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|
|Biblical Greek Minor||Minor|
|Biblical Languages (Hebrew and Greek) Minor||Minor|
|Religious Studies Minor||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.
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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.
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.
There's no better way to understand scripture than by learning Hebrew and Greek-the languages of the original Christian texts.
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.
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.
I have loved having a faith-based program. From the prayer before each test to the sincere caring attitudes of the faculty - it has been a great educational experience!Laura Bade '15
With an incredibly helpful and supportive faculty, and a great cohort of classmates, there is no other place I'd rather be preparing for a career as a Physician Assistant.Amanda Walters '16
Grad School: Bethel University
The faculty are not only incredible practitioners, they are also friends. They care about me, they care about my family, and they are preparing me with the best Physician Assistant education possible.Lisa Milbrandt '15
The sense of community within the PA program at Bethel is something I appreciate greatly. The teachers and students are all on the same team - we want to become the best people and medical providers we can be.Sarah Field '16
The Physician Assistant program at Bethel University has allowed me to grow as a student, future provider, and Christian. I appreciate the Christian perspective our professors use to show that all patients are of equal worth and dignity.Courtney Perpich '15
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.
Biblical and theological studies graduates are:
- Teachers or professors
- Youth ministers
- Ministry leaders
- Camp counselors or directors
- Church planters
- Directors of Christian organizations
- Church administrators
- Relief workers
- Business leaders
- Community organizers
- Nonprofit directors
- Social workers
- Worship leaders
- Urban ministry directors
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