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Theological Studies

About the Theological Studies Program

The theological studies program through the Department of Theology focuses on the history and contemporary practices of theological reflection, with particular attention on the role of the Bible as the church’s Scriptures. Thus, the curriculum includes courses on particular periods of Christian thought, biblical literature and contemporary Christian theology. In keeping with the academic values of SAU, the theological studies major provides a solid academic foundation for graduate or seminary studies. Students in the major and minor are expected to model a lifestyle becoming of a minister of Jesus Christ in covenant with the SAU program. Admission to the major/minor commits the student to a yearly renewal of this covenant through recommendations and review of the student’s campus life, academic performance and ministry activity.

Why should you choose SAU’s theological studies program?

This program prepares students through the development of skills in theological methods that engage the church’s Scriptures and that consider the history of Christian thought and practice. This holistic approach to theology gives the student an adequate understanding in theological studies for further graduate studies.

All programs in the Department of Theology offer a unique blend of solid academics and spiritual formation, seen most readily in a central theological curriculum that all these programs share. This curriculum includes courses in the four areas that make up what is commonly known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The coursework for the 54-hour theological studies major include such subject areas as biblical interpretation, doctrines of the Christian faith, Gospel of John and Revelation, Pentateuch, development of Wesleyan theology and spiritual formation. The department also offers a 21-hour theological studies minor.

View the course requirements, layout, course descriptions and a sample four-year plan, and learn more about the theological studies program at Spring Arbor University, all in the undergraduate catalog.

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Career Opportunities

Students completing this major will find themselves prepared to go on to seminary or other graduate education, for specific kinds of Christian ministry or for university teaching. Students seeking to enter a career in ministry immediately after college should consider one of the six ministry majors offered by the Department of Theology.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor University helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

Spring Arbor University offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to get involved and apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world contexts. Here are some opportunities that may interest theology students:

  • Band of Brothers (men’s ministry) – Band of Brothers is a ministry for men on campus to train up to become godly fathers, husbands and leaders. They meet together every Monday night. The men gather to seek God in prayer, receive a challenging message and lift each other up.
  • Circle of Sisters (women’s ministry) – Circle of Sisters is a ministry for women on campus to take scripture to heart by meeting together every Monday night to hear a challenging message and lift up each other in prayer. Each week, women meet for an hour to listen to a speaker discuss specific topics that young women deal with, and in the process the women help each other in their walks with God.
  • Communidad Aqua Viva – This Free Methodist church for Spanish-speaking residents of the Jackson area was established in 2003 through the work of Spring Arbor students and residents of Jackson. The church offers students an opportunity to minister to the Hispanic people of Jackson and provides opportunities to practice speaking Spanish.
  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries – Interfaith Shelter is a homeless shelter located in downtown Jackson. SAU students spend one day a week serving food and visiting with the people of the shelter. They also lead small group fellowships and organize an annual food and clothing drive. For information about volunteering at Interfaith Shelter, please call 517.789.8735.
  • Small Groups – Students have many opportunities to join a small group, whether it’s the Student Development and Learning small group program, a residence hall Bible study group, a prayer group or accountability partners. Whatever your need, Spring Arbor University will be able to fill it.
  • Spiritual Life Retreat – Although students always look forward to activities like the traditional four-square tournament and the Frisbee golf competition, the real reason for the Spiritual Life Retreat is spiritual development and genuine life change. More than 150 students steal away for a weekend of games, good food and a gratifying, spiritual jumpstart to the school year. Students literally sleep outside the student development office to reserve a space for this wildly popular event.
  • Spring Break Mission trips – During Spring Break, a handful of mission teams gear up and hit the road to minister to and serve people around the country and abroad. For information, contact Cecilia Said at

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.