The Biblical Studies major is designed to prepare students to grasp the message of the Bible, interpret the Scriptures accurately and integrate faith with the world. The major prepares students for positions of lay leadership in church and society, for graduate study at a seminary or university, or for a variety of Christian ministries at home or abroad.

Biblical Studies students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in all courses (50 hours) required for the major. Transfer students must take a minimum of 15 hours of upper-division courses in the Division of Biblical, Religious, and Philosophical Studies at Trinity.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies will be able to:

  • identify the basic elements of Christian ethics, exhibit Christian maturity and professionalism (integrity, responsibility, etc.), and be able to describe their responsibilities in the context of ministry (Biblical Living)  
  • analyze biblical texts in their historical, grammatical, and theological context and interpret the Scriptures accurately by applying linguistic, historical, theological, and philosophical methods (Biblical Interpretation)
  • develop a Christian worldview that describes how biblical truths apply to contemporary settings in order to be culturally relevant (Biblical Application)
  • explain the major doctrines of Christianity and articulate his or her own theological convictions by integrating scriptural interpretation, biblical philosophy, and critical thinking (Theological Integration)​

Requirements total 50 hours. This includes 26 hours from the Biblical Studies required courses and 24 hours of electives in Biblical Studies and cognate areas. Up to 15 hours required in the major may be used to meet general education requirements.

Required Courses
BI 101Understanding the Old Testament3
BI 111Understanding the New Testament3
BI 210Biblical Interpretation3
BI 390Experiential Learning in Biblical Studies0-2
BRS 231Christian Doctrine3
BRS 330Christian Evidences3
GR 121Elementary Greek4
GR 122Elementary Greek4
Choose one of the following as a capping course:3
Biblical Studies Seminar
Seminar in Discipleship and Justice
Elective Courses
Old Testament:
Select two of the following:6
Pentateuch
Old Testament Prophetic Books
Old Testament Poetic Books
Old Testament Historical Books
Old Testament Theology
Topics in the Bible
Messiah in the Old Testament
New Testament:
Select two of the following:6
Intermediate Greek
Intermediate Greek
Life of Christ
New Testament Church
The End Times
Theology of the General Epistles
Theology of the Pauline Epistles
Topics in the Bible
Additional courses:
Select a total of 12 hours from supporting courses from Old Testament and New Testament electives and from the cognate courses below. A maximum of 6 hours can be chosen from cognate courses.12
Cognates (choose up to two):
Teaching the Bible
American Church History
Topics in Church History
Non-cognates:
Topics in Contemporary Theology
History of Christianity
Topics in Biblical and Religious Studies
Survey of Religious Diversity
Music in Worship
Total Hours50-52