Gretchen O’Dell (B.S. ’17)
PGS has helped me to better understand how to do ministry and be a more effective leader. I feel that I’ve accomplished so much, and I look forward to what the future holds in my family and career.
A.S. in Biblical StudiesPreparing for God's
Associate of Science in Biblical Studies
Pursue God’s purpose for your life without ceasing. An associate in biblical studies degree sets a foundation in scholarship that prepares you to influence your world for Christ. With practical experience in biblical interpretation, ministry leadership and Old and New Testament study, you’ll drive lasting transformation in your community in whatever your path holds.
- On Campus
- High school diploma or G.E.D.
- Official college and/or military transcripts
- International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score
Advance as a leader in your community. With a program anchored in Christ-centered virtues, you’ll be empowered to pursue your calling in a variety of positions.
- Pastoral Roles
- Ministry Leadership
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Student Ministries
- Nonprofit Leadership
Of students work full time while pursuing a degree.
Of alumni believe their education prepared them for the demands of their vocational life.
Of faculty members are professing believers of Jesus Christ.
Next Program Start
Pursue your calling on your own schedule with flexible course scheduling and online classes.
Spring 2023: Classes Start on Jan. 17, 2023
Spring 2023: Classes Start on March 13, 2023
Grow as an individual with core courses that provide you with well-rounded knowledge and the opportunity to improve in key writing, speaking and research skills. Prepare yourself for ministry with concentration courses to deepen your theoretical and practical understanding of the Bible.
IDS-100 Foundations of Inquiry
An introductory course emphasizing the knowledge and skills necessary for academic and personal success in a Christian framework. Topics include goal setting, decision-making, time management, computer and information retrieval skills, learning skills, relationships and personal health.
IDS-131 Digital Literacy
A competency-based course designed to ensure that students have basic technology skills that will enable them to be successful in their academic and professional lives. Foundational principles of computing and digital literacy are covered. This course also challenges those with existing competency in technology to further develop their knowledge and skills, preparing them to make use of emerging technologies and to be responsible citizens in our increasingly connected world.
ENG-118 Introduction to Writing and Research
A course designed to develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills with an emphasis on APA documentation style and research writing.
COM-111 Foundations of Speech Communication
An introduction to the philosophy, theory and practice of speech communication. Students develop confidence as communicators with particular emphasis on intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public communication.
PSY-111 General Psychology
An introduction to psychology dealing with the important people, terms and theories in the fields of personality, learning, maladjustment and psychotherapy.
REL-231 Mosaic Literature
A study of the history of redemption from Adam to Moses as set forth in the Pentateuch. Special attention is given to God’s purposes in the call of Abraham and the establishment of the Mosaic economy.
PHI-211 Philosophy in Culture
An introduction and development of worldview from a Christian philosophical perspective with special attention given to hermeneutical issues surrounding worldview and the important role philosophy has played in Western culture.
IDS-204 Personal Wellness
A study of an individual’s personal psychological, physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Students will find ways to help enhance their ability to live a balanced life within areas such as family, work, church and school.
ENG-223 Introduction to Literature
The study and application of various methods of literary interpretation and evaluation to develop critical and analytical skills in the various genres of imaginative literature.
REL-232 Gospel Literature
A study of the four Gospels including their backgrounds, themes, outlines and distinguishing features, distinctive portrayals of Christ and His life and ministry as set forth in the Gospel of Mark.
MAT-120 Contemporary Math
An introductory math course designed to develop skills that have practical usage in a business setting and daily life experience. The course reviews basic mathematical concepts, develops skills with algebraic expressions and expands to several topical applications, including number properties, equations and inequalities, percentages, finance, interest, geometric figures, probability, graphs and statistics.
FAR-211 Introduction to Fine Arts
Introduction, survey and development of an appreciation for the fine arts, including music, painting, sculpture and architecture. The course includes an introduction to the field of aesthetics, a study of components and techniques of the fine arts and a broad historical survey of artistic trends. Emphasis is placed upon the development of value judgment skills within the context of a Christ-centered worldview.
HIS-115 American Studies
A study of American culture using a thematic approach and including topics such as Puritanism, colonization, the Native American experience, industrialization, religious trends, technology, reform movements, the role of women, the impact of war on American life, economic development and contemporary issues.
SOC-211 Current Social Issues
An examination of current social issues in light of classical and contemporary theories. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these issues for American society.
SCI-119 Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology
An exploration of current issues in physics, science, biology, health and medicine. The course provides an understanding of the scientific method and how to critically evaluate current issues from a scientific perspective.
REL-218 Introduction to the Bible
A general introduction to the Bible and the principles of biblical interpretation.
REL-242 Old Testament Survey I
An overview of the Old Testament from Genesis to Job, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.
REL-246 New Testament Survey I
An overview of the New Testament Scriptures Matthew-Acts, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.
REL-248 New Testament Survey II
An overview of the Pauline Letters, General Epistles, and Revelation, guiding one to understand the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.
REL-244 Old Testament Survey II
An overview of the Old Testament from Proverbs to Malachi, noting its historical perspective and spiritual application.
REL-247 The Bible and Contemporary Culture
A study of contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. Particular emphasis is given to the ways in which a systematic study of the Bible can provide a basis for addressing issues as part of a Christian worldview.
Program Learning Outcomes
Experience personal enrichment and pursue a role in ministry. Be prepared to take the next step toward your calling with a program built to improve your confidence, professional skills and ability to understand and apply Scripture.
Proficiency in Terminology, Theories, Concepts, Practices and Skills
Students will demonstrate proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of biblical studies. In accomplishing this objective, you will be able to:
- Describe the core theories and major terminology relevant to the study of biblical studies.
- Apply principles of biblical interpretation in understanding Scripture.
- Articulate the current issues related to the field of biblical studies.
Competency in Applying Knowledge to Address Real-Life Problems
Students will exhibit competency in applying your knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort. At the end of this program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate professional skills appropriate to the degree program.
- Analyze at least one concept from the field of biblical studies in light of a problem outside of the classroom.
- Provide evidence of the ability to collaborate with others in achieving shared objectives.
- Exhibit communication skills including written, oral and digital technology forms.
Integration of Traditional and Non-Traditional Cognitive Skills
Students will demonstrate your ability to integrate traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communication fluency.
Students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues with the 21st-century business workplace. This will include issues related to understanding diversity and developing cultural awareness in nonprofit or ministry settings.
Articulation of a Christ-Centered Worldview
Students will articulate a Christ-centered worldview to include its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.
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