The Religion program at High Point University fosters reflective engagement with some of humanity’s most powerful texts, practices, institutions and ideas.
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  • Early Christian Thought
  • Medieval Philosophy and Theology
  • Great Theologians: Thomas Aquinas
  • New Testament
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Foundations of Christian Ethics
  • Globalization and Christian Ethics
  Dr. Franks has taught in the department since 2003. His research interests focus on bringing the riches of Christian tradition to bear to address today’s questions about the shape of Christian discipleship, but extend to other areas of theology as well. His first book, He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas’ Economic Teachings, was published by Eerdmans in 2009. His published work has also appeared in the Journal of Religion, Modern Theology, and The Thomist. He is an ordained minister in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has served as parish minister of Methodist churches in Dinas Powys and Penarth, Wales. He is also an active member of Ekklesia Project, Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Academy of Religion. He enjoys biking, hiking, gardening, singing, and spending time with his wife, Sandy, and their five children. 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His book, “Practices of Power: Revisiting the Principalities and Powers in the Pauline Letters” (Fortress Press, 2014), is a detailed study of the concept of the powers in the Pauline letters using the category of practice. The book argues that Paul’s conception of the powers is best understood through the practices he advocated for the early believers. Dr. Moses has also written several scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on a book on the Gospels’ teachings concerning wealth and poverty.  His hobbies include running, soccer, badminton, and tennis. He enjoys spending time with his wife Erin and their children Emmanuel and Eunice.   Read more about Dr. Moses’ story. Read more about Dr. Moses’ book. 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That question and dialogical approach guided my graduate work at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Boston College, and served as a fruitful foundation when I began to teach my own courses. This was particularly true when I began teaching service learning courses, which integrated serving the community with reflection on lives of action and contemplation, the meaning of justice, and how to live well in community. I hope that students find my classes as an invitation to dialogue with their classmates and authors of the “great books” and to reflect on what it means to live a good human life in relationship with God and others.  I recently published the book Primary Source Readings in Christian Morality with St. Mary’s Press in 2008. 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After living in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin his family settled in the Chicago area, which he considers to be his true “hometown.” Some of his recent public and/or invited talks include: “Before Fodors There Was Xuanzang: Pilgrimage to India By The Book,” “Socially Engaged Buddhists & Aboriginal Australians,” “Dharma, Karma, and Samsāra: An Examination of Ancient Indian Concepts,” “Toward a Further Understanding of Extreme Asceticism and Athleticism,” “Vedantic Philosophy and Inception,” and “What Would Buddha Do? Reflections on Blind Turtles, Hamster Wheels, and Washing Dishes.” Dr. Toole looks forward to leading an upcoming student study trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam as an extension of his scholarship. Toole also serves as faculty advisor for the HPU PRIDE student organization and the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. Dr. Toole lives in Greensboro, NC, along with his two daughters.   www.marktoolehpu.com   Areas of Specialization: Rituals and Philosophies of Japan China and India Comparative Religious Studies Pilgrimage Buddhist and Daoist Conceptions of the Environment   Courses Taught at HPU: Honors Senior Symposium Buddhist Traditions: Zen & Pure Land Religions of Japan Contemporary Buddhist Developments Introduction to Buddhism – Honors Sacred Experiences and World Religions – Honors Asian Thought and Global Concerns – Honors Religions of East Asia Religions of South Asia Human Images in World Religions Eastern Philosophies and World Religions Sages, Monks, and Ascetics What is Consciousness? 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Chair and Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Pre-Ministerial Advisor
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
Instructor of Religion, World Religions

The Religion program at High Point University fosters reflective engagement with some of humanity’s most powerful texts, practices, institutions and ideas. As part of a liberal arts curriculum, our students achieve a deeper understanding of the religious traditions that have so profoundly influenced the shape of the world in which we live. They also learn the immensity and complexity of the field of religious studies and the rich diversity of the world’s religious traditions.

