Religion Major – B.A. Degree

The Religion major in Logsdon provides students with a strong foundation in historical theology. Through this major students will:

  • Learn methods of biblical interpretation
  • Learn to read the Bible in its original languages.
  • Study the history of the church
  • Study key figures and movements in theology
  • Learn to analyze and critique current ethical and theological trends
  • Learn to articulate their own theological and religious perspective
  • Learn to communicate historical, theological and religious topics to a broad audience
  • Develop skills in research, writing and critical thinking.

The major in Religion prepares students to engage the world theologically and ethically in order to serve in a wide variety of ministry careers, while also preparing them for advanced study in competitive graduate programs.

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Larry McGraw- HSU Associate Dean School of Theology

Dr. Larry R. McGraw

Associate Dean of the Logsdon School of Theology; Professor of Bible 325-670-1269


  • Religion (B.A.)


  • Religion Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why Study Religion at HSU?

student holding Bible open

Who are we?

God is active in our world reconciling all things through Jesus Christ. Faculty and students at Logsdon School of Theology are on a journey to explore how we can participate in God’s transforming mission. We invite you to discover your potential and gifts with us. Logsdon programs provide opportunities to serve in 21st-century ministries while nurturing your faith and deepening your understanding of God and the Bible.

night view of HSU ministry building

What are we doing?

Logsdon is rooted in the vision of HSU’s founder James B. Simmons, a Baptist pastor who fought to end slavery and to educate all students regardless of race, gender, or religion. Given this rich heritage, Logsdon values diversity, welcoming men and women from all backgrounds. Emerging from our Baptist heritage, we focus on the centrality of Scripture, service in and through the church, ethical living, and freedom of conscience.

Ministry major giving a lecture

Why study with us?

At Logsdon, we understand learning to be a collaborative effort. We lead students to engage the great questions of faith and equip them for a journey of discovering, “Who am I?,” “Who is God?,” and “Who is my neighbor?” Students at Logsdon are grounded in the traditions of Scripture and Christian theology and are prepared to be innovative ministers in a rapidly changing world. Out of their rich experience, both in academics and in the church, the first priority of Logsdon faculty is to teach and mentor the next generation of ministers.

Program Details

In addition to the HSU Core Curriculum for the Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree, students will complete the Logsdon Foundation (13 hours) and 30 hours for their major.

Logsdon Foundation

  • BIBL 1301 or 1302 Old or New Testament Survey (whichever one was not taken to satisfy the HSU Core)
  • BIBL 2331 Methods in Biblical Interpretation
  • THEO 2101 Theological Research & Writing
  • CHST 1311 Introduction to Christianity
  • THEO 1331 Introduction to Christian Thought

Religion Major

  • THEO 1332 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • THEO/CHST upper-level credits (9 hours)
  • BIBL upper-level credits (6 hours)
  • Any BIBL, MNST, MISS, THEO, CHST credits excluding biblical languages (6 hours)

Religion Minor

The minor in Religion may be earned by students who are pursuing the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences degree. The minor requires 18 hours.

  • Any BIBL, MNST, MISS, THEO, CHST, or RELI credits excluding biblical languages (12 hours)
  • Any Logsdon School of Theology upper-level credits. (6 hours)

All HSU students are eligible for this program.

Our Religion graduates have gone on to:

  • Earn advanced degrees at top-tier universities and seminaries for careers in academics
  • Study at seminaries in preparation for the pastorate and missional work
  • Serve churches as pastors and other various support ministries
  • Work at non-profit and secular businesses seeking to fulfill non-traditional callings.

Financial Assistance Information for Undergraduate Ministerial Students

Hardin-Simmons University and Logsdon School of Theology is committed to helping future ministers afford theological education and ministry preparation. Due to the generous gifts of numerous individuals, foundations, and institutions, significant scholarship opportunities exist for all undergraduate ministry students.

Get more information about financial assistance for undergraduate ministerial students.