A Biblical and Theological Studies major is for students who are passionate about understanding the Bible, theology, and what it means to be a Christian today. It’s for students who want to teach God’s word, serve in churches, or infuse their Christian faith into their work in businesses or nonprofits. It's for students with a deep interest in developing their worldview, and growing in their relationship with God. Students are mentored and guided to ask questions to discern their faith, their calling, and their impact on God’s Kingdom.
Graduates often pursue seminary or advanced degrees in Bible, theology, or religion so they can continue to grow as critical thinkers and develop skills for a range of career options.
Why should I study biblical and theological studies?
This degree is designed to provide both biblical and theological knowledge, preparing students to carry out vocational calling in different areas of ministry. Our program has a proven record of preparing and equipping men and women to pursue their ministerial vocational calling, in any context.
The knowledge of Scripture is critical to the identity of Christians, especially in the world. The lack of biblical knowledge negatively impacts Christian belief and the ability to dialogue. It grounds us to effectively live out our calling. You'll learn to interpret Scripture exegetically and contextually, understanding the historical context in which the Scriptures were written in order to apply the messages to contemporary situations.
You'll also learn the history of Christian doctrine and how that history continues to shape contemporary expressions of faith. A historical understanding of theology links today's Christians with those of the past. Knowledge of the beliefs and practices of the past remind contemporary Christians that they belong to a larger story, helping to root present day beliefs and practices in the wisdom of those who have come before.
The flexible credit requirements allow you to double-major with another discipline. This major pairs well with Missional Ministries or with majors or minors in Communication, Business, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Reconciliation Studies.
What can I do with this degree?
Our graduates are living as salt and light as:
- Teachers or professors
- Youth ministers
- Ministry leaders
- Camp counselors or directors
- Church planters
- Directors of Christian organizations
- Church administrators
- Humanitarian 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
- Luther Seminary
- McCormick Theological Seminary
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- Regent College, British Columbia
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Minnesota
- Vanderbilt University
- Yale Divinity School
- Wheaton College
What skills will I develop?
- Ethical thinking
- Global perspectives of theological ideals, not just Western thought
- Introductory knowledge of biblical languages
- Interpretation and discernment of Scripture, and engaging the sacred text within current culture
- Writing and research skills in preparation for graduate programs
- Critical thinking
- Theological thinking in a manner that is attentive to today’s world
- Being attentive to issues that affect Christian thought
- Analytic and philosophical thinking
- Leadership principles for effective ministry in the church
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
You'll learn from professors internationally renowned in their specialized fields. Our faculty exemplifies diversity in gender, cultural backgrounds, theological traditions, and areas of expertise.
Our department offers multiple opportunities to bring Scripture and theology to life, and experience first-hand ways to live out your faith in the midst of a broken world. Interim term trips to Israel, Turkey and Greece, Ireland, and Cambodia do just that. Semester-long opportunities are also available.
Undergraduate Bible & Theology Conference
Students and faculty attend the Twin Cities area Undergraduate Bible & Theology Conference to hear from scholars, dialogue with students and faculty from other schools, and sometimes present papers.
Research and scholarship
Bethel's academic reputation and active faculty means there are opportunities for students as undergraduates to participate in significant research. You could have opportunties to collaborate with faculty in their research as an assistant. Bethel was one of the early institutional partners of the Green Scholars Initiative, where students and a faculty member researched a biblcal text artifact for the first time.
Lead your peers
As a Christian institution, there are plenty of on-campus outlets for being part of ministry-related activities like faciliating dorm Bible studies, being involved in student ministries, participating in a missions trips, community outreach, and much more through Campus Ministries.