Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree is available in various majors. Each major contains core general education requirements, core studies in Bible, theology, and ministry, and requirements specific to the major. Students may choose a double major, taking all their electives (15 hours) in the second major and completing 15 additional hours in that second major (thus totaling 135 hours instead of 120 hours). For students so inclined, the B.A. program is an excellent preparation for graduate studies.

The goal of the Biblical Studies major is to prepare students to study the Bible efficiently and to communicate it effectively in a contemporary setting. Although there are more Bible study resources and aids available today than ever before, biblical illiteracy still seems to be on the rise even among those who have been raised in a Christian environment. Since we affirm that the Bible is “God’s revelation of Himself to man” and “a perfect treasure of divine instruction,” we believe it is important for those who will communicate its message to do so with accuracy and truth for the benefit of the body of Christ.


Minimum Degree Requirements (120 Hours)


General Education Core Studies (33 Hours)

COM 202        Introduction to Speech Communication
ENG 101         Composition I
ENG 201         Composition II
HUM 201       Roman World
HUM 302       Modern World
HUM 404       Faith and Culture
PHI 201          Introduction to Philosophy
PSY 101          Introduction to Psychology

One of the following:
MTH 101       College Algebra
MTH 201       Elementary Statistics
SCI 205          Physical Science
SCI 206          Biology

Two semesters of foreign language:
GRK 201        Greek I
GRK 202        Greek II
HEB 301        Hebrew I
HEB 302        Hebrew II


Bible and Theology Core Studies (33 Hours)

BIB 105          Hermeneutics
BIB 110          Biblical Languages and Tools
NTS 101         New Testament Survey I
NTS 201         New Testament Survey II
OTS 101         Old Testament Survey I
OTS 201         Old Testament Survey II
THS 101         Spiritual Foundations
THS 201         Church History
THS 202         Baptist History and Distinctives
THS 203         Systematic Theology I
THS 301         Systematic Theology II


Ministry Core Studies (9 Hours)

EMS 101        Personal Evangelism
MIN 201        Introduction to Biblical Exposition

EMS 427        Domestic Service Practicum

Or both:
EMS 428        Global Service Practicum and
EMS 429        Global Service Practicum Lab (non-credit)


Biblical Studies Major (30 Hours)

NTS 310         New Testament Intensive
NTS 315         Topics in New Testament Studies
NTS 350         New Testament Backgrounds
NTS 380         A Theology of the New Testament
OTS 310         Old Testament Intensive
OTS 315         Topics in Old Testament Studies
OTS 350         Old Testament Backgrounds
OTS 380         A Theology of the Old Testament

Two semesters of a foreign language in addition to those in the core:
GRK 201        Greek I
GRK 202        Greek II
HEB 301        Hebrew I
HEB 302        Hebrew II

Open Electives (15 Hours)

Although students do not declare minors, the equivalent of a minor may be completed by devoting all elective hours toward one discipline.


Applied Core Curriculum

AMP 100 Applied Ministry Project (non-credit, required each semester)