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Biblical and Theological Studies

School of Bible & Ministry


The Biblical and Theological Studies major provides a focused study of the Bible, church history, and theology to prepare for graduate studies in preparation for a vocation of teaching. Students are prepared to:

  • Interpret Christian scripture responsibly
  • Identify and critically analyze appropriate sources in academic research
  • Understand and assess contemporary church beliefs and practices in light of church history
  • Have above-average facility with either Greek or Hebrew through the intermediate level
  • Conduct mentored research of a high caliber, culminating in a conference presentation
  • Develop the personal and spiritual maturity necessary for a vocation in teaching

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Course Requirements

Biblical and Theological Studies – B.A.

Bible (12 hrs)

  • BIBL 201 Jesus in the Gospels (3 hrs)
  • BIBL 211 Old Testament Images of God (3 hrs)
  • 3 hrs of Old Testament from BIBL 252, 301, 304, 343, 351, 352, 355, 405, or 432
  • 3 hrs of New Testament from BIBL 202, 313, 321, 322, 324, 325, 328, 411, 412, or 452
  • BIBL 295 (Seminar), 489 (Directed Readings), and 495 (Seminar) may be suitable Old or New Testament electives, depending on course content.  Approved seminary courses in Old or New Testament may also serve as electives.

Church History/Theology (12 hrs)

  • HIST 341 and 342 Church History (6 hrs)
  • HIST 431 The Stone-Campbell Movement in the North American Context (3 hrs)
  • 3 hrs of electives chosen from BIBL 473, CMIN 365, HIST/BIBL 323, HIST/BIBL 343, HIST 250, 352, 432, and other approved church history or theology electives. Approved seminary courses in church history or theology may also serve as electives.

Approved Electives (12 hrs)

  • Approved electives in BIBL, CMIN, COMM, GREE, HEBR, HIST, PHIL, SOCL, and other undergraduate and seminary courses approved by the Area Chair and chosen in close consultation with the student’s adviser.

Mentored Research (3 hrs)

  • BIBL 499A, 499B, 499C 

Theological Integration (1 hr)

  • CMIN 480 Theological Integration

Total number of required hours: 40

In addition to courses in the major, students must complete the General Education Requirements for a bachelor of arts degree as described in the 2018-19 catalog. 

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level. The Biblical and Theological Studies major requires the study of Greek or Hebrew through the intermediate level.

Senior Portfolio

Students majoring in Biblical and Theological Studies must compile a portfolio of their work demonstrating their competencies regarding the outcomes listed above. The final form of this portfolio is compiled, reviewed, and assessed by the Bible Area faculty as part of the required Theological Integration course taken during the final year. Students pursuing double majors must complete the required portfolio for the Biblical and Theological Studies major. 

Also see MINORS in:

  • Bible
  • Biblical Languages

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.

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Accelerated Program

Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (6 Year BA+MDiv)

Highly motivated students interested in pursuing seminary after college can save a year of classes and tuition by completing both a bachelor’s degree from Milligan College and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan in just six years.

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Faculty

Dr. Curtis Booher

Curtis Booher

Associate Professor of Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8778
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 118

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Dr. Lee Blackburn

Lee Blackburn

Associate Professor of History and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8493
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 125

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Dr. Craig Farmer

Craig Farmer

Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities; Associate Professor of History and Humanities; Area Chair of Humane Learning; Joel O. and Mabel Stephens Chair of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8942
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 122

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Dr. Susan Higgins

Susan Higgins

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Sociology and Missions; Area Chair of Social Learning

Phone: 423.461.8739
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 116

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Dr. John Jackson

John Jackson

Associate Professor of Bible and Humanities

Phone: 423.461.8794
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 111

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Dr. Ron Kastens

Ron Kastens

Director of Ministry Leadership Program

Phone: 423.461.8492
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Office: McMahan Student Center, Lower Level

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Dr. Philip Kenneson

Philip Kenneson

Associate Dean of the School of Bible and Ministry; Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Area Chair of Biblical Learning; The Kenneth E. Starkey Chair of Bible and Christian Ministries

Phone: 423.461.8797
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 112

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller

Jeffrey Miller

Vera Britton Chair of Bible; Professor of Bible

Phone: 423.461.8747
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Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 120

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Dr. Paul Blowers

Paul Blowers

Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1505
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Jack Holland

Jack Holland

Professor of Christian Ministries; Professor of Christian Care and Counseling - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1526
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Mr. David Kiger

David Kiger

Theological Librarian & Assistant Director of Library Services

Phone: 423.461.1541
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Office: Seminary Library

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Dr. Miriam Perkins

Miriam Perkins

Associate Professor of Theology and Society - Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan

Phone: 423.461.1556
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Rollin Ramsaran

Rollin Ramsaran

Dean of Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Professor of New Testament

Phone: 423.461.1524
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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Dr. Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Associate Professor of World Mission and New Testament; Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries Program - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1550
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building

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