Associate and baccalaureate degree programs and the Certificate in Biblical Christianity require a minimum of 18 semester credit hours in biblical foundations core courses. There are no biblical foundations core requirements for other certificates or for diploma programs.


Students shall demonstrate basic academic knowledge of the Bible’s content and doctrines, the skills necessary for its proper interpretation, and the ability to apply Scriptural truth to their own lives and articulate it to others.


Students meeting this objective should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the author, background, major themes, and contents of the Hebrew Scriptures;
  • 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 implications and application;
  • Demonstrate skills for accurate Scriptural interpretation;
  • Identify and demonstrate a basic knowledge of practical Christian living;
  • Identify fundamental biblical doctrines and demonstrate their implications for Christian belief and conduct;
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the Bible and its doctrinal teachings to personal life situations, and articulate the biblical message to others; and
  • Identify and demonstrate Christian leadership and values.

Required Courses

Students must satisfactorily complete:

THL 135 Life, Ministry and Teachings of Jesus (3 SCH)

THL 136 Acts and the Writings of Paul (3 SCH)

THL 200 Principles of Christian Living (3 SCH)

THL 211 Old Testament Survey I (3 SCH)

THL 212 Old Testament Survey II (3 SCH)

THL 226 Christian Leadership (3 SCH)