Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies
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Education and training with an emphasis on preparation for church or parachurch ministry.

The program focuses on the basic skills and competencies necessary for church and 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. This program can be a foundational step toward a graduate seminary program.

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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 the authorship, historical background, structure, and themes of the books of the Bible.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in areas of church history and basic doctrines.
  • Perform college-level academic research.
  • Demonstrate competency in biblical and pastoral areas of Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills.

Course of Study

The BA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies program contains 122 units (semester hours): 33 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundation, 59 units of core courses, and 21 units of elective courses.

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 complete general education courses that: (1) cultivate breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural knowledge; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.

General education courses are broad in their focus and emphasize skills and principles 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 core competencies that include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) fundamental 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 specific 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. Connecting Christian foundations to life’s vocations empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.

Biblical Studies
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
Ministry Practices
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

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.

Phil Forbes
M.B.A., Phoenix University
Graduate Certificate in Biblical Languages, Shiloh University
M.Div., Shiloh University
Th.M., South Africa Theological Seminary
Teaches: Biblical Studies, Ministry Practice
Amanda Dempster
B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Graduate Certificate in Ministry Practice, Shiloh University
M.Div., Shiloh University
Teaches: Social Sciences, History/Cultures

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BA degree in Biblical and Pastoral Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.