Understanding theology and Scripture is about more than knowledge. It’s about how you live your life.

The Department of Biblical and Theological Studies prepares graduates with a strong biblical foundation to serve God and neighbor in today’s complex world. You’ll learn how to interpret scripture and think theologically in a way that’s relevant to your ministry setting after graduation—no matter where you’re called.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Biblical and Theological Studies Major Minor
Missional Ministries Major
Third World Studies Major
Biblical Greek Minor
Biblical Languages (Hebrew and Greek) Minor
Religious Studies Minor

Prepare to Serve in Any Ministry Setting

Our degrees are for students who want to spread Christ's love in all kinds of settings. You'll be prepared with broad skills to work at home or overseas in nonprofits or church plants, in parachurch or traditional church settings, to serve youth, preach, or start new ministries. Plus, we make sure you have the background needed for entering competitive graduate and seminary programs after graduation.

150
students in the department

14
full-time professors in the department

Program Highlights

Personal and spiritual development

Beyond expanding your biblical knowledge, you'll also grow in your personal faith so you can integrate what you learn into everything you do.

Seminary or grad school placement

Our program focuses on strong scholarship and serious theological study. You'll be prepared with the skills and knowledge you need to enter competitive graduate and seminary programs.

Relevant faculty

Our professors minister regularly at local churches, speak at national and international conferences, make appearances on local radio shows, publish books, and are internationally recognized for their scholarly contributions.

Ministry opportunities

Put your learning to use at local churches and ministries through internships, or through Twin Cities Outreach or right here at Bethel through Campus Ministries.

Biblical languages

There's no better way to understand scripture than by learning Hebrew and Greek-the languages of the original Christian texts.

Global engagement

Study abroad in Israel, Greece, Turkey, Cambodia, or Ireland and take classes in World Christianity to understand the Christian church in other contexts so you're prepared for global ministry.

Inter-religious studies

Through events and coursework, you'll examine world religions through a Christian perspective so you're prepared to serve in a complex world.

Annual theology conferences

Meet theology students from other schools, present your research, and talk with professors who are experts in areas you're passionate about.

What can I do with a theology degree?

Students preparing for careers in business, education, nursing, or any career find that our majors and minors give them a solid foundation for serving God’s kingdom.

Careers

Biblical and theological studies graduates are:

  • Pastors
  • Teachers or professors
  • Youth ministers
  • Ministry leaders
  • Chaplains
  • Writers/editors
  • Missionaries
  • Camp counselors or directors
  • Church planters
  • Directors of Christian organizations
  • Church administrators
  • Journalists
  • Relief workers
  • Business leaders
  • Community organizers
  • Nonprofit directors
  • Social workers
  • Worship leaders
  • Lawyers
  • Urban ministry directors

Graduate Schools

Graduate schools or seminaries our alumni attend:

  • Bethel Seminary
  • Denver Seminary
  • Duke Divinity School
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • McCormack Theological Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Regent College, British Columbia
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Minnesota
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale Divinity School
  • Wheaton College