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Associate of Biblical Studies

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Associate of Biblical Studies

The Associate of Biblical Studies degree is designed to equip students to more effectively study the Scriptures, and offers training in general studies areas. The ABS utilizes an integrative approach in which the various courses build on one another to provide a unique focus that will help students connect biblical interpretation with an understanding of the world around them, while developing skills needed to succeed within an academic setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Utilize historical geography and relevant ancient cultural contexts in the interpretation of the Old and New Testaments
  • Evaluate modern cultural trends
  • Summarize the story of the Old and New Testament Scriptures
  • Compose written research works

Potential Career and Educational Options

This degree is an entry into higher education. Students may use the ABS as a step toward the Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies.The ABS provides preparation for those seeking entry level positions in a ministry profession, or for improving one’s abilities for interpreting Scripture more generally. Offered online and in other distance learning formats, this degree features an innovative curriculum with academic disciplines.

Degree Requirements

Associate of Biblical Studies Curriculum

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Program Core
BI 1103 Reading the Old Testament 4
BI 1104 Reading the New Testament 4
BI 2201 Interpreting Scripture 3
BI 2260 Historical Geography of Ancient Israel 3
BI 3301 Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds and the Old Testament 3
BI 3302 Second Temple Jewish Backgrounds 3
GSU 1107 Foundations of Learning 3
GSU 1115 The Story and Structure of the Bible 3
GSU 2203 Self and Social Identity in Christianity 4
TH 1105 The Old Testament and Theology 3
TH 1106 The New Testament and Theology 3

Total: (Program Core)


General Studies Requirements
General Studies Core
GSU 1110 College Writing 3
GSU 1112 Research Writing 3
GSU 2202 Introduction to Critical Thinking 3
Total: (General Studies Core) 9
Academic Disciplines
Critical Thinking and Math 3
Oral and Written Communication 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Humanities 3
Open Electives 3
Total: (Academic Disciplines) 15
Total: (General Studies Requirements) 24

Total Credits: