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Baccalaureate Degrees in Bible

Bible Program

The Bible program aims to prepare men and women to be better servants of God and humanity, whether as a professional or a volunteer. At every level of study, emphasis is placed on building a sound understanding of God's inspired Word and on applying it in practical ways. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to serve effectively according to biblical principles in whatever professional discipline they pursue. Students receive instruction in biblical studies, preaching and teaching, church leadership, counseling, personal spirituality, ethics, and Christian education according to their specific interests. Bible majors are prepared to go directly into ministry or to pursue graduate studies.

Students desiring to major in Bible choose from three degrees: (1) Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry, (2) Bachelor of Science in Bible and Ministry, or(3) Bachelor of Science in Vocational Bible and Ministry (with three tracks). The latter is available only as a second major.

A minor is required for the B.A. in Bible and Ministry and the B.S. in Bible and Ministry. When one or more minors that relate to Bible or ministry are chosen, they serve as specializations or emphases for the Bible degrees. Other minors can be used toward graduation, but they do not serve as specializations. Specializations include such minors as biblical languages, Christian counseling, Christian service for women, Greek, missions, practical ministry, preaching, and youth ministry, among others.

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Students who plan to pursue graduate study or who would like to keep graduate study as a future option should complete this degree. This degree will also serve those who plan to begin full-time ministry upon graduation. The degree program includes a core curriculum of language, textual, doctrinal, historical, and practical ministry courses.

  1. Satisfy all of the General Institutional Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.
  2. Satisfy the requirements of the General Education program, which includes the following:
    • General Education Course Requirements
    • Bible Course Requirement
    • Writing Competency Requirements
    • Diversity Requirement
    • Foreign Language Requirement
  3. Receive formal admission to the School of Biblical Studies, preferably by the end of the sophomore year.
  4. Meet the following grade requirements:
    • Earn at least a 2.5 GPA on all Bible-related course work.
    • Earn no hours of D on Bible-related course work required for graduation.
  5. Complete at least 24 credit hours of upper-level Bible courses (courses with a BIB prefix) at Ohio Valley University; at least nine of these credit hours must be in textual studies courses.
  6. Complete a minor area of study. When the minor is in a biblical or ministry field, it becomes the student's specialization.
  7. Complete 65 credit hours, distributed as follows (see below for a listing of which courses meet each requirement):
    • 8 credit hours in Bible core courses. The following courses are required:
      • BIB 106 Life of Christ (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 107 Acts through Revelation (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 205 Old Testament Survey (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 206 Christian Thought (2 credit hours)
    • 6 credit hours in New Testament Greek readings. Many students will need to take two semesters (8 credit hours) of first-year New Testament Greek as a prerequisite if they have not previously studied Greek.
    • 18 credit hours in textual studies courses, with at least nine credit hours in New Testament and six credit hours in Old Testament.
    • 8 credit hours in doctrinal and historical studies courses.
      • BIB 347 Scripture Interpretation (3 credit hours) is required;
      • students must select one of the following courses:
        • REL 341 History of the Christian Church (3 credit hours) or
        • REL 342 Restoration Church History (3 credit hours).
      • Another doctrinal or historical studies course of the student's choosing.
    • 14 credit hours in practical ministry. The following courses are required:
      • BIB 225 Introduction to Ministry Seminar (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 320 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours) OR
        BIB 353 Urban Ministry (3 credit hours)
      • BIB 322 Introduction to Missions (3 credit hours)
      • BIB 323 (men) Sermon Preparation and Delivery (3 credit hours)
        or BIB 327 (women) Religious Speaking for Women (3 credit hours)
      • BIB 425 Practicum in Ministry (3 credit hours)
      Students who have worked for at least five consecutive years in full-time ministry may petition for a waiver of Practicum in Ministry (BIB 425); if the waiver is granted, the student must replace this course with an additional three credit hours of course work in practical ministry.
    • BIB 451 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
    • 3 elective credit hours of Bible (BIB) or Religion (REL)

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Bible and Ministry

This degree will serve well those students who plan to begin full-time ministry upon graduation; however, because of the lack of a language requirement, it is not recommended for those seriously considering graduate school as a future option. The degree program includes a core curriculum of textual, doctrinal, historical, and practical ministry courses.

