Our world needs Christ-centered influencers, professionals and ministry leaders. A major in biblical studies prepares you to responsibly interpret the Bible, apply its truth to contemporary contexts and pursue further education at the graduate level.
Qualities for Career Success
Cornerstone University's academic programs reflect our commitment to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas: specialized knowledge, applied knowledge and collaborative learning, intellectual skills, civic and global learning and biblical worldview integration.
This means that successful completion of our Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies degree program equips you to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the content of the Bible and relevant ancient primary literature.
- Recognize literary genres of the Bible.
- Identify extra-biblical literature from the ancient Near East, prominent Mediterranean cultures (Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc.) and Jewish sources.
- Recall overarching narrative with knowledge of major religious movements within the Bible and its characters.
- Develop both exegetical and hermeneutical skills relevant to practical theology.
- Employ exegetical methods on biblical texts with sensitivity to their literary and historical-cultural contexts.
- Prepare models of praxis from exegesis and theology that relate biblical texts to the modern cultural context.
- Demonstrate the skill of outlining of both ancient and modern texts, as means of summarizing and classifying an author's thesis and support.
- Compose formal written reports based on exegetical research in accordance with Turabian style.
- Discover, analyze and synthesize research into critical commentaries and scholarly journals.
- Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.
- Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.
- Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.