About the School
The School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, an expansion of an institution that began in 1899 with the formation of the Training School for Christian Workers, adheres to its Wesleyan theological tradition. The School of Theology prepares men and women for ministry in the Church, whether as lay persons or as ordained professionals, through its accredited degree programs.
Azusa Pacific University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The programs available in the school’s three departments offer courses of study that encourage the search for truth about God, human existence in relationship to God, and the world as God’s creation. Students are guided in this search through an analysis of the Christian Scriptures, historical and contemporary statements of Christian belief, human experience of God and the world, and rational reflections on the nature of reality by great thinkers—both past and present. The goal of this study is to prepare men and women for service to God, as either lay or professional ministers in His Kingdom. Academic study is therefore balanced with a concern for individual involvement in practical ministry.
The departments offer five major courses of study (biblical studies, Christian ministries, philosophy, theology, and youth ministry); 10 minors (ancient languages, biblical studies, Christian ministries, philosophy, religion, religion and culture, sports ministry, theology, youth discipleship and outreach, and youth ministry); and two special programs (Certificate of Distinction in Biblical Studies and Certificate of Distinction in Theology).
God’s Word and the Christian Response Courses
Each major course of study builds on the General Education requirement in God’s Word and the Christian Response (18 units). Transfer students take the number of units required by the registrar. Courses are selected from the list of core courses for General Education in consultation with a department advisor. All majors in the school must maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average from all courses for the major.
The philosophy major adds 27–28 units of specialized upper-division study in philosophy, and the four majors in theology (biblical studies, Christian ministries, youth ministry, and theology) add core courses in religion and philosophy and a specialization of upper-division courses in the major. Courses used to meet the General Education requirement in God’s Word and the Christian Response cannot be used to meet the additional core of specialization requirements of the majors.
In general, correspondence courses are not accepted as fulfillment of theology or philosophy requirements. However, a student may petition to have 3 correspondence units count toward his/her major or minor upon department approval. The course(s) must match existing courses, and the student may be asked to pass an exam. Double majors require 24 units which are distinctive to one major; 18 units must be upper division. Each minor course of study requires 12 units of upper-division work in the area of the minor. Courses applied toward another major or minor may not be counted toward a minor.
|For all majors in the school||21–22 units|
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy
UBBL 3XXAny UBBL General Education Bible course
|Select one of the following:^/^^|
THEO 303Theology and the Christian Life^^
THEO 352Church History: Apostolic Era to 1517
THEO 354Church History from 1517 to Present
THEO 363Contemporary Christian Thought
|Select one of the following:|
PHIL 220Introduction to Philosophy
HUM 224Humanities Seminar IV: Great Ideas
|Senior Seminar: See table below for specific major/concentration||3|
^For the doctrine requirement, the School of Theology recommends either THEO 303, 352, 354, or 363. HUM 325 also fulfills the General Education doctrine requirement.
^^THEO 303 is required of all CMIN and YMIN majors.
|Major||Sr. Seminar Requirement|
|Biblical Studies||UBBL 496|
|Philosophy||PHIL 496 or THEO 496|
|Christian Ministries/Youth Ministry||MIN 496|
|Church Ministry concentration||THEO 496 or UBBL 496|
|Intercultural Christian Ministry concentration||THEO 496 or UBBL 496|
|Ministry in Social Service Context concentration||SOCW 496 or THEO 496 or UBBL 496|
|Pastoral Studies concentration||THEO 496 or UBBL 496|
|Sports Ministry concentration||PE 496|
Students transferring into the university may waive some of the General Education God’s Word and the Christian Response requirements for the major as follows: sophomore standing, 3 units; junior standing, 9 units; and senior standing, 12 units. The specific courses waived are selected in consultation with a department faculty advisor.