Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies
This four-year program is designed to equip the student for the continued study, application, and ministering of God’s Word. The core curriculum concentrates on the biblical basis for ministry practices, allowing for ministry formation in concert with the student’s home church beliefs, and making room for the Holy Spirit to teach and minister in the student’s life.
The program focuses on the basic skills and competencies necessary for church and parachurch ministry, and can be a foundational step toward a graduate seminary program. Key studies include biblical languages, biblical research, Old Testament and New Testament studies, history of the church, theology, preaching and teaching, spiritual counsel, spiritual life, leadership and administration, church growth, healing and evangelism, and a mentored ministry experience.
The Bachelor of Arts Program Seeks To
- Provide students with a biblical, doctrinal, historical, practical, and personal foundation for ministry from a Spirit-filled perspective.
- Develop research and analytical skills at the undergraduate level necessary for the ministry and for ongoing biblical studies.
- Develop communication skills necessary for the ministry.
- Assist students in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.
Upon Successful Completion, You Will be Able To
- Demonstrate proficiency in areas of authorship, historical background, structure, and themes of the books of the Bible.
- Demonstrate proficiency in areas of church history and basic doctrines.
- Perform basic research.
- Perform basic exegetical analysis of Scripture.
- Communicate Scripture and theology with clarity and conviction.
- Demonstrate competency in areas of Christian ministry.
- Exhibit the character of a teachable servant-oriented leader.
- Participate effectively in Christian ministry and leadership.
- Pursue graduate studies in areas of Christian ministry, theology, or biblical studies.
Course of Study
The BA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies program contains 120 units (semester hours): 34 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundation, 59 units of core courses, and 18 units of elective courses.
|Study Skills (1 unit)|
|GS 105||Introduction to Online Learning||1 unit|
|Communication (9 units)|
|GS 110||English Composition 1||3 units|
|GS 111||English Composition 2||3 units|
|GS 117||Principles of Speech||3 units|
|History / Cultures (6 units)|
HI201 is required; choose 1 more
|HI 201||Western Civilization 1||3 units|
|HI 202||Western Civilization 2||3 units|
|HI 211||History of Christianity in the U.S.||3 units|
|HI 220||World Religions||3 units|
|HI 221||Introduction to Islam||3 units|
|Humanities (6 units)|
HU210 is required; choose 1 more
|HU 210||Introduction to Literature||3 units|
|HU 201||History of Music in the Church||3 units|
|HU 202||Introduction to World Music||3 units|
|Mathematics (3 units)|
|GS 121||Practical Mathematics||3 units|
|Natural Science (3 units)|
Choose 1 of the following
|SC 201||Introduction to Life Science||3 units|
|SC 203||Environmental Science||3 units|
|Social Science (6 units)|
SS205 is required; choose 1 more
|SS 201||Introduction to Psychology||3 units|
|SS 205||Cultural Anthropology||3 units|
|SS 211||Foundations of American Government||3 units|
General Education Description
Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student successfully complete general education courses at the collegiate level that (1) ensure breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural understandings; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.
General education courses are broad in their focus and place an emphasis on skills and principles that are not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain certain basic core competencies. These core competencies include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) basic mathematical, science, and technological skills.
|HU 211||Reading the Bible as Literature||3 units|
|SC 202||Introduction to Health Science||3 units|
|SS 202||Principles of Interpersonal Relationships||3 units|
Christian Foundations Description
Shiloh University believes that certain foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating.
|MT 305||Introduction to Biblical Interpretation||3 units|
|NT 301||Introduction to the New Testament||3 units|
|OT 301||Introduction to the Old Testament||3 units|
|OT 302||Historical Geography of Israel||3 units|
Choose 1 of the following
|BL 301 / 302||Biblical Hebrew||8 units|
|BL 303 / 304||Biblical Greek||8 units|
Choose 1 of the following
|MT 407||Biblical Hermeneutics||3 units|
|MT 412||Biblical Curriculum Development||3 units|
|Church History and Theology|
|CH 301||Survey of Church History||3 units|
|CH 304||Spiritual Outpourings and Revival||3 units|
|TH 301||Theology 1||3 units|
|TH 302||Theology 2||3 units|
|MT 301||Spiritual Formation||3 units|
|MT 309||Missions and Evangelism||3 units|
|MT 310||Divine Healing and Miracles||3 units|
|MT 311||Principles of Spiritual Counsel||3 units|
|MT 406||Homiletics||3 units|
|PL 401||Foundations of Liturgy||3 units|
|PL 410||Stewardship and Administration||3 units|
|MM 401||Mentored Ministry||3 units|
Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.
Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the BA program. View all faculty bios.
To graduate with the BA degree in Biblical and Pastoral Studies the student will:
- Complete the minimum number of units required.
- Complete and pass all of the courses in the degree program.
- Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.