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Requirements for a major in Biblical and Theological Studies are 32 hours beyond the general education requirement in Biblical and Theological Studies. The general education requirement (14 hours) includes Theology of Culture, BITH 111; Old Testament Literature, BITH 211 or ARCH 211 or BITH 212 plus two additional Old Testament hours from BITH 331-349 or 432-449, or OT Competency Examination plus two additional OT hours from BITH 331-349 or 432-449; New Testament Literature BITH 213 or ARCH 213 or BITH 214 plus two additional NT hours from 351-368, 454-469; or NT Competency Examination plus two additional NT hours from 351-368, 454-469; and Systematic Theology, BITH 374. Major core requirements (12 hours) include BITH 325 or 564 (8 hours of Greek prerequisite), 372, 375, and 494. The additional 20 hours of the major are to be taken in one of the following three concentrations:

  1. Biblical Studies – 2 to 4 hours in Contextual Studies (BITH 317/318, 333/334, 343, 353, 367x or 369x); 2 to 4 hours in Study of the Discipline (BITH 431 and/or BITH 452); 10 to 12 hours in Textual Studies with Hebrew competency: Hebrew Exegesis, (BITH 443); Old Testament courses (BITH 338-342, 344-345, 432-438, 443, 449). With Greek competency: Greek Exegesis, (BITH 451 or GREK 451); New Testament courses, (BITH 351, 352, 354-365, 368, 451, 454-469). 4 hours of additional Theological Studies from Figures (BITH 483-488); Doctrines (BITH 382, 385, 387-389, 391-393; Topics (BITH 383, 384, 386, 394, 396). This concentration requires that the general education language requirement be met by taking Greek or Hebrew. (GREK 101, 102, and 201) or (HEBR 301, 302, and 401).
  2. Theological Studies – 6 hours of Figures: Choose at least two from BITH 483-488; 6 hours of Doctrines: Choose at least two from BITH 382, 385, 387-389, 391-393; 2 hours of Topics: Choose at least one from BITH 383, 384, 386, 394, 396; Choose 2 elective hours from BITH or RELI; Choose 4 hours of Biblical Studies from BITH or ARCH. Students pursuing the Theological Studies concentration are urged to fulfill the General Education language requirement by taking Greek or Hebrew (GREK 101, 102, and 201 or HEBR 301, 302, and 401).
  3. Integrated Bible/Theology Concentration – 2 to 4 hours in Contextual Studies (BITH 317/318, 333/334, 343, 353, 367 or 369); 2 to 4 hours in Study of the Discipline (BITH 431 and/or BITH 452); 6 to 8 hours in Textual Studies: Old Testament courses (BITH 331-345, 349, 432-438, 443-449); New Testament courses (BITH 351-365, 368, 451-469); Biblical Studies courses (BITH 326, 425); 8 hours in Theological Studies: choose at least three courses from: Figures (BITH 483-488), Doctrines (BITH 382, 385, 387-389, 391-393), Topics (BITH 383, 384, 386, 394, 396); 0 to 2 hours in BITH or ARCH or RELI elective. Students pursuing the integrative Bible/Theology concentration are urged to fulfill the General Education language requirement by taking Greek or Hebrew (GREK 101, 102, and 201 or HEBR 301, 302, and 401).

A departmental honors program for majors requires four hours of honors course work within the 32-hour major, plus an additional four hours of honors thesis.

Requirements for a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies: 28 hours which includes the following: 12 hours of general education in Biblical and Theological Studies (BITH 211, 213, 315 or equivalent) and 16 hours from upper division study (eight hours of Biblical Studies at 300- or 400-level, and eight hours of Theological Studies at 300- or 400-level). General education requirements met through competency testing cannot count toward the minor. (Thus, if a student passes the competency exam for BITH 211 or 213, 2 hours of general education is waived but now must be added to upper division study, making 10 required hours.)

Requirements for a minor in Hebrew Bible are 20 hours including HEBR 301, 302, 401x, and BITH 443, 635U, a total of 16 hours, plus four hours of electives from BITH 495, 532U, ARCH 417x, 418x, or LING 321. The Hebrew Bible minor promotes serious study of the original language of the Old Testament. Grammar and exegesis stand at the center of the minor, supplemented by readings in the Hebrew Bible, and four elective hours in cognate languages and disciplines. The minor is ideal for students anticipating advanced biblical studies in seminary or graduate school, as well as in Near Eastern studies and archaeology.

