their vocation as helping to shape students’ lives. They strive to connect with students, and upper-level courses are intentionally kept small in order to help foster greater interaction between students and faculty.
The Ministry Guidance program at Baylor University is designed to help students who are exploring careers in ministry - referred to as ministry students - to clarify and affirm their call to ministry and to introduce them to ministry as a vocation. Coordinated through the Ministry Guidance office in the Department of Religion, the program seeks to assist students who feel called to vocational ministry, including preaching, missions, music, religious education, youth, recreation, as well as various other ministries.
Sep
8
2020
WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2020) — The department of religion in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences has announced the establishment of the Robert L. Gilbert Scholar in Religion Graduate Stipend, named in honor of Baylor’s first African American graduate.
Aug
12
2020
WACO, Texas (Aug. 12, 2020) – Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation in the department of religion at Baylor University, has been awarded the prestigious Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by The British Academy. She is one of only a few Americans to receive this award, established nearly a century ago.
Jul
6
2020
Many years ago, Baylor University made a strong commitment to reflect the racial diversity of God’s creation among our students, faculty and staff. Through various task forces, the President's Diversity Council and other initiatives, significant progress has been made in several areas, including admissions, faculty hiring and our campus climate, to name a few. Yet we recognize we must do more as Baylor strives to be a caring Christian community for all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.
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