Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Education and training with an emphasis on preparation for church or parachurch ministry.

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.

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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 105Introduction to Online Learning1 unit
Communication (9 units)
GS 110English Composition 13 units
GS 111English Composition 23 units
GS 117Principles of Speech3 units
History / Cultures (6 units)
HI201 is required; choose 1 more
HI 201Western Civilization 13 units
HI 202Western Civilization 23 units
HI 211History of Christianity in the U.S.3 units
HI 220World Religions3 units
HI 221Introduction to Islam3 units
Humanities (6 units)
HU210 is required; choose 1 more
HU 210Introduction to Literature3 units
HU 201History of Music in the Church3 units
HU 202Introduction to World Music3 units
Mathematics (3 units)
GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units
Natural Science (3 units)
Choose 1 of the following
SC 201Introduction to Life Science3 units
SC 203Environmental Science3 units
Social Science (6 units)
SS205 is required; choose 1 more
SS 201Introduction to Psychology3 units
SS 205Cultural Anthropology3 units
SS 211Foundations of American Government3 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 211Reading the Bible as Literature3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 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.

Biblical Studies
MT 305Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
NT 301Introduction to the New Testament3 units
OT 301Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
OT 302Historical Geography of Israel3 units
Choose 1 of the following
BL 301 / 302Biblical Hebrew8 units
BL 303 / 304Biblical Greek8 units
Choose 1 of the following
MT 407Biblical Hermeneutics3 units
MT 412Biblical Curriculum Development3 units
Church History and Theology
CH 301Survey of Church History3 units
CH 304Spiritual Outpourings and Revival3 units
TH 301Theology 13 units
TH 302Theology 23 units
Ministry Practices
MT 301Spiritual Formation3 units
MT 309Missions and Evangelism3 units
MT 310Divine Healing and Miracles3 units
MT 311Principles of Spiritual Counsel3 units
MT 406Homiletics3 units
PL 401Foundations of Liturgy3 units
PL 410Stewardship and Administration3 units
MM 401Mentored Ministry3 units

PDF Version with Electives

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.

Faculty: Michelle Marzoni - Ph.D. in Sociology
Michelle Marzoni
B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University
M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University
Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University
Faculty: Craig Gruenberg - Master of Music Composition
Craig Gruenberg
B.M. in Music Education, University of Michigan
Master of Music Composition, California State University, Northridge

Faculty: Shiloh Francis - M.Ed.
Shiloh Francis
B.A. in American History, University of Hawaii at Manoa
M.Ed., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Faculty: John Buckingham - M.Div.
John Buckingham
B.A. in English Literature, University of Chicago
B.A. in Biology with minor in Chemistry, California State University Northridge
D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine
M.Div. King’s University

Graduation Requirements

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.