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|
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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.
My degree has not only enhanced my knowledge of the Bible, theology, and Church history, it taught me how to engage my faith in a world that is full of different ideas, beliefs, and faith practices.Daniel Commerford '08
Current job: Senior Pastor, Bethany Presbyterian Church (Covington, Ga.)
Aside from giving me an extraordinary background in the Bible, Christian history, and theology, the BTS major allowed me to develop skills in close reading, research, and writing that continue to serve me well after graduation.Sara Misgen '13
Grad school: Yale Divinity School (Accelerated Masters Program)
My time in Bethel's Biblical and Theological Studies Department was intellectually stimulating and spiritually formative. It ignited me to pursue a career in Biblical Studies. On account of Bethel's incredible professors and in depth course offerings, I entered graduate school with a major advantage. I also learned by example how to be a Christian scholar and use my mind in service of the Church.Tucker Ferda '07
Grad school: University of Pittsburgh Divinity School
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