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Minor and Special Programs

Students are required to take four courses (16 credits) in biblical studies beyond the three core courses listed below.

BCM 101 - Old Testament History, Literature and Theology Credits: 4
BCM 103 - New Testament History, Literature and Theology Credits: 4
BCM 308 - Christian Theology Credits: 4
An open elective chosen from departmental offerings including biblical languages and exegesis courses (where the course is not being used to fulfill the core language requirement).

Old Testament (4 credits) - choose one:

  • BCM 211 - Pentateuch Credits: 4
  • BCM 227 - Prophetic Literature Credits: 4
  • BCM 302 - Old Testament Theology Credits: 4
  • BCM 325 - Wisdom Literature Credits: 4

New Testament (4 credits) - choose one:

  • BCM 203 - Gospel of Matthew Credits: 4
  • BCM 204 - Luke/Acts Credits: 4
  • BCM 205 - Corinthian Correspondence Credits: 4
  • BCM 209 - Romans and Galatians Credits: 4
  • BCM 210 - Prison Epistles Credits: 4
  • BCM 310 - New Testament Theology Credits: 4
  • BCM 317 - Gospel of John Credits: 4
  • BCM 324 - Pastoral Epistles Credits: 4

Theology (4 credits) - choose one:

  • BCM 301 - Christian Doctrine Credits: 4
  • BCM 305 - Development of Christian Thought Credits: 4
  • BCM 306 - Christianity from the Reformation to the Present Credits: 4
  • BCM 322 - American Christianity Credits: 4

Bible at Gordon Program

This program is a one-year, 32-credit concentration in the English Bible. It is designed for: (1) students who have already completed a B.A. or B.S. degree but who wish to do some intensive work in biblical and theological studies, either for their own personal growth or to fulfill the requirements of certain missions organizations, etc., and (2) students who have not completed college but want a year of work in this field.

Students electing this program will apply through the Admissions Office to be special students. Credits earned may be applied toward degree requirements if at a later time the student is accepted by the Admissions Office as a degree candidate.

Each student is assigned an academic advisor who will supervise and approve the selection of courses. Required courses are:

BCM101 Old Testament History, Literature and Theology
BCM103 New Testament History, Literature and Theology
BCM220 Introduction to Biblical Studies

Also required are at least one course from the department offerings in theology (BCM301, 302, 305, 306, 308 or 322) and an additional 16 credits elected from the following department offerings: BCM203, 205, 209, 210, 211, 227, 232, 234, 302, 310, 313, 317, 322, 324, or 335. The program may be completed in one year as a fulltime student.

Interdisciplinary Christian Studies (ICS): Chesterton House at Cornell University

Gordon College collaborates with the Chesterton House Christian Studies Center at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as an academic resource and credit-granting host for this unique interdisciplinary program for Cornell University students.

The program serves to identify and nurture future leaders not only for church and para-church ministries but also for other areas of cultural leadership such as business, education, public service, journalism, law and medicine.

The primary focus of these courses is biblical and theological study. Instructors utilize these disciplinary lenses to reflect theologically on topics such as environmental ethics, social and economic justice, pluralism and multiculturalism, science and faith, religion and public life. Additionally, these courses provide opportunities for students to examine relevant intersections between faith and life and construct responses drawing on course content.

ICS 207 Discipleship and Vocation in the Gospel of Mark – 2 credits
ICS 226 Identity, Community, Vocation – 2 credits
ICS 228 Wisdom and Worldview in the Book of Proverbs – 4 credits
ICS 240 Biblical and Cultural Hermeneutics – 2 credits