  1. Satisfy all of the General Institutional Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.
  2. Satisfy the requirements of the General Education program, which includes the following:
    • General Education Course Requirements
    • Bible Course Requirement
    • Writing Competency Requirements
    • Diversity Requirement
  3. Receive formal admission to the School of Biblical Studies, preferably by the end of the sophomore year.
  4. Meet the following grade requirements:
    • Earn at least a 2.5 GPA on all Bible-related course work.
    • Earn no hours of D on Bible-related course work required for graduation .
  5. Complete at least 24 credit hours of upper-level Bible (BIB) courses at Ohio Valley University; at least nine of these credit hours must be in textual studies courses.
  6. Complete a minor area of study. When the minor is in a biblical or ministry field, it becomes the student's specialization.
  7. Complete 56 credit hours, distributed as follows (see below for a listing of which courses meet each requirement):
    • 8 credit hours in Bible core courses. The following courses are required:
      • BIB 106 Life of Christ (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 107 Acts through Revelation (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 205 Old Testament Survey (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 206 Christian Thought (2 credit hours)
    • 3 credit hours of biblical language
    • 18 credit hours in textual studies courses, with at least nine hours in New Testament and six hours in Old Testament.
    • 8 credit hours in doctrinal and historical studies courses.
      • BIB 347 Scripture Interpretation (3 credit hours) is required;
      • students must select one of the following courses:
        • REL 341 History of the Christian Church (3 credit hours) or
        • REL 342 Restoration Church History (3 credit hours).
      • Another doctrinal or historical studies course of the student's choosing.
    • 14 credit hours in practical ministry courses. The following courses are required:
      • BIB 225 Introduction to Ministry Seminar (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 320 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours) OR
        BIB 353 Urban Ministry (3 credit hours)
      • BIB 322 Introduction to Missions (3 credit hours)
      • BIB 323 (men) Sermon Preparation and Delivery (3 credit hours)
        or BIB 327 (women) Religious Speaking for Women (3 credit hours)
      • BIB 425 Practicum in Ministry (3 credit hours)
      Students who have worked for at least five consecutive years in full-time ministry may petition for a waiver of Practicum in Ministry (BIB 425); if the waiver is granted, the student must replace this course with an additional three credit hours of course work in practical ministry.
    • BIB 451 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
    • 3 elective credit hours of Bible (BIB) or Religion (REL)

Requirements for Bachelor of Science in Vocational Bible and Ministry

Because many students are interested in preparing to serve in ministry roles while supporting themselves in another occupation or vocation, the Vocational Bible and Ministry major was created to provide a brief study of biblical and ministry concerns. This degree program is designed to serve a student who desires enough Bible and ministry training to serve in a teaching role in a small church or mission area, but who has a second major in another discipline. This degree program is also designed to serve a student who already has a bachelor's degree but would like to change careers; with careful planning, it is possible to earn this degree in one year.

To be eligible for this major, the student must have another major outside the School of Biblical Studies. Students who have previously completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution are also eligible to complete this degree. A second bachelor's degree requires at least 30 hours beyond the first bachelor's degree.

  1. Satisfy all of the General Institutional Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.
  2. Satisfy the requirements of the General Education program, which includes the following:
    • General Education Course Requirements
    • Bible Course Requirement
    • Writing Competency Requirements
    • Diversity Requirement
      If a student has already received a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, it will be assumed that the General Education course requirements have been met.
  3. Complete another major outside the School of Biblical Studies.
  4. Meet the following grade requirements:
    • Earn at least a 2.5 GPA on all Bible-related course work.
    • Earn no hours of D on Bible-related course work required for graduation.
  5. Give the School of Biblical Studies a formal declaration of intent to seek the Vocational Bible and Ministry degree. This declaration should be given as soon as possible so that a suitable plan of study can be made. In addition, receive formal admission to the School of Biblical Studies, preferably by the end of the sophomore year; the application is part of BIB 299.
  6. Complete at least 24 credit hours of upper-level Bible (BIB) courses at Ohio Valley University; at least nine of these credit hours must be in textual studies courses.
  7. Complete 36 credit hours, distributed as follows (see below for a listing of which courses meet each requirement):
    • 8 credit hours in Bible core courses. The following courses are required:
      • BIB 106 Life of Christ (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 107 Acts through Revelation (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 205 Old Testament Survey (2 credit hours)
      • BIB 206 Christian Thought (2 credit hours)
    • 3 credit hours in doctrinal and historical studies courses; BIB 347 Scripture Interpretation (3 credit hours) is required.
    • 21 credit hours in one of the three following tracks:
      • Vocational Ministry Track
        • 9 credit hours in textual studies courses, with at least five hours in New Testament.
        • 12 credit hours in practical ministry courses; the following courses are required:
          • BIB 225 Introduction to Practical Ministry (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 322 Introduction to Missions (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 323 (men) Sermon Preparation and Delivery (3 credit hours) OR
            BIB 327 (women) Religious Speaking for Women (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 425 Practicum in Ministry BIB (3 credit hours)
            Students who have worked for at least five consecutive years in full-time ministry may petition for a waiver of Practicum in Ministry (BIB 425); if the waiver is granted, the student must replace this course with an additional three credit hours of coursework in practical ministry.
      • Vocational Missions Track
        • 9 credit hours in textual studies courses, with at least five hours in New Testament.
        • 12 credit hours in practical ministry courses. The following are required:
          • BIB 320 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours) OR
            BIB 353 Urban Ministry (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 322 Introduction to Missions (3 credit hours)
          • SOC 341 Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
          • REL 441 Major World Religions (3 credit hours)
      • Vocational Bible Teaching Track
        • 18 credit hours in textual studies courses, with at least nine hours in New Testament.
          • 3 credit hours of a biblical language course (BIB 160, any BGK or BHB course) may be substituted for a textual studies course.
        • 3 credit hours in practical ministry courses; one of the following courses is required:
          • BIB 320 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 321 Educational Program of the Church (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 323 (men) Sermon Preparation and Delivery (3 credit hours) OR
            BIB 327 (women) Religious Speaking for Women (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 351 Youth Ministry (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 354 Children's Ministry (3 credit hours)
          • BIB 413 Teaching the Bible (2 credit hours)
    • BIB 299 Bible Program Admission (0 credit hours)
    • BIB 451 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)
    • 2 elective hours of Bible (BIB), Biblical Language (BGK or BHB) or Church History (REL341 or REL342)

