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Biblical Studies

Course Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Developing A Christian Mind Semester Hours - 3
DCM 2301
English Semester Hours - 12
ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and 2302
Fine Art Semester Hours - 3
FINE 1306
Foreign Language Semester Hours - 6-14*
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence Semester Hours - 0-1
FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours.)
History Semester Hours - 6
HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology Semester Hours - 0-2
KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics Semester Hours - 3-4
MATH 13011303, 1307, or 1405
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 3-4
One laboratory science from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
Religion Semester Hours - 9
RELI 1301, 1302, and 2304
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 6
POLS 2301 and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
Total General Studies Hours Semester Hours - 51-64
Biblical Studies Major Semester Hours - 30

CHST 3309 Spiritual Formation for Christian Ministry
PHIL 2301 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 3303 Philosophy of Religion
RELI 3305 Principles of Biblical Interpretation
RELI 3382 Practicum in Religion (S-L)
RELI 3383 History of Christianity or RELI 4371 American Church History
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World
RELI 4350 Systematic Theology

RELI Choose one Old Testament course from RELI 3311, 3329, 3336, 3347, 3362

RELI Choose one New Testament course from RELI 4307, 4321, 4322, 4336

Electives Semester Hours - 26-42
Sufficient to complete 120-credit-hour minimum for bachelor's degree, including 42 upper-level semester hours.
Total Credit Hours Required - Minimum 120
Degree Requirements Semester Hours

An additional concentration in Applied Ministry is also available through Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs for qualifying undergraduate students:

For degree plan requirements, refer to the Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs section in the current catalog.


Minor in Biblical Studies

A minor in Biblical Studies is designed to provide the student adequate exposure to and training in the discipline of Biblical Studies. In order to complete a minor in Biblical Studies the student must take the following courses:

RELI 1301 Old Testament Survey
RELI 1302 New Testament Survey
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3305 Principles of Biblical Interpretation
RELI 4350 Systematic Theology

Choose one of the following:
RELI 3311 The Pentateuch
RELI 3329 The Historical Books
RELI 3336 The Wisdom Literature
RELI 3347 The Major Prophets
RELI 3362 The Minor Prophets

Choose one of the following:
RELI 4307 The Gospels
RELI 4321 The Early Life and Letters of Paul
RELI 4322 The Later Life and Letters of Paul
RELI 4336 The General Epistles


Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University
DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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