Requirements for a major in Biblical and Theological Studies are 32 hours beyond the general education requirement in Biblical and Theological Studies. The general education requirement (14 hours) includes Theology of Culture, BITH 111; Old Testament Literature, BITH 211 or ARCH 211 or BITH 212 plus two additional Old Testament hours from BITH 331-349 or 432-449, or OT Competency Examination plus two additional OT hours from BITH 331-349 or 432-449; New Testament Literature BITH 213 or ARCH 213 or BITH 214 plus two additional NT hours from 351-368, 454-469; or NT Competency Examination plus two additional NT hours from 351-368, 454-469; and Systematic Theology, BITH 374. Major core requirements (12 hours) include BITH 325 or 564 (8 hours of Greek prerequisite), 372, 375, and 494. The additional 20 hours of the major are to be taken in one of the following three concentrations:

  1. Biblical Studies – 2 to 4 hours in Contextual Studies (BITH 317/318, 333/334, 343, 353, 367x or 369x); 2 to 4 hours in Study of the Discipline (BITH 431 and/or BITH 452); 10 to 12 hours in Textual Studies with Hebrew competency: Hebrew Exegesis, (BITH 443); Old Testament courses (BITH 338-342, 344-345, 432-438, 443, 449). With Greek competency: Greek Exegesis, (BITH 451 or GREK 451); New Testament courses, (BITH 351, 352, 354-365, 368, 451, 454-469). 4 hours of additional Theological Studies from Figures (BITH 483-488); Doctrines (BITH 382, 385, 387-389, 391-393; Topics (BITH 383, 384, 386, 394, 396). This concentration requires that the general education language requirement be met by taking Greek or Hebrew. (GREK 101, 102, and 201) or (HEBR 301, 302, and 401).
  2. Theological Studies – 6 hours of Figures: Choose at least two from BITH 483-488; 6 hours of Doctrines: Choose at least two from BITH 382, 385, 387-389, 391-393; 2 hours of Topics: Choose at least one from BITH 383, 384, 386, 394, 396; Choose 2 elective hours from BITH or RELI; Choose 4 hours of Biblical Studies from BITH or ARCH. Students pursuing the Theological Studies concentration are urged to fulfill the General Education language requirement by taking Greek or Hebrew (GREK 101, 102, and 201 or HEBR 301, 302, and 401).
  3. Integrated Bible/Theology Concentration – 2 to 4 hours in Contextual Studies (BITH 317/318, 333/334, 343, 353, 367 or 369); 2 to 4 hours in Study of the Discipline (BITH 431 and/or BITH 452); 6 to 8 hours in Textual Studies: Old Testament courses (BITH 331-345, 349, 432-438, 443-449); New Testament courses (BITH 351-365, 368, 451-469); Biblical Studies courses (BITH 326, 425); 8 hours in Theological Studies: choose at least three courses from: Figures (BITH 483-488), Doctrines (BITH 382, 385, 387-389, 391-393), Topics (BITH 383, 384, 386, 394, 396); 0 to 2 hours in BITH or ARCH or RELI elective. Students pursuing the integrative Bible/Theology concentration are urged to fulfill the General Education language requirement by taking Greek or Hebrew (GREK 101, 102, and 201 or HEBR 301, 302, and 401).

A departmental honors program for majors requires four hours of honors course work within the 32-hour major, plus an additional four hours of honors thesis.

Requirements for a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies: 28 hours which includes the following: 12 hours of general education in Biblical and Theological Studies (BITH 211, 213, 315 or equivalent) and 16 hours from upper division study (eight hours of Biblical Studies at 300- or 400-level, and eight hours of Theological Studies at 300- or 400-level). General education requirements met through competency testing cannot count toward the minor. (Thus, if a student passes the competency exam for BITH 211 or 213, 2 hours of general education is waived but now must be added to upper division study, making 10 required hours.)

Requirements for a minor in Hebrew Bible are 20 hours including HEBR 301, 302, 401x, and BITH 443, 635U, a total of 16 hours, plus four hours of electives from BITH 495, 532U, ARCH 417x, 418x, or LING 321. The Hebrew Bible minor promotes serious study of the original language of the Old Testament. Grammar and exegesis stand at the center of the minor, supplemented by readings in the Hebrew Bible, and four elective hours in cognate languages and disciplines. The minor is ideal for students anticipating advanced biblical studies in seminary or graduate school, as well as in Near Eastern studies and archaeology.