Biblical & Theological Studies Bachelor’s Program
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological Studies is an academic degree designed to prepare students for seminary or other graduate school possibilities. Core courses provide students with an overview of the Old and New Testaments, as well as helps develop 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 former missionaries.
The curriculum includes systematic theology, apologetics, ethics and contemporary issues in theology. Twelve credits of Greek ensure graduates of the program easily pass seminary entrance exams and move quickly into upper level classes in graduate school. Students also undertake significant translation and exegetical studies to better understand the meaning of scripture. Coursework blends biblical and theological expertise with flexible electives, allowing students the option of taking courses in specific books of the Bible and the theological issues in which they are interested.
Biblical and Theological Studies Major (B.A.) Courses
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.
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.
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.
Students who are accepted into the accelerated MACS program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.
Click for more information about the Christian Studies (M.A.) program.
Students who are accepted into the accelerated M.Div. program will substitute the following graduate level courses into the undergraduate degree.
Click for more information about the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program.
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.
To view these courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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