Biblical Studies (Honours)

Bachelor of Arts

The BA Biblical Studies (Honours) program allows greater specialization than is possible in the standard BA Biblical Studies program. It is designed for students who wish for deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set.

OT Lit with Don Taylor - September 11 (4).JPGThe BA Biblical Studies (Honours) program allows greater specialization than is possible in the standard BA Biblical Studies program. It is designed for students who wish for deeper insight and more intensive training in their subject of special interest and who are able to meet the higher standards set.

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 (Honours) also offers an excellent foundation for graduate studies various fields.

Entrance into this program is by application following the completion a minimum of 45 credit hours, and the student is required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 at the time of entry. Approval is subject to faculty availability and competence in the area of research.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete 45 credit hours of major requirements, including 33 credit hours at the 300-400 levels with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 400 level. In addition, students must take at least 18 credit hours of biblical languages, including at least 12 credit hours in one language (Hebrew or Greek) and 6 credit hours in a second biblical language. Students who complete this program will also be awarded a minor in Ancient and Biblical Languages. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Biblical Studies (Honours) requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work 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).

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Degree Requirements

(126 credit hours: minimum 39 at 300+ level; 6 at 400+ level)

BA Core Curriculum

(66 credit hours)

Required Courses

(6 credit hours)

Course Credit Hours
BLST 103 Gospels 3
BLST 111 Old Testament Literature 3


(33 credit hours: minimum 21 at 300+ level; 6 at 400+ level)

  • Minimum 6 credit hours must be taken in each of the 3 categories: Old Testament Studies; New Testament Studies; and Backgrounds and Methodological issues.

Old Testament

BLST 205 Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom 3
BLST 206 Introduction to the Prophets 3
BLST 305 Wisdom and Poetry Book Study 3
BLST 367 Pentateuch Book Study 3
BLST 425 Advanced Studies in Old Testament Literature 3
BLST 434 Prophets Book Study 3
HEB 300 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis I 3
HEB 301 Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis II 3

New Testament

BLST 214 General Epistles 3
BLST 230 Pauline Epistles 3
BLST 304 Acts 3
BLST 306 Romans 3
BLST 309 John 3
BLST 310 1 Corinthians (CDE) 3
BLST 381 Hebrews 3
BLST 385 Revelation 3
BLST 415 Advanced Studies in New Testament Literature 3
BLST 435 Synoptic Gospels 3
GRK 300 Greek Syntax 3
GRK 301 Greek Exegesis I 3
GRK 400 Greek Exegesis II 3
GRK 401 Advanced Greek Exegesis 3

Backgrounds and Methodological Issues

BLST 213 Hermeneutics 3
BLST 324 Bible Synthesis 3
BLST 325 Bible Origins: Text, Transmission, and Canon 3
BLST 331 Scripture and Canon 3
BLST 371 Jewish Background to Early Christianity 3
BLST 423 Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation 3
BLST 454 Religious Studies Seminar 3


BLST 426 Biblical Studies Internship * 3

Honours Thesis

(6 credit hours)
Students are required to complete BLST 498/99 Honours Thesis (6 credit hours), including an oral defense or public presentation and the production of a library-acceptable copy. The Honours thesis must be defended before two faculty members, one of whom (typically the second reader) may be a non-Briercrest faculty member.

Cognate Language Requirements

(18 credit hours)
12 credit hours of one biblical language (Greek or Hebrew) and at least 6 credit hours of the other.

students may count the second year of the second biblical language as Biblical Studies Electives.

Cognate Theological Studies Requirements

(6 credit hours: minimum 3 at 300+ level)

  • Choose 6 credit hours from the following
HIS 114 The Ancient and Medieval World I 3
HIS 115 The Ancient and Medieval World II 3
HIS 339 World Christianity from the Colonial Period to the Present 3
HIS 431 History of Christianity in Canada 3
HIS 433 History of Christianity in the USA 3
HIS 441 Christianity and Science from Copernicus to Creation Science 3
IDST 300 Christianity and the Natural Sciences 3
IDST 400 Advanced Studies in Christian World Views 3
PAST 437 Pastoral Theology I 3
PHI/RLST 455 Philosophy of Religion 3
PSY 450 Psychology of Religion 3
THEO 203 History of Christian Theology I 3
THEO 204 History of Christian Theology II 3
Any 300-400 level THEO course 3

Free Electives

(6-12 credit hours)

PRT 400 Senior Portfolio non-credit
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning non-credit

* Does not count toward the 6 credit hours required at a 400+ level

Kevin Daugherty, PhD
Associate Professor of Theology
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Kenneth Guenter, MA
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History
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Carl Hinderager, PhD
Professor of New Testament
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David Miller, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism
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Wes Olmstead, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament
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Eric Ortlund, PhD
Associate Professor of Old Testament
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Don Taylor, DTh
Associate Professor of Old Testament
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Susan Wendel, PhD
Assistant Professor of New Testament
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