Biblical Studies

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Take an in-depth look at the Bible, including methods of interpretation, with the biblical studies emphasis.


  • Courses 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.

Career opportunities

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

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

BIB 304Paul and His Letters3
BIB 442Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries3
BLIT-310-BLIT 349OT Biblical Literature3
BLIT-310-BLIT 349NT Biblical Literature3
BLIT-310-BLIT 349Biblical Literature (OT or NT)3
Two Semesters Of One Biblical Language

Select from the following

BIB 106Classical Greek I3
BIB 107Classical Greek II3
BIB 115Hebrew I3
BIB 116Hebrew II3


Select two 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
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
LIT 460Critical Approaches to Literature3
COM 480Narrative3
PHIL 331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 333Medieval Philosophy3

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

Program director

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

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies, Program Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies


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

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

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

Assistant Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

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

Associate Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies