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Biblical Studies

Faculty

  • Charles Stephenson, Th.D., Chair
  • Jim Beck, M.S.
  • Steven Bonner, D. Min.
  • Jeff Cary, Ph.D.
  • Jesse Long, Ph.D.
  • Brandon L. Fredenburg, Ph.D.
  • Michael Martin, Ph.D.
  • Stacy Patty, Ph.D.
  • Mark Sneed, Ph.D.
  • Mark Wiebe, Ph.D.

Admission to the Bible Major and Scholarships

Students must be formally admitted to the major to graduate with a degree in Bible. Pre-majors will usually apply for formal admission during their fourth long semester. Information about the requirements, deadlines, and applications for formal admission to the major is available from the department administrative assistant. A limited number of tuition discounts are available for majors. Scholarships and discounts may be renewed beyond the fourth long semester only if the student is formally admitted to the program. Formal admission as a major does not guarantee that one will receive a tuition discount. Tuition discount scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis each semester and require service to the department.

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Text and Preaching

A.  University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament (majors only section)
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament (majors only section)
  • MIN2322  Christian Spiritual Formation
  • HTH3311  Christian History and Theology I
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • PSY1300  General Psychology
  • HIS1315  World History and Geography I
  • HIS1316  World History and Geography II
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • 3 hours from BIO, CHE, NRC or PHY
  • ENG2301  Masterpieces of Literature
  • PHI3305  Ethics
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • UNI2000  University Skills
  • Students not taking majors sections of BIB 1310 and 1320 are required to take BIB 1010 and 1020

B.  Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL4351  Advanced Greek
    • BIL4357  Advanced Hebrew
  • 9 hours upper level from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • 3 hours from
    • MIN4302  Preaching Biblical Genre
    • BIB4302  Preaching Biblical Genre
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • BIB4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone

C.  Supporting Courses (36 hours)

  • PHI2304  Introduction to Philosophy
  • BIB2302  Interpretation: Hermeneutics, taken concurrently with BIB 2303
  • BIB2303  Interpretation: Homiletics, taken concurrently with BIB 2302
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2311  Elementary Greek I
    • BIL3313  Elementary Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2322  Elementary Greek II
    • BIL3324  Elementary Hebrew II
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3331  Intermediate Greek I
    • BIL4336  Intermediate Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3342  Intermediate Greek II
    • BIL4345  Intermediate Hebrew II
  • MIN2311  Mission of God
  • MIN4331  Spiritual Direction and Worship
  • HTH3322  Christian History and Theology II
  • HTH4331  Christian History and Theology III
  • 3 hours from
    • REL3301  World Religions
    • PHI4306  Philosophy of Religion 

D.  Electives (9 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Children's Ministry

A.  University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament (majors only section)
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament (majors only section)
  • MIN2322  Christian Spiritual Formation
  • HTH3311  Christian History and Theology I
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • PSY1300  General Psychology
  • HIS1315  World History and Geography I
  • HIS1316  World History and Geography II
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • 3 hours from BIO, CHE, NRC or PHY
  • ENG2301  Masterpieces of Literature
  • PHI3305  Ethics
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • UNI2000  University Skills
  • Students not taking majors sections of BIB 1310 and 1320 are required to take BIB 1010 and 1020

B.  Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • YFM2311  Foundations of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM2326  Children’s Ministry
  • HSC3300  Child and Adolescent Development
  • YFM3302  Family Ministry
  • YFM4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone
  • 3 hours from
    • HSC3328  Parenting
    • EEL3320  Early Childhood Education

C.  Supporting Courses (36 hours)

  • PHI2304  Introduction to Philosophy
  • BIB2302  Interpretation: Hermeneutics, taken concurrently with BIB 2303
  • BIB2303  Interpretation: Homiletics, taken concurrently with BIB 2302
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2311  Elementary Greek I
    • BIL3313  Elementary Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2322  Elementary Greek II
    • BIL3324  Elementary Hebrew II
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3331  Intermediate Greek I
    • BIL4336 Intermediate Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3342  Intermediate Greek II
    • BIL4345  Intermediate Hebrew II
  • MIN2311  Mission of God
  • MIN4331  Spiritual Direction and Worship
  • HTH3322  Christian History and Theology II
  • HTH4331  Christian History and Theology III
  • 3 hours from
    • REL3301  World Religions
    • PHI4306  Philosophy of Religion

