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 - 52 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

B.A. - M.A. Concentrations:

  • Preaching and Pastoral Ministry
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Bible Exposition
  • Christian Ministry and Leadership

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 for Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages, Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, Old Testament, and New Testament:

  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 for Bible and Theology and Bible Exposition:

  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 for Christian Ministries and Christian Ministry and Leadership:

  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).

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,” or in “Christian Ministries,” or in "Christian Ministry and Leadership" meet the Core Curriculum Foreign Language requirement via the standard 4 – 8 credit methods. Those selecting the concentrations in “Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages,” or in “Preaching and Pastoral Ministries,” or in "New Testament," or in "Old Testament" meet the Core Curriculum Foreign Language requirement by choosing 12 credits from either Greek or Hebrew as detailed in the concentration sections 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
Synoptic Gospels
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
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 below30-52
Total Credits42-64

Concentrations

Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages

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

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum Foreign Language Courses
Select one set of biblical language courses
Elementary Greek Grammar I
Elementary Greek Grammar II
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis I
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis II
OR
Elementary Hebrew Grammar I
Elementary Hebrew Grammar II
Intermediate Hebrew Grammar I
Intermediate Hebrew Grammar II
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
CEED 445Ministry Field Work3
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, either Greek OR Hebrew), 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
CEED 445Ministry Field Work3
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


B.A. to M.A. Programs

Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

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

Built upon the Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages concentration (see above), this concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue the accelerated BA-MA in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. 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. Students can begin their Biola education in this concentration; current Biola students can submit an application to the undergraduate division of Biblical and Theological Studies to change into this concentration.
  2. Students are encouraged to 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.
  2. Continued involvement in Christian service.
  3. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one or more of the following courses will result in the student not receiving advanced standing credit in the M.A.C.M.L.P.P.M.: BBST 103, BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251, BBST 312, BBST 354, BBST 413BBST 414, two BBST 300/400 electives; BLGR 101, BLGR 102, BLGR 201, BLGR 202.
  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 BA-MA programs.

Students who are not admitted into Talbot's M.A.C.M.L.P.P.M. may continue in 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-Specific Core Curriculum Foreign Language Courses
Elementary Greek Grammar I
Elementary Greek Grammar II
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis I
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis II
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 (which may 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. (Biola’s undergraduate degree minimum is 120 credits).

Old Testament

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

Built upon the Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages concentration (see above), this concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue the accelerated BA-MA in Old Testament. Upon successful completion of the Old Testament concentration, students may enter into the M.A. in Old Testament, and complete it in an accelerated format. The Old Testament 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 Old Testament concentration of the B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry. Entry into this concentration requires the student to do the following:

  1. Students can begin their Biola education in this concentration; current Biola students can submit an application to the undergraduate division of Biblical and Theological Studies to change into this concentration.
  2. Students are encouraged to 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.
  2. Continued involvement in Christian service.
  3. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one or more of the following courses will result in the student not receiving advanced standing credit in the M.A. in Old Testament: BBST 103, BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251, BBST 312, BBST 354, BBST 413BBST 414, two BBST 300/400 electives; BLHE 101, BLHE 102, BLHE 201, BLHE 202.
  4. Apply and be admitted to Talbot's M.A. in Old Testament program. One of the required letters of recommendation must come from the director of the BA-MA programs.

Students who are not admitted into Talbot's M.A. in Old Testament may continue in the Old Testament 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 Old Testament.

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum Foreign Language Courses
Elementary Hebrew Grammar I
Elementary Hebrew Grammar II
Intermediate Hebrew Grammar I
Intermediate Hebrew Grammar II
Concentration Courses
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
BBST 321Historical Theology3
BBST 413Biblical Theology Seminar3
BBST 414Systematic Theology Seminar3
BBST 455Romans3
Elective Courses
Select 9 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives9
BBST 490Practicum 12
CEED 445Ministry Field Work3
Seniors in the Old Testament concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
TTOT 722Hebrew Exegesis2
Total Credits40

With the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (40), plus the Core Curriculum requirements (which may 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 121 credits for the degree. (Biola’s undergraduate degree minimum is 120 credits).

