Minor in Biblical Studies

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


18 units

The minor consists of UBBL 230, 12 upper-division units in biblical studies (includes the 300-level UBBL General Education requirement), and either UBBL 100 or any additional upper-division biblical studies course. Students may also include upper-division Greek or Hebrew.

UBBL 230Luke/Acts 13
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy (or any additional upper-division Bible course) 13
Select 12 units from the following:12
The Rise of the King: I and II Samuel 2
Old Testament Prophets 2
Ruth and Esther 2
Psalms and Wisdom 2
Life and Teachings of Jesus 2
Romans and Galatians 2
Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles 2
Biblical Lands and Cultures 3
Near Eastern Archaeology
Archaeological Field Excavation 4
Prison and Pastoral Epistles
Old Testament World
New Testament World
Biblical Apocalyptic
Writing 3: Women in the Biblical Tradition 5
History of Biblical Interpretation
Global Biblical Interpretation 6
Postcolonial Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Studies Capstone Course: Old Testament Theology
Biblical Studies Capstone Course: New Testament Theology
Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics 7
Directed Research
Intermediate Greek I
Intermediate Greek II
Greek Readings
Intermediate Hebrew I
Intermediate Hebrew II
Hebrew Readings
Total Units18

Meets the General Education Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation requirement.


Meets the General Education Upper-Division Bible requirement.


Meets the General Education Upper-Division Bible or Intercultural Competence requirement.


Does not meet the General Education Upper-Division Bible requirement.


Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.

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