Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry 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 approaches to ministry — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ via entry-level professional ministries in church and parachurch agencies and providing a foundation for seminary or other graduate education.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry is offered upon the completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. Obtaining a degree with this major requires completion of 12 credits of Bible, Theology, and Ministry (BTM) core classes and the selection and completion of a specific concentration made up of an additional 30 - 42 credits. Some of the concentrations require that 12 credits of a biblical language (either Greek or Hebrew) be completed as part of the student’s Core Curriculum component; the other concentrations hold to the University’s usual B.A. requirement of 4 - 8 credits of a modern foreign language.

The concentrations offered in the Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. are listed below, with further details in the Requirements section.

  • Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages
  • Bible and Theology
  • Christian Ministries
  • Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Bible, Theology, and Ministry, students will be able to:

  1. 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).
  2. 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 concentration of the Bible, Theology, and Ministry major has another two (2) concentration learning outcomes (CLOs) as follows:

Concentration Learning Outcomes - Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages

  1. 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).
  2. 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).

 Concentration Learning Outcomes – Bible and Theology

  1. Demonstrate skills in ministry leadership functions (e.g. teaching, evangelism/discipleship, counseling and administration skills (ULO 3).
  2. 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).

 Concentration Learning Outcomes – Christian Ministries

  1. Demonstrate skills in ministry leadership functions (e.g. teaching, evangelism/discipleship, counseling and administration skills) (ULO 3).
  2. Appraise the biblical, philosophical, and theological foundations of ministries within churches and parachurch organizations (ULO 1).

Concentration Learning Outcomes – Preaching and Pastoral Ministries

  1. 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).
  2. 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).

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.

Retreat

Each year during the Fall Semester, the Biblical and Theological Studies division sponsors a retreat for the students of the Bible, Theology, and Ministry major in all its concentrations for the purpose of facilitating program-wide community building, communication, spiritual formation, team building, and academic advising. There is a non-refundable $150 fee assessed at the beginning of each academic year for this event. All students are expected to attend this event. Any student seeking an exception should contact the department.

Curriculum Requirements

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
Those selecting the concentrations in “Bible and Theology” and in “Christian Ministries” meet the Core Curriculum Foreign Language requirement via the standard 4 – 8 credit methods. Those selecting the concentrations in “Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages” and in “Preaching and Pastoral Ministries” meet the Core Curriculum Foreign Language requirement by choosing 12 credits from either Greek or Hebrew as detailed below. Each course is 3 credits.
Core Curriculum Bible Courses
All students must complete 30 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies, detailed below. Each course is 3 credits.
Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation
Foundations of Christian Thought
Old Testament History and Literature
New Testament History and Literature
Theology I
Theology II
Select only one of the following Evangelism and Missions Exposition courses:
Early Christian History - Acts
Gospel of John
Lukan Writings
Bible Theology and Integration (taken as Gospel, Kingdom, and Culture, counted as part of the major below.) 1
Integration Seminar (counted as part of the major below) 2
BBST 300/400
Bible/Theology Elective (counted as part of the major below) 3
Greek:
Elementary Greek Grammar I
Elementary Greek Grammar II
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis I
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis II
Hebrew:
Elementary Hebrew Grammar I
Elementary Hebrew Grammar II
Intermediate Hebrew Grammar I
Intermediate Hebrew Grammar II
Program Core Courses12
The following are the program core courses for B.A. Bible, Theology, and Ministry majors regardless of the concentration chosen.
Foundations of Ministry
Principles of Interpretation 3
Bible Theology and Integration 1
Integration Seminar 2
Writing Competency Requirement can be met with ENGL 313 (Writing in the Disciplines).
Concentration Requirements
Select a concentration detailed below30-42
Total Credits42-54

Concentrations

Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages

Equipping students to know and teach the truth of God's Word (see 2 Tim. 2:15).

Concentration Courses
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
BBST 321Historical Theology3
BBST 413Biblical Theology Seminar3
BBST 414Systematic Theology Seminar3
BBST 455Romans3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives.12
BBST 490Practicum3
Total Credits30

In addition to the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (30), and the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 12 credits of a biblical language), students with this concentration are encouraged to select a specialization or minor outside the department and/or sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.

