College

Learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of your life—in whatever sphere of life you pursue.

Everything is related, because everything is related to God. Therefore, all of our  undergraduate programs seek to enable students to make connections across various disciplines and  fields of inquiry, and to bridge the gap between the subject of their study and their own lives.

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“I love going to Bethlehem Seminary. I’m going to be such a super smart and fun pastor because of my time here.”

Juan Carlos Ortiz

What better place to gain this God-centered, Bible-saturated view of life than on the site and amidst the life of a local church? Each graduating class is comprised of a small cohort of students who share their academic, church, and social lives, together. Students in the cohort study in close relationship with pastor-professors who are as engaged in their spiritual growth as they are with their academic performance.

Concentration 1

Habits Of Mind and Heart

Truly well-educated people have the habits of mind and heart to go on learning what they need to learn to live in a Christ-exalting way for the rest of their lives—in whatever sphere of life they pursue.

These habits apply to all objects in the world, but most importantly the Bible.

  • to observe subject matter accurately and thoroughly
  • to understand clearly what you have observed
  • to evaluate fairly what you understood by deciding what is true and valuable
  • to feel intensely according to the value of what you have evaluated
  • to apply wisely and helpfully in life what you understand and feel
  • to express in speech and writing and deeds what you have seen, understood, felt and applied in such a way that its clarity, truth, and value can be known and enjoyed by others

All undergraduate students take the program of courses in the Christian Worldview Integrated Curriculum sequentially over the first two years study. Students study both the Bible and sacred texts of other religions, read many of the Great Books of Western Civilization in their historical, literary, and religious contexts, develop skills in written and oral communication, and gain core knowledge in literature, math, and science. Students may earn an Associate of Arts in Christian Worldview for completing this two-year program of study.

Program Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate broad-based collegiate skills in inquiry, interpretation, reflection, and oral and written communication.
  • Students will give evidence of the formation of a biblical worldview framework for assimilating, interpreting, and reflecting on truth from a variety of sources.
  • Students will demonstrate an integrated understanding of complex human and divine interactions and developments within global and historical contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in the Greek language and exegesis.
  • Students will demonstrate skills needed for Christian service in the home, church, and the world.
  • Students will provide evidence of deep Christian formation.
Year 1Credits
English Composition1
World Religions2
History of Ancient Civilizations2
Introduction to Literature I2
Introduction to Theological Studies I2
Natural Science4
Old Testament Survey and Theology4
English Composition II2
History of Classical Civilizations2
Introduction to Philosophy I2
Introduction to Theological Studies II2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
New Testament Survey and Theology4
Year 2Credits
World Religions II1
Church History I2
History of European Civilization2
Introduction to Literature II2
Introduction to Philosophy II2
Logic and Argumentation2
Elementary Greek I4
Church History II3
History of the Modern World2
Elementary Greek II4
Introduction to Literature III4
Introduction to Philosophy III4
+ Year 1
Year 1Credits
English Composition1
World Religions2
History of Ancient Civilizations2
Introduction to Literature I2
Introduction to Theological Studies I2
Natural Science4
Old Testament Survey and Theology4
English Composition II2
History of Classical Civilizations2
Introduction to Philosophy I2
Introduction to Theological Studies II2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
New Testament Survey and Theology4
+ Year 2
Year 2Credits
World Religions II1
Church History I2
History of European Civilization2
Introduction to Literature II2
Introduction to Philosophy II2
Logic and Argumentation2
Elementary Greek I4
Church History II3
History of the Modern World2
Elementary Greek II4
Introduction to Literature III4
Introduction to Philosophy III4

Biblical and Theological Studies

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in the associate’s degree in Christian Worldview program, students in this major will grow in their ability to synthesize and articulate theological truths by participating in a series of upper-division historical, systematic, and biblical theological courses. All courses in this degree program will impress upon students the need to apply the truth learned to themselves, their church, and the surrounding culture. Students in this concentration will develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible, the remarkable, Christ-centered unity between the Old and New Testaments, and the expansion of God’s global kingdom in history.

Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate competence in the Hebrew language and exegesis.
  • Students will demonstrate a thorough grasp of the system of Christian doctrine as found in Scripture and developed through church history.
Year 3Credits
Christian Discipleship I3
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 14
Intermediate Greek4
Christian Discipleship II3
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 24
Principles of Biblical Interpretation4
Year 4Credits
Christian Discipleship 33
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 34
Greek Exegesis4
Christian Discipleship IV3
Biblical Theology4
Christian Ethics and Apologetics4
+ Year 3
Year 3Credits
Christian Discipleship I3
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 14
Intermediate Greek4
Christian Discipleship II3
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 24
Principles of Biblical Interpretation4
+ Year 4
Year 4Credits
Christian Discipleship 33
Advanced Studies in Doctrine 34
Greek Exegesis4
Christian Discipleship IV3
Biblical Theology4
Christian Ethics and Apologetics4
Concentration 1

Exegesis

Students in this concentration will learn both Greek and Hebrew and will apply their study of the biblical languages to the exegesis of select books in the Old and New Testaments.

