FAQs - Bible/Theology
What makes the Asbury University's Bible-Theology and Philosophy Department stand out?
Asbury University's Bible-Theology and Philosohpy Department provides personal attention and outstanding opportunities for putting what you learn in the classroom to work. The department boasts an outstanding classroom teaching faculty that is actively involved in ministry, research and writing, from involvement in local churches to virtually every facet of University life. Our graduates leave campus well prepared, answering calls to a wide variety of ministries throughout the world. Before they leave, they participate in numerous activities, from department forums twice each semester (featuring papers or presentations by our own faculty members or outside speakers) to the Ministerial Association, an on-campus organization usually sponsored by a member of the department. Our faculty have led study tours to Israel, Jordan, Greece, Turkey and Rome. Each spring the department professors host the graduating seniors at a dinner, and once a year professors hold a social for all majors and minors. Periodically the department sponsors outstanding Christian leaders who speak to students in chapel and special forums.
What can I do with a Bible-Theology and Philosophy degree?
At Asbury University, you'll develop the analytical, research and communication skills necessary for graduate school and/or ministry. This leads to a variety of careers in pastoral ministry, teaching, missions, counseling and outreach ministries. More than 75 percent of our graduates attend seminary within 10 years of graduation. Some of our Bible-Theology and Philosophy grads are chaplains in various branches of the military. Others have gone on to law school or earned a Ph.D. degree.
What are the Asbury University's Bible-Theology and Philosophy professors like?
Every full-time Bible-Theology and Philosophy faculty member has attained a Ph.D., and they represent a variety of specialties. You will benefit from their years of experience and education, as they hold degrees from universities like Brandeis, Drew, Emory, Johns Hopkins, and Marquette. They stay current by writing and publishing full-length books, chapters in books, articles in journals and contributions to encyclopedias, commentaries, study Bibles and other works. All of our faculty members belong to national academic organizations and regularly attend conferences, both on the national and local level. Several have delivered papers at conferences. All of our professors who are eligible have been awarded sabbaticals for research, writing, course revision or teaching at other institutions.
What programs does Asbury University offer in Bible-Theology and Philosophy?
Asbury University awards the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible-Theology and Philosophy, providing an in-depth exploration of biblical content and theology. You may choose one of two majors:
- 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. In addition to gaining a firm biblical and theological foundation through classes such as Pentateuch, Growth of the New Testament Church and Historical Theology, you'll examine and discuss critical issues in current biblical and theological issues.
- The pre-ministry Bible-Theology major is designed to prepare you to enter ministry directly following college. 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. These classes will help you become as equipped as possible to enter ministry without going to seminary. If you hope to become ordained in your denomination, we recommend checking with your church's officials to see if graduate school is necessary to meet ordination requirements.
What will I study as a Bible-Theology and Philosophy major?
Both the pre-ministry and pre-seminary programs facilitate an understanding of the Bible in its historical and cultural context and provide the tools to apply biblical principles to ministry and everyday life. In addition to studying individual books of the Bible, students explore the rich historical and theological legacy of the Church and its implications for today.
How can I put what I'm learning in the classroom into practice on campus and in the community?
The Bible-Theology and Philosophy Department encourages not only intellectual biblical growth, but also personal spiritual growth. You'll be urged to grow in your commitment to and relationship with Jesus Christ. You'll find an on-campus atmosphere that fosters spiritual growth for all majors through chapel, accountability and discipleship groups, mission trips and hall prayer meetings. You can also sign up to be a small-group leader or a spiritual-life coordinator or volunteer to serve as a big brother or big sister to a child in the local community. In fact, more than half of Asbury University's student body serves the community in some way. Some students student-pastor at local churches, volunteer as youth leaders or lead worship at their church or in chapel. Others volunteer at nursing homes. There are many ways to get involved in ministry, both on and off campus. The only problem is choosing from among so many options.
- One hundred percent of the Bible-Theology and Philosophy Department faculty members hold earned doctorates.
- More than 75 percent of the Bible-Theology and Philosophy Department's alumni attend seminary within 10 years of graduation.