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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)

BLIT 310-BLIT 349OT Biblical Literature3
BLIT 310-BLIT 349NT Biblical Literature3
BLIT 310-BLIT 349Biblical Litreature (OT or NT)3
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

BIBany 100-, 200-, 300- or 400-level course with this prefix (except BIB-100, BIB-286, BIB-288, 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
PHIL 330
Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric
or Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric
or Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric
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


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

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