At Bluffton, you will explore a biblical world view which reflects a peace church heritage while remaining in conversation with other Christian traditions. The religion department focuses on developing personal relationships with each student, allowing for mentorship, exploration of faith and professional guidance that can lead to achieving your objectives after graduation.

Explore the field of religion and gain an understanding of the moral and spiritual crises of our time. Develop essential career skills of critical thinking, analytical writing, problem-solving, active listening and cross-cultural communication. 





Bible and theology major or minor

Whether taken alone or in combination with a major or minor from another field, the Bible and theology major will prepare you for a variety of vocations, including seminary or graduate studies, or work in the nonprofit sector and church ministry. The major will immerse you in the Bible, ministry, theology, ethics, and religious practices and traditions, allowing you to more actively engage the world around you. >>>occupation outlook


Jenny Dorsey '21

Dr. Alex Sider, professor of religion, encouraged Alexis Cash to reach for the Ivy League. She will enter Yale Divinity School in fall 2020 to earn her Master of Divinity.
>> read more about Alexis' experience

Adam Shanaman-Bible and Theology Major

“Most of the classes for my major are taught by the same three professors and they all bring something unique to the table,” explained Shanaman. “They are all just passionate and full of knowledge. I feel like I’m getting a great education.”

>>> Adam's Story

major in Bible and theology
minor in Bible and theology

Complete a major in Bible and theology with the following guidelines.

Bible and theology major in four years


Worship arts minor

The Chapel band

Worship arts incorporates existing classes from the music, religion, art and communication and theatre departments, and prepares students for church positions and/or seminary. 

While the worship arts minor is housed in the music department, it is a multi-disciplinary program that brings together multiple academic departments and the area of campus ministry.

Minor in worship arts


Peace and conflict studies minor

The peace and conflict studies (PCS) minor offers students the opportunity to pursue peacemaking and conflict transformation in coordination with an academic major. 

The PCS minor fits well with a semester-long cross-cultural experience in Washington, D.C. > Students take three required PCS classes in addition to one semester off-campus to complete the PCS minor. This program offers students the opportunity to study peace related topics and gain valuable hands-on experience through an internship.

Bluffton University is member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).

Blake Hershberger

During the summer of 2016, Blake Hershberger ’18, an international peace, justice and conflict studies major, immersed himself in the Guatemalan culture. Hershberger lived in Guatemala City for one month with the aid of a $1,500 Summer Discovery Grant.

“One of the things I really want to do is not only learn about multiple cultures but also go to as many countries and as many cultures in those countries as I can." 

>>>Blake's story

a minor in peace and conflict studies


Youth ministry minor

a minor in youth ministry


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