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Associate of Arts in History of Religions

Associate of Arts in History of Religions

The Associate of Arts in History of Religions provides a broad-based exposure to the history of religions from the perspective of the classical Christian tradition from a Lutheran perspective, while also equipping students to apply what they learn for themselves and for the benefit of the church and the world.

Program Overview

Zero Student Debt

Our goal is for every student to graduate with no debt. Our donor-sponsored financial assistance makes that possible.

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$400 per Credit Hour
*Tuition cost is subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

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Total: $24,000


Broad-based, foundational course of study for high school graduates who want to pursue undergrad-level studies in the history of religions.

Total: 60 Credits

Expected Timeline

Full-time students can finish this degree in 2 years and part-time students can take up to 3 years.

Total: 2-3 Years

*Additional costs may apply. (Application fee, books, costs associated with researching and producing the independent projects or the final project or thesis, etc.) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Course of Study
Course RequirementsCredit Hours
General Studies: A Total of 15 Credits from the Following Subjects:
Communications6 Credits
Humanities/Fine Arts3 Credits 
Natural Science/Mathematics3 Credits
Social/Behavioral Sciences3 Credits
Bible/Theology Requirements: A Total of 12 Credits
History of Religions Major: A Total of 33 Credits

*All work must be in the student’s field of study.

General Studies (15 Credits)

Communications (6 Credits):

  • COM 101: Academic Research & Writing
  • COM 102: Introduction to Communications

Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Credits):

One (1) Course in Humanities/Fine Arts:

  • CLS 111-2: Latin I, II
  • CLS 121-2: Classical Greek I, II
  • BT 201-3: Biblical Greek I, II, III
  • BT 211-2: Biblical Hebrew I, II
  • PHL 101-2: Logic I, II
  • LIT 201-2: World Literature I, II
  • HIS 211-2: History of Western Civilization I, II
  • PHL 210-1: Intro to Western Philosophy I, II
  • PHL 221: Intro to Eastern Philosophy
  • REL 231: Intro to World Religions

Natural Science/Mathematics (3 Credits):

  • MTH 131: Foundations of Mathematics

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits):

One (1) Course in Social/Behavioral Sciences:

  • PSY 261: Intro to Psychology
  • SOC 251: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 271: Intro to Sociology
  • SOC 281: Intro to Political Science/Civics

Bible/Theology Requirements (12 Credits):

  • BT 221: Principles of Biblical Interpretation
  • BT 311: Old Testament Theology and History
  • BT 321: New Testament Theology and History
  • HST 201: Systematic Theology

History of Religions Major (33 Credits):

  • COM 301: Research Methods for Theology 
  • PHL 403: Philosophy of Religion 
  • PHL 221: Intro to Eastern Philosophy 
  • REL 231: Intro to World Religions 
  • HST 301: History of the Early Christian Church 
  • HST 302: History of the Medieval and Reformation Christian Church 
  • HST 303: History of the Post-Reformation Christian Church 
  • IS 305: Biblical History I: Near Eastern Empires 
  • HIS 306: Biblical History II: The Rise of Hellenic and Roman Empires 
  • HIS 307: Biblical History III: The Religions of the Ancient Near East

Total: 60 Credits

After completing this program, students will be able to:

    • Develop extensive knowledge of the religions of the world (and how to speak God’s Word in law and gospel in each religious context). 
    • Evaluate the credibility and authority of truth claims. 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of information literacy. 
    • Develop the ability and passion to engage in a lifetime of learning. 

  • Completion of online application form.
  • Proof of completion of secondary education and transcripts from any post-secondary schools.
  • A letter of recommendation from a pastor, teacher or mentor.
  • Entrance writing evaluation.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that is not more than two years old. Normally, minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL are 21 on the speaking section and 21 on the writing section. Minimum acceptable scores on the IELTS are 6.5 on the speaking section and 6.5 on the writing section. Please request that your score be sent to ILT. ILT’s DI Code for the TOEFL is 5745. More information concerning TOEFL can be accessed at the Education Testing Services website. Information regarding the IELTS can be found at their IELTS website.
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Copy of an official photo identification.
  • Admissions interview with Director of Enrollment Services.