New Testament

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

Built upon the Bible, Theology, and Biblical Languages concentration (see above), this concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue the accelerated BA-MA in New Testament. Upon successful completion of the New Testament concentration, students may enter into the M.A. in New Testament and complete it in an accelerated format. The New Testament 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 New Testament concentration of the B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry. Entry into this concentration requires the student to do the following:

  1. Students can begin their Biola education in this concentration; current Biola students can submit an application to the undergraduate division of Biblical and Theological Studies to change into this concentration.
  2. Students are encouraged to 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.
  2. Continued involvement in Christian service.
  3. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one or more of the following courses will result in the student not receiving advanced standing credit in the M.A. in New Testament: BBST 103, BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251, BBST 312, BBST 354, BBST 413BBST 414, two BBST 300/400 electives; BLGR 101, BLGR 102, BLGR 201, BLGR 202.
  4. Apply and be admitted to Talbot's M.A. in New Testament program. One of the required letters of recommendation must come from the director of the BA-MA programs.

Students who are not admitted into Talbot's M.A. in New Testament may continue in the New Testament 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 New Testament.

Concentration-Specific Core Curriculum Foreign Language Courses
Elementary Greek Grammar I
Elementary Greek Grammar II
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis I
Intermediate Greek Grammar and Exegesis II
Concentration Courses
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
BBST 321Historical Theology3
BBST 413Biblical Theology Seminar3
BBST 414Systematic Theology Seminar3
BBST 455Romans3
Elective Courses
Select 9 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives9
BBST 490Practicum 12
CEED 445Ministry Field Work3
Seniors in the New Testament concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:
TTNT 604Exegesis in the Gospels3
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Total Credits41

With the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (41), plus the Core Curriculum requirements (which may 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 122 credits for the degree. (Biola’s undergraduate degree minimum is 120 credits).

Bible Exposition

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

Built upon the Bible and Theology concentration (see above), this concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue the accelerated BA-MA in Bible Exposition. Upon successful completion of the Bible Exposition concentration, students may enter into the M.A. in Bible Exposition and complete it in an accelerated format. The Bible Exposition 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 Bible Exposition concentration of the B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry. Entry into this concentration requires the student to do the following:

  1. Students can begin their Biola education in this concentration; current Biola students can submit an application to the undergraduate division of Biblical and Theological Studies to change into this concentration.
  2. Students are encouraged to 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.
  2. Continued involvement in Christian service.
  3. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one or more of the following courses will result in the student not receiving advanced standing credit in the M.A. in Bible Exposition: BBST 103, BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251BBST 312, BBST 354, BBST 413, BBST 455, one BBST NT elective, two BBST OT electives; and one BBST 300/400 elective.
  4. Apply and be admitted to Talbot's M.A. in Bible Exposition program. One of the required letters of recommendation must come from the director of the BA-MA programs.

Students who are not admitted into Talbot's M.A. in Bible Exposition may continue in the Bible and Theology 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 Bible Exposition.

Concentration Courses
CEED 254Leadership Development3
CEED 330Biblical Interpretation and Teaching3
BBST 311Biblical Backgrounds3
BBST 321Historical Theology3
BBST 413Biblical Theology Seminar3
BBST 455Romans3
Elective Courses
Select 9 credits of 300/400-level Biblical and Theological Studies (BBST) electives9
BBST 490Practicum 12
CEED 445Ministry Field Work3
Seniors in the Bible Exposition concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:
TTBE 530Elementary Principles of the Biblical Languages3
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Total Credits44

With the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (44), plus the Core Curriculum requirements (which may vary), students with this concentration will earn a minimum of 120-121 credits for the degree. (Biola’s undergraduate degree minimum is 120 credits).

