Study group

Religious Education

JMU Religious Education courses promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of individuals and of groups and communities. Religious Education has never been more relevant, valuable, or challenging than it is today. Religious Education gives students valuable insights into the diverse beliefs and opinions held by people today. JMU Religious Education improves spiritual growth while encouraging our students to value themselves and the communities within which they live.

JMU Religious Education Requirements
(Associate of Arts (AA) = 36 Total Credit Hours)
(Bachelor of Arts (BA) = 42 Total Credit Hours)

100 Level

    • BITH100 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE (AA & BA)

      • ​This course traces the history of the Bible and includes discussions of inspiration, the biblical canon, major manuscripts, textual criticism, early translations, and modern versions.

    • BIOT101 UNDERSTANDING THE OLD TESTAMENT (AA & BA)

      • ​A survey of the Old Testament. Emphasis is placed on the major themes, key scriptures, and major personalities of each book. The historical and literary backgrounds of the books are covered

    • BINT102 UNDERSTANDING THE NEW TESTAMENT (AA & BA)

      • ​An introduction to the New Testament that examines major themes, broad divisions, key scriptures, major personalities, and the structure and context of each book. Literary and historical backgrounds are also examined.

    • BITH104 PRAYING WITH POWER (AA & BA)

      • ​This course aims at inspiring students; giving them the courage to pray for the impossible and helping them find the persistence to see their prayers to completion.

    • BITH106 CHRISTIAN LIVING (AA & BA)

      • ​This course introduces the student to patterns and principles of Kingdom living applicable to life and ministry.

    • BICM107 FOUNDATIONS OF LEADERSHIP (AA & BA)

      • ​From Moses to the Lord Jesus, to the Apostles, the Bible is a great text on leadership. Basic principles of leadership and practical insights will be covered from a biblical perspective.

    • BICM109 PREPARING FOR CHRISTIAN MINISTRY (AA & BA)

      • This course will help students discover their calling and inspire them to place their God given gifts at the Lord’s disposal. Principles of biblical vision and spiritual leadership are covered so as to help students become powerful servants of the Almighty.​

  • 200 Level

    • BITH200 BIBLICAL HISTORY OF ISRAEL (AA & BA)

      • The Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive work in the life and death of Jesus Christ through the human history of the nation of Israel and the early church. This course helps the student pinpoint the place and time of major events in salvation history.​

    • BICM202 CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IN THE CHURCH (AA & BA)

      • ​This course provides the student with biblical, historical, and theological foundations of Christian education. The student will be led to explore principles for the effective implementation of education programs in the local church.

  • 300 Level

    • BITH305 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY I (AA & BA)

      • This course is an overview of the theological areas of prolegomena, revelation, theology proper, anthropology, and Christology.​

    • BITH306 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II (AA & BA)

      • This is an overview of the theological areas of anthropology, Christology, and pneumatology.​

    • BITH307 CHURCH HISTORY (AA & BA)

      • ​This course is an overview of how the Church’s doctrine, faith, and practice developed from Pentecost to the time of the Protestant Reformation.

    • BITH309 SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND DIVINE HEALING (BA Only)

      • This course moves participants beyond the natural world into the realm of the Spirit. Tactics of the enemy are analyzed and strategies of spiritual warfare assuring victory over the principalities and powers of the spirit world are explained. Guidelines for receiving and ministering healing will also be covered.​

  • 400 Level

    • BICM404 PRINCIPLES OF CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (BA Only)

      • The purpose of this course is to help each student identify, understand and develop the fundamental skills of church administration and leadership in a Christian setting.​