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Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies program is for students who want to focus their studies on scripture and theology, together with advanced biblical interpretation and biblical languages. Students can choose between a diploma or bachelor’s option. Students also take practical ministry courses and many graduates have gone on to pursue seminary studies.

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Purpose

This program is designed for those who are planning to go on to seminary studies. It places special emphasis on the study and interpretation of the Bible while also providing a broad foundation for pastoral ministry.

Program Length
  • 129 credit hours
  • 4 years full-time
Program Director

Kyung Baek, PhD

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning objectives required for all objectives required for all programs, the Biblical Studies Major will enable graduates to:

  1. Know the contents and methods of understanding the Bible and theology in its original  language.
  2. Interpret the Bible using sound exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological methods in its original language.
  3. Evaluate differing biblical, theological, cultural, and historical views at an advanced  level.
  4. Formulate a Christian worldview demonstrated in life and ministry at an advanced  level.
  5. Appraise and exhibit sensitivity to the global community in biblical and theological dialogue at an advanced level.
  6. Apply the Bible in teaching and preaching to specific issues in various contexts in its original language.
  7. Display a commitment to grow biblically and theologically.
Major Requirements

In addition to completing the 66 credit core, Biblical Studies Majors also take the following:

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY COURSES

Required

Advanced Hermeneutical Concepts
Theological Method

Biblical Languages (three of the following)

Greek I
Hebrew I
Greek II
Hebrew II

Electives

2 Old Testament courses
2 New Testament courses
1 Theology course
9 electives from some combination of Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages

Practicum

Biblical Studies Practicum I
Biblical Studies Practicum II
Biblical Studies Practicum III

Capstone

Advanced Exegesis Seminar OR
Advanced Theology Seminar

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Spiritual Formation II

Three of the following

Pastoral Ministry
Homiletics I
Homiletics II
Church Leadership and Administration
Pastoral Counselling
Leadership Development
Marriage and Family
Church Growth Strategies
Principles for Teaching Adults
Introduction to Global Missions

OPEN ELECTIVES

2 Open Electives

SERVICE LEARNING

Service Learning (4 semesters)

Purpose

This program is designed for those who desire a deep understanding of the bible and theology. It places special emphasis on the study and interpretation of the Bible and gives students a strong understanding of the Christian worldview. 

Program Length
  • 64 credit hours
  • 2 years full-time
Program Director

Kyung Baek, PhD

Objectives

In addition to meeting the learning objectives required for all objectives required for all programs, the Biblical Studies Diploma will enable graduates to:

  1. Know the contents and methods of understanding the Bible and theology in its original  language.
  2. Interpret the Bible using sound exegetical, hermeneutical, and theological methods in its original language.
  3. Evaluate differing biblical, theological, cultural, and historical views at an advanced  level.
  4. Formulate a Christian worldview demonstrated in life and ministry at an advanced  level.
  5. Appraise and exhibit sensitivity to the global community in biblical and theological dialogue at an advanced level.
  6. Apply the Bible in teaching and preaching to specific issues in various contexts in its original language.
  7. Display a commitment to grow biblically and theologically.
Diploma Requirements

GENERAL STUDIES

Required

Personal Resource Management
Academic Writing
Academic Writing Lab
Public Speaking
The Christian Mind

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY

Required

Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Survey of Christian Beliefs
Biblical Interpretation
Advanced Biblical Interpretation
2 Bible and Theology Electives

One of the following

Pentateuch
The Gospels

One of the following

Theology I: God the Father
Theology II: God the Son
Theology III: God the Holy Spirit

Two of the following

Greek I
Greek II
Hebrew I
Hebrew II

Practicum

Biblical Studies Practicum

MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Required

Spiritual Formation I
Spiritual Formation II
Life and Ministry in Holy Spirit OR Evangelism Strategies

One of the following

Pastoral Ministry
Homiletics I
Homiletics II
Leadership Development
Pastoral Counselling
Church Leadership and Administration
Marriage and Family
Church Growth Strategies
Evangelism Strategies
Principles for Teaching Adults
Introduction to Global Missions

Open Electives

2 Open Electives

Service Learning

Service Learning (2 semesters)

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