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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.

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates are living as salt and light as:

  • 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
  • Humanitarian relief workers
  • Business leaders
  • Community organizers
  • Nonprofit directors
  • Social workers
  • Worship leaders
  • Lawyers
  • 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?

World-renowned faculty

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.

Study abroad

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 the Office of Christian Formation and Church Relations.

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The annual faith/science mini-conference, co-hosted by Bethel University and Crown College, will explore a Christian perspective on artificial intelligence and machine learning.