At Hope, the Biblical Studies major grounds students in the knowledge and interpretation of the Old and New Testaments and prepares them for a wide variety of career opportunities, including preaching and teaching in the local church. Hope Biblical Studies graduates also move on to careers that value the ability to analyze, contextualize, and interpret information, such as law, journalism, or secondary education.
This program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in religion and a possible career in academic teaching in the university or seminary setting. A Biblical Studies major will gain wide exposure to the variety of literature found in the Bible, informed by the best of critical scholarship and inspired by the desire to pursue research in service of Christ's mission through the church.
The B.A. in Biblical Studies program is 120 units.
All Biblical Studies majors must complete a minimum of three semesters of internship under the guidance of a mentor in the local church. Students will be paired with mentors who share the student's career passion and goals. For example, if a student desires to pursue a career in scholarship or teaching, churches that offer the best opportunities for the student to hone his or her classroom skills will be sought. In some instances a student may serve as an intern for a Biblical Studies professor, assisting in teaching, grading, and other scholarly or pedagogical activities as determined by the professor.
1. To have a solid understanding of Christian scriptures, this is key to a Christian’s faith
At Hope International University we firmly believe that a healthy theology will lead to a healthy ministry. We want to help you take the right actions for the right reasons.
2. To serve the church in the highest capacity
Biblically, the church serves in very significant roles as the bride of Christ, the body of Christ, and the family of God. This means that our service to the church deserves our best representation. This is why when you receive your degree in Biblical Studies our professors believe that you should receive the best training available in order to rightly pursue your calling.
3. To help other people serve the church and promote the priesthood of all believers
Pastors are not to do all of the ministry. At HIU we believe that we are not training up leaders to do all of the work. Instead it is our desire to build up leaders who can inspire and train all members of the church to serve God, the world, and one another.
4. Have a passion for preaching and teaching in the local church. Even if it is not in your role as a pastor
Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God! The church needs dedicated, trained, competent communicators of scripture. As someone who graduates with a ministry and biblical studies major you will have completed extensive training – both theory and practice – in the area of teaching and preaching the Word of God.
5. Have an opportunity for a life in scholarship and University/Seminary teaching
When you graduate with a degree in Biblical Studies, you will have the opportunity to decide to continue your academic pursuits and go on to receive a master’s and a doctorate in a biblical/ministry related field. The foundation for the pursuit of advanced biblical and pastoral studies begins in Hope International University.