Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies


The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies compliments the unique liberal arts curriculum (the CORE) by offering a contemporary, academic study of the Bible. The Bible is studied using the literal-grammatical-historical method of interpretation. Courses provide foundational knowledge of the Old and New Testament, which affords a basis on which to construct well-reasoned theological principles and personal applications. In addition, you will develop an understanding of other worldviews, religions, and contemporary issues. All faculty are conservative evangelical Christians but realize that intellectual honesty demands to expose the students to differing points of view in order to prepare them for contemporary life.

Why Biblical and Theological Studies at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Biblical Studies program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’S Biblical Studies program equips graduates with a working knowledge of the historical, literary, and theological content of the Bible.
  • At ACU, you will learn to apply the principles of biblical interpretation to the Word of God.
  • Develop doctrinal positions consistent with conservative Evangelicalism on key theological issues.
  • This in-depth study of the Bible will enable you to deal with complex and sometimes contentious issues that can function as excellent preparation for many professions and vocational ministry.

What will I study?

The Biblical Studies program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • In-depth look into the contexts of the Old and New Testament
  • Approaches for how to study, interpret, and apply Scripture in your life, ministry, and professional work
  • Hebrew and Greek grammar and linguistics
  • Research, writing, and presentation methods

Earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just 5 years through ACU’s partnership with Dallas Theological Seminary

Arizona Christian University (ACU) and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) have partnered to offer an academic collaboration that will allow ministry-minded students to graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just 5 years. This program will fast-track future Christian leaders in their journey to complete their education and enter full-time ministry equipped and empowered to serve the Kingdom.

The program will combine a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Biblical and Theological Studies from Arizona Christian University and a Master of Arts from Dallas Theological Seminary in one of several disciplines. By leveraging dual credit and advance standing options, students will earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in just 5 years, rather than the 6 years it would typically take to complete the same two programs. By eliminating that year of tuition and living expenses, participants will significantly lower the cost of their education and enter their chosen field with the financial freedom to pursue God’s calling on their lives.

For more details about the ACU/DTS 4+1 program, click here.

Career Paths

With a Biblical Studies degree you can pursue a career as:

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Counselor
  • Chaplain
  • Social worker
  • Graduate programs including:
    • Seminary and Law
    • Master’s degrees

Biblical and Theological Studies


Career Paths


School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

(602) 489-5300

[email protected]

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 8 credits of Elementary Greek and 3 credits of an Upper Division Bible Elective.

CourseCourse NameCreditsPrerequisites
BIB 100Introduction to the Bible3
BIB 221The Relational God3HUM 201 (Co)
BIB 222Image Bearers3HUM 202 (Co)
BIB 321Dwelling in God's Presence3HUM 301 (Co)
BIB 322The King and His Kingdom3HUM 302 (Co)
BIB 101Biblical Interpretation3
BIB 104Genesis to Song of Solomon3
BIB 108Prophets3
BIB 207Gospels3
BIB 208Acts to Revelation3
BIB 301Systematic Theology I3
BIB 302Systematic Theology II3
PHI 301Logic3
PHI 310Philosophy of Christian Thought3
BIB 352History of the Christian Church3
BIB 400Apologetics3
BIB 490Biblical Studies Capstone3