Bachelor of Arts: Bible/Theology

We in the Bible/Theology department welcome you and invite you to consider exploring a most fulfilling Christian experience as a Bible/Theology major at Barclay College.


Students who complete the Bible/Theology major will meet the objectives of the Division of Bible and Ministry, as well as the following objectives specific to this major.

Division Objectives: students will

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, the ability to accurately interpret Scripture, and an increasingly coherent Christian worldview that enables them 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 own 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 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.

Specific Program Objectives: students will

1. Apply several methods of Bible study.

2. Recognize major historical‑critical theories of Biblical interpretation.

3. Develop a foundation in biblical studies on which to build further learning through graduate school.

4. Organize and analyze the major theological paradigms within Christianity.

5. Examine important historical events and corresponding theological movements within their contextual frameworks.

6. Theologically design and construct new contextual structures for Christian life, service, and leadership.

7. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.

BIBLE/THEOLOGY Required Courses

I. Division of Bible and Ministry [78 hours]

Division Core

Part I. Bible Concentration:

17 hours


Bible Study Methods

3 hours


New Testament Survey

3 hours


Old Testament Survey

3 hours


Doctrine of Holiness

2 hours


Teachings of Friends

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

NT211 Transformational Life & Leadership of Christ (3 hours)

NT 241 Synoptic Gospels (3 hours)

NT362 Acts (3 hours)

NT356 Writings of John (3 hours)

Part II. Foundations for Ministry:

10 hours


Personal Evangelism Seminar

1 hour


Survey of Church Ministry

3 hours


Intercultural Ministry

3 hours


Spiritual Formation I

3 hours

Additional Bible/Theology:

31 hours



3 hours


Church History

3 hours



2 hours


Systematic Theology I

3 hours


Systematic Theology II

3 hours

17 hours chosen from NT, OT, or TH electives

17 hours

Professional Ministry Courses

20 hours


Ministry Leadership

3 hours


World Religions and Ideologies

3 hours

* These classes require also doing LA223 and LA224, Using NT Greek I and II (2 hours each)

II. Division of General Studies [50 hours]

Division Core


12 hours


Introduction to Computer Applications

3 hours


College Writing

3 hours


Research and Writing

3 hours


Fundamentals of Speech

3 hours


6 hours


Introduction to Philosophy

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

7 hours


Personal Effectiveness

1 hour


General Psychology

3 hours


Marriage and Family

3 hours

Science and Mathematics:

6 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MA103 Mathematical Concepts (3 hours)

MA108 College Algebra (3 hours)

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

Any Science Elective

Additional General Studies Requirements:

19 hours


Using NT Greek I

3 hours


Using NT Greek II

3 hours

3 hours chosen from literature (LI) courses

3 hours

6 hours of social science electives

6 hours

6 general education electives

6 hours

128 hours total