More and more in the present age, a sensitivity to others is demanded of us, one which is borne out of the need to recognize differences. Those differences are often felt most obviously along the lines of religion. A religion degree from Concordia will give you the skills to read those differences with nuance and welcome those who are different with the love of Christ.
No matter which path you take after your studies at Concordia, you are guaranteed an intimate experience with the religion faculty. The full time staff is small but their specializations are wide and their areas of interest continue to prompt further study, which keeps work in the department exciting and engaged. The part-time faculty are friendly, local, and often practicing ministers, making them both excellent in the classroom as well as allowing them always to have real world experience at their fingertips. They are well-known for fostering excellent relationships with their students. A strong focus on the biblical and classical languages for reading the Scriptures in their original form is a unique and very strong feature of Concordia’s religion program, making it stand-out against most other religion programs in the Pacific Northwest. Furthermore, the Concordia Experience will provide many opportunities to be shaped and stretched as a person. Everyone here is, or will become, a Servant Leader. The learning environment is challenging and rigorous, but it is built around a community of support and encouragement. And our Lutheran heritage, which is not just definitive of our past but also of our present, enables us to provide one of the finest undergraduate theological degrees in the Pacific Northwest.
- Why Theology? Most people associate a degree in religion with a future in church work, perhaps as a pastor or Director of Christian Education (DCE). While these are two of the many options, many more exist: outdoor ministry, starting/working for a non-profit, NGOs, and others.
- More and more employers are recognizing the depth and breadth of sensibility and cultural awareness that comes with an education heavily weighted in all matters religious. This is because beyond the issue of religious differences noted above, it is a simple fact of America that much of American culture finds its roots in religion, often Christianity.
- If you’re planning on pursuing further academic education, the paths are very broad after a degree in religion. You’ll have been prepared in a variety of areas from which you can branch off and specialize: history, textual studies, languages, art, world religions, public policy, international relations, law, philosophy, economics, global studies, and more.
“The theological education I received at Concordia University truly showed me how to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I received more than just an education; I was trained in the way of the great theologians who came before and was 'discipled' in the way of Jesus Christ” – Robert Bernadelli ’11