To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Certificate in Biblical Studies. This program of study provides a student with a comprehensive overview of the Bible. Completion of this certificate normally requires one academic year (two semesters) to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the certificate over two or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session.
The purpose of this certificate program is to raise one’s biblical understanding in his or her preparation for Christian leadership and service.
On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:
- Explain the main themes of the Bible and the implications for Christian life and individual belief and conduct;
- Explain the background, purpose, message, and themes of the Gospels and the significance of Jesus Christ in the first century and beyond;
- Show the message of Acts and each of the Pauline Epistles and their implication and application;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Old Testament and its implication and application; and
- Know and demonstrate understanding of biblical doctrines.
This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.
For graduation a student must have completed a minimum of 19 semester hours consisting of THL 110ab, 135, 136, 211, 212 and 380 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 19 semester hours applicable to the certificate. A student can not apply more than 15 semester hours credit to a certificate when earned through the Open Learning Program. Generally, it is best for one to apply for admission as a regular (matriculated) student upon deciding on a specific certificate, diploma or degree. See Applying for Online Study or Applying for On-Campus Study.
Each student entering the Certificate in Biblical Studies program has an assigned adviser who will be available for program advisement and career information. An adviser helps a student create a workable plan to meet his or her educational objectives within a reasonable time period.
Application for Graduation
For the conferring of the certificate students should apply for graduation in the semester they plan to graduate. An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.