2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Major in
Biblical Studies (B.A.)

This major focuses upon providing skills for biblical interpretation and study. In addition to a foundation of spiritual formation and theology, nearly two thirds of this major is the study of the Scriptures.

Major in Biblical Studies (B.A.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements B.A. 59-63
Prerequisites for Religion Major1   6
    REL 1250, New Testament and Exegesis 3  
    REL 2350, Christian Doctrine2 3  
Core Emphasis    
    REL 3400, Ministry in Focus Seminars3 0
    REL 1410, Vocation and Christian Life 1  
    REL 2410, Spiritual Formation 3  
    REL 2510, Christian Ethics 3  
    REL 4015, Colloquium4 2  
Area Emphasis    
    REL 2360, Hermeneutics 3  
    Religion and Society Course 3  
    Theological / Historical Studies Course 3  
    Biblical Studies Elective in OT 3  
    Biblical Studies Elective in OT 3  
    Biblical Studies Elective in NT 3  
    Biblical Studies Elective in NT 3  
Total in Major   30
Minor Requirements   18
Electives   15
Total   128

 1 Students who choose a religion minor must substitute required courses in their minor with a course from the same subject area. In other words, a single course may not count for both major and minor requirements.

2 REL 2350, Christian Doctrine is a prerequisite for the following: REL 2410 Spiritual Formation; REL 2510 Christian Ethics; all courses in Religion and Society division, in the Theological and Historical Division, and Biblical Studies Division.

3 Students will take one REL 3400 Ministry in Focus per semester for a total of eight seminars required for graduation or one for every semester a student is a Religion major.

4 Students take REL 4015 in the fall semester before the anticipated date of graduation.