Biblical and Religious Studies - Biblical Literature Emphasis

The biblical literature emphasis of the biblical and religious studies major delves into the stories and teachings of the Bible, exploring both the Old and New Testaments.

Unique Features

Courses for this emphasis discuss the life and teachings of Paul, biblical interpretation throughout various historical periods and biblical narrative. Elective courses allow students to choose from a variety of subjects that discuss personal interests and help meet future goals.

Our Graduates

A solid understanding and knowledge of biblical literature provides a background for careers church leadership, missions and evangelism, as well as Christian education. Continued study is also available in seminary programs, philosophy, history and a variety of other subjects.


Required Courses (21 Units)

  • BLIT 310-349 OT Biblical Literature (3)
  • BLIT 310-349 NT Biblical Literature (3)
  • BLIT 310-349 Biblical Literature (OT or NT) (3)
  • BIB-304 Paul and His Teaching (3)
  • BIB-440 Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century (3)
  • BIB-441 Biblical Interpretation: 19th - 21st Centuries (3)
  • LIT-395 Text and Performance (3)
  • LIT-480 Narrative (3)

Electives (6 Units Minimum)

  • MIN - any course with this prefix
  • REL - any course with this prefix
  • THEO - any course with this prefix
  • COM/HIST-368 Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric (3)
  • HIST-360 Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis (4)
  • HIST-365 Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics (4)
  • LIT-460 Critical Approaches to Literature (3)

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