Bachelor of Arts
This program is for those who want to develop skills and methods for engaging in sound and thoughtful interpretation of the Bible for use in ministry or mission settings or as a firm foundation as they pursue a variety of careers in the marketplace.
More than any other college program at Briercrest College and Seminary, the four-year BA Biblical Studies equips students to do biblical research and Bible teaching. It also prepares students for further undergraduate or graduate education, particularly in the fields of biblical studies, theology, and/or divinity.
Building upon the foundation of biblical knowledge at the core of all our arts degree programs, students majoring in biblical studies have the opportunity to take advanced courses in biblical studies, biblical theology, hermeneutics, and biblical languages (Hebrew and/or Greek) as well as courses that focus on the literary, cultural, historical, and geographical aspects of biblical interpretation.
Biblical studies majors also enjoy increased confidence in personal Bible study, valuable insights from the study of ancient cultures and original languages, and a deepening appreciation for the unity within the diversity of Scripture. This program is for those who want to develop skills and methods for engaging in sound and thoughtful interpretation of the Bible for use in ministry or mission settings or as a firm foundation as they pursue a variety of careers in the marketplace.
Successful graduates are well-equipped to provide biblically informed and theologically reflective insights to the church as it carries out its mission in a complex world. Past students have pursued many types of careers including that of a pastor, teacher, professor, or Bible translator.
The BA Biblical Studies requires 39 credit hours of Biblical Studies courses (including at least 18 credit hours at 300+ level and six additional credit hours at 400+ level), 12 credit hours of cognate language requirements (Greek or Hebrew), and six credit hours of cognate Theological Studies requirements. Like most Briercrest programs the BA Biblical Studies requires 39 credit hours at the 300+ level within the context of a 126 credit hour degree.
Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters of Service and Experiential Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).
New students: apply to the college now and our admissions advisors will work closely with you throughout the rest of the process.
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(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level; 6 at 400+ level)
(66 credit hours)
(6 credit hours)
Cognate Language Requirements
(12 credit hours)
Cognate Theological Studies Requirements
(6 credit hours: minimum 3 at 300+ level)
(33 credit hours: minimum 18 at 300+ level; 6 at 400+ level)
Backgrounds and Methodological Issues
David completed a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at McMaster University in 2004, the same year he began teaching at Briercrest College and Seminary. As a scholar and a teacher, David's basic priorities are studying the New Testament in its first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts and learning with students what it means to hear and respond to the Bible's address to Christians today.
Growing up in Kenya as a child of missionary parents gave David a love for international travel. He and Tenyia were married on a semester break during a year of study in Israel, and they recently spent a vacation visiting archaeological sites in Turkey. David returned to Israel in 2009 as one of the leaders of Briercrest College and Seminary's first Israel Study Tour.
David, along with Kevin Daugherty, will lead another Briercrest study tour, the upcoming Study Tour 2013: Follow Paul through Turkey and Greece.
In his free time, David enjoys hiking, playing with his daughter Shoshana, and reading in his back yard under the amazing Saskatchewan sky.
Don grew up in Ontario, and after high school and some job experience, he joined the RCMP and was stationed in B.C. Don married Tracy and they raised two children, Brad and Katie. After ten years in the RCMP and six years of youth ministry in local churches, Don came to Briercrest to study. While studying at both the college and seminary and taking on the task of policing in Caronport, Don was hired to teach part-time for the college and has been doing so for over 10 years. Through this time, he completed a doctoral degree with the University of South Africa, completing a dissertation entitled: A Narrative Critical Analysis of Korah's Rebellion in Numbers 16 and 17. Don has also traveled to Israel and was part of organizing two academic study tours to the Holy Land in 2009 and 2011.