Why Pursue Biblical and Theological Studies?
Biblical truth stands at the very center of the Christian tradition. Our mission is to cultivate Christians who are biblically rooted and theologically formed through a focus on interpretation, application, and research tools and resources. In addition, students gain a unique appreciation for the depth and breadth of our shared Christian heritage by studying under faculty who are accomplished scholar-teachers from a broad range of evangelical denominations.
Why Pursue Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton?
You will gain the academic skills necessary for advanced study and service in the church and society through formation in three interrelated areas: biblical and theological knowledge; academic skills and critical reflection; and Christian life and service. Our undergraduate and graduate faculty are committed to stimulating learning that bears fruit in lives of faithful thinking and witness for Christ and His kingdom.
You will discuss key positions within the evangelical global church in a community that values charitable conversation. Together you and your peers will wrestle through the hard questions of faith with faculty willing to walk alongside you to find answers in evangelical theology and exegesis.
You’ll gain skills and perspectives necessary for integrating biblical and theological learning with the methods, claims, and insights of other academic disciplines. We provide general education courses for all Wheaton undergraduates and a range of theological courses for graduate students that focus on relating biblical faith to their chosen academic fields.
Explore the life and thought of the Christian church in its first seven centuries through the teaching, research, and publications of the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies.
Study in the Holy Lands
- Invest seven weeks studying in Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Rome with Wheaton in the Holy Lands
- Dig in the ancient soil at Tel Shimron Archaeological Survey through Wheaton in Israel
Conferences, Lectures and Colloquiums
The Biblical and Theological Studies department hosts many lectures and several conferences each year featuring speakers from many disciplines of theology including the popular Wheaton Theology Conference.
Wheaton is home to a robust archeological collection housed on the fifth floor of the Billy Graham Center.
Study in the Black Hills
Bring your summer classroom to the Black Hills to learn about Colonialism and Redemption: Native American Culture
What Will I Learn?
We offer two undergraduate majors:
- The Biblical & Theological Studies major provides training in both biblical and theological studies by taking courses in biblical studies, systematic and historical theology, hermeneutics and ethics.
- Through the Biblical Archaeology major, you’ll be trained to study the Bible within its long-term geographic, historical, cultural and social dynamic.
Select students conduct independent research and 4 additional classroom hours to deliver a written thesis and oral defense of the research.
Students in any major can complete one of the following minors by taking 20 hours of select courses listed 200-level and above:
- Biblical and Theological Studies
- Hebrew Bible
- Biblical Archaeology
The Early Christian Studies certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed to introduce you to the systematic study of the broad fields of patristic and early Christian literature.
Earn master's degrees in as little as one year by taking graduate credit courses during your senior year in Archaeology, Biblical Exegesis, History of Christianity and Theology
We offer a variety of programs that stress the concepts, principles, history, and methods of the theological disciplines:
- Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical and Theological Studies (Ph.D.)
- Master of Arts in Biblical Archaeology (M.A.)
- Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis (M.A.)
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (M.A.)
- Master of Arts in the History of Christianity (M.A.)
- Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.)
Consult the course catalog for full listing of current courses available in this field.