Biblical Studies Major

54-56 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.


A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required in all courses for the major.

General Education Requirements
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry 13
THEO 303Theology and the Christian Life 33
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy 13
UBBL 230Luke/Acts 13
UBBL 3xxApproved Additional GE (Biblical Studies course) 23
UBBL 476Writing 3: Women in the Biblical Tradition 43
UBBL 496Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics 73
or THEO 496 Senior Seminar: Theology and Social Issues
or MIN 496 Senior Seminar: Church and Society
Select one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Philosophy 5
Core Texts in Philosophy (3 units on APU campus; 4 on High Sierra Campus.) 5, 6
Major Course Requirements
MINY 226Studying and Teaching the Bible3
UBBL 3xxBiblical Studies Elective3
UBBL 4xxAny 400-level UBBL Course3
THEO 363Contemporary Christian Theology3
Select one of the following:3-4
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation 3
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present 3
Core Texts in Christianity (3 units on APU campus; 4 units on High Sierra Campus.) 3
Select one of the following:3-4
History of Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
History of Early Modern Philosophy
History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
Core Texts in Philosophy (3 units on APU campus; 4 on High Sierra Campus.) 5, 6
Four upper-division Ancient Languages/Biblical Studies courses12
Total Units54-56

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.

Optional Concentrations

Biblical Hermeneutics

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

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


The 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 archaeology concentration will be well equipped for graduate study in Bible, archaeology, ancient Near Eastern history, history of Israelite religion, and biblical history.

The student must take the four courses to fulfill the requirements of the archaeology 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, 3
Near Eastern Archaeology 2
Archaeological Field Excavation 1, 2
Elective Course (Choose one)3
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Biblical World
Old Testament World
New Testament World
The Religious Development of Israel
Writing 3: Women in the Biblical Tradition 4
Total Units12

UBBL/THEO Double Major Guidelines

Should a student choose to double major in theology and biblical studies, he/she must take three additional upper-division courses in either UBBL or THEO (UBBL 3xx/4xx or THEO 3xx/4xx) to meet the Guidelines for the Double Major.