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Welcome to Biblical Studies!

Are you a student of the Word of God and want to deepen your knowledge of the Bible? Are you in or seeking a ministry position and want practical knowledge about ministry? Are you a musician who wants a better understanding of music ministry? Would you like to be able to read scriptures in the original languages? The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree provides you the opportunity to learn and grow in the Word of God and in areas of church ministry.


Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies

The program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies is designed to give the student a broad and thorough understanding of the Bible within historical, philosophical, literary, theological and doctrinal perspectives. It is designed for the person seeking advanced knowledge in Bible, ministry formation, or even specialty studies in languages.

Graduates will demonstrate the following competencies: 1) a broad understanding of the Bible historically, theologically, doctrinally, and in an applied sense in the context of the Great Commission, 2) extensive competency in writing, reading, critical analysis, and synthesis that leads to a senior thesis, 3) a Christian world view from which modern times may be interpreted, 4) application of Greek and Hebrew to the Biblical Text, and 5) professional competency in ministry formation (for the ministry track).

Multiple tracks are available in this major with each leading to a BA in Biblical Studies. The Traditional Biblical Studies degree provides significant exposure to the Biblical Text with multiple track options but with limited ministry formation. Since Morthland College is interdenominational, students will engage with a denomination during years 3 and 4 in order to garner particular doctrinal influences and so that they can assume leadership roles within a specific church body.

Biblical Studies – Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies require a minimum of 125 credit hours to graduate. The table shown below lists the course requirements for graduation. In general, all programs at Morthland College are comprised of a General Education Core, Classical Core, Biblical Core, a Program (Biblical Studies) Core, and if the student chooses – a Track Core. Regardless of the track designation, every student who graduates from this program will be conferred a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies. However, when a student designates a track, this designation influences not only their electives at Morthland College, it also impacts their internship experiences through the capstone series.

Course Requirements for Biblical Studies

Course Credits
REL 101 Old Testament Survey 3
REL 102 New Testament Survey 3
REL 201 Bible Doctrine 3
REL 202 Life & Teaching of Jesus 3
REL 215 Introduction to Ministry 3
REL 301 Logic & Apologetics 3
REL 302 Ethics From a Christian World View 3
REL 320 Pentateuch 3
Biblical Studies Electives 18
Additional Biblical Studies Elective (Ministry Track) 3
Greek III / Hebrew III Readings (Academic Track) 3
Greek IV / Hebrew IV Readings (Academic Track) 3
LNG 141 Greek I 3
LNG 142 Greek II 3
LNG 131 Latin I 2
LNG 132 Latin II 2
MC 101 Morthland College Strategies for Success 2
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
SPE 115 Speech Communication 3
Art 115 Art Appreciation or MUS105 Music Appreciation 3
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
HIS 205 Western Civilization I 3
HIS 206 Western Civilization II or REL210 Church History 3
BIO 100 Biology + Lab 4
PHS 105 Physics or CHM131 Inorganic Chemistry 4 or 5
HEA 110 Health and Life Fitness 2
MAT based on placement 3
HIS250 American History, Tradition and Heritage 3
PSY 132 Introduction to Psychology 3
General Electives 19-20
Capstone 1
Senior Thesis 3