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.

Courses

Biblical and Theological Studies Major (B.A.)

The Biblical and Theological Studies major blends a biblical and theological foundation with a flexibility of electives.

Program Requirements


I. Christian Studies - 30 Credits


II. General Education - 39 Credits


III. Biblical and Theological Studies Major - 35 Credits


IV. Electives or Minor - 21 Credits *


Total - 125 Credits


1 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

2 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

3 Click here  for a list of Global Awareness courses.

* Some courses from the Christian Studies Core and Major Core can be used to fulfill requirements in the General Education Core. By doing that the number of electives needed would increase so that the minimum of 125 credits is reached.

Four-Year Suggested Program for the Biblical and Theological Studies Major


Freshman Year


Fall Semester - 16 Credits


Spring Semester - 16 Credits


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester - 16 Credits


Spring Semester - 17 Credits


Departmental Acceptance


Students apply for departmental acceptance during their sophomore year spring semester or their junior year fall semester. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and completion of half of the Christian Service requirements are required for departmental admission in the Biblical and Theological Studies major.

Junior Year


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


  • BIB 330 - Galatians 3 Credits
  • BIB - Old Testament Elective 3 Credits 1
  • BIB/THE - Bible or Theology Elective 3 Credits
  • FAR - Fine Arts Elective 3 Credits
  • Global Awareness Elective 3 Credits 4

Senior Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


Footnote:


1 Biblical Perspectives of Worship and Methods of Bible Study may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

2 Select humanities electives from COM, ENG, ESL, FAR, HIS, HUM, LAN, MUS, PHI, or PRC.

3 Select social science electives from ANT, CSJ, ECO, ESL, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, or SOC.

4Click here  for a list of Global Awareness courses.



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