With a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, you will explore Biblical scholarship in an intellectually curious, faith-based environment, while opening your opportunities for ministry, service and further education.
While gaining a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments, Biblical Studies students explore the Bible within historical and cultural contexts. In addition to study with faculty members dedicated to scholarly exploration, the degree offers opportunities for professional internships, ministry experiences, and advanced studies in Greek and Hebrew.
A degree in Biblical Studies offers you excellent training for careers in service and ministry. Our students are working as:
- ministers at local churches
- chaplains in the military
- nonprofit professionals.
Among an array of other possibilities, career choices include counselor, community organizer, educator, youth pastor, and social worker.
The degree also prepares you for further studies at the graduate level. Our students have pursued graduate degrees at universities including Baylor, Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Others have stayed at Gardner-Webb to pursue degrees offered at the University, including various concentrations in the Master of Arts in Religion, the Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Ministry.
In addition to the University’s general education and prerequisite course requirements, Biblical Studies majors are required to take nine hours of foundational course choices in philosophy, spiritual formation, Christian history and theology. The Biblical Studies major also includes 21 hours of concentrated coursework with a practicum course or internship, six hours of departmental electives, and a three-hour seminar. Students who choose advanced studies of a Biblical language will complete six hours of those studies instead of electives. Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
A minor in Biblical Studies includes 15 hours of coursework, providing exploration of the Old and New Testament, as well as options to study Greek or Hebrew. The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.