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Minor in Religion
Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 36
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 42
Total 128
Minor in Religion
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.A. in Religion
Requirements for Minor in Religion
Requirements for B.A. in Religion
Course Course Title Credits
REL 2001 The Five Books of Moses 4
REL 2003 Hebrew Prophets 4
REL 2004 Jesus in the Gospels 4
REL 2006 Life and Letters of Paul 4
REL 3000 Biblical Interpretation 4
REL 3005 Psalms and Wisdom Literature 4
REL/WGS 3007 Women in the Bible 4
One Biblical course listed above:

One course in Theology/History below:
REL 2020 Early Christian Thought 4
REL/PHL 2021 Medieval Philosophy ad Theology 4
REL 2022 Modern Christian Theology 4
REL 2023 Contemporary Christian Theology 4
REL 3017 Foundations of Christian Ethics 4
REL 3020 Great Theologians 4
REL/PHL 3025 Evil, Suffering, and God 4
REL 3028 Religion in America 4
REL/GBS 3327 World Christianity 4
One additional course in either Biblical Studies or Theology/ History from the above distributions (4)

One course in World Religions:
REL/WGS 2026 Women in Islam 4
REL 2036 Religions of East Asia 4
REL 2037 Religions of South Asia 4
REL 3018 Asian Religions and Environmental Concerns 4
REL 3031 Religions of Japan 4
REL 3032 Buddhist Traditions: Zen & Pure Land 4
REL 3033 Contemporary Buddhist Developments 4
REL 3034 Sages, Monks, and Ascetics 4
REL 3035 Comparative Religious Perspectives 4
REL/PHL/GBS 3331 Asian Thought & Global Concerns 4
REL 4099 Senior Seminar 4*
Choose 12 Elective credits in Religion:
REL 1001 Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 4
REL 1002 New Testament Studies 4
REL 1003 Sacred Experiences in World Religions 4
REL 1004 Introduction to Judaism 4
REL 1005 Introduction to Christianity 4
REL 1006 Introduction to Islam 4
REL 1007 Introduction to Hinduism 4
REL 1008 Introduction to Buddhism 4
REL 1009 Introduction to Biblical Themes 4
REL 1019 Christian Worship and Personal Reflection 1
REL 1020 Christian Worship and Personal Development 1
REL 1021 Christian Worship and Church Leadership 2
REL 2007 Biblical Justice: Engaging Hunger and Poverty in High Point 4
REL 2009 Holy Land: Geography, History and Theology in the Gospels and Second Temple Judaism 4
REL 2015 Faith and Ethics 4
REL/PHL 2019 Environmental Ethics 4
REL/PHL 2024 Existentialism 4
REL/WGS 2028 Gender, Sexuality, ad Christianity in America 4
REL/WGS 2038 Gender, Sexuality, and Islam 4
REL/PHL 2039 Buddhism and Culture in Southeast Asia 4
REL 2099 Approaches to Religion 4
REL 2701 Biblical Hebrew for Reading I 2
REL 2702 Biblical Hebrew for Reading II 2
REL 2705 New Testament Greek for Reading I 2
REL 2706 New Testament Greek for Reading II 2
REL 2721 Ecclesiastical Latin for Reading I 2
REL 2722 Ecclesiastical Latin for Reading II 2
REL 2881, 3881, 4881 Special Topics Variable Credit. May be repeated.
REL 3006 Visions of the End: Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic 4
REL 3008 The Passion Narratives in the Gospels 4
REL/GBS 3301 Global Bible: Context and Interpretation 4
REL 3315 Globalization and Christian Ethics 4
REL 4444 Independent Study Variable Credit.
REL 4810-4815 Student Internship 3-8
Course Descriptions
Note: None of the above requirements can be met by a 1000-level course; Only 12 credits of 1000-level courses will count toward the major; At least sixteen credits must be at the 3000-level or above.

