Message from the Dean
The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is the oldest academic division of the University. It has traveled since 1975 to date. The institution has been changing names from Arusha Adventist Seminary (AAS) in 1975; to Tanzania Adventist Seminary and College (TASC) in 1978; to Tanzania Adventist College (TAC) in 1995 and finally University of Arusha (UoA) in 2006 to date.
It is not an exaggeration to claim that over 90% pastoral workforce of Tanzania as a nation from the early 70s to the present have been trained from this faculty. The faculty has international alumni mostly from Kenya and to a lesser extent Zambia, Malawi, Dr. Congo, and Botswana. The faculty has produced alumni who have served up to Division levels.
With currently seven full-time academic staff, one administrative officer, and contract workers, the faculty is among the biggest academic departments at the University. We are privileged to offer courses and modules in a range of academic disciplines, such as Old and New Testament, Systematic Theology, and Practical Theology Concentrations.
The faculty is a pioneer in offering short courses which are relevant and practical based to equip anybody interested in engaging in Three Angels Message (Revelation 14).
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies
- To provide resources to enable delivery of theological, pastoral and religious education.
- To expose learners to the study and interpretation of the scriptures by using the historical-grammatical hermeneutical methodology.
- To provide consultancy services within the church and the community.
- To instill Christocentric moral values in learners.
- To guide learners to attain pastoral, evangelistic and teaching skills needed in order to become competent and committed workers.
- To foster spiritual, academic, and professional development of the faculty and learners.
- To develop and maintain a friendly learning environment between the faculty and the learners.
“To equip learners with theological, religious and ministerial skills to empower them to offer excellent and effective service to God and humanity by applying sound biblical principles.”
The Faculty believes that God is the center of true education and everlasting gospel (three angels’ message) which are in harmony with biblical principles. Therefore, the faculty is committed to enabling learners to communicate and practice wholistic Christ-centred ministry that is rooted in the Scriptures.