Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts127 Credits

The Biblical Studies program is designed to provide an extended exposure to specific books of the Bible as well as provide an opportunity to engage the biblical languages. The program also prepares the student for practical ministry within the local church.

 
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Course Code
Course Name
Credits
BIB/NWT/OLT/THE
Courses
9 cr
CMS/DIG/MTN
Courses
2 cr
FNA
Fine Arts Course
3 cr
U.S. or World History Course
3 cr
LIT
Literature Course
3 cr
MTH
Math Course
3 cr
PHE
Activity Course
1 cr
SCI
Science Course
3 cr
TOTAL
 
64 credits
Course Code
Course Name
Credits
CHM/CRE/PRE/PST/YTH
Course
3 cr
CHM/CRE/ICS/PST/PRE/PSY/YTH
Courses
6 cr
 
Elective Courses
6 cr
LNG
Language Sequence
Greek
LNG 243, 253, 343, 353
or Hebrew
LNG 263, 273, 363, 373
12 cr
PHL
Philosophy Course
3 cr
PRE
Preaching Course
3 cr
TOTAL
 
63 credits
  1. The student will be able to communicate the biblical text in oral and written forms in an audience appropriate manner.
  2. The student will be able to locate, evaluate, and utilize biblical, theological, and related information in ministry related endeavors.
  3. . The student will be able to establish and maintain professional demeanor and relationships within the church and community.
  4. The student will be able to articulate and model essential spiritual disciplines for personal growth.
  5. The student will be able to articulate historical settings, genre, authorship, structure and content, and theological teachings of the biblical text, conversant with contemporary scholarship.

For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.

Course Descriptions & Related Information

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BIB 200 Biblical Theology 3 credits

A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113.

BIB 213 Hermeneutics 3 credits

An advanced study of the history, theory, and practice of biblical interpretation. This course emphasizes knowledge, understanding, and skills for pastoral and scholarly study of the Scripture including a review of current approaches and developments.
Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113

COM 123 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 credits

A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.

ENG 123 College Writing and Research 3 credits

This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research.
A passing grade of C- or higher is required. Students will receive a final grade of A, B, C, or F.

HIS 213 Ancient and Medieval World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the West from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the birth of civilization in the ancient Near East, the rise and fall of Greek and Roman empires, the rise of Christendom, the Middle Ages, and Byzantium.

HIS 223 Modern and Contemporary World History 3 credits

A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the modernity in the West from the Enlightenment to the present, including the scientific revolution, European expansion and colonization, the rise of nation states, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, socialism, communism, nationalism, and liberalism, and the two world wars of the twentieth century.

HIS 233U.S. History – Colonization to Reconstruction 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

HIS 243U.S. History – Reconstruction to the Present 3 credits

A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc.

HIS 373 Ancient and Medieval Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from the post-apostolic Church through 1500 A.D. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include persecution, heresies, monasticism, and the development of the institutions of the Church.

HIS 383 Modern and Contemporary Christian History 3 credits

A survey of Christianity from 1500 AD to the present. Emphasis is placed on major events, individuals, and developments in historical theology. Special topics include the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, evangelization of the Western Hemisphere, Puritanism, the development of denominations, revivalism, fundamentalism, the rise of theological liberalism, Vatican II, and the 20th Century Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.

NWT 113 New Testament Survey 3 credits

A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.

OLT 123 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.

PHE 281 Health and Nutrition 1 credits

This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. Maybe taken one time only.
This course is required of all students.

PHL 113 Worldviews 3 credits

This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.

PSY 223 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.

SOC 103 Life Formation 3 credits

A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.

THE 233An Introduction to the History and Theology of the AG 3 credits

An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.

Major Requirements

LNG 243, 253 Beginning Greek I – II 3 credits each

An introduction to the basic elements of New Testament Greek, with emphasis upon grammatical forms, syntax, and vocabulary.
Greek II is a continuation of Greek I and includes readings in the Greek New Testament.

LNG 343, 353 Intermediate Greek I – II 3 credits each

A study of advanced grammar with translation of selected New Testament passages. Greek II is an introduction to biblical exegesis with emphasis upon proper historical, contextual, and theological considerations. Exegetical studies will be made in selected portions of the New Testament. This course may be used a BIB/NWT/OLT/THE elective.
Prerequisite: LNG 253.

LNG 263, 273 Beginning Hebrew I – II 3 credits each

An introduction to the basic elements of Old Testament Hebrew, with emphasis upon basic vocabulary, syntax, and grammar.
Hebrew II is a continuation of Hebrew I.

LNG 363, 373 Intermediate Hebrew I – II 3 credits each

Advanced study of Hebrew grammar with investigation into less common usages of Hebrew grammar as found in the Old Testament. Emphasis will be on improvement of the student’s vocabulary and translation skills. This course may be used as a BIB/NWT/OLT/THE elective.
Prerequisite: LNG 273.

NWT 223Gospels: The Life of Jesus 3 credits

A comprehensive study of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) including the background and authorship of each book and its particular content and orientation. The life and ministry of Christ is studied. Key parables are studied and interpreted.
Prerequisite: NWT 113.

NWT 243Book of Acts3 credits

A study of the theological and practical teachings of the historical origins of the early Church. Special attention is given to the theology and work of the Holy Spirit in the evangelistic expansion of the Church.
Prerequisite: NWT 113.

OLT 213 Pentateuch 3 credits

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament. Special attention is given to sacred history, the Mosaic laws, ethical and moral values, and the creation of a people of God.
Prerequisite: OLT 123.

PHL 213Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits

A survey of the fundamentals of philosophy, including essential terminology and major thinkers. An overview of metaphysics, epistemology, deductive and inductive logic, ethics and philosophy of religion.

THE 243 Theology I3 credits

A study of the introduction to theology, the defense of the faith, the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues (Technically: Prolegomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 303Theology II3 credits

A study of the doctrines of humanity, sin, Christ, and salvation. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Anthropology, Hamartiology, Christology, and Soteriology.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 353Theology III3 credits

A study of the doctrines of the Holy Spirit, the Church, death and the end times. Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. (Technically: Pnuematology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology: Personal and General.)
Prerequisites: OLT 123, NWT 113.

THE 483Theological Studies Capstone Experience3 credits

This course serves as the capstone course for theology students in which advanced research, exegetical and theological skills will be applied through a major writing project. The major project must include field research (i.e., interviews, local church interaction, various ministries, etc.) in addition to academic research. The student is responsible to consult with the Church Ministries Chair to be assigned to the best-suited professor for his or her chosen subject. The selected professor will serve as the supervisor and evaluator for the student’s work and help tailor the ways in which the selected topic will be processed, evaluated, and presented.