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Read the Bible like Jesus as you take an active approach to learning ancient Hebrew and Greek languages in which Scripture was written. Both Old and New Testaments are examined, and methods of interpreting the text today are explored in both required and optional courses.

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.

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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)

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

Two semesters of one biblical language. Select from the following

BIB 106
BIB 107
BIB 115
BIB 116
Classical Greek I
and Classical Greek II
or Beginning Biblical Hebrew I
and Beginning Biblical Hebrew II


Select 6 units minimum

BIBany 300- or 400-level course with this prefix (except 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
or 3
or 3
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

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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