Bible and Theology

Equipping students to witness to the truth of God's Word and train disciples (see 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Concentration Courses
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
BBST 321Historical Theology3
BBST 413Biblical Theology Seminar3
BBST 455Romans3
CEED 254Leadership Development3
CEED 330Biblical Interpretation and Teaching3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives12
BBST 490Practicum3
Total Credits33

In addition to the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (33), and the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 4-8 credits of modern language), students with this concentration are encouraged to select a specialization or minor outside the department and/or sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.

Christian Ministries

Equipping students to lead movements of God (2 Tim. 2:2).

Concentration Courses
CEED 242Psychology of Learning and Development3
CEED 254Leadership Development3
CEED 255Foundations of Spiritual Formation3
CEED 260Interpersonal and Cross-Cultural Relationships in Christian Ministry3
CEED 312Christian Ministry Skills3
CEED 313Christian Ministry Discipleship3
CEED 326Counseling Methods3
CEED 330Biblical Interpretation and Teaching3
CEED 415Organization and Administration of Christian Ministries3
CEED 465Internship in Christian Ministries7
Integration Seminar (taken as part of the Bible, Theology, and Ministry core)
Specialization Courses
Select a specialization from the options detailed below6
Total Credits40

In addition to the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (40), and the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 4-8 credits of modern language), students with this concentration must take sufficient electives to complete the minimum of 120 credits for the degree.

Specialization Options

A student with a Christian Ministries concentration must choose one of the six specializations reflecting a broad variety of ministry options in this field: Adult and Family, Children, Diversified, Early Childhood Education, Nonprofit Leadership, or Youth. The Diversified concentration allows the student to design a program that best suits his/her vocational interests.

Adult and Family 

Vocational opportunities with this specialization include director/pastor of adult and family ministries or associate pastor with responsibilities in these areas.

CEED 433Family Ministries in the Church2
CEED 479Programming for Christian Ministries2
CEED 486Advanced Studies in Family Ministry2
Children

Vocational opportunities with this specialization include children’s director or minister in a local church, a staff member with organizations that minister to children in the United States or on a mission field, or a writer of programming materials and curriculum for use with children and preschoolers.

CEED 433Family Ministries in the Church2
CEED 479Programming for Christian Ministries2
CEED 482Advanced Studies in Children's Ministries2
Diversified

This option is for those who wish to design a specialization unique to their interests. Students interested in areas such as ministry-based camping, counseling, music and worship arts, intercultural ministry, media ministry, and the like will find an opportunity to integrate ministry training with those particular fields of study. 

Electives in potential ministry area (e.g., music, media, art, etc.)4
CEED 400-level elective2
Early Childhood Education

This specialization seeks to provide an introduction to the administration of education-based ministry programs specifically focused on early childhood.

Select two of the following 3-credit courses:6
Child Development: Birth through Adolescence (prerequisite waived by student's completion of CEED 242)
Early Childhood Curriculum
School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings
Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings
Observation and Assessment of Young Children
Nonprofit Leadership

Vocational opportunities with this specialization include service in ministry settings that require key, practical business competencies and skills greater than the traditional church ministry role.

BUSN 240Principles of Management3
BUSN 480Non-Profit Management (BUSN 240 is a prerequisite for this course)3
Youth

Vocational opportunities for the youth specialization would include a local church youth director or minister, a club director for youth parachurch agencies, a youth camp director, a Christian education director in a church that emphasizes youth or an assistant or associate pastor with responsibilities for youth.

CEED 441Adolescent Culture and Development2
CEED 479Programming for Christian Ministries2
CEED 484Advanced Studies in Youth Ministries2

Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Equipping students for leadership and preaching in church or parachurch settings (see 2 Tim. 2:15).

