Biblical Studies

Gain a foundation for effective Christian life, service, and leadership

What will I learn with a degree in Biblical Studies?

You should consider the online degree in Biblical Studies if you desire to know and develop an understanding of God, the Bible, the Christian world view, and God’s work in the world. This program will help you take that understanding into society in order to evangelize, disciple, and live as an example of God’s provision for humanity through Jesus Christ

When you complete the degree, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the need for, meaning, and practice of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the Bible and essential Christian doctrine, accurately interpret Scripture, and build an increasingly coherent Christian world view that enables you to apply biblical principles to questions of ethics, compassion, and all other life situations.
  3. Exhibit a lifestyle that is characterized by simplicity, integrity, responsibility, and order, which reflects concern for the social implications of the gospel and lends credibility to a Christian testimony.
  4. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and ability required to minister to others in their cultural group and across cultural boundaries, utilizing appropriate technology and relevant forms of both written and verbal communication.
  5. Demonstrate perseverance and commitment, and the ability to work productively both independently and in teams.
  6. Develop the skills and understanding necessary for personal Bible study, prayer, and devotional life, which can sustain and empower one’s own personal life and ministry to others.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to find, process, and apply information that is relevant to one’s Christian life and ministry through the exercise of both critical and creative thinking.

Why should I come to Barclay College for a degree in Biblical Studies?

With the online Biblical Studies degree, you will have a biblical foundation based on the rich history and theology of the evangelical Friends tradition.

What can I do with a degree in Biblical Studies?

A degree in Biblical Studies opens opportunities in a variety of vocational goals, including teaching the Bible in various ministry or Christian school settings, serving with Christian para-church agencies, or the ability to witness effectively while engaged in another business or professional career. The program can also serve as an excellent foundation for those who plan to continue their education at the master’s level.

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?

Expect to be sought after by graduate schools and several employers.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science: Biblical Studies

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General Studies Group

27 hrs

OEN101 College Writing


OEN202 Research and Writing


Humanities Electives


Math Elective


Science Elective


OSP202 Fundamentals of Speech


Social Science Electives


Biblical & Theological Studies Group

30 hrs

Biblical Studies Electives


Theological Studies Electives


OTH308 Teachings of Friends


OTH302 Doctrine of Holiness


Professional Studies Group

45 hrs

OBI205 Bible Study Methods


OBI306 Hermeneutics


OCM323 Advanced Spiritual Formation


OCM346 Church History


OMI322 World Christian Perspective


ONT241 Synoptic Gospels


ONT322 Church Planting


ONT333 Writings of John


ONT343 Pauline Epistles


OOT252 Old Testament Poetry


OOT341 Pentateuch


OOT351 Old Testament Prophets


OTH304 Apologetics


OTH341 Systematic Theology 1


OTH342 Systematic Theology 2


Unrestricted Electives

29 hrs

Career Outlook

* According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)


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 curriculum at Barclay helped me build a foundation of what it means to have a correct relationship with God and with people. This foundation was then built upon by the interactions with both professors and my fellow students. I use aspects of my education through Barclay everyday as I work for His Kingdom.”

Eric Surface

2021 Candidate, B.A. Biblical Studies
Senior Pastor, First Christian Church, Canon City, CO

Have questions about our Biblical Studies degree?

Adrian Halverstadt

Chair of Biblical Studies

Ph.D. Trinity Theological Seminary
M.A. Huntington University
B.S. Fort Wayne Bible College