A biblical studies major trains you to engage the text of Scripture at a deeper level. It prepares you to understand the literary and historical studies that illuminate the biblical narrative. It gives you research tools to ask context-based questions about authorial intent. And it equips you with specialized knowledge to communicate the Bible's message with diverse audiences and to shepherd people.
In addition, our Israel Experience gives you the opportunity to visit Israel and Palestinian territories in person. Led by Cornerstone professors, the 12-day study tour meets a course requirement and offers you in-depth, on-site learning experiences at places such Jerusalem, Judea, the Coastal Plain, the Negev, the Dead Sea, the Jordan Valley and Galilee.
Why Cornerstone University?
- Expect more interaction with expert faculty. At Cornerstone, we intentionally limit class sizes because we value relational learning. This means you'll receive more in-class attention from professors who are committed to seeing you thrive.
- Customize your program. Based on your vocational interests and goals, pursue a specialized knowledge track in biblical languages, intercultural studies, ministry or philosophy.
- Enrich your perspective. Cornerstone is a multi-denominational learning community. This allows you to hear different voices and consider new perspectives from within a shared confessional base.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Bible, Religion & Ministry
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science, Minor
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
A bachelor's degree in biblical studies prepares you for graduate programs and a range of career options with parachurch and non-profit organizations.
- Humanitarian worker
- Teacher (may require certification)
- Youth pastor
- Camp ministry director
From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.
See our sample degree plans for the list of classes you'll take as a biblical studies major.
All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.
With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.
- City Life Church
- Ebenezer Reformed Church
- New Hope Community Church
- Trinity United Methodist Church
- Village Church of Barrington
of traditional undergraduate Bible Division students from the class of 2018 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 95 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.
Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.
- Acton Institute
- Ada Bible Church
- Oakland Christian School
- West End Collegiate Church
- Woodside Bible Church
- Youth for Christ
Biblical studies majors can qualify for advanced standing at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
This gives you the option to apply up to 24 credits of your bachelor's degree toward a master's degree in divinity, ministry, biblical studies or counseling.
Our Bible, Religion & Ministry Division students have received admission to a variety of respected graduate schools.
- Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
- Denver Seminary
- Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
- Talbot School of Theology
College Is About More Than a Degree
At Cornerstone, knowledge is about more than memorizing facts. Here, you will develop a deeper understanding of people, life and God. You will conquer challenges, grow in wisdom and make more memories than you can count.
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