Biblical and Religious Studies - Biblical Studies Emphasis

The biblical studies emphasis offers students an in-depth look at the Bible, including methods for its interpretation.

Unique Features

Courses for this emphasis focus on the classical Greek language and texts, biblical literature, and the church as it does (and could) exist today. Both the Old and New Testaments are examined, and optional courses explore the teachings of Paul and Anabaptist theology.

Our Graduates

Graduates with a biblical studies emphasis possess the knowledge necessary to pursue careers and advanced study specifically in Christian ministries, church leadership and Christian education, but the commitments that are developed can be beneficial in any position.


Required Courses (21 Units)

  • BIB-304 Paul and his Teaching (3)
  • BIB-441 Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century (3)
  • or BIB-441 Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries (3)
  • BLIT-310-349 OT Biblical Literature (3)
  • BLIT-310-349 NT Biblical Literature (3)
  • BLIT-310-349 Biblical Literature (OT or NT) (3)

Two semesters of one biblical language:

  • BIB-106 Classical Greek I (3)
  • BIB-107 Classical Greek II (3)
  • BIB-115 Hebrew I (3)
  • BIB-116 Hebrew II (3)

Electives (6 Units Minimum)

Choose two courses from the following:

  • 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)
  • LIT-480 Narrative (3)

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