D.  Electives (9 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Missions

A.  University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament (majors only section)
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament (majors only section)
  • MIN2322  Christian Spiritual Formation
  • HTH3311  Christian History and Theology I
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • PSY1300  General Psychology
  • HIS1315  World History and Geography I
  • HIS1316  World History and Geography II
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • 3 hours from BIO, CHE, NRC or PHY
  • ENG2301  Masterpieces of Literature
  • PHI3305  Ethics
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • UNI2000  University Skills
  • Students not taking majors sections of BIB 1310 and 1320 are required to take BIB 1010 and 1020

B.  Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • MIS2305  Theology and Mission
  • MIS2311  Introduction to Missions
  • MIS2322  Missionary Anthropology
  • MIS3311  Communicating Christ Today
  • MIS4312  Mission Team Dynamics
  • MIS4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone

C.  Supporting Courses (36 hours)

  • PHI2304  Introduction to Philosophy
  • BIB2302  Interpretation: Hermeneutics, taken concurrently with BIB 2303
  • BIB2303  Interpretation: Homiletics, taken concurrently with BIB 2302
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2311  Elementary Greek I
    • BIL3313  Elementary Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2322  Elementary Greek II
    • BIL3324  Elementary Hebrew II
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3331  Intermediate Greek I
    • BIL4336  Intermediate Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3342  Intermediate Greek II
    • BIL4345  Intermediate Hebrew II
  • MIN2311  Mission of God
  • MIN4331  Spiritual Direction and Worship
  • HTH3322  Christian History and Theology II
  • HTH4331  Christian History and Theology III
  • 3 hours from
    • REL3301  World Religions
    • PHI4306  Philosophy of Religion

D.  Electives (9 hours)

E.  Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry

A. University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament (majors only section)
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament (majors only section)
  • MIN2322  Christian Spiritual Formation
  • HTH3311  Christian History and Theology I
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • PSY1300  General Psychology
  • HIS1315  World History and Geography I
  • HIS1316  World History and Geography II
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • 3 hours from BIO, CHE, NRC or PHY
  • ENG2301  Masterpieces of Literature
  • PHI3305  Ethics
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • UNI2000  University Skills
  • Students not taking majors sections of BIB 1310 and 1320 are required to take BIB 1010 and 1020

B. Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  The Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • YFM2311  Foundations of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM2324  Strategic Issues of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM3301  Adolescents and Systems
  • YFM3302  Family Ministry
  • YFM4322  Advanced Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone

 C. Supporting Courses (36 hours)

  • PHI2304  Introduction to Philosophy
  • BIB2302  Interpretation: Hermeneutics, taken concurrently with BIB 2303
  • BIB2303  Interpretation: Homiletics, taken concurrently with BIB 2302
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2311  Elementary Greek I
    • BIL3313  Elementary Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2322  Elementary Greek II
    • BIL3324  Elementary Hebrew II
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3331  Intermediate Greek I
    • BIL4336  Intermediate Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3342  Intermediate Greek II
    • BIL4345  Intermediate Hebrew II
  • MIN2311  Mission of God
  • MIN4331  Spiritual Direction and Worship
  • HTH3322  Christian History and Theology II
  • HTH4331  Christian History and Theology III
  • 3 hours from
    • REL3301  World Religions
    • PHI4306  Philosophy of Religion

D. Elective (9 hours)

E. Total (126 hours)

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts (Fast Track)

