Feb 06, 2023  
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Day Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biblical and Theological Studies, B.A.

120 Credit Hours

Students majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies (without a specific concentration) explore a broad range of biblical studies, theology, and philosophy, gaining a foundation essential to any form of Christian service.  The knowledge, skills, and character pursued in this major deepen students’ Christian faith, equipping them to think theologically about contemporary issues.  This major is designed (1) for students who want to study the Bible and theology broadly and (2) for students whose interests go beyond the concentrations outlined in the major. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to choose electives that can be tailored to their unique academic and ministry interests.

Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of essential themes and content of biblical and theological writings.
  2. Apply interpretive skills to biblical and theological texts.
  3. Cultivate character consistent with Christian faith.

Graduation Requirements

Conferral of a Baccalaureate degree in this program of study is determined by successful completion of the Baccalaureate Graduation Requirements outlined here .

NOTE: Students must earn 42 upper level (3000-4000) credit hours in order to graduate. A total of at least 21 of these upper level credit hours must be completed in the selected major.

Visit this program’s information page  for additional program-specific requirements.

Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Requirements - 43 Credit Hours

The Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) Global Studies requirement is fulfilled through another course in this major. Only 40 of the 43 credit hours of the Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) program will still be required for the completion of this program.

As part of the remaining 40 credit hours of Faith, Roots, and Reason (General Education) requirements, students must elect to complete MLS 4063 - Church in Society  from the Social Science menu.

Biblical & Theological Studies Major - 42 Credit Hours

School of Ministry Traditional Core - 18 Credit Hours

Required Biblical Language Courses - 6 Credit Hours

Select 6 hours of one Biblical language (either Greek or Hebrew) at the Elementary level.

Biblical Studies


*BIB 3103 Exegeting the Bible can be used to satisfy either the required Old Testament course or the required New Testament course but not both.

Theological Studies Course - 3 Credits

Philosophy Course - 3 Credits

Select any PHL course (3 credits) except PHL 1103 - Foundations of Social Science .

School of Ministry Elective Courses - 6 Credit Hours

Select two additional CCD, CDM, ICS, MLS, or STM courses. At least one course (3 credits) must be upper-level.  

Additional Required Credit Hours - 38 Credit Hours

These additional hours may be fulfilled by a minor, second major, general electives taken concurrently, previous coursework taken at PBA or through transfer credits.


No more than one-third of a student’s required credits for a major or a minor in the School of Ministry may come from transfer or transient credits.

Students seeking early graduate admissions (EGA) to PBA’s Master of Divinity or M.Div./MBA Degree must meet the required EGA course requirements for the major, as outlined in the Early Graduate Admission: Graduation Requirements for Biblical and Theological Studies Majors . Up to thirty-five (35) graduate hours can be applied toward the completion of the B.A. degree.