Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies FAQ

What majors are available for a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies?

The Biblical Studies program offers students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree with one of three majors: Biblical Studies (BA), New Testament (BA), or Biblical Education (BS). Students will have the opportunity to engage in an intensive examination of the biblical texts, its original languages and its historical and social background, as well as to study various systems of religious thought and the history of religious movements related to the Bible. The program is biblically sound and academically strong. Each professor is a dedicated Christian, and academically qualified to teach in his area.

What are the advantages of a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies?

The majors in Biblical Studies and New Testament share many of the advantages inherent in any liberal arts program. The Biblical Studies program is rooted in the rich tradition of liberal arts education that seeks to provide a foundation of broad knowledge in a variety of disciplines. While the program focuses on an intensive study of the Bible, students may design a program of study that suits their individual needs and interests.

The Biblical Education major is designed to provide a practical emphasis in biblical studies by combining it with the study of education and communication. It is designed to appeal to a broader group of students, including women who are interested in developing their skill in teaching the Bible to children, or men who are interested in teaching the Bible, preaching, or doing other evangelistic work.

Key Strengths

  • Accredited
  • Highly qualified faculty academic credentials and years of preaching experience
  • Student/teacher ratio of 15:1
  • Engaged student learning
  • Emphasis on intensive study of the biblical text
  • Flexible program including three majors: Biblical Studies (B.A.), New Testament (B.A.), or Biblical Education (B.S.)
  • Opportunity for a double major in biblical studies/liberal studies

Who can benefit from a degree in Biblical Studies?

A bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies is ideal preparation if you are preparing to preach the gospel. The academic study of the Bible is blended with an emphasis on seeing and communicating the biblical message. Students are encouraged always to see the relevance and application of the message in the real world.

The work of Bible class teachers, elders, or homemakers will be enriched by this study. Additionally, the degree may enhance preparation for careers such as teaching or human relations.

Depending on your minor, a B.A. degree in Biblical Studies or New Testament is excellent preparation for graduate study in a number of disciplines, including biblical studies, business, communication, education, English, history, humanities, law, library science, or religion.

What are the requirements for a bachelor’s degree?

Students majoring in Biblical Studies (B.A.), New Testament (B.A.), or Biblical Education (B.S.) will complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of work, including the general education core and all prerequisites. The successful student must maintain a minimum 2.0 average overall and on all upper level work.

The majors in Biblical Studies and New Testament each require a minimum of 30 upper-level semester hours in the major area, a minimum requirement in Greek, and completion of an approved minor.

The major in Biblical Education requires 48 upper-level semester hours in a combination of Bible, Education, and Communication.

All students in the program are required to complete a portfolio in their final semester of work.

What courses will a student in the program take?

The following courses are available for the student to include in a program of study:

  • History and Geography of the OT
  • History and Geography of the NT
  • Evidences: General Apologetics
  • Evidences: The Biblical Text
  • OT Poetry and Wisdom
  • Introduction to the Prophets
  • 1 Corinthians
  • Ephesians & Colossians
  • Law of Moses
  • OT Historical Books
  • Major Prophets
  • Minor Prophets
  • Daniel & Zechariah
  • Job
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Gospel & Epistles of John
  • 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus
  • James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude
  • Galatians, Philippians, Philemon
  • 1 & 2 Thessalonians
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Introduction to Biblical Research
  • Critical Introduction to the OT
  • Critical Introduction to the NT
  • Romans
  • Hebrews
  • Book of Revelation
  • Biblical Studies Portfolio

The department also offers a rich variety of courses in biblical languages, church history, and religious thought.

What minors can I pursue?

Students majoring in Biblical Studies must complete an approved minor in an area of study other than their major area. Minors are available at Florida College in the following areas of study:

  • Behavioral Science
  • Biblical Languages
  • Business
  • Christian Apologetics
  • Church History/Religious Thought
  • Communication
  • Education
  • English
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Old Testament
More Questions?

Contact Dr. Daniel W. Petty, Academic Dean and Department Chair pettyd@floridacollege.edu or

Ms. Beth Grant, Registrar grantb@floridacollege.edu