The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies is designed to familiarize students with the Bible’s content and ideas, the church’s reflection upon it, methods of interpretation, and the application of Scripture in church and culture. Key to the program are skills for lifelong study and communication of God’s Word. The program has adequate flexibility to allow students to select a minor based on appropriate career planning, or to create an individualized study plan with faculty advisors to complement personal strengths, gifting, and passions.
This program provides undergraduate education to meet basic ministry licensure requirements with the Christian & Missionary Alliance and several other denominations. The major prepares students for seminary education or graduate work in theology or related disciplines; furthermore, it provides a strong foundation for ministry in church, para-church, and mission settings. Within the broader seminary structure, courses may be available in youth ministry, church ministry, church planting, intercultural or cross-cultural studies, and/or international community development.
Within the seminary, courses may be available in youth ministry, ministry, church-planting, intercultural studies, and international community development.
- Demonstrate the ability to interpret Christian Scripture derived from sound interpretive or hermeneutical skills, and from an understanding of worldview development, theology, and personal life application.
- Demonstrate the ability to interface with believers and non-believers as a Christian minister with a well-developed understanding of the liberal arts.
- Be prepared to obtain initial licensure within his/her denomination or church group having demonstrated basic ministry skills in theology, communications, worship, leadership, and global studies and/or prepare for entry into a seminary or graduate program for ministry credentialing.
- Demonstrate Christian Character and ethical maturity commensurate with a ministry position in a church, mission organization, or not-for-profit organization.
Common Major Requirements
- ANTH 4100 Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
- RELI 3200 World Religions (3 credits)
- MINS 3205 Personal Health of the Leader (3 Credits)
- THEO 3250 Events in Church History (3 credits)
- THEO 3315 Spiritual Formation in Christian Tradition (3 credits)
- BIBL 3031 Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)
- NTES 3005 Greek I (3 credits)
- NTES 4005 Greek II (3 credits)
- OTES 3000 Pentateuch (3 credits)
To view a full list of Major Requirements and other electives, view our latest academic catalog.