Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

The 128 semester credit hour program of study provides flexibility for serious minded students.

The learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies Program are…

  1. To identify and understand basic and intermediate terms and concepts in the biblical studies disciplines.
  2. To analyze and evaluate methods, interpretations, and difficulties in the biblical studies disciplines.
  3. To synthesize and integrate concepts and habits from the biblical studies disciplines into life, worship, and specific contexts within urban ministry.

The educational goal of the BABS program is to prepare students for leadership in church teaching settings, mission field work, or to serve as a basis for ongoing education.

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

General Education Requirements

GS 130 New Student Seminar | 3 Hours

Students will receive personal assessment for academic skills in mathematics and English, computer skills and word-processing; Populi; computer on-line research; how to use the NLTS media resources and educational consortium; formal research writing foundations (Turabian); NLTS educational resources and personnel; community resources, etc.

GS 132 Introduction to Composition | 3 Hours

A course that stresses writing as a process, focusing on narrative essay. The goal is to develop fluency, coherence, style, and effectiveness. (Prerequisite GS 131)

GS 133 Basic College Math | 3 Hours

An introduction to logic, sets, number systems, geometry, probability, and statistics.

GS 135 Church History 1 or GS 233 History of Civilization 1 | 3 Hours

GS 135 Church History 1

A survey of the history of the church from apostolic times up to the Reformation.

GS 233 History of Civilization 1

A survey of major civilizations from the dawn of recorded events to 1600 AD with emphasis in the inter-relationship of ancient cultures, medieval civilization, and the Renaissance and Reformation eras.

GS 136 Church History 2 or GS 234 History of Civilization 2 | 3 Hours

GS 136 Church History 2

A survey of the history of the church from the Reformation to the present, including Protestant origins and development.

GS 234 History of Civilization 2

A survey of major developments in world civilizations since 1600 AD with an emphasis on colonialism, the Enlightenment, the great world wars, and interrelated cultural movements.

GS 137 Introduction to Basic Science | 3 Hours

This course provides a basic introduction to the elementary principles of physics, chemistry, and biology.

Social Science Course | 3 Hours

GS 138 Introduction to Sociology is recommended, but any Social Science transfer is also acceptable.

GS 230 Oral Communication | 3 Hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to public speaking. The student will learn to be aware of habits, mannerism, diction and enunciation that interfere with good communication. The student will strengthen his/her oral communication skills.

GS 231 Functional Composition | 3 Hours

A course designed to enhance the student’s writing skills in the context of the study of literature. Attention is given to grammar, rhetoric, and critical writing. (Prerequisite GS 131, GS 132)

Humanities Course | 3 Hours

Choice of any one literature or music course, providing the course does not carry a prerequisite.

LA 130 Introduction to Biblical Languages | 3 Hours

The student will be introduced to the ancient languages used when Scripture was originally written and collected into the Bible. Students will learn the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek alphabet and begin to understand the importance of learning the ancient languages used in the writing of the Bible. Lab required.

2 Language Courses | 6 Hours

Can be Greek 1 and 2, Hebrew 1 and 2, or another, depending on degree needs.

UM 131 Introduction to Urban Christian Ministry | 3 Hours

An in-depth survey in the study of the major social, economic, political, and environmental forces unique to large urban areas. Emphasis is given to an analysis of these forces from a Christian perspective. This is demonstrated in part through a Christian challenge to the growing linkage between urbanization and secularization and how each process has influenced the other. Students are required to write a brief pre-approved research paper and to give an oral report on a “walk-in-my-shoes” urban ministry program experience.

TH 238 Theology of Urban Ministry | 3 Hours

An introduction to what Scripture teaches concerning the city, how God works in the city, and explores the role of the Church as it relates to ministering in the urban area.

Major Requirements

NT 131 New Testament Survey | 3 Hours

An overview of the background, history, and major teachings of the Gospels, Acts, Pauline Letters, General Letters, and Revelation.

NT 132 New Testament History | 3 Hours

The study of major events and people during the New Testament era (c. 30 – 100 A.D.) and their chronological framework.

OT 131 Old Testament Survey | 3 Hours

A survey of the literature of the Old Testament .with special reference to background, history, contents, and major teachings.

PS 131 Personal Evangelism | 3 Hours

An introduction to and personal preparation for the opportunity for presenting the gospel to the individual. The basis of the study is founded on Biblical foundations and demands for evangelism.

PS 134 Personal Spiritual Development | 3 Hours

This course covers the formation and maintenance of a personal and disciplined Spiritual life.

TH 131 Systematic Theology I | 3 Hours

An introduction to the practice of theological reflection, including theological methodology, revelation, and the doctrine of the Triune God.

TH 132 Systematic Theology II | 3 Hours

An introduction to the basic components of Christian theology, including the works of God, anthropology, sin, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church and last things.

TH 134 Basic Christian Ethics | 3 Hours

An introduction to the study and practice of Christian Ethics. This course examines the philosophical and theological backgrounds for ethics, the role of biblical authority, and the historical relation between church and society in order to develop a valid method of moral decision making and to lead the church in applying the gospel to life.

TH 231 Sin and Salvation | 3 Hours

A theological study of the doctrines of sin and salvation. Includes the doctrines of effectual calling and election, regeneration, justification, and sanctification.

TH 233 Hermeneutics | 3 Hours

The science and methodology of interpretation of the Bible based on principles found in Scripture.

