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Biblical and Religious Studies

The biblical and religious studies major offers students a foundation in Christian service with studies in biblical languages, exegesis, theology, practical ministry skills and a broad understanding of other religions.

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The student majoring in Biblical and Religious Studies will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Old and New Testament texts and their relationship with the cultural, geographical, historical, and political contexts surrounding those texts.
  • Explain the major doctrines of Christianity from a Kingdom perspective, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance.
  • Defend biblical truth and the Christian faith by engaging in respectful and substantive discussions.
  • Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application using both the English Bible and the original languages (Hebrew and Greek). 
  • Exhibit a maturing Christian faith and practice demonstrated in effective ministry and commitment to growth in Christian character and lifestyle.

Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning where you learn by doing. Opportunities include:

  • Directed studies and faculty-mentored research opportunities
  • Internships and field studies
  • Capstone Projects

For those students desiring to tailor their degrees to their specific ministry needs, the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies offers concentrations in Human Trafficking, Peacemaking, Biblical Languages, Evangelism and Global Missions, Biblical Counseling, and Business as Mission.

What You'll Take

A special feature of the Sattler College experience is its extensive Core Curriculum. We believe students are more likely to flourish socially and intellectually when each entering class enjoys a common academic experience. When all students take part in a common set of courses, upper-level students will have a large body of wisdom and knowledge to share with the students following behind them. We are convinced that the most fulfilling way to learn is to teach. Our robust Core Curriculum makes such.

Required Courses - Sattler Core

Sattler Core (47 credits)
  • BIO 101 Principles of Biology
  • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity
  • BRS 201 Christian Doctrines
  • BRS 203 Apologetics
  • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I
  • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II
  • LNG 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • LNG 105 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • HUM 301 Hist. Global Christianity
  • HUM 201 Hist. Ancient World
  • HUM 202 Medieval & Renaissance Europe
  • HUM 203 Hist. Modern World
  • LNG 101 Exp. Writing and Oral Comm
  • MAT 102 Statistics and Data Science
  • SOC 301 Global Poverty

Required Courses - Major

Major (54 credits)
  • BRS 208 Evangelism
  • BRS 212 Historical Theology
  • BRS 301 Intro. to Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 320 Ministry of the Word
  • BRS 402 Advanced Book Study
  • BRS 430 Capstone Project (12 hours)
  • LNG 201 Intermediate Bib. Greek
  • LNG 203 Intermediate Bib. Hebrew
  • LNG 307 Exegeting Mark in Greek
Choose six of the following*:
  • BRS 102 Intro to Music & Hymnology
  • BRS 205 Islam
  • BRS 206 Judaism
  • BRS 207 Hinduism
  • BRS 208 Buddhism
  • BRS 303 Marriage & Family Counseling
  • BRS 305 Problems in Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 307 Lives of Selected Christians
  • BRS 330 Missiology: History and Models
  • BRS 404 Bib. Counseling – Adv. Topics
  • LNG 305 Pauline epistles in Greek
  • LNG 301 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LNG 306 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
  • HIS 303 History of Christian Movements
  • Any two upper level History courses, with
    the permission of an advisor will also be
    counted.

*Students with a concentration take the required courses for the concentration plus three additional Major Electives.

Electives or minor (21 credits)

Sample Schedule - First Year

Fall (16 Credits)
  • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I*
  • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity  
  • LNG 101 Exp. Writing and Oral Comm
  • BIO 101 Principles of Biology
  • MAT 102 Statistics and Data Science
Spring (16 Credits)
  • HUM 201 Hist. of Ancient World   
  • BRS 208 Evangelism  
  • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II*
  • BRS 203 Apologetics
  • Elective

Sample Schedule - Second Year

Fall (15 Credits)
  • LNG 104 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
  • HUM 202 His. Medieval & Renaissance Europe
  • BRS 201 Christian Doctrines
  • LNG 201 Intermediate Biblical Greek
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (3) 
Spring (15 Credits)
  • LNG 105 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
  • HUM 203 Hist. Modern World
  • BRS 212 Historical Theology
  • LNG 307 Exegeting Mark in Greek
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (3)

Sample Schedule - Third Year

Fall (15 Credits)
  • HUM 301 Global Christianity
  • LNG 203 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew
  • BRS 301 Intro. to Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 320 Ministry of the Word
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (3)
Spring (15 Credits)
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (15)

Sample Schedule - Fourth Year

Fall (15 Credits)
  • BRS 402 Advanced Book Study
  • Major/Minor/Concentration/Electives (12)
Spring (15 Credits)
  • SOC 301 Global Poverty
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 hours)

Concentrations

Human Trafficking

The Human Trafficking concentration provides an overview of the history, causes, and extent of the human trafficking problem with an emphasis on the role of the church in efforts to combat the problem and minister to its victims.

Concentration learning outcomes:

  • Understand the nature and extent of the human trafficking crisis
  • Apply biblical principles to the issue of human trafficking
  • Demonstrate competence in ministry to individuals suffering trauma in human trafficking situations

The concentration requires 9 credits plus the 12-credit senior capstone project.