Christian Ministry and Leadership

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

Built upon the Christian Ministries concentration (see above), this concentration is designed to prepare students to pursue the accelerated BA-MA in Christian Ministry and Leadership. Upon successful completion of the Christian Ministry and Leadership concentration, students may enter into the M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership  (M.A.C.M.L.), and complete it in an accelerated format. The Christian Ministry and Leadership 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 Christian Ministry and Leadership concentration of the B.A. in Bible, Theology, and Ministry. Entry into this concentration requires the student to do the following:

  1. Students can begin their Biola education in this concentration; current Biola students can submit an application to the undergraduate division of Biblical and Theological Studies to change into this concentration.
  2. Students are encouraged to 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.
  2. Continued involvement in Christian service.
  3. Failure to earn a "B" or higher in one or more of the following courses will result in the student not receiving advanced standing credit in the M.A.C.M.L.: BBST 103BBST 165, BBST 209, BBST 210, BBST 251, BBST 312, BBST 354, CEED 242, CEED 255, CEED 312, CEED 313, CEED 330, CEED 465; and one BBST 300/400 elective.
  4. Apply and be admitted to Talbot's M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership program. One of the required letters of recommendation must come from the director of the BA-MA programs.

Students who are not admitted into Talbot's M.A. in Christian Ministry and Leadership may continue in the Christian Ministries 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.

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
Elective Courses
Select 6 credits of CEED courses for a specialization.6
Seniors in the Christian Ministry and Leadership concentration may take the following graduate courses during their senior year:
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
2 classes in Ministry Skills & Evan/Mission/Int-Cul Min sections6
Total Credits52

With the major's core requirements (12), concentration requirements (52), plus the Core Curriculum requirements (which may vary), students with this concentration will earn a minimum of 120 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.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

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

Concentrations:

B.A. - M.A. Concentrations:

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
CEED 4453General 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 Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3CEED 4453
 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) (a B.A. to M.A. program)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
BLGR 1013BBST 2093
ENGL 100 or 1123BLGR 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 2023
BLGR 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

M.A. 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

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Old Testament (BBOT) (a B.A. to M.A. program)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 2093
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
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 2513CEED 1503
BBST 3113Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
BLHE 1013BLHE 1023
MATH 1221 
BBST 4901 
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3123BLHE 2023
BBST 3653BBST 3063
BBST 4901BBST 3213
BLHE 2013BBST 300/400 Elective3
ENGL 3133BBST 300/400 Elective3
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 4133
BBST 4553BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Elective3CEED 4453
TTSF 5013TTOT 7222
TTTH 6233TTSF 5033
 TTSF 505 (Co-Curricular Requirement)0
 15 14
Total Credits 29

M.A. in Old Testament (B.A. to M.A.)

Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
TTSF 5041TTSF 5060
TTOT 7203TTOT 7453
Old Testament Elective3TTOT 7991
General Elective3Old Testament Elective3
 Old Testament Elective3
 10 10
Total Credits 20

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - New Testament (BBNT) (a B.A. to M.A. program)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123BBST 2093
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
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 2513CEED 1503
BBST 3113Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
Behavioral Science (see Core Curriculum)3Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
BLGR 1013BLGR 1023
MATH 1221 
BBST 4901 
 17 15
Total Credits 32
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3123BLGR 2023
BBST 3653BBST 3063
BBST 4901BBST 3213
BLGR 2013BBST 300/400 Elective3
ENGL 3133BBST 300/400 Elective3
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 4133
BBST 4553BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Elective3CEED 4453
TTSF 5013TTNT 6043
TTTH 6233TTSF 5033
 TTSF 505 (Co-Curricular Requirement)0
 15 15
Total Credits 30

M.A. in New Testament (B.A. to M.A.)

Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
TTSF 5041TTSF 5060
TTNT 6053TTNT 6102
TTNT 7013General Elective3
New Testament Exegesis and Theology Elective3New Testament Exegesis and Theology Elective3
 2
 10 10
Total Credits 20

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Bible Exposition (BBBE) (a B.A. to M.A. program)

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
BBST 4901 
 14 15
Total Credits 29
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3113BBST 306, 316, or 3263
BBST 3123BBST 3213
BBST 3653BBST 300/400-level Elective3
BBST 4901CEED 3303
ENGL 3133HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253
MATH 1231KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
KNES 1071 
Writing Competency Requirement 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 4553BBST 4133
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 4653
BBST 300/400 Elective3CEED 4453
TTSF 5013TTBE 5303
TTTH 6233TTSF 5033
 TTSF 5050
 15 15
Total Credits 30

M.A. in Bible Exposition (B.A. to M.A.)

Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
TTSF 5041TTSF 5060
TTBE 7453TTNT 7013
TTBE 7802TTBE 7901
TTBE or TTOT Elective3TTBE or TTNT Elective3
TTNT, TTOT, TTBE Elective2TTNT, TTOT, or TTBE Elective3
 11 10
Total Credits 21

Bible, Theology, and Ministry, B.A. - Christian Ministries and Leadership (BBCL) (a B.A. to M.A. program)

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 306, 316, or 3263CEED 3263
BBST 3123CEED 3303
CEED 3133ENGL 3133
CEED 4153MATH 1231
 TTSF 5013
 Writing Competency Requirement
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3653BBST 4653
CEED 4657CEED 3123
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
Master's level Evan./Miss./Int-Cul Ministry Elective3TTSF 5033
 TTSF 5050
 Master's level Ministry Skills Elective3
 16 15
Total Credits 31

 M.A. in Christian Ministries and Leadership (B.A. to M.A.)

Fifth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
TTSF 5041TTSF 5060
TTPT 7033TTTH 6233
TTTH 5213TTPT 7303
Evan./Miss./Int-Cul Ministry Elective3Leadership/Management Elective3
 Leadership/Management Elective3
 10 12
Total Credits 22

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.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

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
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
CEED 1503MATH 1221
MATH 1211KNES 1071
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3BBST 3113
GNST 1021Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
MATH 1231Science (see Core Curriculum)3
BBST 3123Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3 
 15 14
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3384
HNRS 3274BBST 4553
BBST 3213BBST 4133
BBST 3653BBST 300/400 Elective3
ENGL 3133KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
 17 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4404HNRS 4504
BBST 4653HNRS 4602
BBST 4143BBST 4903
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 300/400 Elective3
 BBST 300/400 Elective3
 13 15
Total Credits 120

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

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
CEED 1503BBST 3123
GNST 1021MATH 1211
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
MATH 1221Science (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES 1071MATH 1231
BBST 3113CEED 3303
CEED 2543 
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3384
HNRS 3274BBST 3653
ENGL 3133BBST 300/400 Elective3
BBST 4133BBST 300/400 Elective3
BBST 3213 
 17 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4404HNRS 4504
BBST 4653HNRS 4602
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 4903
BBST 4553BBST 300/400 Elective3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1General Elective1
 14 13
Total Credits 120

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

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
CEED 1503CEED 2423
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021KNES 1071
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
CEED 2553CEED 2543
Science (see Core Curriculum)3CEED 2603
MATH 1211MATH 1221
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3384
HNRS 3274CEED 3263
BBST 3123CEED 3303
CEED 3133CEED Elective2
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1MATH 1231
CEED Elective2ENGL 3133
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4404HNRS 4504
CEED 4153HNRS 4602
CEED 4657BBST 4653
 CEED Elective2
 CEED 3123
 14 14
Total Credits 123

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

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
CEED 1503MATH 1211
BBST 3113Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3BBST 3123
 KNES 1071
 GNST 1021
 17 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
MATH 1221Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)3BBST 3653
BBST 4901BBST 3213
BBST 300/400 Elective3 
 16 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3384
HNRS 3274MATH 1231
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1BBST 4143
BBST 4133BBST 4553
BBST 4901BBST 300/400 Elective3
ENGL 3133Science (see Core Curriculum)3
 16 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4404HNRS 4504
BBST 4653HNRS 4602
BBST 300/400 Elective3BBST 300/400 Elective3
TTSF 5013TTPT 6103
TTPT 5911TTSF 5033
TTPT 6093TTSF 5050
 TTPT 5920
 17 15
Total Credits 132