Biblical Studies Majors
- 40% of major requirements must be completed at Judson.
- 40% of major requirements must be upper division.
- No grade lower than C- accepted for major requirements.
Biblical Studies Electives
Required = 24 Hours
- At least one New Testament and one Old Testament course is required
- BST221 Interpreting the Bible (required)
- BST100 or 200 level electives 9 hours
- BST300 or 400 level electives 12 hours
Required = 6 Hours
- Choose a two semester sequence– either Hebrew or Greek
- BST348 Old Testament Hebrew I
- BST349 Old Testament Hebrew II
- BST345 New Testament Greek I
- BST346 New Testament Greek II
Required = 6 Hours
Required = 3 Hours
- THS390 Philosophical Theology OR
- THS391 Philosophers/Theologians in Dialogue
Required = 6 Hours
Six hours of electives may be chosen from the following:
- THS481 can not be reused on major
- BST****Biblical Studies
- CRP****Christian Religion and Philosophy
- YMN***Youth Ministry/Adolescent Studies
Upon completion of this major, students will be able:
- to argue ideas and conclusions coherently, logically and self-critically, demonstrating a high degree off air-minded judgment while likewise offering a measure of Christian charity and respect to those with whom the disagree.
- to analyze seminal texts and discern the importance and quality of the arguments therein in light of related literary, historical, cultural, ecclesial, wider intellectual and global contexts and communicate this effectively in writing and in group situations.
- to engage competently in religious and associated intellectual discussions through guided and increasingly self-directed study and inquiry which uses appropriately the primary and secondary literature and related tools of the discipline.
- to respond creatively and imaginatively to issues arising in theological scholarship in ways which reflect an informed and sensitive awareness of both originating and current contexts.
- to articulate, coherently, and especially in writing, the contours and vital substance of the Christian story in a way that is biblically informed, historically and theologically aware, and globally and locally located while discerning critically and sympathetically there in a range of alternative views and perspectives.
- to evaluate the nature of religious belief and practice and discern the roles these play in shaping and directing personal and corporate life in various cultural settings – historical and contemporary.
- to articulate in a nuanced way, especially written, how the ideas, beefs and practices being studies have previously,and have the potential to shape continually the life of the Church and the spiritual formation of persons.
Theological Studies Core Requirements
Required = 36 Hours
Credit hours for BST101, BST102 and the BST upper level elective from the GEN ED core do not count as hours within the THS major. The upper level Gen Ed elective must be in BST(a Biblical course.)
- THS221 Christian Theology
- PHL260 Introduction to Philosophy
- PHL364 Christian Ethics
- THS225X History and Theology of Worship
- BST221 Interpreting the Bible
- THS320X History of Christianity to 1500
- PHL267 Comparative Religions
- THS373X American Church History OR THS321X The Church and the Reformation
- THS391 Philosophers and Theologians in Dialogue OR THS390 Philosophical Theology
- THS435 Studies in Contemporary Theology OR THS437 Studies in Historical Theology
- THS484 Research Methods for Theological Studies
- THS485 Theological Studies Thesis
Theological Studies Electives
Required = 9 Hours
9 hours required from the following (may not duplicate courses above):
- THS373X American Church History
- THS391 Philosophers and Theologians in Dialogue
- THS390 Philosophical Theology
- THS325 Christology
- THS321X The Church and the Reformation
- THS330 Theology of Work
- THS435 Studies in Contemporary Theology
- THS437 Studies in Historical Theology