A minor in Biblical and Theological Studies gives students a solid foundation in both the Bible and theology. It’s designed to help you build skills to live as a creative and critical Christian thinker in today’s world, no matter your major field of study and vocational aspirations. Students often combine this minor with majors in communication, business, psychology, or reconciliation studies, but it would complement any area of study for students who want a deeper understanding of applying their faith to their everyday life, and growing in their relationship with God and developing a strong worldview The minor has very few required courses, allowing you to choose courses that are of interest to you.
What can I do with this degree?
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. Having biblical knowledge 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.
What skills will I develop?
- Ethical thinking
- Global perspectives of theological ideals, not just Western thought
- Interpretation and discernment of Scripture, and engaging the sacred text within current culture
- Writing and research skills
- 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 contribution to the life of 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.
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.
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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
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.)