Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies (Honours)

The BA Biblical Studies (Honours) program allows greater specialization than is possible in the standard BA Biblical Studies program. It is designed for students who wish for deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set. Entrance into this program is by application following the completion a minimum of 45 credit hours, and the student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 at the time of entry. Approval is subject to faculty availability and competence in the area of research.

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

Students must complete 45 credit hours of major requirements, including 33 credit hours at the 300-400 levels with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 400 level. In addition, students must take at least 18 credit hours of biblical languages, including at least 12 credit hours in one language (Hebrew or Greek) and 6 credit hours in a second biblical language. Students who complete this program will also be awarded a minor in Ancient and Biblical Languages.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA Biblical Studies (Honours) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew) and a beginning level of proficiency in the other (Greek or Hebrew) so as to read and carefully interpret the Greek New Testament and Hebrew Old Testament with attention to its ancient historical, literary, and cultural contexts.
  • Complete a major independent research project that advances a sustained argument.
  • 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 (45 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 at least 21 credit hours must be taken at the 300+ level including 12 credit hours taken at the 400 level (this may not include BLST 426 Biblical Studies Internship).

III. Honours Thesis (6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete BLST 498/99 Honours Thesis (6 credit hours), including an oral defense or public presentation and the production of a library-acceptable copy. The Honours thesis must be defended before two faculty members, one of whom (typically the second reader) may be a non-Briercrest faculty member.

IV. Cognate Language Requirements (18 credit hours)
12 credit hours of one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew) and at least 6 credit hours of the other.
Note: students may count the second year of the second biblical language as Biblical Studies Electives.

Cognate Theological Studies Requirements (6 credit hours)
6 credit hours chosen from the following courses:
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
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

VI. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours)

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 Syntanx and Exegesis I

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 325 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.

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