Planning the Biblical Studies Major

The biblical studies major is designed to prepare some students for admission to seminary and various ministries of teaching the Word. For others it provides the basic foundation in biblical education needed for various church vocations and ministries both at home and around the world. Still others are encouraged to make the Bible their major emphasis in a broad liberal arts education, which will enable them to live effectively and productively for Christ in various places and vocations.

Students majoring in biblical studies are required to take 36 credits in the department in addition to the three core requirements (BCM101, BCM103, and BCM308). See below for an alternative for BCM308). Many students also decide to pursue specific concentrations within the major.

The 9 required courses beyond the core are:

Old Testament (4 credits) one of:
     BCM211 Pentateuch
     BCM227 Prophetic Literature
     BCM313 History of Israel
     BCM325 Wisdom Literature

Biblical Interpretation (8 credits):
     BCM220 Introduction to Biblical Studies
     BCM335 Biblical Hermeneutics

The Gospels (4 credits) one of:
     BCM203  Gospel of Matthew
     BCM204 Luke/Acts
     BCM317  Gospel of John

Pauline Studies (4 credits) one of:
     BCM205  Corinthian Correspondence
     BCM209  Romans and Galatians
     BCM210  Prison Epistles
     BCM324  Pastoral Epistles

Seminar (4 credits) one of:
     BCM492  Senior Seminar
     BCM304  Seminar in Greek Exegesis: Gospel of Mark
     BCM312  Hebrew II


Theology (8 credits) fulfills core theology requirement:
BCM301 Christian Doctrine or
BCM308 Christian Theology
NOTE: Students may substitute BCM301 for 308 if desired. 4 additional credits should be taken from the options below.


BCM302 Old Testament Theology or
BCM310 New Testament Theology

BCM305 Development of Christian Thought
BCM306 Christianity from the Reformation to the Present
BCM322 American Christianity


Departmental Electives (8 credits) two from:
Department electives, at least 4 credits of which must be from biblical studies (BCM203, 204, 205, 209, 210, 211, 227, 232, 234, 291, 301, 302, 305, 306, 308, 310, 313, 317, 322, 324, 325 or 492). One course may be from Christian ministries courses (BCM105, 215, 216, 241, 253, 260, 275, 277, 314, 315, 318, 320, 321, 360 or 377).