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Explore the Bible 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.
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. Visit the Academic Catalog for more information.
A second major for a student whose first major is in a department other than the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy shall meet all requirements of the major except for the hours designated as departmental electives. The total hour requirement 38 hours. Visit the Academic Catalog for more information.
A second major in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy for a student whose first major is within the Department shall consist of 30 hours. Visit the Academic Catalog for more details.
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.
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A minor in Christian History includes 15 hours of coursework, providing exploration of the development of Christianity from the apostolic age through the Middle Ages and Reformation and into the 21st century.
A degree in Biblical Studies offers you excellent training for careers in service and ministry. Our students are working as:
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.
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