Biblical Studies

Biblical Studies

Study the Bible, Explore God’s Word.

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.

The foundational program will enable you to:

  • 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.

In addition, depending upon your supplemental track, you will be able to:

  • Biblical Languages Track - Demonstrate proficiency in reading the Old Testament and New Testament in their original languages
  • Intercultural Studies Track- Take biblical text beyond the classroom into global issues and cultural differences 
  • Ministry Track - Make meaningful connections between the biblical text and modern issues in the Church or para-Church organizations
  • Philosophy Track - Make meaningful connections between the Bible and the philosophical traditions contemporary with it and later in the early church

What can I do with a major in Biblical Studies?

  • Biblical Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Ministry and Missions
  • Editor
  • Humanitarian Worker
  • Teacher (may require certification)
  • Writer

What internships and partnerships are available for students in the Biblical Studies program?

  • Church
  • Para-Church Organizations
  • Research Assistantships

What are graduates of the Biblical Studies program doing now?

SJ Wheelock - Graduate Student, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Anna Barnett - Graduate Student, Denver Seminary
Christian J. Crisostomo - Fellow in Assyrian Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Ryan Kortange - Ph.D. Student at Hebrew Union College
Josh Thayer - Assistant Athletic Director at Oakland Christian School
Grace Ralsten - Youth for Christ, Middle School Director
Jake Houf - Small Group coordinator at Ada Bible Church
Rebecca Arnold - Country Director for "I Am More Than" ministry in Uganda

With a major in Biblical Studies, what classes will I take?

  • Religions of the World
  • Mosaic Literature
  • Second Temple Literature & the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Pauline Literature
  • Greek & Hebrew

How can I complete my degree program in four years?

Download a sample degree plan for a major in Biblical Studies.

4 Year Biblical Studies Degree Plan

What distinguishes Cornerstone's Biblical Studies Program?

Josh Thayer '11 | Major: Biblical Studies

"During my time at Cornerstone University, my involvement in the Bible, Religion & Ministry Division was pivotal. I was blessed not only to be stretched and challenged academically in the classroom, but more importantly in my own personal faith journey. The faculty encouraged reflection and posed challenges that required critical thinking while also being readily available to step beside me and support me along my spiritual and academic journey. I am proud to say that I earned a degree in Bible from Cornerstone."

Faculty Publications:

2013 | Nguyen, Kim. Chorus in the Dark: the Voices of the Book of Lamentations. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press.