Bachelor of Biblical Studies

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The undergraduate program at VACU, the Bachelor in Biblical Studies (B.BS.), prepares students for further study in seminary or graduate school. The student is given opportunity to take advanced language courses usually required for entrance into VACU. This program gives students exposure to many areas of ministry in church or mission. A broad range of courses provides the basic preparation needed for ministry

Program Objectives

VACU currently offers one major (Biblical Studies) in its undergraduate baccalaureate program. The purpose of the Biblical Studies Degree (B.BS.) is to equip men and women to form a Christ-like mind to influence the world for the Lord Jesus Christ through acquiring fundamental knowledge of the Old and New Testaments, of Christian doctrines and history, of various practical areas of Christian ministries, and of methods for further biblical and theological studies.

There are ample career opportunities for Biblical Studies graduates including most of the following Christian service categories:

  • Pastor (usually after the completion of a M. Div. degree)
  • Preacher
  • Missionary
  • Minister of Youth
  • Minister of Children’s Program
  • Counselor
  • Church Administrator
  • Bible Teacher for Christian School

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor in Biblical Studies, graduates will:

  1. Biblical and Theological Knowledge: to promote a thorough knowledge of the Bible, theology, and the skills related to the acquisition of spiritual truth for expansion of the Kingdom of God.
  2. Academic Development: to foster a learning community that encourages academic and intellectual proficiency through knowledge acquisition, informed discussion, and personal research, with the goal of developing lifelong learners.
  3. Spiritual Development: Students will develop a Christian worldview and lean to apply biblical truth to their personal lives, ministry, and contemporary moral and cultural issues by power of God the Holy Spirit.
  4. Relational Development: Students will apply biblical and theological truth to strengthen and encourage relationships within a diverse community.
  5. Preparation for Service: Students will be equipped to use their biblical truth and skills to serve Triune God and others in one’s family, church, and neighborhood.

Program Requirements

The B.BS. requires satisfactory completion of 120 units as outlined in the curriculum with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. It requires 200 hours of supervised field education. The curriculum offers students the most vocational flexibility and is the focus of our placement efforts. The curriculum may be completed in four years, although many students take five years due to family, church and job responsibility.

The maximum time limit for completion of the B.BS. is six years. Courses taken more than seven years prior to the completion of this degree may be credited toward the degree only by specific faculty approval. Such approval may include instructions for re-examination or additional study.

Besides the required courses, any course the student takes will be considered an elective course. Students can choose classes from General Education and Major Courses in order to fulfill their elective requirement. The flexibility of electives within the major will enable students to design a program in line with their ministry objectives as well as their personal interests.

Graduation Requirements

The coursework in Biblical Studies is intended for students to be well acquainted with biblical contents to have a grasp of the major doctrines of the Bible and to grow spiritually.

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree requires 120 semester units which consist of 36 units of general education including 3 units of Research & Critical Writing, 72 units of biblical/theological studies and ministerial courses, and 12 units of electives. VACU confers degree on those students who have fulfilled the following conditions:

  1. Completion of the program offered by the University with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. A minimum of 60 credits must have been taken at VACU.
  2. Evidence of dependability and progress in Christian ministry as mutually evaluated by the directors of student ministries and of the candidate’s chosen program.
  3. Approved Christian character as evidenced by stability, maturity and corporation.
  4. Approval of the faculty and board of trustees.

Course Requirements

Overview of the Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in VACU for any degree program are required to participate in Christian service ministries for each academic semester specified in the program of study. Students are encouraged to choose a variety of ministries to obtain a broad background of experience and to discern the areas of their special capabilities.

Degree Plan

All courses are 3 semester units unless otherwise noted. All candidates for degrees must meet these requirements to graduate-120 Credits:

General Education Courses 36 Credits
Department of OT & NT 30 Credits
Department of Church History 9 Credits
Department of Systematic Theology 15 Credits
Department of Practical Theology 21 Credits
Field Ministry 12 Credits

Curriculum Recommendation

GENERAL EDUCATION – 36 Credits
or 12 Credits electives in General Education as part of the 36 Credits.

  • EN 213 English Composition (I)
  • EN 214 English Conversation(I)
  • ED 218 Foundation of Education
  • HI 224 History of U.S.(I)
  • HI 225 History of U.S.(II)
  • MU 218 Instruction to Music
  • PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
  • HI 201 World Civilization
  • SO 200 Instruction to public communication
  • PS 326 Introduction to Psychology
  • SO 220 World Religions I
  • SO 223 Sociology

OT AND NT BIBLE – 30 Credits
or 12 Credits electives in OT & NT as part of the 30 Credits

  • OT 404 OT Survey
  • OT 406 Genesis
  • OT 407 Pentateuch
  • OT 409 Histroical Books
  • NT 408 NT Survey
  • NT 409 Synoptic Gospels
  • NT 410 Fourth Gospel
  • NT 411 Acts
  • NT 412 Pauline Epistles
  • NT 413 Romans

CHURCH HISTORY – 9 Credits
or 6 Credits electives in Church History as part of the 9 Credits

  • HI 300 Church History
  • HI 303 The Reformation
  • HI 402 Church in the Modern Age

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY – 15 Credits
or 9 Credits electives in Systematic Theology as part of the 15 Credits

  • TH 300 Introduction to Doctrine I
  • TH 301 Introduction to Doctrine II
  • TH 407 Doctrine of three Persons in God.
  • TH 403 Westminster Confession I
  • TH 405 Westminster Confession II

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY – 21 Credits
or 12 Credits electives in Practical Theology as part of the 21 Credits

  • ED 403 Introduction to Christian Education
  • BC 405 Introduction to Counseling
  • BC 402 Introduction to Psychology
  • PA 402 Christian Worship
  • PA 404 Ministry Leadership
  • PA 409 Introduction to Preaching
  • MI 410 Introduction to Mission

Field Ministry– 3 Credits
or Students can elect course from other field Course

  • FM 101 Field Ministry I