Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies major is a four-year program of study designed to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the Bible and Christian theology. The program builds on a core of general education and of Bible and theology with additional requirements and opportunity for concentrated study. The Biblical Studies major offers the choice of one of six tracks: English Bible, Theology, Ministry, New Testament, Old Testament, or Exegesis, to allow students to acquire greater knowledge, understanding, and skill in their area of specific interest, in addition to obtaining a strong foundation in Bible and theology.

Program Director: Raju D. Kunjummen

Program Outcomes

The student will evidence:

  1. Knowledge of the content of the Bible.
  2. A detailed understanding of Christian theology.
  3. Ability to defend biblical truth and the Christian faith.
  4. Practice of proper methodology for interpreting and applying the English Bible.
  5. Skill in communicating the teaching and application of a biblical passage.
  6. Commitment to growth in Christian character and lifestyle.
Track Specific Outcomes
  1. English Bible: In-depth knowledge of specific areas of Bible and Christian theology
  2. Theology: Thorough knowledge of aspects of Christian theology
  3. Ministry: Understanding of issues in Christian ministry; and skill in communicating biblical teaching
  4. Old Testament: In-depth understanding of the Old Testament with ability to interpret the Old Testament starting from the Hebrew original text
  5. New Testament: In-depth understanding of the New Testament with ability to interpret the New Testament starting from the Greek original text
  6. Biblical Exegesis: Ability to interpret the Bible starting from the Hebrew and Greek original texts
Program Admission Requirements
  1. Complete the freshman year at Emmaus with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  2. Prior to the sophomore year, declare a major in Biblical Studies.
  3. At the beginning of the sophomore year, apply for entrance into the Biblical Studies program. The application procedure includes completion of a formal application. After the application has been received, the Bible and Theology faculty will review it. Their decision will be delivered to the student by means of a formal letter.
  4. Pay all applicable fees for this major as determined by the Business office and published in the annual statement of fees.
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies Requirements
  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.
  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.
  3. At least 60 semester credit hours must be earned at Emmaus.
  4. Complete the general graduation requirements listed in the Academic Life section of the catalog.
  5. Meet course requirements in the following areas:
  • Bible/Theology (48 credits) 
    • Old Testament Survey 1 (BT 102)
    • Old Testament Survey 2 (BT 104)
    • New Testament Survey (BT 106)
    • Christian Life & Worldview (BT 111)
    • Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (BT 120)
    • Survey of Doctrine (BT 151)
    • Christian Evidences (BT 167/168) or Apologetics (BT/PH 350)
    • Biblical Hermeneutics (BT 220)
    • Theology: God, Creation, and Sin (BT 221)
    • Life of Christ (BT 247)
    • Theology: Christ, Holy Spirit, and Salvation (BT 321)
    • Theology: The Church and Final Things (BT 331)
    • Church History (BT 376)
    • Bible Book Study Elective
    • Biblical Theology Elective
    • Bible/Theology Elective
    • Chapel (CCS 110)
    • Servant Leader Training (CCS 120)
  • Educational Ministries (3 credits)
    • Teaching Bible* (EM 321) or Homiletics 1* (BT 322)
  • Intercultural Studies (3 credits)
    • Missions and Evangelism 1* (ICS 104)
  • General Studies (36 credits)
    • Fundamentals of Speech (COM 112)
    • Fundamental Computer Literacy (CS 101)
    • English Composition (ENG 101)
    • Introduction to Literature (ENG 102)
    • Transitions Seminar (FND 101)
    • Senior Seminar (FND 410)
    • Western Civilization 1 or 2 (HIS 131/132) or American History 1 (HIS 235)
    • College Mathematics (MAT 140)
    • Biological Science and Lab (SCI 245) or Earth Science and Lab (SCI 235)
    • Humanities Elective
    • Social Science Elective
    • General Education Electives (6 credits)

*meets Bible-Related requirement

Award: Bachelor of Science

Track-Specific Courses and Open Electives

The Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies offers the following tracks:

English Bible Theology Ministry Old Testament New Testament Biblical Exegesis
1 additional NT book study 3 courses (beyond core requirements) in systematic and/or biblical theology -Church Leadership and Practice (BT 450) -Hebrew 1 part 1 (FL 103)
-Hebrew 1 part 2(FL 105)
-Greek 1 part 1 (FL 102)
-Greek 1 part 2 (FL 104)
-Greek 1 part 1 (FL 102)
-Greek 1 part 2 (FL 104)
1 additional OT book study 1 Theology Seminar -Homiletics 1 (BT 322) -Hebrew 2 part 1 (FL 203)
-Hebrew 2 part 2 (FL 205)
-Greek 2 part 1 (FL 202)
-Greek 2 part 2 (FL 204)
-Greek 2 part 1 (FL 202)
-Greek 2 part 2 (FL 204)
1 additional theology   -Homiletics 2 (BT 332) 1 additional OT Book study 1 additional NT Book study -Hebrew 1 part 1 (FL 203)
-Hebrew 1 part 2 (FL 105)
2 additional bible/theology electives   -Homiletics Lab 1 (BT 323)
-Homiletics Lab 2 (BT 333)
1 OT Theology -1 NT Theology -Hebrew 2 part 1 (FL 203)
-Hebrew 2 part 2 (FL 205)
    Choose two EM courses:
-Foundations of Youth Ministry (EM 206)
-Principles and Methods of Youth Ministry (EM 315)
-Small Group Communication (EM 320)
-Ethics and Issues in Ministry (EM 380)
-Educational Program of the Church (EM 410)
Choose one:
-Old Testament Archaeology (ARC 102)
-Bible Geography (BT 278)
-History of the Ancient Near East (HIS 410)
Choose one:
-New Testament Archaeology (ARC 203)
-Bible Geography (BT 278)
-History and Literature of the Second Temple Period (BT/HIS 372)
Open electives: 15 credits Open electives: 18 credits Open electives: 13 credits Open electives: 7 credits Open electives: 7 credits Open electives: 3 credits


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