Biblical Studies Major, Bachelor of Arts

REQUIRED MAJOR HOURS 41
REQUIRED MINOR HOURS NONE
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 41
PRESCRIBED COURSES ATTAINABLE IN GEN ED: ADVANCED LANGUAGE OPTION AND BASIC LANGUAGE OPTION: HEBR 101, HEBR 102, AND HEBR 201, OR GREK 101, GREK 102, AND GREK 201

The major in Biblical Studies will provide the student with a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments. Students will also have the option to pursue advanced language study in Hebrew and Greek and the cultural contexts in which they were shaped.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  1. Basic skills in biblical interpretation and exegesis;
  2. Skills in critical thinking, and written and oral communication;
  3. Basic knowledge in at least three of four core areas in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy: Philosophy, Theology, Christian History, and Spiritual Formation;
  4. Either a) Advanced Language option - an advanced competency in both Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew; or b) Basic Language option - a General Education-level competency in either Koine Greek or biblical Hebrew;
  5. Evidence of a deeper understanding of the broad range of literature from the Old and New Testaments;
  6. An understanding of the cultural context from which the languages and literature come; and
  7. The ability to do critical research in biblical languages and literature and to give clear, substantive oral and written reports of such research.

Program Requirements

Biblical Studies majors must choose either the Advanced Language option or the Basic Language option. Each option is described in its own separate section below.

Advanced Language Option

Required Major Hours

RELI 201Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies

2

Departmental Core Requirements (Choose three)

PHIL 200Introduction to Philosophy

3

RELI 271Spiritual Formation

3

RELI 321Introduction to Christian History

3

RELI 333Christian Theology

3

Biblical Languages (Choose either option)

Hebrew emphasis
HEBR 101Elementary Hebrew I

3

HEBR 102Elementary Hebrew II

3

HEBR 201Intermediate Hebrew I

3

HEBR 202Intermediate Hebrew II

3

GREK 202Intermediate New Testament Greek II

3

In this case, GREK 101 Elementary Greek I, GREK 102 Elementary Greek II, and GREK 201 Intermediate Greek I would fulfill the General Education language requirement.

OR
Greek emphasis
GREK 101Elementary New Testament Greek I

3

GREK 102Elementary New Testament Greek II

3

GREK 201Intermediate New Testament Greek I

3

GREK 202Intermediate New Testament Greek II

3

HEBR 202Intermediate Hebrew II

3

In this case, HEBR 101 Elementary Hebrew I, HEBR 102 Elementary Hebrew II, and HEBR 201 Intermediate Hebrew I would fulfill the General Education language requirement.

Biblical Studies / Old Testament (Choose one)

RELI 302The Sacred Writings

3

RELI 303Old Testament Prophets

3

RELI 306Old Testament Theology

3

RELI 307Studies in the Pentateuch

3

Biblical Studies / New Testament (Choose one)

RELI 311Synoptic Gospels

3

RELI 312Life and Letters of Paul

3

RELI 314New Testament Theology

3

RELI 316The Writings of John

3

RELI 317The General Epistles and Hebrews

3

Biblical Studies (Choose one)

Any course listed above under Biblical Studies/Old Testament or Biblical Studies/New Testament

RELI 310Selected Topics in Biblical Studies

3

RELI 351Biblical Backgrounds

3

RELI 352Biblical Interpretation

3

Senior Seminar

RELI 490Senior Seminar

3

Departmental Elective

Choose one course from the upper-level departmental options

3

Total Credit Hours:41

Basic Language Option

Required Major Hours

RELI 201Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies

2

Departmental Core Requirements (Choose three)

PHIL 200Introduction to Philosophy

3

RELI 271Spiritual Formation

3

RELI 321Introduction to Christian History

3

RELI 333Christian Theology

3

Biblical Studies / Old Testament (Choose two)

RELI 302The Sacred Writings

3

RELI 303Old Testament Prophets

3

RELI 306Old Testament Theology

3

RELI 307Studies in the Pentateuch

3

HEBR 202Intermediate Hebrew II

3

Biblical Studies / New Testament (Choose two)

RELI 311Synoptic Gospels

3

RELI 312Life and Letters of Paul

3

RELI 314New Testament Theology

3

RELI 316The Writings of John

3

RELI 317The General Epistles and Hebrews

3

GREK 202Intermediate New Testament Greek II

3

Biblical Studies / Judaism (Choose two)

Any course(s) listed above under Biblical Studies/Old Testament or Biblical Studies/New Testament

RELI 310Selected Topics in Biblical Studies

3

RELI 349Introduction to Judaism

3

RELI 351Biblical Backgrounds

3

RELI 352Biblical Interpretation

3

Practicum / Internship (Choose one)

RELI 358Practicum

3

RELI 397Internship

3

Senior Seminar

RELI 490Senior Seminar

3

Departmental Electives

Choose two courses from the upper-level departmental options

6

Total Credit Hours: 41

NOTE: Senior Seminar should be taken in one of the student’s final two semesters.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Majors

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete a world language through the Intermediate I level (201), as well as RELI 245 if the major prescribes it to be taken as part of the General Education curriculum. This requirement will be waived for students who transfer in credit for RELI 346.