The Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Religious Studies is composed of 36 credit hours of course requirements in addition to the College core curriculum. The major, grounded in the texts, issues, and concerns of the Church throughout the centuries, explores topics in biblical, theological, and historical studies while considering religious questions posed throughout history.
The major is ideal for students looking to pursue seminary education for ordination or other professional ministry careers after completion of their bachelor’s degree. Pre-seminary students are also advised to take one and, if possible, both Biblical languages (Greek and Hebrew) and to include other liberal arts and social science classes such as English, communication studies, history, a modern foreign language, philosophy, psychology, and sociology as part of their elective coursework.
Students should refer to the College Bulletin or the major status sheet for complete information regarding major requirements.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian ministries is a 42 credit hour major composed of 15 credit hours of ministry electives, nine credit hours of Biblical and theological electives, and the College core curriculum.
The Christian ministries major has been customized for students looking to pursue non-ordained professional ministry callings in churches, para-church agencies, and missions organizations outside of the United States. The major prepares students for vocations oriented toward serving people by intentionally joining Biblical and theological studies with ministry-focused practical application.
Students complete 18 credit hours of course requirements to earn a minor in Biblical and Religious Studies. Students may choose from any religion, Greek, or Hebrew courses.
Students should refer to the College Bulletin or the minor course requirements for complete information regarding minors.
Students complete 24 credit hours of course requirements to minor in Christian Ministries. This includes 12 credit hours of core requirements and 12 credit hours of biblical, ministry, and historical electives. Upon graduation, the Christian ministries minor prepares students for vocations oriented toward serving people in a professional or lay capacity.
The minor in Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary minor administered through the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies and Philosophy. Students must take 21 credit hours from a combination of select classes from the disciplines of English, Greek, history, Latin, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology.
A minor in Classical Christian Education consists of 23 credit hours - 21 hours as required by the Classical Studies minor plus a two-hour internship. Students must take HIST 204, HIST 410, and HIST 208 as nine of the 21 non-internship hours. The two credit hour internship is obtained by registering for and completing RELI 480: Internship in Religion.