Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies Degree program at Virginia University of Lynchburg is designed for students that wish to gain the skills and knowledge it takes to prepare for various church-related vocations. To enter into this program, prospective students must first complete the core curriculum of an Associate of Arts program at VUL or another institution. The curriculum is intended to ready degree candidates with biblical and theological proficiency by focusing on religious topics as well as a rounded general education.

This program emphasizes general education through a range of topics including sociology, US history, economics, and philosophy. Therefore, students may use this degree as a platform for education at the graduate level if they so choose. As this is a Bachelor of Arts program, students must develop proficiency in one foreign language. Candidates are able to choose either Spanish or French and must take six credits from two courses in the language.

To help develop religious knowledge, courses focus on both Testaments of the Bible as well as more specific topics from various books. This includes the Epistles of Paul, the acts of the Apostles, and Jesus of Nazareth. To emphasize the importance of interfaith relations and cultural context, students study Christianity in Africa, black worship, and world religions. They may grow to understand the similarities and differences between different religious texts, the importance of proper critical discussion, and the contexts of Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian traditions. Finally, the program helps foster total understanding of the applications and intentions of the Christian faith through Christian Moral Values, Church History, Basic Worship, and Christian Missions courses.

To complete this Bachelor of Arts program, students must earn a total of 123 to 126 credits, depending on the choice of courses. Classes are generally one to three credits in length and students typically take 15 to 17 credits per semester.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    School Overview

    Virginia University of Lynchburg is a historically black, private university located on a suburban campus in Lynchburg, Virginia. In addition to VUL’s main campus in Lynchburg, teaching sites are located in Danville, Burgess, Petersburg and Suffolk, Virginia. VUL was founded in 1886, and is the oldest school of higher learning in Lynchburg. The school was incorporated as the Lynchburg Baptist Seminary in 1886 by the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Throughout its history, VUL has been known as the Virginia Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary and College and Virginia Seminary and college, and received its current name in 1996. The mission of VUL is to recognize the potential in every person, and to maximize the gifts of the individual within a nurturing Christian environment, that provides students with opportunities to develop into scholars and leaders.

    VUL offers on-campus and online programs and degrees which include certificate programs, and associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The programs are housed in the following schools:

    • School of Arts and Sciences
    • School of Business and Technology 
    • School of Religion

    VUL’s Distance Learning Program is an alternative for students that are unable to attend class on the main campus or at one of VUL’s teaching locations the chance to advance their education.


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