Bachelor of Arts in

Biblical Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

(BABS) — 120 units

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree is a 120-unit course of instruction designed to develop Christian character, a sound knowledge of the English Bible, and the skills appropriate for ministry in a local church, mission field, or other Christian ministry. By taking 12 units each trimester, the program can be completed in four years. Students who have earned an Associates degree may request to have their transcript reviewed to see if they qualify for the AA/AS to Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. A minor provides a structured selection of courses to augment or complement the BABS degree by broadening a student’s academic experience or serving as preparation for a specific career.

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

(BABS) — 120 units

The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree is a 120-unit course of instruction designed to develop Christian character, a sound knowledge of the English Bible, and the skills appropriate for ministry in a local church, mission field, or other Christian ministry. By taking 12 units each trimester, the program can be completed in four years. Students who have earned an Associates degree may request to have their transcript reviewed to see if they qualify for the AA/AS to Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies. A minor provides a structured selection of courses to augment or complement the BABS degree by broadening a student’s academic experience or serving as preparation for a specific career.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES 
The purpose of the BABS program is achieved by enabling students to:

1. Explain and summarize the Bible, including a comprehensive understanding of the major books.
2. Defend a theological position based on a grammatical-historical hermeneutic and apply it to contemporary issues.
3. Present an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.
4. Become more involved in a local church, global missions, and/or other ministries with which they are associated by means of leadership and communication skills, evangelism, and Christian service.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Each candidate for the BABS degree must meet the general graduation requirements and:

1. Complete all 120 units of undergraduate level courses.
2. Complete at least 33 units at SCS.
3. Complete the program curriculum with not less than a 2.0 GPA.
4. Submit a petition to graduate to the Registrar by the deadline in the Academic Calendar.
5. Settle all financial obligations to SCS.
6. Be recommended for the BABS degree by the faculty based on demonstrated moral integrity.

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BA Biblical Studies Core Curriculum

BIBLICAL STUDIES – 30 UNITS
BI-103 Biblical Interpretation
BH–207 Inductive Bible Study
OT–203 OT Survey 1: Pentateuch
OT–205 OT Survey 2: Historical Books
OT–207 OT Survey 3: Poetical Books
OT–209 OT Survey 4: Prophetical Books
NT–218 NT Survey 1: Gospels and Acts
NT–219 NT Survey 2: Pauline Epistles and Hebrews
NT–220 NT Survey 3: General Epistles and Revelation
NT–245 Analysis of Romans

THEOLOGY – 13 UNITS
TH–204 Doctrine of the Bible
TH–220 Systems of Theology
TH–300 Christian Theology
RS–451 Doctrinal Summary 1 (Trimester)
RS–452 Doctrinal Summary 2 (Trimester)

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES – 17 UNITS
PM–100 Spiritual Disciplines
AP–201 Apologetics and Evangelism
PM–201 Biblical Discipleship
PM–451 Ministry Internship 1 (Trimester)
PM–452 Ministry Internship 2 (Trimester)

Plus Any Two Ministry Skill Courses:
#1: __________________
#2: __________________

COMMUNICATION SKILLS – 12 UNITS
RS-100 Critical Thinking and Writing
EN-101 English Composition 1
EN–102 English Composition 2
CM-101 Communication Skills

ARTS & HUMANITIES – 15 UNITS
FA-101 Introduction to Fine Arts

Plus Any Two Arts and Humanities Courses:
#1: __________________
#2: __________________

Plus Two Languages Courses:
BL–301 Elementary Greek 1 and BL–302 Elementary Greek 2
or BL–351 Elementary Hebrew 1 and BL–352 Elementary Hebrew 2

NATURAL SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS – 9 UNITS
NS–110 Introduction to Natural Science
NS–203 Scientific Models of Origins
MA–120 Mathematics for General Education

SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES – 12 UNITS
HI-210 U.S. History
HI-220 U.S. Government, Church & State

Plus Any Two Social/Behavioral Science Courses:
#1: _______________
#2: _______________

ELECTIVES – 12 UNITS
Elective 1: _______________
Elective 2: _______________
Elective 3: _______________
Elective 4: _______________

*Electives allow the student to broaden the scope of studies and to study more thoroughly a particular subject. The student may take as an elective any course that is offered.

ARTS & HUMANITIES – 15 UNITS
FA-101 Introduction to Fine Arts

Plus Any Two Arts and Humanities Courses:
#1: __________________
#2: __________________

Plus Two Languages Courses:
BL–301 Elementary Greek 1 and BL–302 Elementary Greek 2
or BL–351 Elementary Hebrew 1 and BL–352 Elementary Hebrew 2

NATURAL SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS – 9 UNITS
NS–110 Introduction to Natural Science
NS–203 Scientific Models of Origins
MA–120 Mathematics for General Education

SOCIAL & BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES – 12 UNITS
HI-210 U.S. History
HI-220 U.S. Government, Church & State

Plus Any Two Social/Behavioral Science Courses:
#1: _______________
#2: _______________

ELECTIVES – 12 UNITS
Elective 1: _______________
Elective 2: _______________
Elective 3: _______________
Elective 4: _______________

*Electives allow the student to broaden the scope of studies and to study more thoroughly a particular subject. The student may take as an elective any course that is offered.

Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry 1

BA Minor Options

Theology Minor

The Theology Minor is designed to provide students with the perfect complement to a Biblical Studies Major, as it builds upon the student’s knowledge of the Old and New Testaments by connecting this understanding to historical views held by the Christian Church in order to better understand the Christian tradition as it is expressed in evangelical Christianity today.

TH-311 Theology 1: God and Angels
TH-312 Theology 2: Man, Sin, and Salvation
TH-313 Theology 3: Christ, and the Holy Spirit
TH-314 Theology 4: The Church, and Last Things

Apologetics Minor

The Apologetics Minor is a fitting counterpart to a Biblical Studies Major, as it is designed to prepare students to defend the robust Christian worldview from challenges in this age of unbelief and attack. Students will be prepared biblically, scientifically, and philosophically to confront objections and defend the faith.

AP-311 Apologetics 1: Logic
AP-312 Apologetics 2: Philosophy of Religion
AP-313 Apologetics 3: Epistemology
AP-314 Apologetics 4: Ethics

Human Growth and Development Minor

The Human Growth and Development Minor is designed to give students a biblically-based understanding of the biological, familial, environmental, social, cultural, and spiritual influences on healthy development, and to offer basic communication and counseling skills in helping people through developmental milestones across the lifespan.

PY-101 General Psychology
SS-301 Marriage and Family
SS-321 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution
SS-330 Human Growth and Development

Plus Three of the Following Electives:
SS-203 Cultural Anthropology
CO-331 Counseling Theories and Techniques
CO-332 Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
PY-405 Abnormal Psychology

Our Distinctives

Southern California Seminary is more than just another Bible seminary — more than just another Christian College or Christian University. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of biblical study and truth. Our distinctives cumulatively make our institution unique among biblical seminaries in a day and age where the Word of God is not taken at face value, and core doctrines are being diluted.

Our Mission

Southern California Seminary’s mission is to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills—all at modest tuition.

Our Purpose

Southern California Seminary is a private institution of higher education dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God. Here you will learn about God from His book – the Bible. As a ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church, under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah, SCS offers the highest quality of biblical education with a tuition that is refreshingly affordable.