If you want to study comparative religious perspectives or pursue a career in ministry or teaching, Central’s religion major provides the skills you need. Graduates of the program have careers as pastors, missionaries and teachers, as well as positions in non-profit management and social services. Central also offers a pre-ministry program with an emphasis on Christian ministries.
JJ (Johnson) ’98 and Tim TenClay ’97 help refugees transition to new lives in Italy.
Religion students also gain experience through internships that prepare them for future employment or entrance into graduate school.
The religion department offers courses in biblical studies, the history of Christian thought, world religions (e.g. Judaism, Islam and South and East Asian religions), and ethics and theology, as well as applied courses in Christian ministry and doctrine.
Central’s religion major offers a very flexible schedule with no required religion courses or prerequisites—and therefore no typical sequence of courses. The department recommends that at least two “readings” courses at the 300-level be taken during the junior and senior years, and that independent study be taken during the senior year. Majors are encouraged to study abroad during their junior or senior years.
Learn more about religion courses in the course catalog.
Learn more about religion in the course catalog.
100-level religion course
200-level religion course
Core and elective courses
200-level religion courses
Pre-Ministerial Seminar (for Christian Ministries Emphasis)
200/300-level religion courses to complete focus areas
Cognate courses (e.g., philosophy, history, Greek, Hebrew, education, sociology, psychology)
200/300-level religion courses
Senior independent study
Ministry internship (for CME)
Central College is one of the most beautiful college campuses you'll find. A perfect mix of old and new, our buildings reflect our history and our future. Central's distinctive library is a spacious and popular haven with more than 230,000 volumes, computer stations, a multimedia collection, and extensive online catalog.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Campus Ministries offers mission trips over fall, winter, spring, and summer breaks to destinations like Kansas City, New Orleans, Mexico, Haiti, China, and Ethiopia.
Students also have opportunities to serve in leadership roles with Campus Ministries.
David Timmer, professor of religion, has been awarded the Dr. Jacob and Gela Schnucker Sessler Chair in Philosophy and Religion.
Since 1976, Chad Ray has been motivating Central College students to seek answers to life’s biggest questions.
Central College hosts Jennifer Harvey for a racial equality workshop Sept. 20 as part of the college’s Learning for Justice Series.