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Department of Biblical & Theological Studies
Biblical & Theological Studies
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Department of Biblical & Theological Studies

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Examine the Bible and Christian theology with other bright, creative students who want to communicate biblical ideas and make a significant impact in the world. The biblical and theological studies major will equip you to study the Bible in its original languages, analyze theological ideas and exegetical methods, explain biblical customs, and understand church history. Graduates may qualify for advanced standing in seminary or other graduate study.


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible


and study abroad in Israel at Jerusalem University College


of graduates plan on further education

Why do biblical and theological studies at Northwestern?

This degree prepares men and women for careers in teaching, pastoral leadership, research, Bible translation, para-church ministry and more. Learn from internationally recognized faculty in the Department of Biblical and Theological Studies who have expertise in the Old and New Testaments, theology, archaeology, biblical interpretation, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Be equipped with transferable job skills valued by many employers such as analysis, research, communication, and critical thinking.

Are you a highly motivated student? You can complete this major in 3.5 years! (18 credits per semester) The biblical and theological studies degree may also be completed entirely online.

You can study abroad in Israel, be inducted into the national honor society Theta Alpha Kappa, present work to peers from neighboring Christian institutions, participate in an archaeological excavation in Israel, volunteer for service projects with Biblical and Theological Studies faculty, and get involved in local ministry.

Our theology students have been recognized by Zondervan Publishing House and received awards at our yearly Honors Convocation chapel to recognize their outstanding achievement in the study of biblical Greek, biblical Hebrew, and theology.

Northwestern is recognized as one of the best places to study the Bible in Minnesota and the nation. Our history includes ministers, evangelists, and missionaries like Billy Graham and Roger Youderian and many alumni who serve God in their careers.

When you complete this degree, you will meet all prerequisites for Northwestern's Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) and the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) graduate degrees. These programs are offered on campus and online, so whether you plan to stay in Minnesota or relocate, you can complete your graduate degree at Northwestern from anywhere in the world.

If you have a passion to study the Bible, want to understand important theological issues, and desire to have a career with significance, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to perform advanced biblical interpretation, evaluate current issues using theological methods, explain Christian theology, and develop your skills in communication, research, and analysis.

Some classes include:

  • Elementary and Intermediate Greek
  • Biblical Theology
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Biblical Customs and Geography
  • Seminar in Theological Method
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While at Northwestern I had the opportunity to take classes in Israel for a summer, which confirmed my love and passion for studying the Bible. I was given advice by my professors to earn a Master's degree. My B.A. in Biblical Studies from Northwestern allowed me an Advanced Placement for my M.Div.
Anna Rask
Adjunct Instructor

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