Religion B.A. with a Concentration in Christian Formation and Discipleship Studies

NOTE: The 2020-2021 Academic Year will be the final year that academic degree listed as "Bachelor of Arts in Religion" will be offered and listed on diplomas and transcripts.  Effective the 2021-2022 Academic Year, diplomas issued for the Department of Theology will state "Bachelor of Arts in Theology"; transcripts will also reflect this change in the academic degree name. This is a degree name change only and will not impact academic course numbers or academic program requirements. Questions, contact the Office of the Registrar.


Core Curriculum Requirements54-52
Theology Major Core Requirements38
Christian Formation and Discipleship Studies Concentration Requirements33
Total Units125-123

Theology Major Core Requirements 

BINT-270Resrch Meth/Study of Scripture3
BLAN-101Introduction to Biblical Lang.3
ICST-272Theology/Church Mission2
ICST-288Theology in an Intercultural Context3
NT-462Selected Themes/NT Theology3
OT-472Selected Themes/OT Theology3
PHIL-201Introduction to Philosophy3
PLST-310Intro/Christian Leadership2
PLST-312Intro/Pastoral Care2
PLST-314Intro/Preaching & Teaching2
PLST-420Disciplines/Spiritual Life3
THEO-318Systematic Theology I Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology3
THEO-320Systematic Theology II: Pneumatology Ecclesiology, Eschatology3
THEO-499CTheo/Min/Post-Chrstn Context3
Total Units38

Note: The configuration of the Theology Major Core Requirements is built upon the Core Curriculum courses in Theology (see Core Curriculum section of this catalog)

Christian Formation and Discipleship Studies Concentration Requirements 

CFST-101Intro/Chrstn Formtn/Discplshp2
ICST-102Intro/Intercultural Studies3
PLST-430Management/Christian Organztns3
PLST-461Integrative Field Studies3
Select two of the following courses:4
Christn Formation of Children
Intro/Youth Ministry
Adult Formation/Discipleship
Upper Division Biblical Interpretation (BINT)/New Testament (NT)/ Old Testament (OT) Elective 13
Church History (CHIS) Elective3
Upper Division New Testament (NT) Elective 13
Upper Division Old Testament (OT) Elective 13
Upper Division Philosophy (PHIL)/Theology (THEO) Electives 16
Total Units33

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Theology. 

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.


Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
KINE-145C Lifetime Fitness/Wellness Lect 1
KINE-146C Lifetime Fitness/Well Activity 1
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
BLAN-101 Introduction to Biblical Lang. 3
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
 Units15
Year 1 Term 2
THEO-103C Intro to Theology 3
MATH-PLCRMath Core Req Data Or Stats 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
HSPS-PLCRHistory/Political Sci Core Requirement 3
ICST-102 Intro/Intercultural Studies 3
 Units15
Year 2 Term 1
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
HIST-PLHDHistory Core Requirement 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
ICST-272 Theology/Church Mission 2
ICST-288 Theology in an Intercultural Context 3
 Units17
Year 2 Term 2
BINT-270 Resrch Meth/Study of Scripture 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
PHIL-201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
CFST-101 Intro/Chrstn Formtn/Discplshp 2
 Units15
Year 3 Term 1
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
PLST-310 Intro/Christian Leadership 2
PLST-420 Disciplines/Spiritual Life 3
YLST-324 Intro/Youth Ministry 2
THEO-PLUDTHEO or PHIL U/D Elective 3
THEO-318 Systematic Theology I Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology 3
 Units16
Year 3 Term 2
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
PLST-312 Intro/Pastoral Care 2
CFST-PLUDCFST U/D elective 3
BINT-PLUD3BINT NT or OT U/D Elective 3
OT-PLUDOT U/D Elective 3
THEO-320 Systematic Theology II: Pneumatology Ecclesiology, Eschatology 3
 Units17
Year 4 Term 1
OT-472 Selected Themes/OT Theology 3
NT-PLUDNT Upper Division Elective 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
CHIS-PLUDCHIS U/D elective 3
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
 Units15
Year 4 Term 2
NT-462 Selected Themes/NT Theology 3
THEO-PLUDTHEO or PHIL U/D Elective 3
THEO-499C Theo/Min/Post-Chrstn Context 3
PLST-430 Management/Christian Organztns 3
PLST-461 Integrative Field Studies 3
 Units15
 Total Units125