Theological-Historical Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The College of Theology facilitates Spirit-led growth and discipleship in students and equips them as ministers and leaders in the body of Christ. Foundational to this purpose, students are equipped with a solid knowledge of the Bible, a sound understanding of theology and an effective grasp of ministry enabling them, through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, to proclaim the healing Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Students who major in theological-historical studies choose one of two concentrations: theology & church history or Christian apologetics.  Courses in history, theology, and philosophy seek to give students a comprehension of the Christian past and an understanding of the theological and philosophical dimensions of the Christian faith and its contemporary expressions. "Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is within you . . ." (I Peter 3:15). Today's society is filled with a multitude of worldviews and ideas about the nature of reality and truth. Theology and apologetics at ORU prepare students to go into the worlds of religious thought and practice to testify to the Truth.  Biblical courses are required in the cognate to enable students to demonstrate responsible biblical interpretation within a theological-historical framework.

Theological-Historical Concentration

The theology & church history concentration leads the student into a topical, systematic, and historical approach to theology.  Courses in this concentration give students a comprehension of the Christian past and an understanding of the theological dimension of Christian faith and its contemporary expressions.

Course Offerings for the Theological-Historical Concentration include:

  • Systematic Theology I and II
  • History of Christianity in America
  • History of Christianity I: Early Church
  • History of Christianity II: Medieval Church
  • History of Christianity III: Reformation to Present
  • Charismatic Theology

Christian Apologetics Concentration

The Christian apologetics concentration provides the student with the history, analysis, and evaluation of various philosophies and world views. Students become aware of and conversant with the many streams of philosophical thought that people of the world have adopted, and they learn to develop sufficient Christian responses to each one. Christianity is a historic faith, based on the revelation of God, human history, and the carefully reasoned theology of the great Christian thinkers of the Church. Christians are kept from conforming to the world by the renewing of their minds and please God by the confession and use of their faith (Romans 12:2, Hebrew 11:6).

Course Offerings for the Christian Apologetics Concetration include:

  • Introduction to Theology
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Theology and Philosophy of Modern Culture

"Ever since I was young, I had an interest in the church and learning about its history. I’m excited about the opportunity I have at ORU to learn about how we got to where are today and how we can move forward to what God has for us in the future. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in the church, and I want to be part of bringing healing and unity to the Body of Christ by getting back to the basics and what the Christian life is all about."

Aaron Senter

Student: Aaron
Major: Theological Historical Studies with Church History concentration
Hometown: Clovis, CA


A degree in theological-historical studies will prepare you for a career in:

  • Church organizations
  • Ministry
  • Mission work
  • Pastoral studies
  • Apologetics
  • Teaching

What do you have to look forward to?

Increasing in the knowledge of God through the study and interpretation of the written Word, while gaining insight through interactive discussions of the Word with fellow students and caring professors.

Degree Plan for Christian Apologetics

Degree Plan for Theology & Church History

Undergraduate Theology Department