Courses unique to the Exegesis Concentration are:

Core CoursesCredits
Classical Hebrew I4
Classical Hebrew II4
Internship2
Intermediate Hebrew4
Hebrew Exegesis4
Concentration 2

Cross-Cultural Ministry

This concentration invites students to examine carefully the historical and contemporary issues affecting the cross-cultural missions endeavor. In addition, the Cross-Cultural Ministry concentration gives students theological categories for assessing methodologies proposed by the social sciences so that they might apply these insights to various contexts for ministry in a biblically faithful manner.

Courses unique to the Cross-Cultural Ministry concentration are:

Core CoursesCredits
History of Global Christianity4
Applied Anthropology for Missions4
Cross-Cultural Internship2
Contemporary Issues in Missions4
Engaging Islam4

History of Ideas

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in the associate’s degree in Christian Worldview, this major focuses upon great works of Western Civilization with a view to equipping students to evaluate the seminal ideas in the history of thought in light of the self-disclosure of the triune God. The program will not merely expose students to the great thinkers and ideas of history, but it will equip them to participate in the Great Conversation, while growing into mature human beings who are broad-minded and big-hearted, possessing firm convictions and eager to pursue wisdom and wonder for the rest of their lives.

Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding of great works of literature, philosophy, history, and theology, with a particular focus on the Western tradition.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of and thoughtful engagement with seminal ideas in the history of thought and major questions that every human being must answer.
  • Students will demonstrate a growing ability to synthesize knowledge from a variety of sources and disciplines, including philosophy, theology, literature, and the arts.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in the Greek language and exegesis.
Year 3Credits
Great Books: Foundations of Interpretation2
Christian Discipleship I3
Great Books: Ancient and Classical4
Intermediate Greek4
Great Books Topics4
Christian Discipleship II3
Great Books: Medieval and Renaissance4
Great Books Topics4
Principles of Biblical interpretation4
Year 4Credits
Christian Discipleship III3
Great Books: Renaissance and Enlightenment4
Great Books Topics4
Great Books: Senior Seminar4
Christian Discipleship IV3
Great Books: Modern4
Great Books Topics4
Great Books: Senior Seminar4
+ Year 3
Year 3Credits
Great Books: Foundations of Interpretation2
Christian Discipleship I3
Great Books: Ancient and Classical4
Intermediate Greek4
Great Books Topics4
Christian Discipleship II3
Great Books: Medieval and Renaissance4
Great Books Topics4
Principles of Biblical interpretation4
+ Year 4
Year 4Credits
Christian Discipleship III3
Great Books: Renaissance and Enlightenment4
Great Books Topics4
Great Books: Senior Seminar4
Christian Discipleship IV3
Great Books: Modern4
Great Books Topics4
Great Books: Senior Seminar4

The Bachelor of Theology is designed to help working adults complete their college education. Students meet four hours, one night a week for twenty months to study the depths of God’s Word. Students will learn the skills and tools necessary for a lifetime of fruitful study of the Scriptures, including New Testament Greek. Students will not only systematically study “the whole counsel of God” but will also develop a strong grasp of the storyline of the Bible—how God progressively establishes his global kingdom in history through the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Objectives

  • Students will demonstrate collegiate-level research writing skills in inquiry, interpretation, and argumentation in written and oral communication.
  • Students will be able to articulate biblical truth.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of human and divine interaction within biblical and historical contexts.
  • Students will be prepared for living a life for the glory of God.
  • Students will be able to disciple others, explaining the gospel to them, being used by God to draw them to Christ, and, in turn, equipping them to be disciplers themselves.
Year 1Credits
Bible Study Methods I2
Advanced Grammar2
Beginning Greek I3
Biblical Introduction3
Biblical Theology3
Christian Life and Ethics1
Practical Theology II1
Beginning Greek II2
Bible Study Methods II2
Persuasive Writing2
Systematic Theology I3
Systematic Theology II3
Beginning Greek III2
Bible Study Methods III2
Systematic Theology III3
Systematic Theology IV3
Year 2Credits
Bible Study Methods IV2
Research Writing III2
Intermediate Greek3
Systematic Theology V3
Systematic Theology VI3
Exegetical Seminar1
Cross-Cultural Ministry2
Practical Theology2
Church History3
Greek Exegesis3
Introduction to Hebrew Tools3
+ Year 1
Year 1Credits
Bible Study Methods I2
Advanced Grammar2
Beginning Greek I3
Biblical Introduction3
Biblical Theology3
Christian Life and Ethics1
Practical Theology II1
Beginning Greek II2
Bible Study Methods II2
Persuasive Writing2
Systematic Theology I3
Systematic Theology II3
Beginning Greek III2
Bible Study Methods III2
Systematic Theology III3
Systematic Theology IV3
+ Year 2
Year 2Credits
Bible Study Methods IV2
Research Writing III2
Intermediate Greek3
Systematic Theology V3
Systematic Theology VI3
Exegetical Seminar1
Cross-Cultural Ministry2
Practical Theology2
Church History3
Greek Exegesis3
Introduction to Hebrew Tools3