Bible and Theology Program

Do you have a special sense of God’s calling on your life? Do you have a passion for biblical truth? Would you like to explore Christian theology more deeply, and align your thinking and being to God’s kingdom purposes? If so, then consider majoring in Bible and Theology at Asbury University.

The major in Bible and Theology is aimed at giving you a more profound understanding of the Christian faith. You will learn how to study Scripture in-depth and to think about the theological issues in ways that are challenging and informed. Most of all, you will uncover the mystery of God’s grace and holiness, and how your life can fit into God’s saving purposes.

Whether it’s through tackling tough theological questions or learning fascinating details about the history and culture of the Bible, the major in Bible and Theology at Asbury will not only help you to become a more accomplished student of God’s Word, it will prepare you for a life of ministry.

What programs does Asbury offer in Bible and Theology?

Asbury University awards the bachelor of arts degree in Bible and Theology, providing an in-depth exploration of biblical content and theology, preparing men and women for vocational ministry, theological scholarship, and leadership in the church. You may choose one of two tracks within the major:

  • The pre-seminary Bible-Theology major equips students for graduate-level theological study. You will develop the necessary skills in writing and research to succeed in seminary or graduate school, examining and discussing critical issues in current biblical and theological studies.
  • The pre-ministry Bible-Theology major is designed to prepare you to enter ministry directly following undergraduate study. In addition to gaining an understanding of the Bible, you'll take courses in preaching, pastoral theology, biblical interpretation, Christian ministries and marriage and family.
  • A minor is also available in Bible-Theology, that would be a good support for many majors, including Christian Ministries, Missions, Worship Arts, and Youth Ministry.

What makes the University's Bible and Theology Department stand out?

  • Department faculty take a personal interest in their students
  • Provides opportunities for putting what you learn in the classroom to work
  • Outstanding classroom teaching faculty actively involved in ministry, research and writing
  • Bible and Theology graduates well-prepared to answer the call to a wide variety of ministries
  • Extracurricular activities are planned to enhance the learning experience of students:
    • The Bible and Theology program offers opportunities for study abroad and cross cultural experiences. In recent years, our faculty have led study tours to Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey and Italy
    • Some of our students have spent a semester in Israel earning course credit in biblical history and archaeology

What will I study as a Bible and Theology major?

  • Courses in Scripture emphasize biblical content, contextual background, theological understanding, and exegetical skill.
  • Students are provided the tools to apply biblical principles to ministry and everyday life.
  • Bible and Theology majors also explore the rich historical and theological legacy of the Church and its implications for today.

What can I do with a Bible and Theology degree?

  • Develop analytical, research and communication skills necessary for graduate school or ministry
  • Preparation for a variety of careers: pastoral ministry, teaching, missions, counseling, and outreach ministries. Some of our graduates are chaplains in various branches of the military. Others have gone on to medical school, law school or earned Ph.D. degrees in other fields.

What are Bible and Theology professors like?

  • Every full-time Bible and theology faculty member has attained a Ph.D., from universities like Brandeis, Drew, Johns Hopkins, London School of Theology, and Marquette
  • Faculty have a variety of specialties in biblical and theological studies
  • Departmental faculty stay current in their fields by writing and publishing full-length books, chapters in books, articles in journals and contributions to encyclopedias, commentaries, study Bibles and church-related publications
  • All of our faculty members belong to national academic organizations and attend conferences, both on the national and local level.

How can I put what I'm learning in the classroom into practice on campus and in the community?

  • The Bible and Theology program encourages not only intellectual growth, but also personal spiritual growth in your commitment to and relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • An on-campus atmosphere that fosters spiritual growth for all majors through chapel, accountability and discipleship groups, mission trips and dorm prayer meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve as small-group leader, spiritual-life coordinator, or volunteer as a big brother or big sister to a child in the local community.
  • Some students student-pastor at local churches, serve as youth leaders, lead worship at their church, or volunteer at nursing homes.

Does Asbury encourage women to pursue careers in Bible and Theology?

  • Asbury University has historically maintained that God calls both men and women to all varieties of pastoral ministry and church leadership.
  • The Bible and Theology Department especially encourages its female students to be open to God’s calling to further theological education in preparation for leadership.
  • The university sponsors a Women in Ministry and Leadership Council that provides women mentors for female students who are pursuing ministerial careers. This council also offers several scholarships for attending conferences that focus on women in ministry.