B.A. in Biblical Studies

Students in APU’s biblical studies major receive a solid foundation in philosophy, Christian theology and ministry, and the Bible.

42 units

The biblical studies major combines a broad background in philosophy, Christian theology, and ministry with a solid foundation in the Bible. Graduates are furnished with a biblical basis for Christian ministry and evangelism and are prepared for graduate study in the Bible and Christian theology.

Career Opportunities

This major provides students with tools for continued education at a seminary or university. Graduates have also assumed positions in churches and Christian organizations where knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures are essential.


Core requirements for the biblical studies major may double-count with course requirements for the biblical hermeneutics and/or biblical archaeology concentration. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required in all courses for the major.

THEO/UBBL Double Major Guidelines

Should a student choose to double major in theology and biblical studies, he/she must take 3 additional upper-division courses in a single discipline of either THEO or UBBL (THEO 4XX or UBBL 3XX/4XX) to meet the guidelines for double majors.

NOTE: Major courses cannot be double-counted for the major and the minor. Also, only one correspondence course may be counted toward the major or minor and only with permission from the department.

Required Courses
UBBL 230Luke/Acts 13
UBBL 476Writing 3: Women in the Biblical Tradition 23
UBBL 496Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics 33
or THEO 496 Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues
or MIN 496 Senior Seminar: Church and Society
or PHIL 496 Senior Seminar
MINY 226Studying and Teaching the Bible3
UBBL 493Biblical Studies Capstone Course: Old Testament Theology3
or UBBL 494 Biblical Studies Capstone Course: New Testament Theology
Select one of the following:3
World Religions
Biblical Lands and Cultures
Global Biblical Interpretation
UBBL 4xxAny 400-level UBBL Course3
THEO 363Contemporary Christian Theology3
Select one of the following:3
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation 4
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present 4
Core Texts in Christianity 4
Select one of the following:3
Reasons for Faith: Exploring the Rationality of the Existence of God and Christianity
History of Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
History of Early Modern Philosophy
History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
Core Texts in Philosophy 5
Select 12 units of upper-division ancient languages or biblical studies courses from the following:12
Ancient Languages
Intermediate Greek I
Intermediate Greek II
Greek Readings
Intermediate Hebrew I
Intermediate Hebrew II
Hebrew Readings
I and II Samuel
Old Testament Prophets
Ruth and Esther
Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Johannine Literature
Romans and Galatians
Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles
Biblical Lands and Cultures
Near Eastern Archaeology
Archaeological Field Excavation
Prison and Pastoral Epistles
Old Testament World
New Testament World
Biblical Apocalyptic
History of Biblical Interpretation
Global Biblical Interpretation
Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Studies Capstone Course: Old Testament Theology (If not taken above)
Biblical Studies Capstone Course: New Testament Theology (If not taken above)
Directed Research
Students may substitute one of the ancient languages or biblical studies electives above with one of the following religious studies courses
Introduction to Judaism
Introduction to Islam
Introduction to Hinduism and South Asian Traditions
Introduction to Buddhism and East Asian Traditions
Special Topics in the History of Religion
Special Topics Seminar-Contemporary Christianity and Religious Studies
Religious Studies Capstone Course
Total Units42

Optional Concentrations

Biblical Hermeneutics

This concentration equips students to understand and engage in the perspectival nature of all biblical interpretation, helping them better prepare for ministry and/or graduate schools that recognize the importance of diversity. 

Core 1 Requirements 9
Global Biblical Interpretation 1
History of Biblical Interpretation
Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation
Core 2 Requirements (Choose One)3
Writing 3: Women in the Biblical Tradition 2
Global Christianity 3
Theology from the Margins 1
Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities
Total Units12

Biblical Archaeology

The biblical archaeology concentration develops analytical, reflective, and expressive skills in the study of the Bible in its historical, geographical, and cultural contexts. Participants are trained in the use of interdisciplinary methods to perform a thoughtful examination of the history of the Bible in light of Scripture, reason, and tradition. Students who complete the biblical archaeology concentration are well equipped for graduate study in Bible, biblical archaeology, ancient Near Eastern history, history of Israelite religion, and biblical history.

Students must take four courses to fulfill the requirements of the concentration, though it should be emphasized that these courses are not limited to students in the concentration. Two courses (6 units) are offered on the Azusa campus, while the latter two (6 units) are completed in Israel. The Israel component allows students to complete 6 of the required 12 units in one summer.

Core Requirements9
Biblical Lands and Cultures 1, 2
Near Eastern Archaeology 3
Archaeological Field Excavation 1, 3
Elective Course (Choose One)3
Old Testament World
New Testament World
Total Units12

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Explain current methodological approaches used to study the Christian Scriptures.
  2. Explain how history and culture influence the interpretation of the Christian Scriptures.
  3. Write an acceptable Biblical Studies research paper or prepare an equivalent project.
  4. Articulate how scripture, tradition, experience, and reason shape our Christian worldview.
  5. Articulate biblically responsible perspectives on gender, race, and ethnic and cultural diversity.