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Dive into the stories and teachings of the Bible, exploring both the Old and New Testaments. Courses discuss the life and teachings of Paul, biblical interpretation throughout various historical periods and biblical narrative. Electives allow you to choose from a variety of subjects that address personal interests and help meet future goals.

Career opportunities

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

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Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Emphasis Courses (18 Units, Assuming 3 Unit Crossover With General Education Blit Course)

3 Units of OT Biblical Literature. Select from the following

  • BLIT 310, BLIT 311, BLIT 312, BLIT 315, BLIT 316, BLIT 317, BLIT 319, BLIT 320, BLIT 321, BLIT 322, BLIT 323, BLIT 324, BLIT 325, BLIT 326, BLIT 327, BLIT 360H, or BLIT 400

3 Units of NT Biblical Literature. Select from the following

  • BLIT 313, BLIT 330, BLIT 331, BLIT 332, BLIT 333, BLIT 334, BLIT 335, BLIT 336, BLIT 337, BLIT 338, BLIT 338H, BLIT 339, BLIT 340, BLIT 341, BLIT 342, BLIT 343, BLIT 345, BLIT 346, BLIT 347, BLIT 348, BLIT 349, BLIT 365 or BLIT 400

3 Units of Any Biblical Literature. Select from the following

  • BLIT 310, BLIT 311, BLIT 312, BLIT 313, BLIT 315, BLIT 316, BLIT 317, BLIT 319, BLIT 320, BLIT 321, BLIT 322, BLIT 323, BLIT 324, BLIT 325, BLIT 326, BLIT 327, BLIT 330, BLIT 331, BLIT 332, BLIT 333, BLIT 334, BLIT 335, BLIT 336,​ BLIT 337, BLIT 338, BLIT 338H, BLIT 339, BLIT 340, BLIT 341, BLIT 342, BLIT 343, BLIT 345, BLIT 346, BLIT 347, BLIT 348, BLIT 349, BLIT 360H, BLIT 365 or BLIT 400
CodeTitleUnits
BIB 304Paul and His Letters3
BIB 442Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries3
COM 395Text and Performance3
COM 480Narrative3

Electives (6 units)

Select six units of the following

CodeTitleUnits
BIBany 300- or 400-level course with this prefix (except BIB-100, BIB-286, BIB-288, BIB-300, BIB-314, BIB-446, BIB-449, BIB-451, and BIB-453) 
BLITany 300- or 400-level course with this prefix 
GRKany course with this prefix 
HEBany course with this prefix 
MINany 300- or 400-level course with this prefix 
RELany 300- or 400-level course with this prefix 
THEOany 300- or 400-level course with this prefix 
COM 368
HIST 368
or PHIL 330
Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric
or Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric
or Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric
3
or 3
or 3
LIT 460Critical Approaches to Literature3
ART 330Art and Religion3
HIST 325History of Christianity4
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
HIST 364Classical Mythology3
HIST 365Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics4
HIST 367The Ancient Near East3
PHIL 331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 333Medieval Philosophy3

Note

Students may cross over no more than one focus series course with coursework in the major.

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.

Sample Curriculum Map

Below is a sample curriculum map for this program. This map serves as an example of how courses are set up to ensure completion of the degree in three years. The course listing is based on a sample year and follows a fall, spring and summer academic year. Some courses are only offered on odd or even years. An advisor will work with you to create a curriculum map that is unique to you.

Year 1

Fall

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 100Jesus and the Christian Community3
 Science (Lab)4
COM 110Written Communication3
MATH 120Principles of Mathematics4
CP 152First-Year Seminary0
 Foreign Language1
 Total units17

Spring

CodeTitleUnits
 Humanities GE1
COM 120Oral Communication3
BIB 441Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century3
 Foreign Language 23
 Social Science GE 13
CP 152First-Year Seminar1
 PE1
 Total units17

Summer

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 120Ancient Civilizations4
BLIT 310-349NT Biblical Literature3
 Social Science GE3
 Total units10
Year 2

Fall

CodeTitleUnits
THEO 300Introduction to Theology and Ethics3
 Humanities GE2
 Science3
BIB 304Paul and His Letters3
BLIT 310-349OT Biblical Literature3
 Elective3
 Total units18

Spring

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 442Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries3
REL 460Religions of the World3
 Focus Series 13
 Emphasis Elective3
 Elective3
 Elective3
 Total units18

Summer

CodeTitleUnits
HIST 140Modern Civilizations4
HIST 130Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations4
KIN 120Concepts of Wellness3
 Total units11
Year 3

Fall

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 428Biblical Theology3
 Focus Series 23
 Emphasis Elective3
BLIT 310-349OT or NT Biblical Literature3
 Elective3
 Elective3
 Total units18

Spring

CodeTitleUnits
BIB 483Projects in Biblical and Religious Studies1-3
 Emphasis Elective3
 Emphasis Elective3
 Elective3
 Elective3
   
 Total units13-15

 

Program director

Photo of Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Biblical & Theological Studies

Faculty

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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