A. University Core (45 hours)

  • BIB1310  Introduction to the Old Testament (majors only section)
  • BIB1320  Introduction to the New Testament (majors only section)
  • MIN2322  Christian Spiritual Formation
  • HTH3311  Christian History and Theology I
  • COM2340  Communication for the Professional
  • ENG1301  Composition Studies
  • ENG1302  Composition and Literature
  • PSY1300  General Psychology
  • HIS1315  World History and Geography I
  • HIS1316  World History and Geography II
  • ESS1200  Personal Fitness and Wellness
  • MAT1311  College Algebra
  • 3 hours from BIO, CHE, NRC or PHY
  • ENG2301  Masterpieces of Literature
  • PHI3305  Ethics
  • UNI1170  University Seminar
  • UNI2000  University Skills
  • Students not taking majors sections of BIB 1310 and 1320 are required to take BIB 1010 and 1020

B. Major (36 hours)

Biblical Text and Preaching Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL4351 Advanced Greek
    • BIL4357 Advanced Hebrew
  • 9 hours upper level from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • 3 hours from
    • MIN4302  Preaching Biblical Genre
    • BIB4302  Preaching Biblical Genre
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • BIB4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone

Children’s Ministry Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • YFM2311  Foundations of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM2326  Children’s Ministry
  • HSC3300  Child and Adolescent Development
  • HSC3302  Family Ministry
  • YFM4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone
  • 3 hours from
    • HSC3320  Early Childhood Education
    • EEL3320  Early Childhood Education
    • HSC3328  Parenting

Missions Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • MIS2305  Theology and Mission
  • MIS2311  Introduction to Missions
  • MIS2322  Missionary Anthropology
  • MIS3311  Communicating Christ Today
  • MIS4312  Mission Team Dynamics
  • MIS4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone

Youth and Family Ministry Major (36 hours)

  • BIB3312  The Nature of Scripture
  • BIB4311  Advanced Biblical Interpretation
  • 9 hours from BIB, BNT, or BOT
  • MIN4342  Christian Ministry
  • YFM2311  Foundations of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM2324  Strategic Issues of Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM3301  Adolescents and Systems
  • YFM3302  Family Ministry
  • YFM4322  Advanced Youth and Family Ministry
  • YFM4090  Practicum
  • BIB4360  Bible Department Capstone

C. Supporting Courses (36 hours)

  • PHI2304  Introduction to Philosophy
  • BIB2302  Hermeneutics, taken concurrently with BIB 2303
  • BIB2303  Homiletics, taken concurrently with BIB 2302
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2311  Elementary Greek I
    • BIL3313  Elementary Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL2322  Elementary Greek II
    • BIL3324  Elementary Hebrew II
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3331  Intermediate Greek I
    • BIL4336  Intermediate Hebrew I
  • 3 hours from
    • BIL3342  Intermediate Greek II
    • BIL4345  Intermediate Hebrew II
  • MIN2311  Mission of God
  • MIN4331  Spiritual Direction and Worship
  • HTH3322  Christian History and Theology II
  • HTH4331  Christian History and Theology III
  • 3 hours from
    • REL3301  World Religions
    • PHI4306  Philosophy of Religion

D. Undergraduate Electives (2 hours)

E. Graduate Courses (30 hours)

  • BIB6300  Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • BIB 12 hours
  • REL or PHI 6 hours
  • MIN 6 hours
  • Elective 3 hours
  • MIN6062  Comprehensive Examination

F. Total (150 hours)

Minor in Missions

The missions minor requires 18 hours. The student must be in good standing with the university and maintain ongoing involvement in the missions community.

  • MIS2311  Introduction to Missions
  • MIS2322  Missionary Anthropology
  • MIS3352  Special Topics in Missions
  • 9 hours from
    • MIS2305  Theology and Mission
    • MIS3301  Ministry to Contemporary Culture
    • REL3301  World Religions
    • MIS3311  Communicating Christ Today
    • MIS4312  Mission Team Dynamics

Minor in Philosophy

The philosophy minor requires 18 hours. At least 9 must be in addition to the 126 hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • PHI2304  Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI3303  Plato
  • 3 hours from
    • PHI3305  Ethics
    • PHI3310  Aristotle’s Ethics
  • 9 hours from
    • ART4308  Art Theory and Criticism
    • ENG3307 Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric
    • PHI3304  Augustine and Aquinas
    • PHI4306  Philosophy of Religion
    • REL3368  Intermediate Studies in Religion/Theology

Last Updated: Mar 05, 2014