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Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies

As a Biblical Studies major at SBU, you will receive a thorough academic foundation in theology and how to interpret and study the Bible historically, grammatically and contextually. Most Biblical Studies students pursue graduate school or seminary school after graduating SBU. You will leave here prepared to enter graduate studies at an advanced track.

You will have the opportunity to study the Biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew from some of the most highly qualified faculty, equipping you to excel when furthering your education at the seminary level. Because of SBU's superior courses in Biblical languages, many graduates are able to test out of the first year of Greek and Hebrew courses required in seminary.

SBU students

the sbu advantage

  • Study Greek and/or Hebrew from highly qualified faculty. Hebrew language study is rare at the undergraduate level and provides a distinct advantage for SBU graduates pursuing further seminary or theology education.
  • Learn from experts in the field. All department faculty have doctorate degrees and many are published authors.
  • Excel in your studies and you will have the opportunity to join the theology honor society and tutor other students.

Faith Integration

The integration of Christian faith with academic discipline is essential to the Biblical Studies degree. Biblical interpretation is taught in an academic context through the perspective of an evangelical Christian worldview. As a Biblical Studies student you will receive superior academic instruction and quality ministry training, preparing you to be an effective servant leader in a global society.

Careers

Biblical Studies graduates are prepared for a variety of careers including:

  • Pastors in churches around the country
  • Teachers at the university level
  • Missionaries in the domestic and international mission fields

Graduate schools

Most Biblical Studies graduates pursue further education at graduate schools and seminaries including:

  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Truett Theological Seminary
  • University of Aberdeen (Scotland)

What I learned at SBU allowed me to come into seminary with what feels like a head start. Professors will do anything to help their students succeed, both in their current situations and the future. I have no doubt that the education at SBU is of such quality to well-prepare students for the future.

Josh Easter '14, M.Div. student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Youth Minister at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY
Josh Easter, Biblical Studies Alum
Clint Bass

Dr. Clint Bass, Associate Professor
Zach Manis

Dr. Zach Manis, Professor
Bing Bayer

Dr. Bing Bayer, Department Chair
Rodney Reeves

Dr. Rodney Reeves, Dean
Donald Denton

Dr. Donald Denton, Professor

scholarships

As a Biblical Studies student, you will be eligible for the Church Related Vocation (CRV) scholarship which is currently valued at $2,000 per year. To maintain this scholarship, you must be enrolled in a ministry-related degree program, submit the necessary application and references, participate in SBU's in-service training program and complete any other requirements.

Several privately funded scholarships are also available by application to students preparing for service in Christian ministry.

A departmental award is given annually to the top Greek/Hebrew scholar.

BIBLICAL STUDIES Four-Year Plan (even year)

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
  ENG 2312 or SOC 2012 or ICS 2901 & 2911,
or GEO 1103 or HIS 1113 or HIS 1123
2-3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16-17
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

BIB 2093 Methods of Biblical Interpretation 3
HIS 2213 or 2223 U.S. History I or II 3
CHR 3013 Introduction to Ministry 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
THE 3113 Christian Doctrine 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

COM 1103 Foundations of Speech Communication 3
SPF 2012 Spiritual Formation 2
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
BIB 3033 Old Testament Hymnic and Wisdom Literature or  
BIB 4003 Archaeology and the Bible or  
BIB 3083 Hebrews and General Epistles 3
PHI 2013 Philosophical Foundations 3
THE 3673 History of Christianity II 3
Total hours 17
 

Junior

Fall Semester

BIB 3063 Late Pauline Epistles 3
BIB 4053 Old Testament Historical Books 3
HEB 2014 Elementary Hebrew I 4
  Elective 3
  Upper BIB Elective 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 4023 Life and Teachings of Christ 3
BIB 3043 Pentateuch 3
HEB 2024 Elementary Hebrew II 4
  Upper BIB Elective 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
  Elective 1
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

BIB 3053 Early Pauline Epistles 3
BIB 4043 Old Testament Prophetic Books 3
  Upper BIB Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

  Upper BIB Elective 3
  Upper BIB Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15

NOTE: THE 3023 Baptist Denomination is required if receiving CRV scholarship.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Biblical Studies Plan (Even Year)

 

biblical studies Four-Year Plan (odd year)

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

 

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
  ENG 2312 or SOC 2012 or ICS 2901 and 2911,
or GEO 1103 or HIS 1113 or HIS 1123
2-3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16-17
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

BIB 2093 Methods of Biblical Interpretation 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
CHR 3013 Introduction to Ministry 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
THE 3113 Christian Doctrine 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
SPF 2012 Spiritual Formation 2
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
BIB 4023 Life and Teachings of Christ or  
BIB 3043 Pentateuch 3
PHI 2013 Philosophical Foundations for a Christian
Worldview
3
THE 3673 History of Christianity II 3
Total hours 17
 

Junior

Fall Semester

BIB 3053 Early Pauline Epistles 3
BIB 4043 Old Testament Prophetic Books 3
GRE 2014 Elementary Greek I 4
  Elective 3
  Upper BIB Elective 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 3083 Hebrews and General Epistles 3
BIB 3033 OT Hymnic and Wisdom Literature or  
BIB 4003 Archaeology and the Bible 3
GRE 2024 Elementary Greek II 4
  Upper BIB Elective 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
  Elective 1
Total hours 16
 

Senior

Fall Semester

BIB 3063 Late Pauline Epistles 3
BIB 4053 Old Testament Historical Books 3
  Upper BIB elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

  Upper BIB Elective 3
  Upper BIB Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
Total hours 15

Note: THE 3023 Baptist Denomination is required if receiving CRV scholarship.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
Biblical Studies Plan (Odd Year)