Major in Biblical and Theological Studies (B.A.)
Biblical Studies Requirements (15 credits) 2
BIB321Issues in Biblical Studies3
Old Testament courses 36-7
Choose one of the following Text courses: 4
Reading the Hebrew Bible
The Pentateuch
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
The Prophets of Israel
Poetic Books of the Old Testament
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
Choose one of the following Context courses 4
History of Ancient Israel
Israel Study Tour 1, 4
Archaeology of the Southern Levant
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
Cultural World of the Old Testament 1
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
New Testament Courses:6
Choose one of the following Jesus courses: 4
Israel Study Tour 1, 4
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
The Life and Teachings of Jesus
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
Readings in New Testament Greek 5
Advanced Greek Translation
Choose one of the following Paul courses: 4
Topics in Biblical Studies 5
Greece-Turkey Study Tour 1
The Life and Teachings of Paul
Romans
First Corinthians
Theological Studies Requirements (15 credits)
THE263Christian Social Ethics3
THE311Early Church to Reformation Theology in Global Perspective3
THE315Contemporary Theological Issues3
Elective from 200 level theology course (not including THE201) 43
Elective from 300-400 level theology course 43
Religious Studies Requirement (3 credits)
REL202Introduction to Religious Studies3
Seminar Requirement (3-4 credits)
Choose one of the following Senior Seminar courses:3-4
Seminar: Biblical Studies
Seminar: Greek Exegesis
Seminar: Theology
Elective Requirements (6 credits)
Choose one from 200 level biblical or theological studies courses or GRK253 or MIN310Z 1, 53
Choose one from 300 or 400 level biblical or theological studies course or GRK371 or HIS335G 13
Or choose one spiritual formation course from the following: 5
Sleep, Surrender, and Sabbath 1
Holiness in Biblical Perspective 1
Women's Spiritual Experience 1
Christian Lives: Contemporary Spiritual Narratives 1
Biblical Spirituality: Experiencing God 1
The Celtic Tradition 1
Issues and Praxis in Christian Social Justice 1
Major42-44
General Education49-50
Electives31-33
Total Credits122-127
1

This course meets a General Education requirement.

2

In addition to BIB321, students must take at least one of the biblical studies required courses at the 300-400 level.

3

A student may use HEB102S to meet one of the OT course requirements.

4

Course may only be applied in one category.

5

Courses may be used in this category only when the topic is relevant.

B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies 2017-2018: Option 1 - CWILT

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES130 Christianity Western Culture4Elective 3GES125 Introduction to the Creative Arts4
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 GES160 Inquiry Seminar3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Mathematics (M) course 3
Elective 4 Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course 3
 14 3 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
THE201 Christian Theology3World Cultures (U) course 3Text or Context course choice 3
Text or Context course choice 3 Jesus or Paul course choice 3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 THE263 Christian Social Ethics3
Elective or 1st Semester of Language 4 Second Language (S) course1 4
Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
 14-17 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIB321 Issues in Biblical Studies3Elective 3THE315 Contemporary Theological Issues3
REL202 Introduction to Religious Studies3 Interpreting Biblical Themes (J) course 3
THE311 Early Church to Reformation Theology in Global Perspective3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Jesus or Paul course choice 3 200-Level Theology Elective course 3
200-Level Elective or Biblical or Theological Studies course 3 Elective 4
 15 3 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
300-400 Level Elective Biblical or Theological Studies course 3Interim Off BIB499 or GRK 498 (or Elective) Seminar: Biblical StudiesSeminar: Greek Exegesis3-4
Science, Technology, and Society (K) course 3 300-400 Level Theology Elective course 3
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 Electives 9
THE499 (or Elective) Seminar: Theology3  
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 12-15 0 15-16
Total Credits: 122-129
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

If a student chooses to use major requirements to also count as General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will be increased accordingly. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies 2017-2018: Option 2 - Humanities

First Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES145 Humanities I: Greco-Roman through Middle Ages4GES147 Humanities II: Renaissance and Reformation4GES244 Humanities III: European Enlightenment and American Culture to 18774
GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing3 Mathematics (M) course 3
BIB101 Introduction to the Bible3 Electives 6
Elective 3  
 13 4 13
Second Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
GES246 Humanities IV: Modern and Contemporary Western Culture4World Cultures (U) course 3Text or Context course choice 3
Text or Context course choice 3 Jesus or Paul course choice 3
Laboratory Science (D) course 4 THE263 Christian Social Ethics3
Electives 4 Second Language (S) course1 4
Artistic Experience (A) course 0-3 Leisure and Lifetime Sports (Q) course 1
 15-18 3 14
Third Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
BIB321 Issues in Biblical Studies3Elective 3THE315 Contemporary Theological Issues3
REL202 Introduction to Religious Studies3 Interpreting Biblical themes (J) course 3
THE311 Early Church to Reformation Theology in Global Perspective3 Comparative Systems (G) course 3
Jesus or Paul course choice 3 200-level Theology elective course 3
200-level elective biblical or theological studies course 3 Elective 3
 15 3 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsInterimCreditsSpringCredits
300-400 level major elective 3Interim Off BIB499 or GRK 498 (or Elective) Seminar: Biblical StudiesSeminar: Greek Exegesis3-4
Science, Technology and Society (K) course 3 300/400-level Theology elective course 3
Contemporary Christian Issues (P) course 3 Electives 9
THE499 (or Elective) Seminar: Theology3  
Cross-Cultural Experience (Z) course 0-3  
 12-15 0 15-16
Total Credits: 122-129
1

Students must complete through the second semester of a first year language course or equivalent (Check the catalog for details of this option.)

If a student chooses to use major requirements to also count as General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will be increased accordingly. 

Most financial aid packages stipulate 12 credits/semester; Minnesota state grants are reduced when credit load falls below 15 credits/semester. (Interim credits may be split between fall and spring for state grant purposes only.)

Overview

The Ministry Scholars program is Bethel University's 5-year Bachelor's Degree and Master of Arts in Ministry program that reduces cost and time-to-completion by streamlining undergraduate and graduate education. Graduates receive a Bachelor's degree from Bethel University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and a Master of Arts in Ministry from Bethel Seminary. This program is well suited for a variety of majors who want to become equipped to lead churches, parachurch organizations, and other ministries. It is also a good fit for ministry-minded students who want to pursue bi-vocational ministry or work outside of professional ministry. Students learn from successful ministry leaders and experts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Spiritual and Personal Formation, and Transformational Leadership. This program offers supplemental training resources, cohort-based activities, and mentorship opportunities to prepare ministry-minded students for effective ministry leadership. Students also gain valuable field experience in local churches and ministry settings.

The objectives of the program are that graduates will demonstrate age-appropriate growth and ultimately ministry leadership preparedness in the following domains:

  1. Spiritual life: Students will grow spiritually, deepening their love for, commitment to, and dependence on God, and develop an instinct to trust in God and to connect intimately with God.
  2. Discernment of call: They will clarify and reaffirm their sense of calling to glorify God, to work in Christ’s church and to serve humanity sacrificially.
  3. Emotional maturity: They will become emotionally mature adults, possessing the ability to sense and manage emotions, to see others’ perspectives, to sympathize and empathize, to follow and lead as appropriate and to foster healthy relationships.
  4. Cultural competence: They will become culturally aware, gaining a perspective that all cultures possess strengths and vulnerabilities, an ability to work across cultural lines and an appreciation that diverse teams are stronger teams.
  5. Bible knowledge: They will gain a clear understanding of the Bible’s content and a deep and abiding passion for the truth of the Gospel.
  6. Spiritual wisdom: They will grow in wisdom, possessing a capacity to apply the Bible so that others are inspired by their teaching and preaching to live out biblical truth and experience human flourishing.
  7. Intellectual virtues: They will develop virtues such as critical thinking, respect for data, intellectual humility, and thirst for learning, combined with the skill to interpret and teach the Bible accurately.
  8. Leadership capacity: They will learn to follow leaders and to lead followers—enlisting people, building teams, leading change and achieving results.
  9. Godly character: They will become virtuous people—individuals who love others, speak truth, live humbly, sacrifice their own interests, live justly, express joy and show compassion.

What is Bethel looking for in a Ministry Scholar?

  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA (cumulative college grade point average or unweighted high school GPA if the student has less than one year of college experience), and maintenance of 3.0 minimum GPA throughout the duration of the Ministry Scholars program while enrolled at CAS and Seminary.

  • Able to provide a pastoral or ministry leader reference that speaks to the student’s character and call to ministry.

  • Committed to prioritizing activities and retreats offered for Ministry Scholars, enabling the individual to develop a strong sense of community.

Click here for more information on the Ministry Scholars program at Bethel University