School of Theology & Christian Ministry

Undergraduate Degrees

School of Theology

Bachelor of Arts - Christian Studies 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a program in Christian Studies will be able to: 

1. Interpret scripture evidencing biblical literacy.
2. Articulate clear theological doctrines relevant to Christian life and ministry. 
3. Engage the perennial questions of the human condition using resources from philosophy.
4. Apply principles of Christian formation for the practice of ministry.


  • Christian Studies - Biblical
  • Christian Studies - General 
  • Christian Studies - Leadership
  • Christian Studies - Philosophy
  • Christian Studies - Theology 
  • Christian Studies - Youth & Family 

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete a program in Philosophy will be able to: 

1. Engage in the disciplined practice of asking questions about God, the world, and themselves, including questions for which there may be no easy answers.
2. Differentiate among interrelated movements or figures in the history of philosophy. 
3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of human reasoning or experience to provide an adequate account of human condition, the world, ethics, and Christian life.


School of Theology and Christian Ministry MINORS:

  • Biblical Studies 
  • Christian Studies
  • Christian Mission Intercultural Ministry
  • Children's Ministries 
  • Philosophy 
  • Science Christian Faith 
  • Worship Arts 
  • Youth Family Ministries 
  • Youth Ministries 


For specific requirements for your major(s) and/or minor(s) please visit the PLNU Academic Catalog. For more information please contact your advisor or come visit someone in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry office on the second floor of SMEE Hall.


Graduate Program


Graduate Programs and Opportunities:

  • Master of Ministry - The Master of Ministry program is designed for the active minister who desires additional academic development leading to a master's degree focusing on Christian ministry.
  • Master of Divinity - The Master of Divinity will prepare students for pastoral and spiritual leadership in congregations and other settings. 
  • Seminar by the Sea - Seminars by the Sea offer pastors a chance to escape to PLNU for several days of knowledge and skill development. 
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - The MAOL is an online interdisciplinary graduate degree with which pastors and church leaders can apply leadership principles to serving and managing people and processes in dynamic churches and organizations.

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Community Classroom

Community Classroom is a semester long, cross-cultural immersion program where students will live together in City Heights, San Diego while taking courses taught by PLNU Faculty in the community.  This is a cross-disciplinary program committed to work in partnership with the many non-profits in City Heights, along with several residents representing various ethnicities who will journey with us throughout the semester as our cultural guides.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship, practicum, or clinical within their major.  All courses will have contextual elements focused on issues facing the city. Follow link for specifics and to apply now.

Center for Pastoral Leadership

The Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL) is about bridge-building. We are intentionally and imaginatively doing all we can to link pastors and other ministry leaders to professional development opportunities believing that effective pastoral service requires lifelong learning.  CPL comes alongside pastors to equip, network, coach, connect, and care.

Wesleyan Center for 21st Century Studies

The Wesleyan Center for 21st Century Studies exists to inspire a new generation of Wesleyan thinking that will influence the broader church and social worlds of the 21st century. The Center supports Wesleyan perspectives relating to faith, thought, and practice. 

H. Orton Wiley Lecture Series

The H. Orton Wiley Lecture Series, sponsored by the STCM Graduate Programs, offers academic engagement with areas of relevance to the Christian life and ministry in dialogue with a Wesleyan perspective, including: philosophy, theology, church history, and biblical studies. Prestigious and engaging speakers are selected once a year to speak to the campus and community.


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