Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Biblical and Theological Studies Overview
The major in Biblical and Theological Studies blends a biblical and theological foundation with a flexibility of electives. Core courses in the department will provide students with an overview of the Old and New Testaments as well as skills in biblical interpretation. Likewise, students will study systematic theology, apologetics, ethics, and contemporary issues in theology.
Three elective courses in the departmental requirements allow students to pursue courses in various books of the Bible and theological issues in which they are interested. Our recent addition of the course, Hebrew Exegesis of Ruth, has attracted those who would like to be exposed to the study of Hebrew.
During the senior capstone class, Faith Integration Seminar, students have the opportunity to research in depth a biblical or theological issue of interest. In addition to writing a thesis on that topic, students present and defend their papers before the faculty and students of the department. Such an opportunity is valuable preparation for those who plan to continue on with graduate studies.
Biblical and Theological Studies Department
The majors of the Biblical and Theological Studies Department combine a strong biblical and theological foundation with a minor that serves the educational and vocational interests of the student. They may be selected as pre-seminary degrees or as preparation for graduate studies in a variety of related fields such as biblical studies, intercultural studies, missions, religion, religious education, institutional chaplaincy, and theology. The minor chosen may be any standard offering or custom designed according to the student’s special needs, interests, or vocational goals. The minor in Pastoral Leadership might be of particular interest to those who wish to engage in ministry before entering seminary.