Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies (B.A.)
Bachelor of Arts
The Biblical and Theological Studies B.A. is an academic degree that prepares students for seminary or other graduate school possibilities. Core courses provide students with an overview of the Old and New Testaments, as well as skills in biblical interpretation. Students also study scripture at a deep level with fulltime and adjunct faculty who are renowned biblical scholars, practicing pastors or have mission experience. The curriculum additionally includes systematic theology, apologetics, ethics, and contemporary issues in theology.
Twelve credits of Greek ensure students easily pass seminary entrance exams and move quickly into upper level classes in graduate school. In addition to learning the Greek language, students undertake significant translation and exegetical study of Greek in order to use and apply the language to better understand scripture. Coursework blends biblical and theological expertise with flexible electives, which allow students to pursue courses in specific the books of the Bible, and the theological issues, in which they are interested. The minor in Pastoral Leadership is of particular interest to students wishing to engage in ministry before entering seminary.
During the senior capstone class, the Faith Integration Seminar, students conduct in-depth research into a biblical or theological issue of their choosing. Students are required to write a 25-page thesis, which they present and before department faculty and students. During an annual intercollegiate theology conference, founded by Crown College, students may also prepare and present academic papers to their peers for discussion and review. Both experiences are valuable preparation for students who plan to continue on with graduate studies.
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