Biblical Studies Major

39 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.


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.  

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

Major Course Requirements
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
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
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
History of Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
History of Early Modern Philosophy
History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
Core Texts in Philosophy 5
Four upper-division Ancient Languages/Biblical Studies courses12
Total Units39

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 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


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

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.