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Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies Major

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.

The Biblical Studies degree is offered through SBU's College of Arts and Sciences




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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 program 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.


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


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.

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