Required courses:

  • HIS 204 Human Trafficking
  • IGA 301 The Role of Restorative Justice in Human Trafficking
  • BRS 308 Human Trafficking Aftercare
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 credits) related to the concentration

Certificate in Human Trafficking
Students may earn a 9-hour Certificate in Human Trafficking by taking all the required courses except for the capstone project. 

Peacemaking

The peacemaking concentration prepares students to apply the Sermon on the Mount principles of peacemaking and non-resistance to diverse contexts around the world.

Concentration learning outcomes:

  • Describe the various peacemaking models that exist or have been attempted in the past
  • Demonstrate practical peacemaking skills to understand conflict, generate nonviolent alternatives to address conflict, and prevent conflict
  • Demonstrate the ability to advocate for peaceful alternatives from an evidence-based approach

The concentration requires 9 credits plus the 12-credit senior capstone project.

Required courses:

  • IGA 101 Introduction to International and Global Affairs
  • IGA 201 Peacemaking
  • IGA 302 Advanced Topics in Peacemaking
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 credits) related to the concentration

Certificate in Peacemaking
Students may earn a 9-hour Certificate in Peacemaking by taking all the required courses except for the capstone project. 

Biblical Languages

The Biblical Languages concentration prepares the student to read biblical Greek and Hebrew and practice exegesis of the Word in the original languages. This concentration is well suited for students wanting to do Bible translation work around the world.

Concentration learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the rules of grammar, syntax, and semantics to the original biblical languages
  • Demonstrate the ability to exegete and translate the Scriptures in both Hebrew and Greek

The concentration requires 9 credits plus the 12-credit senior capstone project.

Required courses:

  • LNG 301 Linguistics
  • LNG 305 Pauline epistles in Greek
  • LNG 306 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 credits) related to the concentration

Certificate in Biblical Languages
Students may earn a 9-hour Certificate in Biblical Languages by taking all the required courses except for the capstone project.  Non-BRS majors must take all prerequisites to these courses.

Evangelism and Global Missions

The Evangelism and Global Missions concentration prepares students to effectively share the Gospel of the Kingdom to the nations and equip others to spread Jesus’ peaceful revolution.

Concentration learning outcomes:

  • Apply the principles of bible-based evangelism in real world settings and cultures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of world religious from a Christian perspective
  • The concentration requires 9 credits plus the 12-credit senior capstone project.

Required courses:

  • BRS 330 Missiology: History and Models
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 credits) related to the concentration
  • Choose two of the following:
    • BRS 205 Islam
    • BRS 206 Judaism
    • BRS 207 Hinduism
    • BRS 208 Buddhism

Certificate in Evangelism and Global Missions
Students may earn a 9-hour Certificate in Evangelism and Global Missions by taking all the required courses and their prerequisites except for the capstone project. 

Biblical Counseling

The Biblical Counseling concentration provides students with a biblical foundation for counseling and prepares them to minister in counseling roles.

Concentration learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply biblical concepts related to spiritual growth, human problems, and strategies for change
  • Describe the various methods of biblical counseling and their distinctives
  • Demonstrate competence in the ministry of counseling

The concentration requires 9 credits plus the 12-credit senior capstone project.

Required courses:

  • BRS 303 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • BRS 305 Problems in Biblical Counseling
  • BRS 404 Counseling – Advanced Topics
  • BRS 403 Capstone Project (12 credits) related to the concentration

Certificate in Biblical Counseling
Students may earn a 9-hour Certificate in Biblical Counseling by taking all the required courses except for the capstone project.  Non-BRS majors must take BRS 204 as a prerequisite to these courses.

Business as Mission

Using business to break down the sacred-secular divide and minister to people, communicate the Gospel, and make disciples. Especially applicable to businesses in countries that are hard to reach, crossing borders with the Gospel within a context of sustainable business.

Concentration learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history of the Business as Mission movement.
  • Students will articulate a mission strategy using a business to open doors for Kingdom work.

The concentration requires 9 credits plus the 12-credit senior capstone project.

Required courses:

  • BUS 101 Survey of 21st century business
  • BUS 206 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • BRS 325 Business as Mission
  • BUS 403 Capstone Project (12 credits) related to the concentration

Certificate in Business as Mission
Students may earn a 9-hour Certificate in Business as Mission by taking all the required courses except for the capstone project. 

Certificate in Biblical and Religious Studies (Degree Completion Program)

Students who successfully complete the one-year Certificate in Biblical and Religious Studies at Sattler may elect to transfer into the BA in Biblical and Religious Studies and complete their degree in three years. 

Sample Schedule

Fall (12 Credits)
  • LNG 102 Elementary Biblical Greek I*
  • BRS 201 Christian Doctrines I
  • BRS 101 Fundamental Texts of Christianity  
  • LNG 101 Exp. Writing and Oral Comm
Spring (15 Credits)
  • BRS 208 Evangelism 
  • BRS 212 Historical Theology 
  • LNG 103 Elementary Biblical Greek II*
  • BRS 203 Apologetics
  • Elective

* Students who demonstrate competence in Biblical Greek may elect to take Biblical Hebrew in its place.

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