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. The religion department teaches courses in theology, biblical studies and world religions. Graduates of the program have served communities as teachers in both schools and universities, as ministers, priests and missionaries, as lawyers and as employees and managers in various community-related services.
Central also offers a pre-ministry program with an emphasis on Christian studies and ministry. Central students are engaged with research opportunities, both national and international, and with internships in preparation for work and graduate studies.
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 in the course catalog.
Anna Christensen, Lecturer of Philosophy
Terence Kleven, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Religion, interest areas include: Old Testament studies, classical Greek and Arabic political philosophy, Middle Eastern studies and Muslim-Christian relations
Mark Thomas, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy, interest areas include: German Idealism, metaphysics, theory of knowledge and the relationship between faith and reason
David Timmer, B.A., Ph.D. Dr. Jacob and Gela Schnucker Sessler Chair in Philosophy and Religion and Professor of Religion , interest areas include: history of Christianity (especially medieval to modern), contemporary theology and ethics, Judaism, Asian religions
Elena Vishnevskaya, B.A., M. Div., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion, interest areas include: the early church, Eastern Orthodoxy, World Christianity and spirituality.
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 and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Central College hosts a regional conference of the Lilly Fellows Program, Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14.
Is a world-state an ideal worth pursuing? Matthew Wells ’18 and Hannah Marcum ’18 won research grants to study this political debate in Paris.
David Timmer, professor of religion, has been awarded the Dr. Jacob and Gela Schnucker Sessler Chair in Philosophy and Religion.