This concentration 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 Bible, Theology, and Ministry, 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 Bible, Theology, and Ministry. Entry into this concentration requires the student to do the following:

  1. Submit an application to the undergraduate division of Biblical and Theological Studies at the end of the freshman year or the beginning of the sophomore year.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. Maintain adequate involvement in the program's co-curricular mentoring and spiritual formation activities during the sophomore and junior year.
  2. Continue involvement in Christian service during the sophomore and junior year.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages concentration in the B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry program, 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

Concentration Courses
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
BBST 321Historical Theology3
BBST 413Biblical Theology Seminar3
BBST 414Systematic Theology Seminar3
BBST 455Romans3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives12
BBST 490Practicum 12
Seniors in the Preaching and Pastoral Ministry concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:
TTPT 591Introduction to Field Education1
TTPT 592Field Education II0
TTPT 609Expository Preaching3
TTPT 610Contemporary Biblical Preaching3
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
Total Credits42

With the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (42), plus the Core Curriculum requirements (will vary, but includes the bulk of the Bible Minor and 12 credits of a biblical language), students with this concentration will earn a minimum of 123 credits for the degree.

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages (BBTL)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BLGR 101 or BLHE 1013BBST 2093
ENGL 100 or 1123BLGR 102 or BLHE 1023
Science (see Core Curriculum)3HIST 100 or 1013
MATH 1211Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2103BLGR 202 or BLHE 2023
BBST 2513BBST 3543
BLGR 201 or BLHE 2013Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3CEED 1503
MATH 1221Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
BBST 3113BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BBST 3123BBST 3213
ENGL 3133Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1231General Elective3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 4653
General Elective3BBST 4133
BBST 4143BBST 300/400 Elective3
BBST 4553BBST 300/400 Elective3
BBST 4903General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Bible and Theology (BBBT)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4BBST 2093
ENGL 100 or 1123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
CEED 1503HIST 100 or 1013
GNST 1021Science (see Core Curriculum)3
 MATH 1211
 14 17
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2103BBST 3543
BBST 2513CEED 2543
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1221Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3
BBST 3113BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BBST 3123BBST 3213
ENGL 3133CEED 3303
MATH 1231General Elective1
KNES 1071KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
Writing Competency Requirement 
 14 14
Total Credits 28
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 4553BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 4133
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 300/400 Elective3
General Elective3BBST 4903
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Christian Ministries (BBCM)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
CEED 1503CEED 2423
ENGL 100 or 1123CEED 2543
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021HIST 100 or 1013
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 209 or 2103BBST 209 or 2103
CEED 2553CEED 2603
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1221Literature (see Core Corriculum)3
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3Science (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1MATH 1211
 KNES 1071
 14 17
Total Credits 31
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2513BBST 3543
BBST 3123CEED 3263
CEED 3133CEED 3303
CEED 4153Specialization Course2
Specialization Course2ENGL 3133
 MATH 1231
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 306, 316, or 3263
CEED 4657BBST 4653
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253CEED 3123
General Elective3Specialization Course2
 Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 16 14
Total Credits 30

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Preaching and Pastoral Ministry (BPPM)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BLGR 101 or BLHE 1013BBST 2093
ENGL 100 or 1123BLGR 102 or BLHE 1023
Science (see Core Curriculum)3HIST 100 or 1013
MATH 1211KNES 1071
GNST 1021Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 14 16
Total Credits 30
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 2103BBST 3543
BBST 2513BLGR 202 or BLHE 2023
BLGR 201 or BLHE 2013CEED 1503
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1221Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253 
BBST 4901 
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3113BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BBST 3123BBST 3213
BBST 3653BBST 4133
BBST 4901BBST 300/400 Elective3
ENGL 3133Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1231Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
Writing Competency Requirement 
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 4143BBST 300/400 Elective3
BBST 4553BBST 300/400 Elective3
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 4653
TTSF 5013TTPT 5920
TTPT 5911TTPT 6103
TTPT 6093TTSF 5033
 TTSF 505 (Co-Curricular Requirement)0
 16 15
Total Credits 31

Christian Ministry and Leadership, M.A.C.M.L., Preaching and Pastoral Ministry specialization (B.A. to M.A.)

Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
TTSF 5041TTSF 5060
TTTH 6233TTPT 7072
TTNT 604, 605, or TTOT 7033TTPT 7303
TTPT 6023TTPT 7413
TTPT 6910TTPT 7423
TTPT 7033TTPT 791 or 7920
 TTPH 602 or TTPT 5103
 13 14
Total Credits 27