Biblical and Theological Studies Degree (B.A.)

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Biblical & Theological Studies Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Biblical and Theological Studies BA on our Minnesota campus 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 full-time and adjunct faculty who are renowned biblical scholars, practicing pastors or have mission experience. The curriculum 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 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 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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Biblical and Theological Studies Major (B.A.) Courses

Program Requirements


Christian Studies Core


I. Christian Studies - 24 Credits


General Education Core


II. General Education - 40 Credits


Major Core


III. Biblical and Theological Studies Major - 46 Credits


IV. Electives or Minor - 15 Credits *


At least 30% of this degree, or a minimum of 38 credits, must be at the upper (300-400) level.

* 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.

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 Fine arts courses include music, art, drama, and dance. COM 328  also qualifies as a fine arts elective. (Only three credits of music organizations and/or lessons can be counted toward humanities/fine arts requirements.)

4 BIB 342X - Biblical Perspectives of Worship  may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

5 Department students planning on C&MA ministry should take THE 349  as a BIB/THE elective. Students in this department should not take BIB 210  as a BIB/THE elective.

Option: Accelerated Degree Programs


Qualified students in the B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies program may apply for an accelerated degree program to earn their M.A. in Christian Studies (MACS) degree in one additional year instead of the typical two years. Students may also apply for an accelerated M.Div. program. Click here for more detailed information regarding the acceptance process for these options.

Course Requirements for MACS


Students who are accepted into the accelerated MACS program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course                                                                   

BIB 434 - Romans  

BBL 5225 - Paul and Romans  

CHM 300 - Spiritual and Personal Formation  

MIN 6210 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry  

CHM 325 - Biblical Evangelism and Missions  

CST 5234 - Theology of Missions and Outreach  

HIS 332 - Church History   

CST 5224 - History of the Church  

THE 332 - Theology II: Human Redemption and Destiny   

CST 5235 - Theology of Christ and the Church   (fulfills CST 5223  in the MACS and M.Div.)

 

THE 434 - Contemporary Theology  

CST 5340 - Contemporary Theological Issues  

 

Click for more information about the Christian Studies (M.A.)  program.

Course Requirements for MDIV


Students who are accepted into the accelerated M.Div. program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course                                                                   

BIB 330 - Galatians  

 

BIB 430X - Greek for Ministry  

 BBL 6220 - New Testament Greek Exegesis  

BIB 434 - Romans  

BBL 5225 - Paul and Romans  

CHM 300 - Spiritual and Personal Formation  

MIN 6210 - Spiritual Formation for Ministry  

CHM 325 - Biblical Evangelism and Missions  

CST 5234 - Theology of Missions and Outreach   

CHM 450X - Counseling for Church Leaders  

MIN 5215 - Pastoral Counseling  

DSC 357 - Curriculum Design for Discipleship  

MIN 5230 - Teaching for Ministry  

HIS 332 - Church History  

CST 5224 - History of the Church   

PRC 332 - Expository Preaching  

MIN 5510 - The Biblical Communicator  

THE 332 - Theology II: Human Redemption and Destiny  

CST 5235 - Theology of Christ and the Church    (fulfills CST 5223  in the MACS and M.Div.)

THE 349 - Alliance Ministries   

CST 5222 - Alliance Distinctives    (fulfills a CST elective in the M.Div.)

THE 434 - Contemporary Theology  

CST 5340 - Contemporary Theological Issues   

 

Click for more information about the Master of Divinity (M.Div.)  program.

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 (300-400 level) 3 Credits 4
  • BIB/THE - Bible or Theology Elective 3 Credits
  • Humanities Elective 3 Credits 1*
  • Social Science Elective 3 Credits 2*

Senior Year


Fall Semester - 15 Credits


Spring Semester - 15 Credits


  • BIB - Old Testament Elective (300-400 level) 3 Credits 4
  • BIB/THE - Bible or Theology Elective (300-400 level) 3 Credits 5
  • HIS - History Requirement (HIS 332 , HIS 333 , or HIS 334 ) 3 Credits
  • THE 444 - Senior Seminar 3 Credits
  • Minor/Elective 3 Credits


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