Classification of Bible Courses

Students completing Bible majors, Bible minors, or Bible certificates should use the following classification of courses to determine which courses fulfill course distribution requirements.

Textual Studies

Certain Biblical Language Studies courses also may count as textual studies courses; see below.
BIB 304 Pastoral Epistles (3 credit hours)
BIB 305 Galatians and Romans (3 credit hours)
BIB 306 Acts (2 credit hours)
BIB 307 Hebrews (3 credit hours)
BIB 308 I Corinthians (2 credit hours)
BIB 309 Selected Pauline Epistles (2 credit hours)
BIB 310 Synoptic Gospels (3 credit hours)
BIB 311 General Epistles (2 credit hours)
BIB 312 Gospel of John (2 credit hours)
BIB 313 Pentateuch (3 credit hours)
BIB 315 Joshua-Esther (3 credit hours)
BIB 401 Old Testament Wisdom Literature (3 credit hours)
BIB 402 Luke-Acts (3 credit hours)
BIB 403 Major Prophets (3 credit hours)
BIB 405 Minor Prophets (3 credit hours)
BIB 406 Acts (3 credit hours)
BIB 407 Daniel and Revelation (3 credit hours)
BIB 408 1-2 Corinthians (3 credit hours)
BIB 412 Gospel of John (3 credit hours)

Biblical Language Studies

BGK 201 New Testament Greek I (3 credit hours)
BGK 202 New Testament Greek II (3 credit hours)
BHB 201 Hebrew I (3 credit hours)
BHB 202 Hebrew II (3 credit hours)
The following readings courses may count as textual studies courses unless they are required for the major or minor.
BGK 301 Greek Readings I (3 credit hours)
BGK 302 Greek Readings II (3 credit hours)
BHB 301 Hebrew Readings I (3 credit hours)
BHB 302 Hebrew Readings II (3 credit hours)
BGK 401 Greek Readings III (3 credit hours)
BGK 402 Greek Readings IV (3 credit hours)

Doctrinal and Historical Studies

BIB 343 Old Testament Doctrine (3 credit hours)
BIB 344 Christian Evidences (2 credit hours)
BIB 345 New Testament Doctrine (3 credit hours)
BIB 346 Contemporary Religious Doctrines (3 credit hours)
BIB 347 Scripture Interpretation (3 credit hours)
BIB 348 New Testament Church (2 credit hours)
REL 341 History of the Christian Church (3 credit hours)
REL 342 Restoration Church History (3 credit hours)
REL 371 Christian Ethics (3 credit hours)
REL 441 Major World Religions (3 credit hours)

Practical Ministry

BIB 211 Marriage and Family (2 credit hours)
BIB 225 Introduction to Ministry Seminar (2 credit hours)
BIB 320 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours)
BIB 321 Educational Program of the Church (3 credit hours)
BIB 322 Introduction to Missions (3 credit hours)
BIB 323 Sermon Preparation and Delivery (3 credit hours)
BIB 324 Advanced Homiletics (3 credit hours)
BIB 325 Ministry Field Laboratory (1-6 credit hours)
BIB 327 Religious Speaking for Women (3 credit hours)
BIB 329 Women in Christian Service (3 credit hours)
BIB 332 Global Missions Awareness (2 credit hours)
BIB 351 Youth Ministry (3 credit hours)
BIB 352 Ministerial Counseling (3 credit hours)
BIB 413 Teaching the Bible (2 credit hours)
BIB 415 Personal Spiritual Development (2 credit hours)
BIB 421 Church Growth and Leadership Dynamics (3 credit hours)
BIB 425 Practicum in Ministry (3 credit hours)
BIB 451 Senior Seminar (2 credit hours)

The following courses may also be counted as practical ministry courses; these courses do not fulfill the university's Bible course requirement.
COM 321 Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
COM 331 Interpersonal Speaking (3 credit hours)
COM 332 Argumentation and Persuasion (3 credit hours)
MUS 122 Song Leading and Worship Skills (1 credit hour)
PSY 342 Group Dynamics (3 credit hours)
PSY 350 Family Systems (3 credit hours)
PSY 352 Introduction to Counseling (3 credit hours)
PSY 371 Personality Theories (3 credit hours)
PSY 426 Counseling Theory (3 credit hours)
PSY 472 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
SOC 341 Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
SOC 381 Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credit hours)
SOC 382 Conflict Meditation (3 credit hours)
SOC 383 Diversity Management (3 credit hours)


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