Follow Christ, Lead the Way

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.

Objectives

  • Communicate a biblically sound Christian worldview.
  • Analyze the background, theological themes, literature, and content of the Bible.
  • Compare and contrast the various schools of biblical interpretation and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Apply principles and techniques for effective biblical study and biblical communication.
This degree program is available in the following formats:

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MAJOR54 HOURS

*These courses (9 hours) may be applied to GenEd requirements as noted.

  • 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.
  • A general survey of the New Testament with emphasis on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity, and the development of the apostolic church.
  • Introduction to worldview and a survey of the plurality of worldviews in western culture. Special attention to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews challenge and reinforce it. Basic instruction in creedal Christianity assists students in understanding and embracing the uniqueness of Christianity, enabling more effective communication of the Christian faith.
  • Methods for inductive Bible study, applied to a book of scripture, engaging students in observation and survey with emphasis on interpretative skills and the development of concrete applications.
  • A reading- and writing-intensive capstone in biblical studies in which students apply skills and insights acquired during the program to contemporary issues, or to research in the wider discipline.
    Prerequisite: Completion of major courses
  • The history of Christianity from its beginnings to the Great Schism of 1054 with attention to the origins, expansions, key figures, theological development, and growth of Christianity, and the relationship of church and state.
  • 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.
  • A comparative study of major world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity.
  • A systematic study of the Christian faith with emphasis on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ, and including the doctrines of revelation, the inspiration and authority of Scripture, the Trinity, creation, and the atonement.
  • 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, and including the teaching and life of holiness, the nature of ministry, the sacraments, and views of eschatology.
    Prerequisite: THE2100
  • Biblical Studies Electives*15

*Biblical Studies Elective hours must be 3000-level or above 24

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