Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A.
The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies is to provide the student with a foundational knowledge of the history, literature, and theology of the Old and New Testaments, of systematic and historical theology, and of methods for further biblical and theological studies — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.
A Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies is offered upon the completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. Obtaining a degree with this major requires 39 credits.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, students will be able to:
- Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments, including the ancient world contexts of the Bible. Apply the biblical teaching for Christian faith and practice, and for biblical-theological research, through advanced principles of sound interpretation (ULO 1 and 2).
- Analyze the biblical text in original language study (either Greek or Hebrew) using biblical and theological research tools with discernment of quality sources for valuable written reports or sermons (ULO 1 and 3).
- Explain the major doctrines of Christianity from an evangelical perspective, including their biblical basis and canonical progression, historical development, diverse perspectives, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1).
- Describe a personal relationship with God in a maturing Christian faith and practice, and demonstrate leadership ability by examining additional theological issues as they relate to doctrine, life, and ministry (ULO 2 and 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
|Program-Specific Core Curriculum (GE) Courses|
|For the student’s Core Curriculum (GE) Foreign Language requirement, the student must choose 12 credits from either Greek or Hebrew.|
|Elementary Greek Grammar I|
|Elementary Greek Grammar II|
|Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis I|
|Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis II|
|Elementary Hebrew Grammar I|
|Elementary Hebrew Grammar II|
|Intermediate Hebrew Grammar I|
|Intermediate Hebrew Grammar II|
|Core Curriculum (GE) Bible Courses|
|All students must complete 30 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies including:|
|Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation|
|Foundations of Christian Thought|
|Old Testament History and Literature|
|New Testament History and Literature|
|Early Christian History - Acts|
or BBST 316
|Gospel of John|
or BBST 326
Select 6 credits of 300/400-level Bible electives
|Biola has a residency requirement for biblical studies. Of the 30 credits of Bible required of all students, 15 credits must be taken at Biola. Students may petition the Office of the Registrar for an exception to this rule. Transfer credit, credit for prior learning, or credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the minimum residency requirement. Majors other than Biblical and Theological Studies or Christian Education may count a maximum of 30 Bible credits toward graduation|
|The following are the program courses for the all B.A. Biblical and Theological Studies majors (including Preaching and Pastoral Ministry concentration). Majors must complete the Core Curriculum (GE) Bible courses (excluding the two electives) plus:|
|BBST 301||Biblical Studies Research Seminar||3|
|BBST 311||Biblical Backgrounds||3|
|BBST 312||Principles of Interpretation||3|
|BBST 321||Historical Theology||3|
|BBST 413||Biblical Theology Seminar||3|
|BBST 414||Systematic Theology Seminar||3|
|BBST 455||Pauline Theology: Romans||3|
|Select 18 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives.||18|
|In addition to the major requirements, students are encouraged to select a specialization of 12–14 credits outside the department and/or sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.|
Preaching and Pastoral Ministry
The Concentration in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry is designed to equip students for leadership and preaching in church or parachurch settings. It is also designed to prepare students to pursue the accelerated B.A. + M.A. in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. In addition to the learning objectives of the B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, this concentration aims to produce graduates who:
- are developing in spiritual and emotional self-awareness and health;
- can prepare and present sermons demonstrating biblical accuracy, oral clarity and contemporary relevance;
- understand the leadership skills needed to guide Christian communities in the tasks of the church: making and growing disciples, worshiping, praying, and impacting the broader community.
Upon successful completion of the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry concentration, students may enter into the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry specialization in the M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership (M.A.C.M.L.), and complete it in an accelerated format. The Preaching and Pastoral Ministry concentration is a specialized concentration that allows students to begin taking graduate courses in the senior year, and thus complete a B.A. and an M.A. faster.
Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry Concentration of the B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies. Entry into this concentration requires the student to do the following:
- Submit an application to the department of Biblical and Theological Studies at the end of the freshman year or the beginning of the sophomore year.
- Earn an overall GPA of 3.0, and grades of "B" or higher in any coursework taken so far that will be used toward the M.A.C.M.L.: BBST 103, BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251, BBST 312, BBST 354, BBST 413; two BBST 300/400 electives; BLGR 101, BLGR 102, BLGR 201,BLGR 202. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one of these courses will result in the student not receiving credit towards their entry into the M.A.C.M.L..
- Be involved in some form of Christian service demonstrating a sense of call or desire to pursue ministry.
The senior year of this concentration includes both graduate and undergraduate courses. In order to begin the senior year portion of the concentration, students must complete the following:
- Maintain adequate involvement in the program's co-curricular mentoring and spiritual formation activities during the sophomore and junior year.
- Continue involvement in Christian service during the sophomore and junior year.
- Earn grades of "B" or higher in all coursework that will be used toward the M.A.C.M.L.: BBST 103, BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251, BBST 312, BBST 354, BBST 413; two BBST 300/400 electives; BLGR 101, BLGR 102, BLGR 201, BLGR 202. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one of these courses will result in the student not receiving credit for that course upon entry into the M.A.C.M.L..
- Apply and be admitted to Talbot's M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership with a specialization in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry program. One of the required letters of recommendation must come from the director of the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry program.
Students who are not admitted into the senior year portion of the B.A. PPM may return to the non-concentration B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, where no credits will be lost or wasted.
For more information on the graduate curriculum, see the M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry specialization.
In addition to the courses listed above, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry concentration students must take:
|BBST 490||Practicum 1||2|
|Seniors in the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:|
|TTPT 591||Introduction to Field Education||1|
|TTPT 592||Field Education II||0|
|TTPT 609||Expository Preaching||3|
|TTPT 610||Contemporary Biblical Preaching||3|
|TTSF 501||Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation||3|
|TTSF 503||Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation||3|
|TTSF 505||Talbot Spiritual Direction I||0|
BBST 490 must be taken twice for 1 credit each; once in the fall of the student’s first year in the program, and again in the fall of the second year of the program.