Concentration in Biblical Studies

The A.A. degree program is recommended for students who plan to further their education in a vocational field, seek entry-level employment, or pursue a four-year degree program. Degree-seeking students progress through the 60-unit curriculum by completing a specified number of General Education units in each content area and 15 units in a concentration. The A.A. degree is intended to meet the personal and academic goals of students while also preparing them for entry-level and generalist positions.

Students in the A.A. program with a concentration in Biblical Studies will be introduced to critical methods of biblical interpretation, current issues in biblical research, further tools of exegesis, and a working familiarity with biblical languages.

The A.A. degree program is currently under development in partnership with the Patten University. Additionally, a course offering in Biblical Studies is currently offered in partnership with Wilson University.


Learning Outcomes

With the successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Understand trends in biblical research and apply critical methods to the biblical text
  • Develop the ability to reason and write intelligently on biblical and theological issues
  • Do exegesis on a biblical passage
  • Place the Bible within its historical context
  • Trace the theological history of the church
  • Apply scriptural insight to personal life and ministry


Course Sequence

Following is a sample course sequence for students in the A.A. program with a concentration in Biblical Studies (please note individual degree programs may vary):


PSS 100 Academic Strategies

CIS 101 Computer Literacy

OTS 113 History & Literature of Ancient Israel

ENG 101A Reading and Comprehension

MTH 115 College Algebra

COM 146 Communication

ENG 101B Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing

NTS 126 History & Literature of the Early Christians

PSC 152 Physical Science

PSY 221 Psychology

PHY Biological Science with Lab

THE 245 Theological Foundations

HIS 101 American History

SOC 230 Sociology

PHL 263 Social Ethics

THE 280 Pentecostalism

PHL 271 Philosophy

POL 241 American Government

SSC 304 World Religions

PHL 210 Christian Worldview & Contemporary Living