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.
My gerontology education has carried me far in 5 short years. From successful aging wellness to elder fraud prevention, the needs are great. There is plenty of room for creative and innovative solutions.Helen Rickman '09
Current job: 1st Judicial District Colorado Elder Fraud Prevention Unit
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
Besides the personal reward of earning a M.A. degree, the time of personal exploration and challenge were benefits I hadn't anticipated. This growth added to my insights and capabilities as a care manager, allowing me to better serve my clients.Deborah Dolan '07
Current job: Geriatric Care Manager
Obtaining my Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel significantly improved work opportunities for me within the health care system. Many more doors opened and I am currently working at a job that I love.Elise Lucey '11
Current job: Manager of Patient Relations at Metro Hospital
I am a dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center. My education and master's degree from Bethel helped prepare me for this position.Lisa Wells '13
Current job: Dementia Care Specialist
Bethel's graduate degree in gerontology broadened my academic foundation and prepared me to better serve the aging community in the Twin Cities area.Nancy Schwartz '11
Current job: Financial Advisor
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