Come and study the Bible alongside teachers and students who love to explore God’s Word! This program stresses the literary and historical studies that illuminate the biblical text. Dedicated faculty equip our students with the tools to help them embark on a life-long discovery of faith and truth.
A unique feature of this program is our four tracks. Our students may pursue one or more tracks of specialized classes in Biblical Languages, Intercultural Studies, Ministry or Philosophy. These tracks rest on the foundation of biblical studies in each of your academic years from the freshmen to senior experiences.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the content of the Bible, including its genres, structures and themes.
- Demonstrate knowledge of extra-biblical literature from the ancient Near East, prominent Mediterranean cultures (Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc.), and Jewish sources.
- Demonstrate through oral and written presentations an awareness of major issues for reading the Bible in light of history, literary genres, canon, historic theological and religious debates, and modern scholarly debates.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
- Major Credit Hours: 44-48 (requires minor)
- Minor Credit Hours: 18
- Career Opportunities:
- Biblical studies or philosophy
- Ministry and missions
- Editor or writer
- Humanitarian worker
- Teacher (may require certification)
- Application Deadline: Rolling admission
- Fall semester—August 15
- Spring semester—January 1
- Biblical Languages: Demonstrate proficiency in reading the Old Testament and New Testament in their original languages.
- Intercultural Studies: Take biblical text beyond the classroom into global issues and cultural differences.
- Ministry: Make meaningful connections between the biblical text and modern issues in the Church or para-Church organizations.
- Philosophy: Make meaningful connections between the Bible and the philosophical traditions contemporary with it and later in the early church.
100% of Cornerstone University's traditional undergraduate students complete an internship experience.
Biblical studies majors have received hands-on, professional training as interns with these organizations:
- City Life Church
- Cornerstone University
- Ebenezer Reformed Church
- New Hope Community Church
- Village Church of Barrington
- SJ Wheelock is a Graduate Student at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
- Anna Barnett is enrolled as a Graduate Student at Denver Seminary.
- Christian J. Crisostomo is a Fellow in Assyrian Studies with the University of California in Berkeley, Calif.
- Ryan Kortange is a Ph.D. student at Hebrew Union College.
- Josh Thayer works as the Director of Admissions at Oakland Christian School.
- Grace Ralsten serves as the Middle School Director with Youth for Christ.
- Jake Houf works as the Small Group Coordinator at Ada Bible Church.
- Rebecca Arnold serves as the Country Director for "I Am More Than" ministry in Uganda.
Major Courses and Catalog
In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree requires the following classes:
- REL-103 Biblical Hermeneutics (3 credit hours)
- REL-130 Old Testament Literature (3 credit hours)
- REL-212 Religions of the World (3 credit hours)
- REL-236 New Testament Literature (3 credit hours)
- REL-354 Theology I (3 credit hours)
- REL-356 Theology II (3 credit hours)
- REL-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
- REL-43X Bible Analysis Course (3 credit hours)
- REL-462 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
- Program electives (6 credit hours)
- Concentration courses—Biblical languages, intercultural studies, ministry or philosophy (12-16 credit hours)
For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.