Academic Spotlight: Theology

PUC’s department of theology strives to prepare each student with the knowledge and skills to live a lifetime of effective Christian ministry and service. By interacting with engaging professors in small classes, students will receive theological and practical information in their religion courses along with spiritual inspiration. Students deepen their understanding of scripture and are equipped for a lifetime of culturally relevant ministry that will impact the world for God.

Programs offered:

  • B.A. in Theology
  • B.A. in Religion, Biblical Studies Emphasis
  • B.A. in Religion, Health Professions Emphasis
  • B.A. in Religion, Mission Emphasis

A Student’s Perspective

Josue Hernandez, ’15, is in the middle of his third year of ministry as associate pastor at the Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church. He graduated from PUC with a degree in theology and will begin MDiv classes in January. Josue spoke at Fall Revival this past October on the theme of “Beyond,” sharing spiritual insights and food for thought with the campus. We talked with Josue about his experience as a relatively new pastor, his time at PUC, and what it was like as a transfer student from UC Davis.

Read “A Conversation with Fall Revival Speaker Josue Hernandez” now!

Fast Facts

  1. Theology students are eligible to receive the Adventist Mission Scholarship, a renewable $3,000 grant per year available to students majoring in theology, early childhood education, or actively pursuing a teaching credential for elementary or secondary education.
  2. The college’s new Holistic Living religion course introduces freshmen to college life, makes the transition into college more manageable, and makes them aware of a variety of resources, support networks, and key college success tools. The inaugural courses were first taught in fall 2018, and included units on getting good sleep, making healthy food choices, making use of PUC’s Career & Counseling Center, and a guided walk through PUC’s Back 40, several hundred acres of walkable, bikeable, wooded trails behind the main part of campus.
  3. The department of theology spends an annual weekend spiritual retreat to Albion on the coast, which many majors see as one of the highlights of their time at PUC.
  4. Department graduates have been accepted into master’s programs at several prestigious universities, including Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and the Pacific School of Religion.

What You Can Do With This Major

With a religion or theology degree, you never know how or where God will lead you to serve others.

  • Chaplain
  • Church ministry/administration
  • Church pastor
  • General Conference official
  • Hospital chaplain
  • Lawyer
  • Military chaplain
  • Non-profit organizer
  • Physician
  • School counselor
  • Teacher

Learn more about the department of theology at Our team of admissions counselors can answer any questions you have about PUC’s religion and theology programs, or the other majors the college offers. Call (800) 862-7080, option 2 or email to get connected with a counselor now and start learning about all the options available to you!

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