B.A. in Biblical Studies

B.A. in Biblical Studies

As God’s ambassador, learn to study the Bible thoroughly and communicate it effectively in a contemporary setting.

We believe it is important for those who will communicate the Bible’s message to do so with accuracy and truth for the benefit of the body of Christ. At Criswell you will study the Bible, theology, and the original languages with gifted scholars. Deepen your commitment to God through the spiritual formation offered in our Criswell community and watch as this grounding in Scripture becomes a continuing thread in your major, your profession, and your life.


COM 101   Rhetoric and Writing I

COM 102   Rhetoric and Writing II

COM 201   Intercultural Communication

CRIS 100   The Roots of a Christian Scholar

CRIS 201   Global Learning and Service

CRIS 202   Global Learning and Service Lab (non-credit)

CRIS 203   Local Learning and Service

HUM 101   Ancient World

HUM 201   Roman World

100-200    Social/Behavioral Science*

100-200    Social/Behavioral Science*

100-400    Mathematics*

100-400    Natural Science or Mathematics*

100-400    Open Elective

100-400    Open Elective




*Courses offered at Criswell College that will satisfy these requirements will be marked in the Academic Catalog course descriptions.

BIB 105        Hermeneutics

CRIS 300     Baptist Faith and Witness

HUM 404    Faith and Culture

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 201      Church History

THS 203      Systematic Theology I

THS 204      Systematic Theology II

300              Bible/Theology Elective

GRK 306    Greek I

GRK 307    Greek II

HEB 301    Hebrew I

HEB 302    Hebrew II

NTS 315    Topics in New Testament Studies**

NTS 350    New Testament Backgrounds

NTS 380    Theology of the New Testament

OTS 315    Topics in Old Testament Studies**

OTS 350    Old Testament Backgrounds

OTS 380    Theology of the Old Testament

PHI 301      Ethics

THS 410    Theological Hermeneutics


One of the following:                                                                            

EDU 301    Principles of Teaching

MIN 401    Teaching from the Bible

MIN 402    Preaching from the Bible


Two of the following:

NTS 310     New Testament Intensive**

OTS 310     Old Testament Intensive**


**Course may be repeated for credit when the topic differs.

Getting my degree in Biblical Studies at Criswell enabled me to think critically and also equipped me for a lifetime of Bible study. However, the most rewarding part of my degree was the deepening of my relationship with Jesus.

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Students who graduate with a B.A. in Biblical Studies are ready to:

  • Preach
  • Lead a youth ministry
  • Serve in missions
  • Lead a children’s ministry
  • Serve in church leadership
  • Work with religious organizations or non-profits
  • Pursue further graduate studies

From 2018—2021, 100% of those who graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies are either employed or continuing their education.


Dr. Kevin Warstler, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, and Program Director of A.A. and B.A. in Biblical Studies

Kevin R. Warstler

Associate Professor of Hebrew & Old Testament; Program Director of B.A. in Biblical Studies

B.A. in Biblical Studies

Why attend Criswell College? For professors like Dr. Warstler, a ministry-minded instructor whose goal is to pour into the lives of all of his students.

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