The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies equips students with the exegetical and theological knowledge and skills needed to interpret the Bible faithfully in a contemporary context.
Upon graduating from the program, students should be able to:
- Interpret Scripture accurately in its literary, canonical, and historical context using the inductive Bible study method.
- Articulate the overarching narrative and unifying themes of Scripture.
- Address contemporary challenges and questions in light of Scripture and classic Christian teaching, particularly Wesleyan-Arminian theology.
100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.
*24 Credit hours at the 3000-level or above
Biblical interpretation classes (e.g., Old Testament Interpretation, New Testament Interpretation) and biblical book or corpus studies (e.g., Pentateuch, Romans).
Biblical interpretation electives6
Old Testament book or corpus study3
New Testament book or corpus study3
Biblical studies electives9
Biblical theology proper, biblical-theological approaches to select theological topics (e.g., sexuality), Christian hermeneutics.
Systematic and Historical Theology15
Systematic theology classes (e.g., Systematic Theology I), historical theology (e.g., Survey of Church History I), systematic and historical approaches to select theological topics (e.g., holiness).
In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:
- A General Education Core
- Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
- Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
- Minimum credit hours
- Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
- Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
- Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
- Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
- Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
- Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)
Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.