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Explore the practical difference that faith makes in your everyday life and the lives of Christians around the globe. You’ll examine core Christian beliefs and how they shape an understanding of the arts, the environment, justice, peacemaking, and the complex world around you.

Career opportunities

A solid understanding of theology and ethics proves useful in many fields: careers in education, justice, history and ministry are just a few of the possibilities.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

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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 (9 Units)

THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO 430Contemporary Theologies3
THEO 465Theological Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3

Emphasis Required Electives (6 units)

Choose 6 units from the following

THEO 365Perspectives on Global Missions3
THEO 434Following Jesus Radically3
THEO 445Issues and Theologies of Mission3
THEO 447Theologies of the Human Person3
THEO 449Heaven, Hell and Christ’s Return3
THEO 470Justice, Poverty and Development3
THEO 486Topics in Theology 

Other Emphasis Electives (9 units minimum)

Choose a minimum of 9 units from the following

BIB(any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix except BIB-300, BIB-314, BIB-446, BIB-449, BIB-451, and BIB-453) 
BLIT(any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix) 
GRK(any course with this prefix) 
HEB(any course with this prefix) 
MIN(any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix) 
THEO(any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix) 
ART 330Art and Religion3
HIST 325History of Christianity4
HIST 350American Religious History3
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
HIST 364Classical Mythology3
HIST 365Rome: Politics, Pagans and Patristics4
HIST 367The Ancient Near East3
HIST 380Reformation History and Theology4
HIST 393Twentieth Century Western Thought3
HIST 410Modern Latin America: History, Politics And Culture3
HIST 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
HIST 455Historical Peacemakers4
LIT 400Medieval Life, Thought and Literature3
MIN 340Theology, Culture and U22
MIN 360The Church in an Urban World3
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
PHIL 331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 333Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 335Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 405Philosophy of Religion3
REL 418Culture, Religion and the Church3
REL 452World Christianity3
REL 455Christians and Religious Neighbors3

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


BIB 100Jesus and the Christian Community3
HIST 120Ancient Civilizations4
COM 110Written Communication3
MATH 120Principles of Mathematics4
 Physical Education1
 Total units15


 Humanities GE1
COM 120Oral Communication3
BIB 441Biblical Interpretation: to 18th Century3
 Science (Lab)4
 Social Science GE 13
CP 152First-Year Seminar1
 Total units17


HIST 130Medieval and Early Modern Civilizations4
KIN 120Concepts of Wellness3
 Total units10
Year 2


THEO 300Introduction to Theology and Ethics3
 Humanities GE 23
BIB 304Paul and His Letters3
BLIT 310-349OT Biblical Literature3
THEO 465Theologial Ethics of Conflict and Peacemaking3
 Total units18


BIB 442Biblical Interpretation: 19th-21st Centuries3
REL 460Religions of the World3
 Focus Series 13
 Emphasis Elective3
THEO 425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
THEO 430Contemporary Theologies3
 Total units18


HIST 140Modern Civilizations4
 Social Science GE 23
BLIT 310-349NT Biblical Literature3
 Total units10
Year 3


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


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


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