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Religion and Christian Ministries

Department of Religion

Dr. Jason Borders teaches class on the green

Majors:

  • Christian Ministries
  • Religion

Minors:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Ministries
  • Religion

Pre-Professional: Preparing students for seminaries, for graduate or professional studies, and for church vocations.

Students may earn a Certificate in Youth Ministry or a Certificate in Christian Education through the United Methodist Church by completing the major requirements plus a course in church history. See the department chair for details.

Baccalaureate

The annual Baccalaureate worship service includes in the platform party students who are planning to enter ministry vocations.

Why Huntingdon?

Huntingdon Religion and Christian Ministries majors are recruited by top seminaries and sought after by churches because Huntingdon students and graduates are well-prepared in their fields and in a broad range of subjects. Placement rates into graduate and professional schools or into employment upon graduation are nearly 100% for Department of Religion graduates.

Huntingdon, a college of the United Methodist Church, supports and follows the hallmarks of faith, wisdom, and service in academics and in student life programs. From the broad and diverse liberal arts core curriculum to studies in your major, you will find a faculty that is experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to your success. Small classes ensure personal attention and a faculty who knows you well. Huntingdon’s strong community of faith and the resources of the United Methodist Church will support your Huntingdon experience, as well.

At Huntingdon, you will find:

  • A college of the United Methodist Church.
  • Abundant internships and career placement opportunities in Alabama’s capital city and the surrounding region.
  • A liberal arts core curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills.
  • The opportunity to deepen your studies through participation in the Hobbs Honors Program.
  • Travel-study in your senior year through the Huntingdon Plan, which also includes a laptop computer and books and information resources provided within regular costs.
  • Students/graduates sought by churches, graduate schools, and seminaries—nearly 100% placement rates.
  • Interdisciplinary Endorsement Programs include Global Studies, Social Justice, and Women’s Leadership.
  • Graduates are prepared for local or specialized church ministry upon graduation.
  • Huntingdon/Duke Divinity School agreement: “Answering the Call: The Huntingdon College-Duke Divinity School Admission Pathway”

Learn by Experience

Skyping with Shane Claiborne

Religion students Skype with Shane Claiborne

Huntingdon College’s programs of study in Religion and Christian Ministries are supported by a Campus Ministries program rich with opportunities for students to serve and lead at every level. In addition, students are in high demand among local churches to serve as pastoral, youth, worship, and church music leaders. Huntingdon is a member of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Earn experience that enhances your resume and prepares you for your career and for further study through participation in:

  • Worship Team
  • Campus Ministries
  • EMERGE Team
  • Chapel Praise Band
  • Internships in local/regional churches and worship settings
  • Mission Service
  • Community Service
  • Weekly Chapel and Praise/Worship services
  • Bible Study Groups
  • Worship Leadership
  • Theta Alpha Kappa honor society

Facilities

MMFA

The Prophets class at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Miriam Jackson Home houses the offices for most Religion program faculty, as well as the Phyllis Gunter Snyder Center for Campus Ministries. The College’s Ligon Chapel, inside Flowers Hall, is the site of Chapel services, lectures, and many of the College’s traditions and celebrations. Jean Rodgers Chapel, on the second floor of Flowers Hall, is a more intimate setting for small services, worship, and prayer.

Are you a United Methodist?

Generous financial assistance is available for Methodist students. See www.huntingdon.edu/financial-assistance-for-methodist-students. As you plan forward, if you are a student from the Alabama-West Florida Conference, generous financial assistance is also available for seminary study.

Answering the Call

In December 2015, President J. Cameron West and Dr. Ellen F. Davis, dean of Duke Divinity School, signed the agreement, “Answering the Call, The Huntingdon College-Duke Divinity School Admission Pathway,” offering preferred consideration and an early admission decision to any Huntingdon religion student who has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and completes a DDS application for admission and interview.

Faculty

Huntingdon faculty are your mentors who know you well, advise you with an eye toward your talents and goals, and have a vision for the possibilities for your professional life. Huntingdon’s Religion faculty includes specialists in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, Church History, Christian Ethics, Youth Ministry, and Christian Education.

Alumni

As you plan for your future, your faculty adviser will offer guidance and help you hone your career path, and, if seminary is your plan, you will be invited to interview with visiting seminary representatives. Huntingdon religion alumni have entered a number of seminaries, including Emory, Duke, Asbury, Garrett Evangelical, Vanderbilt, Yale, Union Theological, Harvard, and New Orleans Baptist. Graduates have also entered master’s and Ph.D. programs in areas such as business, law, theater, English, religious studies, and theology.