Bachelors (BA) in Biblical Studies

Overview

The biblical studies major offers a 37- or 38-semester-hour course of study designed to provide students a good foundation for some church ministries, work with youth and parachurch organizations, teach Bible in Christian school settings, and pursue graduate work in Bible and theology. The student who majors in Bible will acquire an in-depth working knowledge of Scripture, its backgrounds, and methods of interpretation. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major. A minimum of 18 semester hours must be from upper-division courses (including at least 6 semester hours at the 400 level).

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in biblical studies will:

  • Demonstrate seminary-ready (beginner–intermediate) competency in classical Biblical Hebrew at a first-year level or New Testament Greek at a second-year level
  • Explain the historical-social circumstances of the books within both the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the Christian New Testament
  • Create a scholarly argument that incorporates a historical and theological perspective as well as the students' knowledge of Hebrew or Greek
  • Articulate basic content knowledge of the Christian Bible and explain how biblical concepts, theories and skills interact with the content of disciplines outside of biblical studies

Major Requirements

Complete the following:

This course is part of the Biblical Studies curriculum and is planned to help the student understand and apply sound principles of Biblical interpretation. We will study the history of interpretation, general hermeneutical principles, specific hermeneutical lenses, and how to apply them to different kinds of Biblical literature. Prerequisite: BIBL 100 Bible Survey, BIBL 101 Literature of the Old Testament, or BIBL 102 Literature of the New Testament, or by permission.
This course is a senior level capstone study for Bible majors and minors. Having gained reasonable command of biblical content, students study the connecting theological themes that make the Bible a unified revelation of God. History of biblical theology, critical issues, and questions of contemporary theology are addressed. Prerequisite: BIBL 290 Biblical Interpretation and at least two upper-division BIBL courses.
As an introduction to Christian theology, this course considers the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and their application to contemporary living.

Choose 8 hours of the same biblical language (201 and 202) from the following:

A beginning course in the Greek of the New Testament, including vocabulary, grammar, declensions, conjugations, and special constructions. The First Epistle of John and various other selections from the New Testament are read.
A beginning course in the Greek of the New Testament, including vocabulary, grammar, declensions, conjugations, and special constructions. The First Epistle of John and various other selections from the New Testament are read. The second semester may be applied as biblical studies major credit. Prerequisite: GREK 201 Hellenistic Greek I.
Students will be introduced to the basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of ancient Biblical Hebrew.
The language of ancient Israel as preserved in the Hebrew Bible is encountered inductively through the reading of Biblical texts. Students will continue to master basic vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of Hebrew. The second semester may be applied as biblical studies major credit. Prerequisite: HEBR 201 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Choose one of the following:

An analysis of the concept of Bible teaching in a small-group setting. Classroom practice in using the various methods as they relate to home Bible studies, camp settings, or the Sunday school.
A practical course providing methods and introductory techniques for preparation and delivery of Christian speaking as ministry. A variety of message construction types will be studied, and students will have opportunity to speak and receive student and instructor evaluation. This course will cover sermon preparation and delivery, devotional and inspirational speaking, extemporaneous sharing, and broader aspects of communicating Christian truth.

Choose 18 hours of BIBL courses

Exceptions:

  • BIBL 100 Bible Survey (4) may not be applied to the major
  • One semester of BIBL 101 Literature of the Old Testament (3) or BIBL 102 Literature of the New Testament (3) may be applied as biblical studies credit
  • GREK 301/302 Hellenistic Greek III and IV may be applied as biblical studies credit
  • No more than 2 semester hours in BIBL 495 Special Study may count toward major requirements