The Bible and Religion department aims to provide students with foundational competence in the Bible, Christian theology and religious thought. Courses in the Bible and its interpretation, biblical languages, archaeology, world religions and Christian doctrine are all designed to help students examine and deepen their faith commitments, sharpen their capacity for verbal and written communication and develop the skills and virtues necessary for service of Jesus Christ and His church.
A major in Bible and religion is chosen by those whose work involves interpretation of the Bible, theological and doctrinal reasoning and understanding of the Christian tradition. Such vocations include pastoral ministry, evangelism, missions and teaching Bible and religion in churches, parochial schools, colleges and seminaries. Those interested in missionary service should be aware of the various forms which such service may take besides preaching such as nursing, medicine and agriculture. The department also welcomes those students who wish to major in Bible and religion to enrich their own lives even though they do not plan to enter into full-time Christian service.
Students who plan to attend the graduate ministry program at Huntington University or a theological seminary after graduation may consider a major in Bible and religion. Such students lay the foundation for future ministries during their undergraduate study and enlarge this foundation during seminary training by supplementing their undergraduate study and branching into new areas. Students wishing to attend seminary are encouraged to consult with the department whether or not they choose to major in Bible and religion.
Students majoring in Bible and religion are provided the option of including a semester of study in Israel at Jerusalem University College in either the junior or senior year. By taking an approved list of courses at the Institute, they can receive credit for 15-16 semester hours toward the bachelor of arts degree and will also be given credit for one of the three required January Term experiences.
Students selecting the major in Bible and religion with a concentration in biblical studies will complete a minimum of 30 hours in the department, including BR 231, 241, 251, 261, and 271; nine hours from BR 441, 442, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, and GR 421; six hours of elective courses from the BR major; and six hours from 300 or 400 level complementary courses outside the Bible and Religion department or additional courses within the department (additional BR courses could include BR 331, 333, 440, and 460). (BR 111 and 311 do not count towards major requirements.)
Students selecting the major in Bible and religion with a concentration in theological and religious studies will complete a minimum of 30 hours, including BR 231, 241, 251, 261, 271, 341, 414, and 415; four hours of elective courses from the BR major; and six hours from 300 or 400 level complementary courses outside the Bible and Religion department or additional courses within the department (additional BR courses could include BR 331, 333, 440, and 460). (BR 111 and 311 do not count towards major requirements.)
Students who major in Bible and religion in either concentration must successfully complete GR 111. Students may complete the language requirement for the bachelor of arts degree either by completing eight additional hours of Greek beyond GR 111 or by completing eight other credits in foreign language and cultural enrichment, provided that at least six credit hours are earned in the same foreign language.
Recognizing that effective participation in God's kingdom often requires wide-ranging skills and experiences and that God's call leads people into diverse professions and vocations, the department encourages students to consider a second major to complement the 36 hours required for a major in Bible and religion. Many double major combinations are possible, such as history, English, philosophy, psychology, music, theatre, communication, business, missions or youth ministries.
The minor in Bible and religion requires 25 hours, including BR 231, 241, 251, 261, 271, and 414; three hours of an upper-division BR course; and three hours of an elective chosen from other BR courses, HS 361, and PY 341 (BR 311 does not count toward the minor).
The minor in biblical languages requires 22 hours, including GR 111, 121, 211, 421; HE 111 and 121.
Courses in Bible and Religion
Advanced Biblical Literature
Each of these courses involves an interpretation of a selected book or literary units within the specified area. Emphasis will be placed on the practice of accepted principles of interpretation pertinent to the various types of literature and on the religious ideas and practical value of material under consideration.
Courses in Greek