Major in Biblical & Theological Studies

Go into ministry • Study theology • Make an impact

Expand your understanding of deep truths

In the biblical and theological studies major, you will study scriptural texts, church history, Christian theological tradition and biblical languages. Through the exercise of critical reading and thinking, the practice of articulate writing, and the exploration of cultural historical perspectives, you will be prepared for vocational ministry or attending seminary.

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What to expect as a Biblical & Theological Studies student

Explore Ancient Cultures

As a Biblical Studies major or minor, you can spend a summer working on an archaeological excavation in Jordan, uncovering the ancient city of Abila of the Decapolis with Dr. Dave Vila for college credit.

Lead a Ministry

Gain ministry experience leading a campus ministry, organizing community outreach programs, or serving on JBU’s Student Ministry Leadership Team.

Join Theta Alpha Kappa

Join JBU’s chapter of the honors society for students in religion and theological studies for stimulating debates, educational activities and challenging academic exploration.

Experience Denominational Diversity

JBU is an interdenominational school where you can experience a community of students and faculty who explore a beautiful convergence of differing theological positions and practices.

Get into Graduate School

JBU’s graduates are getting their graduate degrees from schools like Princeton, Duke, Denver Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Present Your Position

Each year JBU students present papers at national academic conferences like The Southwest Conference of the American Academy of Religion or the Truman State University Conference on Philosophy and Religion.


Classes like The Church in Global Context, History of Christianity, and Philosophy of Religion give students a foundational understanding of the church and the difference between God’s truth and cultural values. Students are encouraged to engage in on and off-campus ministries. “I’ve been able to lead Bible studies, work in a local college ministry, and teach sermons both at JBU’s Gathering chapel and at a local church,” Derek said. “I am constantly excited by how rich and inexhaustible the study of God’s Word is.”

Career opportunities for Biblical & Theological Studies

Graduate School or Seminary

You may choose to go to graduate school or seminary as a way of building on a specific area of academic interest.

Ministry Director

As a Biblical and Theological Studies major, you learn to approach problems from a variety of angles, research answers, and clearly state your position, all strengths needed in a leadership position.

Nonprofit Organizational/Social Work

You may choose to work in nonprofit organizations both overseas and nationally. Many organizations seek people who can write well, articulate their point, and communicate clearly, which are all abilities you will gain as a JBU biblical and theological studies student.


Many strong writers are able to write from a historical and cultural point of view, summarize events, present ideas clearly and research their answers thoroughly. These are all skills you gain by majoring in biblical and theological studies.

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