Degree Description The BA in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in Public Theology is offered to students who want to excel in their understanding of the biblical text in its own right, along with how biblical ideas and values dialogue with today’s contemporary culture. The degree will prepare students for biblically based, critical thinking in preparation for a wide range of careers in leadership and service both in Christian ministry as well as in civic leadership and service. When you take this degree, you learn about the social, historical, ideological and theological environments in which the various texts of the Bible were written; you engage current social issues and the arts, exploring their histories, their values and influences in today’s culture; you discover how the Christian faith enters the public sphere in a meaningful way.
Expected Learning Outcomes – Interact with the biblical text using a well-informed interpretive model. – Demonstrate awareness of the processes by which theological ideas and actions emerge from biblical texts. – Describe the key features of a redemptive dialogue between the Church and its culture, and analyze sample communicative acts of Church-Culture engagement. – Demonstrate competence in college-level research and writing in the field of Biblical Studies in compliance with MLA or SBL style guides.
Biblical Studies Core 30hrs Christian Belief & Practice (BSEG 110 3hrs) Origins of the People of God I: Emergence of Israel (BSOT 150 3hrs) Origins of the People of God II: Jesus and the Church (BSOT 150 3hrs) Pentateuch: Teachings & Perspectives (BSOT 220 3hrs) Prophets: Teachings & Perspectives (BSOT 225 3hrs) Wisdom: Teachings & Perspectives (BSOT 230 3hrs) Jesus & The Gospels (BSNT 220 3hrs) Paul & New Testament Letters (BSNT 230 3hrs) Biblical Exegesis & Hermeneutics (BSEG 300 3hrs) Bible & Culture Seminar (BSEG 480, 3hrs)
Biblical Studies Major Distinction 15hrs Biblical Studies Tutorial (BSEG 250 3x1hrs — taken from first year) Pauline Epistle Electives 300s (3hrs) Gospel Electives 300s (3hrs) Prophet Electives 300s (3hrs) Pentateuch or Wisdom Electives 200-300s (3hrs)
Major Electives 9hrs: Any 300-400 level BSNT, BSOT, BSEG, BSPT, BSGK, BSHB Any 200-300 level DOCT, ETHI, APOL Bachelor’s Thesis (requires a proposal and approval process prior to registration for the thesis.)
Public Theology 18hrs Introduction to Public Theology (BSPT 200 3hrs) Political Theories (PHIL 240 3hrs) Theological Themes in Film (ENGL 231 3hrs) Select any three of the following courses Bible, Culture & Justice (BSPT 310 3hrs) Bible, Culture & Ecology (BSPT 311 3hrs) Bible, Culture, Gender & Sexuality (BSPT 312 3hrs) Bible, Culture & Economics (BSPT 313 3hrs)
Arts & Sciences (39hrs) College English 1 (ENGL 110 3hrs) College English 2 (ENGL 111 3hrs) Survey of Multicultural Literature (ENGL 220 3hrs) Literary Theory & Criticism (ENGL 380 3hrs) Theological Ethics in the Novel (ENGL 221 3hrs) History of Christianity (HIST 220 3hrs) History of the Restoration Movement (HIST 230 3hrs) Public Speaking (SPCH 110 3hrs) Mathematics Elective 100s or 200s (3hrs) Natural Science Electives 200s (6hrs) Introductory Sociology (SOCI 110 3hrs) Social Psychology (PSYC 285 3hrs), OR People, Places & Cultures of the World (SOCI 210 3hrs)
Open Electives (6hrs) Open Electives (these hours may also be applied to a bachelor’s thesis or an internship).