Students watch simulation skit in class while professor describes

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.

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 Required Courses

BLIT-310-BLIT 349OT Biblical Literature3
BLIT-310-BLIT 349NT Biblical Literature3
BLIT-310-BLIT 349Units Biblical Literature (OT or NT)3
BIB 304Paul and His Letters3
BIB 442Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries3
COM 395Text and Performance3
COM 480Narrative3


Select six units of the following

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
or HIST 368
or 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

Melanie Howard, Ph.D.
Melanie Howard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Biblical & Theological Studies


Greg Camp, Ph.D.
Greg Camp, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.
Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor, Biblical & Theological Studies

Brian Schultz, Ph.D.
Brian Schultz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies