What will I learn with a Bible and Theology Degree?

A Bible and Theology degree from Barclay College will help you develop a strong foundation for a life-long learning in biblical studies. During this program you will accomplish these tasks:

 

  • Design a sound hermeneutical framework for scripture.
  • Investigate the major theological paradigms within Christianity.
  • Critique historical events and corresponding theological movements within their context.

Why should I come to Barclay College for a Bible and Theology Degree?

When you study at Barclay College you will become equipped to use your diverse gifts, and you will have the flexibility to explore a wide variety of ministry contexts. The program offers a number of ministry electives so you can team with your adviser to explore vocational ministry interests. This degree is also a great platform for those who want to pursue graduate studies.

 

How can I use a Bible and Theology degree?

With a Bible and Theology degree you are a candidate to be employed in all capacities within various church contexts (pastors, youth pastors, worship pastors, small group leaders, church planters, missions, etc). In addition, you can consider employment with nonprofit organizations, serving in various philanthropic environments focused on promoting peacemaking, serving people with disabilities, helping people with addiction, homeless ministries and more.

What is the career/job outlook?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
shows that the industry has grown in the long term (8.8% over the last five years and 4.9% over the last 5 years), but is expected to plateau.

Job openings for those directly related to theology are low, but “generalist” employment (i.e., non-profits, etc.) is incredibly high. 

What are alums of the program doing?

Several Bible & Theology graduates are continuing their education in quality graduate programs across the country and excelling, many with substantial advanced standing in their programs. Currently we have Bible Theology majors serving as mental health professionals, as workers and executives in nonprofit organizations, and in all types of roles in church and parachurch ministries (pastors, youth workers, worship pastors, leading discipleship programs, etc.).

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Arts: Bible/Theology

Bible and Ministry Requirements*: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no more than one D grade allowed)

29 hrs

Bible Concentration

20 hrs

BI205 Bible Study Methods

3

NT102 New Testament Survey

3

OT101 Old Testament Survey

3

TH300 Teachings of Friends

3

TH302 Doctrine of Holiness

2

OT Elective (OT252, 322, 333, or 351)

3

NT Elective (NT211, 241, 362, or 356)

3

Foundations for Ministry

9 hrs

CM104 Personal Evangelism Seminar

1

MI208 Intercultural Ministry

3

SL101 Spiritual Formation I

3

WA101 Introduction to Worship

2

General Education Requirements:

33 hrs

Communication

9 hrs

EN100 College Writing

3

EN200 Research and Writing

3

SP200 Fundamentals of Speech

3

Humanities

11 hrs

HU309 Interdisciplinary Studies Elective

3

LI200 Introduction to Literature

3

PH100 Critical Thinking

2

PH205 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6 hrs

PY100 General Psychology

3

Social Science Elective

3

Science and Mathematics

7 hrs

Math Elective

3

Science Elective+Lab

4

Additional Requirements

12 hrs

BC199 Orientation for Success at BC

1

6 hours chosen from literature (LI), Juniors Global (JG), or social sciences

6

Unrestricted electives (students often fulfill these hours, partially or completely, through 1-hr courses, such as sports or music lessons)

5

Professional Ministry Courses: (must earn a 2.5 GPA; no D grades allowed)

26 hrs

CM307 Ministry Leadership and Administration

3

HI447 Church History and Thought I

3

HI448 Church History and Thought II

3

MI316 World Religions and Ideologies

3

PM313 Homiletics I

3

PM314 Homiletics II

2

PM412 Counseling for Christian Leaders

3

Additional Bible/Theology:

28 hrs

BI306 Hermeneutics

3

NT201 Using New Testament Greek I

3

NT202 Using New Testament Greek II

3

TH304 Apologetics

2

TH341 Systematic Theology I

3

TH342 Systematic Theology II

3

11 hours NT, OT, or TH Electives

11

Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

+8.8%

Growth for jobs related to theology*
Over the last 5 years

10 year forecast

Higher demand for “generalists” (i.e. non-profits, etc.)

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The Bible and Theology program at Barclay College has helped me understand the overarching story Scripture: a story of redemption and restoration. The program helped me see myself in that story and realize that I am a coauthor with God in His Divine Story.”

Aaron Kick

Youth Ministry and College Internship Director,
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist (PRS)

2020, B.A. Bible & Theology

Have questions about our Bible and Theology degree?

Joshua Bunce

Chair of Bible & Theology

M.Div. George Fox Evangelical Seminary
B.S. Barclay College