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Bachelor's in Theology and Philosophy

Indiana Wesleyan University's Bachelor of Science in Theology and Philosophy is an exemplary program designed for students with a vision towards graduate school, seminary, or those seeking to deepen their understanding and perspective through a Christian lens. This degree in philosophy offers a comprehensive intellectual framework that supports advanced reasoning skills essential for further academic pursuits. Particularly suited for individuals aiming for ordained ministry, this program serves as a foundational steppingstone, with practical ministry courses generally pursued during seminary education. Additionally, the program is an excellent choice for students looking to complement another major, aiding in the development of a well-rounded Christian worldview.

Our Philosophy and Theology major via IWU Marion is a carefully crafted curriculum that integrates Church History, Theology, and Philosophy, culminating in a capstone course focused on the philosophy of world change. This program is not only about academic excellence but also about fostering a vibrant community of critical thinkers. Students engage in rigorous debates and discussions, both with their peers and faculty, in a seminar-style format that sharpens their analytical skills. This environment is perfect for those who are not only serious about their academic journey but also enjoy the dynamic exchange of ideas. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in This Program?

As a student of the Theology and Philosophy degree, you will embark on an exploratory journey through the annals of Church History, delve into the depths of Theology, and navigate the complex realms of Philosophy. This multidisciplinary approach ensures a comprehensive understanding of each field while emphasizing their interconnectedness. The program's capstone project encapsulates this integrated learning experience, challenging students to apply their knowledge in addressing world-changing ideas and philosophies.

For those interested in specializing further, Indiana Wesleyan University also offers minors in both Philosophy and Theology. The Philosophy minor requires 18 credit hours, including 15 hours of core courses and an additional 3 hours of elective coursework. Similarly, the Theology minor comprises 18 credit hours, with 12 hours dedicated to core requirements and 6 hours to elective courses. These minors are designed to provide focused study areas that complement the major and are especially beneficial for students in Christian Ministries and Youth Ministries, ensuring a broad and unique educational experience.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

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Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Philosophy and Theology Program

Coursework for your theology and philosophy degree covers:

  • Deep understanding of Church History, Theology, and Philosophy, integrating these disciplines to form a cohesive intellectual foundation for advanced reasoning and critical thinking
  • Skills in rigorous debate and analytical discourse, honed through seminar-style classes that encourage lively discussion and engagement with peers and faculty
  • Application of philosophical and theological knowledge to address real-world issues, culminating in a capstone project focused on world-changing ideas and philosophies
  • Preparation for advanced studies in graduate school or seminary, with a curriculum designed to support students interested in ordained ministry or those seeking to develop a Christian perspective in their professional and personal lives

Program Requirements

Admission to Professional Majors

Admission to the majors within the Division of Practical Theology may require a formal screening process separate from the initial declaration of intent. The process includes the successful completion of the prescribed courses designated by each major. Students need to have a GPA of 2.25 cumulative and 2.5 in the coursework required for the major. Students must also file application forms including a written essay and references. In some cases a personal interview with school faculty may also be required. Enrollment in some advanced courses in the division is restricted to those admitted to these majors. A student needs to start the application to the major process by the end of their sophomore year (60 credit hours) and after the successful completion of the designated courses in his or her respective majors. Delay on this process will prohibit students from enrolling in advanced courses in their professional major.

Continuation in Professional Majors

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.25 GPA and a 2.50 academic GPA in coursework required for the major. Failure to do so may necessitate repeating courses or withdrawal from the major. The School of Theology and Ministry faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student who in its judgment fails to satisfy the standards of Christian character, moral integrity, and social fitness required for a professional minister.

Wesleyan Students

Students anticipating future service in The Wesleyan Church should include Wesleyan Church History/Discipline (REL-431) among their elective courses. The Christian Ministries and Pastoral Ministries majors are specifically designed to meet all the academic requirements for ordination in The Wesleyan Church. Any deviation from the course requirements should be approved in writing by both the Dean and the Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church. Students who are members of The Wesleyan Church should be in contact with their District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) prior to applying for admission to the professional majors.

  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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