Biblical and Religious Studies

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Biblical and Religious Studies

The biblical and religious studies major offers students a foundation in Christian service with studies in biblical languages, exegesis, theology, practical ministry skills and a broad understanding of other religions.

The student majoring in Biblical and Religious Studies will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Old and New Testament texts and their relationship with the cultural, geographical, historical, and political contexts surrounding those texts.
  • Explain the major doctrines of Christianity from a Kingdom perspective, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance.
  • Defend biblical truth and the Christian faith by engaging in respectful and substantive discussions.
  • Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application using both the English Bible and the original languages (Hebrew and Greek). 
  • Exhibit a maturing Christian faith and practice demonstrated in effective ministry and commitment to growth in Christian character and lifestyle.

Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning where you learn by doing. Opportunities include:

  • Directed studies and faculty-mentored research opportunities
  • Internships and field studies
  • Capstone Projects

While the largest benefit of pursuing a degree in Biblical and Religious Studies is the personal formation that comes through it, the degree also prepares students for certain careers or services to the church. To help students have customized, focused learning, the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies offers two different tracks: Christian Ministry and Biblical Exegesis.

The Christian Ministry track prepares students for futures in counseling, church planting, overseas mission work, peacemaking, teaching, or pastoring a church.

The Biblical Exegesis track paves the way for students to do Bible translation, lead Bible studies, plant churches, do mission work overseas, and teach (in either a church or school context).

What You'll Take

A special feature of the Sattler College experience is its extensive Core Curriculum. We believe students are more likely to flourish socially and intellectually when each entering class enjoys a common academic experience. When all students take part in a common set of courses, upper-level students will have a large body of wisdom and knowledge to share with the students following behind them. We are convinced that the most fulfilling way to learn is to teach. Our robust Core Curriculum makes such.
Required Courses - Sattler Core
Sattler Core (47 credits)
  • BIO 101 Principles of Biology
  • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity
  • BRS 201 Christian Doctrines
  • BRS 203 Apologetics
  • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I
  • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II
  • LNG 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • LNG 105 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • HUM 301 Hist. Global Christianity
  • HUM 201 Hist. Ancient World
  • HUM 202 Medieval & Renaissance Europe
  • HUM 203 Hist. Modern World
  • LNG 101 Exp. Writing
  • LNG 110 Oral Communication
  • MAT 102 Statistics and Data Science
  • IGA 401 Global Poverty & World Change
Required Courses - Major
Major (54 credits)
  • BRS 208 Evangelism
  • BRS 212 Historical Theology
  • BRS 301 Intro. to Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 320 Ministry of the Word
  • BRS 402 Advanced Book Study
  • BRS 430 Capstone Project (12 hours)
  • LNG 201 Intermediate Bib. Greek
  • LNG 203 Intermediate Bib. Hebrew
  • LNG 307 Exegeting Mark in Greek
Choose six of the following*:
  • BRS 102 Intro to Music & Hymnology
  • BRS 205 Islam
  • BRS 206 Judaism
  • BRS 207 Hinduism
  • BRS 208 Buddhism
  • BRS 303 Marriage & Family Counseling
  • BRS 305 Problems in Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 307 Lives of Selected Christians
  • BRS 330 Missiology: History and Models
  • BRS 404 Bib. Counseling – Adv. Topics
  • LNG 305 Pauline epistles in Greek
  • LNG 301 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LNG 306 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
  • HIS 303 History of Christian Movements
  • Any two upper level History courses, with
    the permission of an advisor will also be
    counted.

*Students with a concentration take the required courses for the concentration plus three additional Major Electives.

Electives or minor (21 credits)

Sample Schedule - First Year
Fall (16 Credits)
  • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I*
  • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity  
  • LNG 101 Exp. Writing 
  • BIO 101 Principles of Biology
  • MAT 102 Statistics and Data Science

Spring (16 Credits)

  • HUM 201 Hist. of Ancient World   
  • BRS 208 Evangelism  
  • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II*
  • LNG 110 Oral Communication
  • Elective
Sample Schedule - Second Year
Fall (15 Credits)
  • LNG 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • HUM 202 His. Medieval & Renaissance Europe
  • BRS 201 Christian Doctrines
  • LNG 201 Intermediate Biblical Greek
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (3) 

Spring (15 Credits)

  • LNG 105 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • HUM 203 Hist. Modern World
  • BRS 212 Historical Theology
  • LNG 307 Exegeting Mark in Greek
  • BRS 203 Apologetics
Sample Schedule - Third Year
Fall (15 Credits)
  • LNG 203 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • BRS 301 Intro. to Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 320 Ministry of the Word
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (6)

Spring (15 Credits)

  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (15)
Sample Schedule - Fourth Year
Fall (15 Credits)
  • BRS 402 Advanced Book Study
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (12)

Spring (15 Credits)

  • IGA 401 Global Poverty & World Change
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 hours)

BRS Tracks

Students majoring in Biblical and Religious Studies may choose one of two tracks to tailor their degrees for greater concentration on either (1) biblical exegesis or (2) Christian ministry.

Biblical Exegesis Track

The goal for the Exegesis track is to give students solid, in-depth training in the biblical languages and biblical exegesis. It emphasizes training in Hebrew and Greek and studies of the Old Testament and New Testament, and it includes specialized classes in biblical backgrounds and the New Testament use of the Old Testament. The track is geared towards training future pastors, teachers, and Bible translators.

Required courses:

  • LNG 201 Intermediate Biblical Greek
  • LNG 203 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • LNG 305 Pauline Epistles in Greek OR LNG 402 Advanced Koine Readings
  • LNG 306 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
  • LNG 307 Greek Exegesis of Mark
  • BRS 420 New Testament Use of Old Test.
  • 1 Book or Corpus Study
Christian Ministry Track

The goal for the Ministry track is to give students a well-rounded and deep introduction to being a mature, engaged Christian. It emphasizes the practically oriented roles in the Christian life: the foundation of God’s Word, the life of a committed church member, and the calling to engage the unbelieving world. The track is geared towards equipping future counselors, missionaries, and faithful church members.

Required courses:

  • BRS 207 Intro to Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 210 Intro to Missiology
  • BRS 309 Life Together
  • IGA 201 Peacemaking
  • 2 Book or Corpus Studies
  • 1 World Religion Course

Certificate in Biblical and Religious Studies (Degree Completion Program)

Students who successfully complete the one-year Certificate in Biblical and Religious Studies at Sattler may elect to transfer into the BA in Biblical and Religious Studies and complete their degree in three years.

Sample Schedule
Fall Semester:
  • Fundamental Texts of Christianity
  • Academic Writing
  • Oral Communication
  • Historical Theology I
  • Elementary Biblical Greek I
Spring Semester:
  • Christian Doctrines
  • Apologetics
  • Evangelism
  • Historical Theology II
  • Elementary Biblical Greek II

Capstone Projects

Capstone Experiences

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The Course Curriculum documents both core curriculum and elective courses, including course numbers, course names, credit hours, course descriptions, and prerequisites.

Course Catalog