Coursework Required for a Certificate in Old Testament Studies

Eighteen semester hours of coursework as follows:

THL 211 Old Testament Survey I (3)

THL 212 Old Testament Survey II (3)

THL 332 The Biblical Text (3)

THL 437 Biblical Prophecy I: Major Prophets (3)

THL 467 Historical Geography of the Bible Lands (3)

THL 473 Archaeology and the Old Testament (3)

To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Certificate in Old Testament Studies. 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.

Program Purpose

The purpose of this certificate program is to provide a comprehensive overview of the Hebrew Scriptures in preparation for Christian leadership and service.

Program Objectives

On successful completion of this program, a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic content of the books of the Old Testament;
  • Demonstrate the veracity and reliability of the Bible;
  • Correlate relevant archaeological, historical and biblical material with important sites, roads, features and events within the eastern Mediterranean region;
  • Explain how understanding of the social, political and religious background of the biblical world aids illumination of the Hebrew Scriptures; and
  • Explain the interrelationship between ancient Egypt and its civilization and culture to the land of Canaan.

Program Prerequisite

This program is open only to regular (matriculated) students.

Program Requirements

For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 18 semester hours consisting of THL 211, 212, 332, 437467 and 473 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 18 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.

Program Advisement

Each student entering the Certificate in Old Testament 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.