The Pre-Seminary (Biblical Studies/Christian Ministries) Major maintains the broad ministry scope and access to ministry education while allowing for a specialization in a distinctive area of ministry. This major lays a foundation for an effective ministry of biblical understanding in the context of a local church ministry. It is designed to enable a student to do further graduate studies at a seminary of their choice. Students who proceed to graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School can qualify for advanced standing in the MDiv program due to agreements between Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Seminary will be able to:

  • meet requirements for and apply to graduate program studies in biblical and theological areas (Preparation for Graduate Studies)
  • demonstrate a healthy sense of self in Christ, commitment to a lifestyle of ministry, and progress toward godly character (Personal Maturity)
  • study the Bible in its historical and cultural context and apply it to present-day ethical issues (Cultural Engagement)
  • grasp the message of the Bible, interpret the Scriptures accurately, develop a Christian worldview, and integrate faith, living, and learning (Biblical Philosophy)


Requirements total 60 hours. This includes 35 hours from the Biblical Studies required courses/cognate areas, 19-22 hours from Christian Ministries and 3-6 hours of additional general education courses. 

Required Courses
BI 275Teaching the Bible3
BI 452Biblical Studies Seminar3
or BI 453 Seminar in Discipleship and Justice
BRS 330Christian Evidences3
BRS 331Christian Doctrine3
BRS 338Theological and Sociological Foundations of Evangelism3
BRS 340XHistory of Christianity3
BRS 363XSurvey of Religious Diversity3
GR 121Elementary Greek4
GR 122Elementary Greek4
CM 180Christian Character Development1
CM 201Survey of Christian Education3
CM 222Integrated Field Experience2
CM 223Integrated Field Experience2
CM 335Strategies for Discipling Ministries3
CM 342Relational Skills for Ministry3
CM 381Introduction to Preaching3
CM 420Ministry Leadership2
IDS 303Cross Cultural Contexts3
or CM 260 Introduction to Intercultural Ministry
PH 182Ethics3
Elective Courses (6 hours)
Old Testament (choose one)3
BI 302Pentateuch3
BI 304Old Testament Prophetic Books3
BI 306Old Testament Poetic Books3
BI 308Old Testament Historical Books3
BI 334Old Testament Theology3
BI 350Topics in the Bible3
BI 362Messiah in the Old Testament3
New Testament (choose one)3
BI 321The End Times3
BI 335Theology of the General Epistles3
BI 336Theology of the Pauline Epistles3
Recommended Courses
CM 315Principles of Family Ministry3
CM 320Principles of Ministry Programming3
CM 373XNonprofit Financial Management3
COM 210XBusiness Communication3
PSY 220Interpersonal Skills Training3
PSY 350XSocial Psychology3
PSY 355Group Dynamics3
PSY 337Psychology of Adolescence 13
Total Hours60