Coursework Required for a Diploma in Biblical Studies

Thirty-six semester hours of coursework as follows:

COMM 260 Public Speaking (3 SCH)

ENGL 111 Written Expression (3 SCH)

ENGL 112 Argument-Based Literary Research (3 SCH)

HPRO 114 Health and Wellness (3 SCH)

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)
THL 332 The Biblical Text (3 SCH)

THL 380 Introduction to Biblical Doctrine (3 SCH)

To the right is a list of those courses that a student must complete for a Diploma in Biblical Studies. This program of study normally requires two years to complete on a part-time basis (see Suggested Schedule). Those who plan to complete the diploma over three or more years can take one or two courses a semester. These courses are not available in the summer session.

Program Purpose

This program of study, which provides students with an in-depth study of the Bible and related topics, and prepares students to be more effective leaders in churches and schools. This program provides lay persons the opportunity to grow in their understanding of the Scriptures and in their ability to effectively communicate the Scriptures to others.

Program Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate mastery of the general education core competencies applicable to this diploma program;

  • 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;

  • Identify and demonstrate a basic knowledge of practical Christian living;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Old Testament and its implication and application;

  • Demonstrate the qualities of a servant leader in a variety of settings;

  • Know and demonstrate understanding of biblical doctrines; and

  • Demonstrate the veracity and reliability of the Bible and using analysis tools demonstrate the purpose, significance and application of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.

Program Prerequisite

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

Program Requirements

For graduation, a student must have completed a minimum of 36 semester credit hours consisting of COMM 260ENGL 111, 112, HPRO 114, THL 135, 136, 200, 211, 212, 226, 332 and 380 with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the 36 semester credit hours applicable to the diploma and a grade of C or better in ENGL 111 and 112. A student can not apply more than 15 semester credit hours to a diploma 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 Diploma 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 (Form 009) must be filed with the Registrar by midterm for graduation that semester.