* REL 4099 is offered each fall. Students seeking Department Honors must complete REL 4099 in the fall semester and then expand their research project throughout the ensuing spring semester and present their revised paper at an academic conference or submit it to a journal. The revised paper will be circulated among the department faculty in the spring semester to determine if it qualifies for Honors.
Requirements for Minor in Religion
Course Course Title Credits
REL 2099 or another course approved by the Department Chair Approaches to Religion 4
One course in Biblical Studies selected from the following (4):
REL 1001 The Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies 4
REL 1002 New Testament Studies 4
REL 1009 Introduction to Biblical Themes 4
REL 2001 The Five Books of Moses 4
REL 2003 Hebrew Prophets 4
REL 2004 Jesus in the Gospels 4
REL 2006 Life and Letters of Paul 4
REL 3000 Biblical Interpretation 4
REL 3005 Psalms and Wisdom Literature 4
REL/WGS 3007 Women in the Bible 4
Choose 12 Elective credits in Religion:
REL 1003 Sacred Experiences in World Religions 4
REL 1004 Introduction to Judaism 4
REL 1005 Introduction to Christianity 4
REL 1006 Introduction to Islam 4
REL 1007 Introduction to Hinduism 4
REL 1008 Introduction to Buddhism 4
REL 1019 Christian Worship and Personal Reflection 1
REL 1020 Christian Worship and Personal Development 1
REL 1021 Christian Worship and Church Leadership 2
REL 2007 Biblical Justice: Engaging Hunger and Poverty in High Point 4
REL 2009 Holy Land: Geography, History and Theology in the Gospels and Second Temple Judaism 4
REL 2015 Faith and Ethics 4
REL 2019 Environmental Ethics 4
REL 2020 Early Christian Thought 4
REL/PHL 2021 Medieval Philosophy and Theology 4
REL 2023 Contemporary Christian Theology 4
REL/PHL 2024 Existentialism 4
REL/WGS 2028 Gender, Sexuality, and Christianity in America 4
REL 2036 Religions of East Asia 4
REL 2037 Religions of South Asia 4
REL/WGS 2038 Gender, Sexuality, and Islam 4
REL/PHL 2039 Buddhism and Culture in Southeast Asia 4
REL 2701 Biblical Hebrew for Reading I 2
REL 2702 Biblical Hebrew for Reading II 2
REL 2705 New Testament Greek for Reading I 2
REL 2706 New Testament Greek for Reading II 2
REL 2721 Ecclesiastical Latin for Reading I 2
REL 2722 Ecclesiastical Latin for Reading II 2
REL 2881, 3881, 4881 Special Topics Variable Credit. May be repeated.
REL 3006 Visions of the End: Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic 4
REL 3008 The Passion Narratives in the Gospels 4
REL 3017 Foundations of Christian Ethics 4
REL 3018 Asian Religions and Environmental Concerns 4
REL 3020 Great Theologians 4
REL/PHL 3025 Evil, Suffering, and God 4
REL 3028 Religion in America 4
REL 3031 Religions in Japan 4
REL/PHL 3032 Buddhist Traditions: Zen & Pure Land 4
REL 3033 Contemporary Buddhist Developments 4
REL 3034 Sages, Monks, and Ascetics 4
REL 3035 Comparative Religious Perspectives 4
REL/GBS 3301 Global Bible: Context and Interpretation 4
REL/GBS 3315 Globalization and Christian Ethics 4
REL/GBS 3327 World Christianity 4
REL/PHL/GBS 3331 Asian Though & Global Concerns 4
REL/PHL 4099 Senior Seminar 4
REL 4444 Independent Study Variable credit.
REL 4810-4815 Student Internship 3-8
Course Descriptions
Note: At least one course used to satisfy requirements for the Religion minor must be at the 3000 level.
Career Opportunities
A religion degree offers great preparation for a career in business or communication, especially when paired with another major. Many religion majors continue their studies in graduate school. Well over half of our religion majors enter graduate programs. Graduates of those programs take a variety of paths, sometimes into ministry, but sometimes into nonprofit work, or further graduate school. Whether they get a job straight out of HPU, or go on to graduate school, our graduates consistently remark about how well their studies in our department prepared them for success. In recent years, many religion majors have continued their studies at prestigious universities. With this major, you can also:
Student Outcomes
Jacob Lancaster
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church

Name: Jacob Lancaster Hometown: Albemarle, North Carolina Year: Class of 2020 Major: Religion with a minor in philosophy Internship: Lancaster spent the summer with Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church as the pastoral intern. He worked with the pastoral staff and took part in leading worship, teaching, providing pastoral care and participating in various events in…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from the…

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Name: Tiffany Jones Hometown: Weaverville, North Carolina Major: Jones will graduate with degrees in Religion and Nonprofit Leadership and Management on May 6. Post-graduation plans: Having received the Legacy Scholarship, a full ride to Vanderbilt University,  Jones will make her way to Nashville, Tennessee and pursue a Masters of Divinity.  How HPU helped you get there: “My education at High Point University has prepared…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

With commencement just around the corner, High Point University seniors are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary senior from…

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At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
Pre-Ministerial Studies
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