Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies

This program is for those who want to develop skills and methods for engaging in sound and thoughtful interpretation of the Bible for use in ministry or mission settings or as a firm foundation as they pursue a variety of careers in the marketplace. More than any other college program at Briercrest College and Seminary, this one equips students to do biblical research and Bible teaching. It also prepares students for further undergraduate or graduate education, particularly in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and/or divinity.

Building upon the foundation of biblical knowledge at the core of all our arts degree programs, students majoring in biblical studies have the opportunity to take advanced courses in biblical studies, biblical theology, hermeneutics, and biblical languages (Hebrew and/or Greek) as well as courses that focus on the literary, cultural, historical, and geographical aspects of biblical interpretation.

Biblical studies majors also enjoy increased confidence in personal Bible study, valuable insights from the study of ancient cultures and original languages, and a deepening appreciation for the unity within the diversity of Scripture. Successful graduates are well-equipped to provide biblically informed and theologically reflective insights to the church as it carries out its mission in a complex world.

Past students have pursued many types of careers including that of a pastor, teacher, professor, or Bible translator.

Credit Hours: 120
Coordinator: Wes Olmstead

Ken Guenter, MA
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History
Samuel Hildebrandt, PhD
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Carl Hinderager, PhD
Professor of New Testament
David Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
Wes Olmstead, PhD
Professor of New Testament
Don Taylor, DTh
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Susan Wendel, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament
    Learning Outcomes  Requirements  Program Sheet

Program Overview

The BA Biblical Studies requires 39 credit hours of Biblical Studies courses (including at least 18 credit hours at 300+ level and six additional credit hours at 400+ level), 12 credit hours of cognate language requirements (Greek or Hebrew), and six credit hours of cognate Theological Studies requirements. Like most Briercrest programs the BA Biblical Studies requires 39 credit hours at the 300+ level within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Biblical Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in Greek or Hebrew so as to read and carefully interpret the Greek New Testament or Hebrew Old Testament with attention to its ancient historical, literary, and cultural contexts.
  • Articulate a reflective approach to interpretation.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the interpretation of Scripture for the life of the church through leadership, teaching or preaching.


I. Required Courses (6 credit hours)
BLST 111 Introduction to the Old Testament
BLST 109 Introduction to the New Testament
BLST 423 Advanced Hermeneutics 

II. Electives (33 credit hours)
Minimum 6 credit hours must be taken in each of the 3 domains: (a) Old Testament Studies; (b) New Testament Studies; and (c) Backgrounds and Methodological issues.

A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken at 300+ level including 6 credit hours at the 400+ level (this may not include BLST 426 Biblical Studies Internship).

III. Cognate Language Requirements (12 credit hours)
GRK 200 Introductory Greek I
GRK 201 Introductory Greek II
GRK 300 Greek Syntax
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I
HEB 200 Introductory Hebrew I
HEB 201 Introductory Hebrew II
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax & Exegesis I
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax & Exegesis II

IV. Cognate Theological Studies Requirements (6 credit hours with at least 3 credit hours at 300+ level)
HIS 114 The Ancient and Medieval World I
HIS 115 The Ancient and Medieval World II
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I
PHI/RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion
THEO 203 History of Christian Theology I
THEO 204 History of Christian Theology II
THEO 312 Classics of Christian Spirituality
THEO 313 Prayer in the Christian Tradition
THEO 330 The Triune God
THEO 331 Scripture and Canon
THEO 334 Baptism and the Lord's Supper
THEO 337 Comparative Studies on the Church
THEO 350 Jesus the Christ
THEO 351 The Holy Spirit
THEO 357 Christian Hope and Eschatology
THEO 370 Theology of Mission
THEO 453 Marriage, Singleness and Human Sexuality in Theological Perspective
THEO 461 Christianity and Other Faiths
THEO 471 Studies in Historical Theology
THEO 472 Early Christian Texts
THEO 473 Late Medieval and Reformation Era Texts
THEO 474 Modern Era Texts
THEO 480 The Theology of Augustine
THEO 488 The Theology of Karl Barth
THEO 491 Theology and Political Engagement

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)

In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.


Biblical Studies Electives by Category

Old Testament Electives
BLST 205 Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom
BLST 206 Introduction to the Prophets
BLST 305 Wisdom and Poetry Book Study
BLST 367 Studies in the Pentateuch
BLST 425 Advanced Studies in Old Testament Literature
BLST 434 Prophets Book Study
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II

New Testament Electives
BLST 214 General Epistles
BLST 230 Pauline Epistles
BLST 304 Acts
BLST 306 Romans
BLST 309 John
BLST 310 1 Corinthians (CDE)
BLST 381 Hebrews
BLST 385 Revelation
BLST 415 Advanced Studies in New Testament Literature
BLST 435 Synoptic Gospels
BLST 436 The Gospel of Matthew
BLST 437 The Gospel of Luke
BLST 438 Galatians
BLST 439 Pastoral Epistles
BLST 440 The Thought and Theology of Paul
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I
GRK 400 Greek Exegesis II
GRK 401 Advanced Greek Exegesis

Backgrounds and Methodological Issues
BLST 324 Bible Synthesis
BLST 371 Jewish Backgrounds to Early Christianity
BLST 435 Synoptic Gospels*
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I**
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II**

*BLST 435 could count either as a NT elective or a methods elective but not both.
**If the language requirement is met with the other biblical language, GRK/HEB 301 could count either as a biblical studies elective or a methods elective, but not both.

My classes bring out things in my own life—they're very applicable and they mesh well, always reminding me why I'm here.
Brette Elias