Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies

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Education and training with an emphasis on preparation for church or parachurch ministry.


The program focuses on the basic skills and competencies necessary for church and parachurch ministry. This four-year program is designed to equip the student for the continued study, application, and ministering of God’s Word. The core curriculum concentrates on the biblical basis for ministry practices, allowing for ministry formation in concert with the student’s home church beliefs, and making room for the Holy Spirit to teach and minister in the student’s life. This program can be a foundational step toward a graduate seminary program.

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The Bachelor of Arts Program is Designed to

  • Provide students with a biblical, doctrinal, historical, practical, and personal foundation for ministry from a Spirit-filled perspective.
  • Develop research and analytical skills at the undergraduate level necessary for the ministry and for ongoing biblical studies.
  • Develop communication skills necessary for the ministry.
  • Assist students in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Upon Successful Completion, You Will be Able To

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the authorship, historical background, structure, and themes of the books of the Bible.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in areas of church history and basic doctrines.
  • Perform college-level academic research.
  • Demonstrate competency in biblical and pastoral areas of Christian ministry.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills.

Course of Study

The BA in Biblical and Pastoral Studies program contains 122 units (semester hours): 33 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundation, 59 units of core courses, and 21 units of elective courses.

Communication (9 units)

GS 110English Composition 13 units
GS 111English Composition 23 units
GS 117Principles of Speech3 units

History / Cultures (6 units)

HI 201 is required; choose 1 more

HI 201Western Civilization 13 units
HI 202Western Civilization 23 units
HI 211History of Christianity in the U.S.3 units
HI 220World Religions3 units
HI 221Introduction to Islam3 units

Humanities (6 units)

HU 210 is required; choose 1 more

HU 210Introduction to Literature3 units
HU 201History of Music in the Church3 units
HU 202Introduction to World Music3 units

Mathematics (3 units)

GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units

Natural Science (3 units)

Choose 1 of the following

SC 201Introduction to Life Science3 units
SC 203Environmental Science3 units

Social Science (6 units)

SS 205 is required; choose 1 more

SS 201Introduction to Psychology3 units
SS 205Cultural Anthropology3 units
SS 211Foundations of American Government3 units

General Education Description

Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student complete general education courses that: (1) cultivate breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural knowledge; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.

General education courses are broad in their focus and emphasize skills and principles not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain core competencies that include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) fundamental mathematical, science, and technological skills.

HU 211Reading the Bible3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 units

Christian Foundations Description

Shiloh University believes specific foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating. Connecting Christian foundations to life’s vocations empowers students to make a difference in the world around them.

Biblical Studies

MT 305Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
NT 301Introduction to the New Testament3 units
OT 301Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
OT 302Historical Geography of Israel3 units

Choose 1 of the following

BL 301 / 302Biblical Hebrew8 units
BL 303 / 304Biblical Greek8 units

Choose 1 of the following

MT 407Biblical Hermeneutics3 units
MT 412Biblical Curriculum Development3 units

Church History and Theology

CH 301Survey of Church History3 units
CH 304Spiritual Outpourings and Revival3 units
TH 301Theology 13 units
TH 302Theology 23 units

Ministry Practices

MT 301Spiritual Formation3 units
MT 309Missions and Evangelism3 units
MT 310Divine Healing and Miracles3 units
MT 311Principles of Spiritual Care3 units
MT 406Homiletics3 units
PL 401Foundations of Liturgy3 units
PL 410Stewardship and Administration3 units
MM 401Mentored Ministry3 units

BL 301Biblical Hebrew 14 units
BL 302Biblical Hebrew 24 units
BL 303Biblical Greek 14 units
BL 304Biblical Greek 24 units
BS 207Personal Finance3 units
BS 301Introduction to Business3 units
BS 302Principles of Management3 units
BS 313Coaching and Mentoring for Business3 units
CH 402Readings in Christian Thought3 units
HU 203Music Theory and Musicianship 13 units
HU 204Music Theory and Musicianship 23 units
JS 301Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought3 units
JS 303Jewish Foundations of Christianity3 units
JS 311Second Temple Judaism3 units
MT 313Practical Crisis Counseling3 units
MT 414Pastoral counseling for Recovery Restoration3 units
NT 309Background of the New Testament3 units
NT 310Formation of the New Testament3 units
NT 311The Early Church in Jerusalem3 units
NT 313Jewish Background of the Parables3 units
NT 404The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
NT 424The Life and Letters of Paul3 units
PL 405Relational Church Planting and Growth3 units
PL 412Church Law3 units
PL 422Spiritual Worship Leadership3 units

Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.


Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the BA program. View all faculty bios.

Phil Forbes
M.B.A., Phoenix University
Graduate Certificate in Biblical Languages, Shiloh University
M.Div., Shiloh University
Th.M., South Africa Theological Seminary
Teaches: Biblical Studies, Ministry Practice
Amanda Dempster
B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Graduate Certificate in Ministry Practice, Shiloh University
M.Div., Shiloh University
Teaches: Social Sciences, History/Cultures

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BA degree in Biblical and Pastoral Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.