What's unique about the College of Theology and Christian Ministry at Belmont?
We have majors that allow you to explore your specific interests while participating in a vibrant community life. Our majors have classes shared in common with all our theology and Christian ministry students but specific classes to match your interest. You will find a place for your interests among our ten major paths of study.
What can I do with a theology and Christian ministry major when I graduate?
Our graduates have discovered they can do just about anything they want to do! Some of our graduates go to seminary or divinity school and then become ministers. Others find careers with social service agencies like Habitat for Humanity or Bread for the World. Some go to law school and some work in inner city ministries. But all leave Belmont University empowered to follow their dreams and build careers that express who they are. Read about what our Alumni are doing now.
Is there any financial aid for theology and Christian ministry majors?
Definitely! We do our best to make sure our students receive some kind of aid. When you file all of your financial aid forms with Belmont, make sure you indicate that you plan to major in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry. Apply to Belmont and you will be considered for scholarships!
How many students are in the college?
We currently have between 90 and 100 students each year who are majors in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry with a number of minors, as well.
Who are your students?
We have students from all over the country and all across the Christian community! We're made up of students who are interested in being pastors, worship leaders, teachers, artists, musicians, doctors and lawyers. And more than half of our students are women! This is a place where both men and women are welcomed and affirmed to discover and live out their calling.
What kinds of classes do your students take?
Our students take courses that provide a good foundation in the study of theology and Christian ministry. You'll have classes in biblical studies, ethics, theology, religion and the arts, ministry and church history. In addition, you'll be able to take courses in such things as world religions, poverty and justice, and spiritual formation. View the full list of courses available within the college.
What are the classes like?
The average class size in the college is 15. Professors usually don't lecture all the time. We do class projects, discussions, and group work. Students are accustomed to going to class and having thoughtful discussions about their readings. Everyone has an opportunity to participate. When the semester comes to an end, you'll wish the class could continue, because you know you'll miss it. Really.
Are the classes taught from a particular denominational point of view?
Nope. We have a wide variety of denominations represented by our students and our professors present material from a perspective that welcomes all points of view. For example, when you're studying a particular text in the Bible, your professor will show several different ways to interpret the text, and it will be up to you to decide on the best interpretation. We expect and encourage students to take ownership of their faith.
Are there opportunities to learn and serve outside the classroom?
Of course! Belmont University offers many study abroad opportunities and the College of Theology and Christian Ministry sponsors four trips each year: Belmont in Pine Ridge, SD; Belmont in Africa (South Africa and Botswana); Belmont in the Biblical World (Israel, Turkey, and Greece); and World Religions in Spain. There are also numerous service trip opportunities through University Ministries.
What are the professors like?
All the professors in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry have Ph.D.s and have spent their lives reading, researching, and working in churches. You'll find out quickly that your professors are real people. Besides being interesting teachers, they are also just interesting people!