Deepen Your Understanding of the Bible With a Biblical Studies Emphasis
Future Christian leaders who desire to know and love Christ are invited to apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Biblical Studies program. The biblical studies courses, offered online and on campus by Grand Canyon University, entails an intensive survey of Christian doctrine, Christian history and theology with a focus on biblical interpretation and genre studies in the Old and New Testaments. You will undergo an in-depth exploration of the Bible and be taught to rightly handle the Word of God through the teaching and preaching of Scripture within a church or other ministry context.
Offered by the College of Theology, the Christian studies degree can prepare future servant leaders to effectively and humbly communicate the Word of God to a variety of audiences. You will be encouraged to explore issues pertaining to personal morality. While being guided to develop a solid grasp on the Christian worldview, you will also have opportunities to examine other major world religions.
Biblical Studies Course Topics To Expect
While you are conducting your biblical studies online or on campus, you will have the opportunity to benefit from a learning community of peers and instructors, all of whom are seeking to grow closer to God. Throughout your courses, you may explore effective teaching styles and methodologies.
As a graduate of the Christian studies degree, you will have been taught to effectively minister to a diverse range of audiences, including church congregations, small groups and student groups. In courses such as Gospels and Acts, Biblical Interpretation and Application, Pentateuch and Hebrew Prophets, these core curriculum areas are explored:
- Interpretation of selected passages from the Gospels and Acts in light of major theological themes
- Pre-exilic, exilic and post-exilic prophets, including their ministry and message, studied with consideration for the social, political and religious conditions of their times
- The use of the basic principles of biblical hermeneutics, including their application to contemporary issues
- The development of literature, composition and theological themes pertaining to the Hebrew poetry and wisdom literature in the Old Testament
- The story of Jesus as it unfolds within the four Gospels, the continued work of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts and the life of the early church through the lens of the New Testament epistles
There is an emphasis on Christian character formation and the study of ethical decision-making for modern Christians. Under the thoughtful guidance of knowledgeable instructors, you will be encouraged to develop your speaking and listening skills within various ministerial contexts.
Careers Paths for Graduates With a BA in Christian Studies
Follow your faith toward a career path that allows you to share God’s Word in meaningful, impactful ways. When you graduate with a bachelor’s in Christian studies with a biblical studies emphasis, you can be prepared to pursue a variety of positions as a servant leader within the Christian church. No degree program can guarantee a specific career outcome. However, some graduates may feel called to work in the areas of domestic or foreign missions or Bible school and worship education. Other career possibilities that may be related to this degree program include the following:
- Religious activities and educational director
- Postsecondary philosophy and religion teacher
In addition, clergy saw a median annual wage of $55,550 in May 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1
Graduates with a biblical studies focus may choose to bring the Christian perspective to other career paths, such as by becoming social workers or family therapists. Some jobs may require additional academic qualifications, which may include certification or licensure. Future Christian leaders may elect to delve more deeply into Christian doctrine by applying to the Grand Canyon Theological Seminary.
Take Biblical Studies Courses From an Institutionally Accredited University
GCU is a private, institutionally accredited Christian university. Accreditation is a designation that speaks to the quality of instruction in our degree programs. As an institutionally accredited university, GCU’s professors and adjunct instructors strive to deliver curriculum that can prepare you to pursue your choice of career paths. To learn more about accreditation, visit our university accreditation page.
BA in Christian Studies Degree: Biblical Studies Emphasis FAQs
Before deciding to apply for enrollment in biblical studies courses, it’s a good idea to learn more about the field and what you can expect from a degree program. The following frequently asked questions and answers can offer insight to consider as you plan your future.
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1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Clergy as of May 2022, retrieved on Aug. 21, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as clergy. It does not reflect workers’ earnings in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. The median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.