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.

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 philosophy at ORU prepare students to go into the worlds of religious thought and practice to testify to the Truth.

Theological-Historical Studies Course Offerings

"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

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Major Religions of the World
  • Contemporary Religions in America
  • Christian Ethics
  • Divine Healing
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Charismatic Theology
  • Intensive Studies
  • Systematic Theology I and II
  • History of Christianity in America
  • History of Christianity I - III
  • Medieval Church
  • Reformation to Present


  • Research Seminar
  • Hermeneutics
  • Old Testament elective
  • New Testament elective
  • Teaching the Bible
  • Signs and Wonders


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

  • Church organizations
  • Ministry
  • Mission work
  • Pastoral studies

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 Philosophy

Degree Plan for Church History

Dr. Samuel Thorpe