Online Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Biblical Studies provides a foundational study of the history, context, and message of the Bible, as well as, equipping graduates to communicate the truth of the Gospel. The major prepares graduates for advanced Christian ministry positions or for master’s level studies in Bible, theology, and related fields.

Major Objectives

Upon completion of this major, students should be able to:
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    Communicate a biblically sound Christian worldview.
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    Analyze the background, theological themes, literature, and content of the Bible.
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    Compare and contrast the various schools of biblical interpretation and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each.
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    Apply principles and techniques for effective biblical study and biblical communication.

GENERAL EDUCATION45 CREDITS

Required Biblical Literature, Theology, & Religion prerequisites must be completed before starting the major:

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    Old Testament Survey is an overview of the background, events, people, and theology of the Old Testament with reflection on connections to the New Testament and application to Christian faith and life.
     
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    This course provides a general survey of the New Testament. Special emphasis is placed on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity, and the development of the apostolic church.
     
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    This course examines the biblical worldview as the basis for living a distinctly Christian life. Students will focus on evaluating ideas, values, and processes in personal and professional situations and developing the belief structure to orient themselves within their time and place in history and eternity.
     
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    Remaining General Education Requirements 36 Credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES 33 CREDITS

Prerequisites must be completed before starting the major:
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    This course is a systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ. Related areas covered will be revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement.
     
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    Select a Leadership Course3 Credits

BIBLICAL STUDIES MAJOR42 CREDITS

Required Biblical Studies Courses:
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    This course integrates foundational Christian doctrine with personal experience in the journey toward wholeness in Christ. The course will be emphasizing scripture, discipline, and community as essential patterns of devotion.
     
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    This course further develops skills with the Inductive Bible Study method. Students will survey a book of scripture, engage in the process of observation and survey, expand their skills of interpretation, and develop concrete applications.
     
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    The purpose of this course is to trace the history of Christianity from its beginnings to the great schism of 1054. Special attention will be given to the origins, expansions, key figures, theological development, and growth of Christianity, as well as, the relationship of church and state.
     
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    This course is a systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of salvation, the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the Church, and the Second Coming of Christ. Related areas covered will be the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and views of eschatology.
    (Prerequisite: THE2100)
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    A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.
     
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    This is a reading and writing intensive course in the study of Biblically oriented topics that serves as a capstone experience for Biblical Studies students. The course is designed to use skills and insights acquired during the program to contemporary issues or research in the wider discipline.
    (Prerequisite: Completion of major courses)
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    24 additional credits in Biblical Studies, of which 15 credits must be at the 3000-level or above24 Credits

Total 120 Credit Hours

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