The Bible & Religion department aims to provide students with a foundational competence in the Bible, Christian theology, and religious thought. Courses in Bible, interpretation methodology, biblical languages, archaeology, world religion, and Christian doctrine are all designed to help students examine and deepen their faith commitments in the service of Jesus Christ and His church.
Two tracks are offered:
A Flexible Degree
Recognizing that effective ministry often requires wide-ranging skills and experiences, and that God's call leads people into diverse professions and vocations, our department encourages students to identify a second major to complement the 30+6 hours required for a major in Bible and Religion. Typical double major combinations include History, English, Philosophy, Psychology, Music, Recreation Management, Theatre, Communication, Business, Missions, Youth Ministries, and others.
Bible and Religion majors may acquire experience in leading others in the interpretation of the Bible through preaching, teaching assignments or leading Bible studies. Take a look at Huntington's internship programs. Students also have the opportunity to study in Israel at the Jerusalem University College during their junior or senior year as well as travel on other study trips with faculty.
Scholarships are available!
Five years ago, Mark Fairchild made the discovery of a lifetime. And his research since has continued to confirm his findings.
Study Trips with the Bible Faculty
Students frequently take study trips with professors in the department -- to learn and for research.
Dr. Mark Fairchild, professor of biblical studies and chair of the Bible and Religion department, released his first book, Christian Origins in Ephesus and Asia Minor, in July. The ancient city of Ephesus was the largest city in Asia Minor, and it was frequently mentioned in the New Testament, explained Fairchild. The gospel was first shared with the people of Ephesus in the middle of the first century and the Scriptures continued to describe the fortunes of the church up through the end...
Amos Rawley looks forward to the day when he will stand in front of a congregation and watch over the “flock” God has entrusted to him. In order to achieve his dream to become an ordained pastor with the United Brethren Church, he needed to go back to college — this time for graduate work. After graduating in 2010 with a biblical studies degree, Amos decided to further his...
Dr. Travis Derico holds master’s degrees from Purdue University (MA Philosophy) and the University of St Andrews, Scotland (MPhil Divinity), and earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford, England (DPhil New Testament). Dr. Derico has conducted fieldwork on the transmission of oral traditions in an Arab Christian community in Jordan, and is the author of a forthcoming book on the role of...