Bachelor of Science: Bible as Second Degree

Every student who graduates from Barclay College does so with a degree in Bible. Most students also earn a professional degree from Barclay. For those students desiring a Biblical education and a professional degree that Barclay does not offer, the college offers the Bible As Second Degree program. In this program, students earn a B.S. from Barclay in conjunction with a B.A. or B.S. from another college.


1. The second institution must be accredited.

2. The agreement with the other institution must be arranged in advance.

3. Students interested in this program must apply through the Vice President for Registration and Records’ Office.

4. Proof of completion of the major at the second institution must be made to Barclay via transcript from the second institution in a timely fashion to allow participation in commencement.

5. Graduates pay the graduation fee at Barclay College.


Students who complete the Bible As Second Degree program 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. Meet the objectives of the Division of General Studies.

5. Meet the criteria for graduation in a degree program from a second institution.


I. Division of Bible and Ministry [40 hours]

(Up to six hours may be transferred from another college)

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)

NT241 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:

13 hours



3 hours


Basic Beliefs

2 hours



2 hours

6 hours chosen from NT or OT electives

6 hours

II. Division of General Studies [minimum of 44 hours]

(a minimum of 24 of these hours must be completed at Barclay College – any hours transferred should generally conform to the requirements listed here.)

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

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

SS201 Western Civilization I (3 hours)

SS213 American History I (3 hours)

SO211 Introduction to Sociology (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

9 hours

PY204 Marriage and Family

3 hours

LI201/202 Introduction to Literature

3 hours

3 hours chosen from:

3 hours

MI223 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

PY322 Social Psychology (3 hours)

SS202 Western Civilization II (3 hours)

SS214 American History II (3 hours)

General Studies Electives

4 hours

4 hours chosen from General Studies curriculum (may include PE and MU classes or others not specifically listed here)

4 hours

III. Division of Arts and Sciences [minimum of 34 hours]

The hours required by the second institution to meet its requirements for a major

34 hours

IV. Free Electives [10 hours]

10 hours of additional mandatory or elective courses taken as needed either at Barclay College or at the second institution to make the balance of 128 total.

10 hours

128 total