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Department of Biblical & Theological Studies
Biblical & Theological Studies
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Department of Biblical & Theological Studies

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Available online

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Available online

Examine the Bible and Christian theology with other bright, creative students who want to communicate biblical ideas and make a significant impact in the world. The biblical and theological studies major will equip you to study the Bible in its original languages, analyze theological ideas and exegetical methods, explain biblical customs, and understand church history. Graduates may qualify for advanced standing in seminary or other graduate study.


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible


and study abroad in Israel at Jerusalem University College


of graduates plan on further education

Why do biblical and theological studies at Northwestern?

You’ll get advanced training in biblical interpretation and theological methods while developing abilities that will prepare you for a meaningful career in teaching, research, and ministry. You’ll learn from internationally recognized faculty with expertise in the Old and New Testaments, theology, archaeology, biblical interpretation, Greek, Hebrew, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research and publication projects.

To enrich your study of Scripture, you will complete two years of New Testament Greek. You'll learn about biblical customs, church history, and the socio-historical setting of the Bible. You’ll gain insight by studying biblical themes (biblical theology), theological categories (systematic theology) and ecclesiastical history (historical theology).

As you excel in your studies you’ll be learning transferable skills valued by many employers. Consider enhancing your major with a minor in Ancient & Classical Languages or Philosophy.

Apply what you’re learning outside the classroom by presenting a paper at the Undergraduate Theology Conference. Discover first-hand what it’s like to do archaeological excavation, get involved in local ministry, or share your ideas in our Science & Theology chapel series. Experience the culture, geography, and rich history of the land of the Bible while earning credits for your major by studying abroad in Israel.

Your academic achievements will be highlighted if you qualify for induction into our local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religion and theological studies. You may also be selected to receive an award recognizing your outstanding work in Greek, Hebrew, theology, and Ancient & Classical Languages.

Save on tuition by taking free test-out exams in Old and New Testament History & Literature (up to 6 credits). As a Biblical & Theological Studies major, you may qualify for select ministry scholarships in addition to your financial aid package. Apply for the prestigious Eagle Scholars honors program with generous scholarships for high-ability students.

If you have a passion to study the Bible, want to understand important theological issues, and desire to have a career with significance, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to perform advanced biblical interpretation, evaluate current issues using theological methods, explain Christian theology, and develop your skills in communication, research, and analysis.

Some classes include:

  • Elementary and Intermediate Greek
  • Biblical Theology
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Biblical Customs and Geography
  • Seminar in Theological Method

Accelerated Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

Planning on graduate school? Consider the affordable option to combine an undergraduate B.A. degree in Biblical & Theological Studies with an accelerated Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS). Apply through the Biblical & Theological Studies department for this streamlined track designed to save you time and money. You’ll complete 14 credits of the MATS degree during your undergraduate program and the remaining 22 credits during one additional year of graduate study, which can be completed on campus or online. You have the option to culminate your MATS program with the writing of a thesis guided by a faculty member. This accelerated pathway saves you 14 credits of graduate tuition expense as you add a MATS degree to your portfolio in just one year.

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While at Northwestern I had the opportunity to take classes in Israel for a summer, which confirmed my love and passion for studying the Bible. I was given advice by my professors to earn a Master's degree. My B.A. in Biblical Studies from Northwestern allowed me an Advanced Placement for my M.Div.
Anna Rask
Adjunct Instructor (Half-time)

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St. Paul, MN 55113

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