Objective: This major provides students with opportunity to develop skills in the interpretation of the Bible, including the development of beginning skills in the biblical languages. This major complements other programs offered in the Department of Religion, the School of Theology and Christian Ministries, and the University at large. Although most programs within the Department of Religion are related to vocational forms of ministry, this particular major may be taken by persons with either vocational or personal interests and goals. The program is designed especially for students who wish to pursue other programs within the School of Theology and Christian Ministries or more broadly within the University.
Graduates of the Biblical Studies major will demonstrate the following departmental core outcomes:
1. Content: Graduates will have knowledge of the content and interpretation of the Old and New Testaments and of the theology of the Christian faith.
2. Competency: Graduates will possess abilities in oral and written communication, analytical thinking, and the interpretation of biblical texts.
3. Character: Graduates will have knowledge of Christian ethics, spiritual formation, and human development; and they will demonstrate personal growth in their own character and spirituality.
4. Context: Graduates will have knowledge of the historical, social, and contemporary environment in which they live and serve.
Requirements: 40 credits
Foundational Courses: These courses from the general offerings are required as foundational to the major:
BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
COMM1210. Introduction to Public Speaking (2)
ENGL1020. English Composition (3)
HUMN1010. Cornerstone (3)
PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)
BIBL3110. Old Testament Interpretation (3)
BIBL3120. New Testament Interpretation (2)
BIBL4410. History of Ancient Israel (2); or
BIBL4420. Hebrew Prophets (2)
BIBL4250. Parables of Jesus (2); or BIBL4310. Luke and Acts (2); or BIBL4330. Pauline Epistles (2); or one of 3 Greek exegesis courses (2)
GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek I (3)
GREK2120. Elementary New Testament Greek II (2)
GREK3010. Intermediate New Testament Greek (2)
HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew I (3)
HEBR2120. Biblical Hebrew II (3)
CHIS3610. History of the Christian Tradition I (3)
PHIL3010. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
THEO4530. Christian Theology I (3)
THEO4540. Christian Theology II (3)
Additional 6 credits in 4000-level courses in biblical literature (BIBL), Greek exegesis (GREK), and/or religious studies (REST)
Nazarene students with this major who wish to be part of the Ministerial Scholarship program must also take one of the following minors: Children's Ministry, Christian Education, Missions, Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry.
Students who wish to fulfill the educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene must also satisfactorily complete the following:
CHED1810. Introduction to Christian Discipleship (3)
CHIS2410. History and Manual, Church of the Nazarene (2)
CHIS3620. History of the Christian Tradition II (3)
PHIL3060. Critical Reasoning (3)
PRTH1710. Introduction to Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH2400. Introduction to Christian Missions (3)
PRTH2960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH3210. Spiritual Formation (2)
PRTH3220. Worship Theory and Development (2)
PRTH3710. Preaching (3)
PRTH3960. Field Experience in Christian Ministry (1)
PRTH4710. Missional Growth and Health (2)
PRTH4820. Pastoral Leadership (3)
PRTH4960. Internship in Ministry (3)
THEO3590. Theology of the Church (3)
THEO4240. Theology of Holiness (2)
Ministerial Standing (Senior year)