Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 
    Jun 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biblical and Theological Studies Major: Biblical Studies Emphasis B.A.

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Program Director: Melanie Howard, Ph.D.


The biblical and theological studies major nurtures faithful and critical reflection on Christian tradition through two primary lenses: the study of Scripture and the study of theological and ethical discourse. Students are invited to delight in a richer understanding of and witness to the Scriptures in conversation with both the Christian church and the world. A majority of graduates pursue careers in church or church-related ministry; some pursue graduate studies in Bible, theology, or religious studies. Other graduates have been successful in careers in law, community transformation, business, consulting, and teaching.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will exhibit competence in fundamental academic skills, including communication, information literacy, and research.
  2. Students will accurately summarize the contents of a selection of biblical texts.
  3. Students will describe basic elements of the literary, historical, and social contexts of the Old and New Testament.
  4. Students will use the tools and methods of academic biblical exegesis.
  5. Students will generate theological syntheses from biblical texts.
  6. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the disciplines of Christian theology and ethics by accurately describing major figures and themes.
  7. Students will critically assess theological and ethical approaches and the contexts out of which these emerge.
  8. Students will formulate coherent perspectives on moral and ethical issues.
  9. Students will articulate Anabaptist theological and ethical principles for faith and life.
  10. Students will summarize major issues and events in the history of the church.
  11. Students will demonstrate understanding of and respect for different cultural and religious traditions.
  12. Students will describe the integration of their academic biblical and theological learning, faith commitments, and lived practice.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

Emphasis Courses (18 units, assuming 3 unit crossover with General Education BLIT course)

Two semesters of one biblical language. Select from the following:


Select 6 units minimum

  • BIB, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix (except BIB-300, BIB-314, BIB-446, BIB-449, BIB-451, and BIB-453)
  • BLIT, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • GRK, any course with this prefix
  • HEB, any course with this prefix
  • MIN, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • REL, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix
  • THEO, any 300- or 400-level course with this prefix


Students may cross over no more than one focus series course with coursework in the major.

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