Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A.

Bachelor of Arts
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The biblical and theological studies program will help you discern and prepare for the call to serve God and the church and to deepen your knowledge of Scripture and ministry. Using the biblical text as a primary source, you’ll gain multiple viewpoints and encounter a wide array of voices. Reenact first century Jerusalem in full costume or study environmental issues through a faith-based lens. You'll take courses taught by well-traveled faculty with expertise in pastoral ministry, literature, missions and archeology. Your passion for both learning and the church will come alive as you ask the important questions and learn what it means to live a God-centered life.


  • A minor can be added to any program to enhance your education
  • Take advantage of service opportunities with Mennonite Central Committee and other organizations
  • Choose from several study abroad opportunities, including a summer trip to Israel
  • Apply for scholarships dedicated to Biblical and Theological Studies students

Career opportunities

Our graduates serve the church and their community in many ways, including teaching and youth ministry. Our courses will prepare you for work in teaching, pastoral ministry, missions, non-profit and parachurch organizations and more. You will also be equipped to pursue seminary training or graduate studies.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Come and experience the FPU community and finish your degree with us! Visit our Transfer page to learn more about transferring or connect with a Transfer Specialist to ensure your transition to FPU is as smooth as possible.

Transfer to FPU

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

Required Core (13-15 Units)

BIB 428Biblical Theology3
BIB 441Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century3
BIB 483Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies1 - 3
REL 460Religions of the World3
THEO 300Introduction to Theology and Ethics3

Three-Year Degree Option

This academic program is available as a three-year bachelor's degree or as a standard four-year bachelor’s degree. View more information about the three-year option.


This program requires an emphasis

Program director

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Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Biblical & Theological Studies


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Greg A. Camp, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, School of HRSS

Laura Roberts

Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor, Biblical & Theological Studies

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Brian Schultz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

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Michael McKeever, Ph.D.

Professor, Biblical & Theological Studies