TH 237 The Triune Nature of God | 3 Hours

An in-depth study of the Biblical truth that our God is the one true and living God. He is the omniscient, omnipotent, and ever present One, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. The triune God is revealed to us in the distinct Persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each sharing the same nature, essence and being.

TH 435 Apologetics | 3 Hours

An investigation of selected persons and schools of thought that reflect the validity of the Christian faith with the purpose of defending that faith against attack.

Elective Requirements

Electives | 17 Hours

Concentration in Bible

Concentration Requirements

Bible, language, ministry, or theology elective | 3 Hours
OT 132 Old Testament History | 3 Hours

A survey of the history of the Old Testament

OT 231 Torah | 3 Hours

This course surveys the first five books of the Old Testament, stressing the themes of creation, patriarchs, covenant, exodus, and law.

OT 233 Wisdom Literature | 3 Hours

A study of the Books of Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes based on the English text.

OT 238 Major Prophets | 3 Hours

This course surveys the major prophets of the Old Testament, stressing the writings and times of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

OT 239 Minor Prophets | 3 Hours

This course surveys the minor prophets of the Old Testament, stressing the writings and times of Daniel through Malachi.

NT 230 The Four Gospels | 3 Hours

This course surveys the four canonical gospels as a study of the life and teachings of Jesus. The course will also explore historical and interpretive issues in the gospels.

NT 231 The Pauline Epistles and Acts | 3 Hours

This course surveys the writings of Paul in the New Testament. It will address his life, his correspondence, and theology, as well as a survey of Acts.

NT 232 General Epistles and Revelation | 3 Hours

This course surveys the general epistles and revelation. This course will briefly survey the historical and interpretive issues involved in them.

NT 438 Bible Capstone | 3 Hours

This senior-level course will synthesize student learning within the discipline by allowing the student to create a senior project with faculty supervision.

Concentration in Biblical Languages

Concentration Requirements

LA 234 Hebrew 1 or LA 232 Greek 1 | 3 Hours

LA 234 Hebrew 1

An introductory study of the pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and composition of biblical Hebrew, with an emphasis on nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and prepositions. Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament begin. (Prerequisite LA 130)

LA 232 Greek 1

An introductory study of the forms, grammar, vocabulary, and composition of biblical Greek. Readings in the Greek New Testament begin. (Prerequisite LA 130)

LA 235 Hebrew 2 or LA 233 Greek 2 | 3 Hours

LA 235 Hebrew 2

A continued study of the grammar, vocabulary, and composition of biblical Hebrew, with an emphasis on the Qal stem of the verb. Readings from the Hebrew Old Testament continue. (Prerequisite LA 234)

LA 233 Greek 2

A continued study of the forms, grammar, vocabulary, and composition of biblical Greek. Readings in the Greek New Testament continue. (Prerequisite LA 232)

LA 332 Greek III | 3 Hours

Readings and interpretation of various passages in the Greek New Testament including advanced grammatical study. Lab required. (Prerequisite LA 232 and LA 233)

LA 333 Greek IV | 3 Hours

A continuation of LA 332 with a brief introduction to textual criticism. Lab required (Prerequisite LA 332)

LA 434 Hebrew III | 3 Hours

Application of exegetical methods to the study of selected doctrinal and practical passages in the Hebrew text. Translation, identification of grammatical forms, acquisition of vocabulary, analysis of syntactical constructions, and preparation of the passage for preaching or teaching. Lab required. (Prerequisite LA 235)

LA 435 Hebrew IV | 3 Hours

A continuation of LA 434. Lab required. (Prerequisite LA 434)

LA 338 Fundamentals of Aramaic I | 3 Hours

An introduction to the grammar and morphology of Aramaic. Lab required. (Prerequisites LA 234, LA234)

LA 339 Fundamentals of Aramaic II | 3 Hours

A continuation of the introductory course with special attention to select readings. Lab required. (Prerequisites LA 234, LA 235, LA 338)

Advanced Reading 1 | 3 Hours

LA 432 Greek or LA 437 Hebrew

Advanced Reading 2 | 3 Hours

LA 436 Greek or LA 438 Hebrew, serves as Biblical Languages Capstone.

Concentration in Theology

Concentration Requirements

TH 232 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit | 3 Hours

A theological study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

TH 234 Christology | 3 Hours

The study of the life of Christ, His person, and work. Attention is given to the historical, Biblical, and theological perspectives of His ministry.

TH 331 The Doctrine of the Church | 3 Hours

A theological study of the doctrine of the Church.

TH 332 Contemporary Issues in Theology | 3 Hours

An examination of contemporary issues in theology such as New Age theology, open theism, and postmodernism.

TH 337 The Christian Life | 3 Hours

This course stresses the application of theology to one’s personal life, with such topics as spiritual disciplines, restoration from sin, spiritual warfare, and sanctification.

TH 338 Biblical Theology | 3 Hours

This course is an introduction to the field of biblical theology, in both theory and practice.

TH 432 Eschatology | 3 Hours

A study of the Biblical doctrine of “last things”. The study will focus on issues such as Christian hope, death, resurrection, Parousia, the last judgment, and final destiny.

2 Bible, language, theology or ministry electives | 6 Hours
TH 438 Theology Capstone | 3 Hours

This senior-level course will synthesize student learning within the discipline by allowing the student to create a senior project with faculty supervision.

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