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.

“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

Bethlehem College & Seminary’s associate of arts degree is delivered through a two-year, 64-credit curriculum called Omnia. As a Reformed and classical approach to liberal arts education, Omnia applies the skills of grammar, logic, and rhetoric to the domains of history, philosophy, and literature to understand their interrelationships from a distinctly biblical and confessional perspective. Omnia, Latin for “all things,” is taken from Colossians 1:17 (“and he is before all things, and in him all things hold together”) and underscores our commitment to examine the various domains of knowledge in a fundamentally Christ-centered way. In Omnia, students explore the great books of Western civilization in light of the greatest book—Holy Scripture.

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
Old Testament Survey and Theology3
History of Ancient Civilizations3
Ancient and Classical Literature2
Introduction to Theological Studies I2
Grammar2
Natural Science4
New Testament Survey and Theology3
History of Classical Civilizations3
Introduction to Theological Studies II2
Logic2
Ancient and Classical Philosophy2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Year 2Credits
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy4
Rhetoric2
Medieval and Renaissance Literature3
History of European Civilization3
Elementary Greek I4
Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy4
Modern Literature3
Introduction to Visual Arts and Music2
History of the Modern World3
Elementary Greek II4
Year 1
Year 1Credits
Old Testament Survey and Theology3
History of Ancient Civilizations3
Ancient and Classical Literature2
Introduction to Theological Studies I2
Grammar2
Natural Science4
New Testament Survey and Theology3
History of Classical Civilizations3
Introduction to Theological Studies II2
Logic2
Ancient and Classical Philosophy2
Mathematics for Liberal Arts4
Year 2
Year 2Credits
Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy4
Rhetoric2
Medieval and Renaissance Literature3
History of European Civilization3
Elementary Greek I4
Enlightenment and Modern Philosophy4
Modern Literature3
Introduction to Visual Arts and Music2
History of the Modern World3
Elementary Greek II4

Biblical and Theological Studies

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in the Omnia associate of arts 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 these truths 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 Ministry4
Cross-Cultural Internship2
Contemporary Issues in Missions4
World Religions4

History of Ideas

Building upon the historical and theological framework established in the Omnia associate of arts program, 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 skills in inquiry, interpretation, and argumentation in written and oral communication.
  • Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, and articulate biblical truth.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a biblical worldview for understanding and evaluating biblical, historical, and theological material.
  • Students will be prepared for Christian service in the home, church, and the world.
  • Students will provide evidence of maturing Christian discipleship.
Year 1Credits
Fall
Old Testament Introduction and Message3
New Testament Introduction and Message3
Research Writing2
Beginning Greek 14
Practical Theology 1 (Weekend Seminar)2
Spring
Biblical Theology3
Principles of Biblical Interpretation3
Communicating the Word of God2
Beginning Greek 24
Practical Theology 2 (Weekend Seminar)2
Summer
Cross Cultural Ministry2
Christian Worldview and Apologetics2
Church History3
Year 2Credits
Fall
Systematic Theology 14
Systematic Theology 24
Intermediate Greek4
Practical Theology 3 (Weekend Seminar)2
Spring
Systematic Theology 34
Cross-Cultural Ministry2
Biblical Ethics2
Greek Exegesis4
Practical Theology 4 (Weekend Seminar)2
Year 1
Year 1Credits
Fall
Old Testament Introduction and Message3
New Testament Introduction and Message3
Research Writing2
Beginning Greek 14
Practical Theology 1 (Weekend Seminar)2
Spring
Biblical Theology3
Principles of Biblical Interpretation3
Communicating the Word of God2
Beginning Greek 24
Practical Theology 2 (Weekend Seminar)2
Summer
Cross Cultural Ministry2
Christian Worldview and Apologetics2
Church History3
Year 2
Year 2Credits
Fall
Systematic Theology 14
Systematic Theology 24
Intermediate Greek4
Practical Theology 3 (Weekend Seminar)2
Spring
Systematic Theology 34
Cross-Cultural Ministry2
Biblical Ethics2
Greek Exegesis4
Practical Theology 4 (Weekend Seminar)2