Biblical Studies (Tradition Undergrad)

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS)

Earn your Bible degree from an accredited college.

  • 4-Year Bachelor’s Degree Track
  • 2-Year Bachelor’s Degree Track

Study Biblical Studies at LBC

Know God’s Word

If you’re longing to dig deeper into the scriptures, have a hunger to know Him more intimately and a desire to serve Him in a broad range of ministries, consider pursuing biblical studies at Lancaster Bible College.

With LBC’s flexible biblical studies major, you’ll become rooted in the truth and authority of the scriptures through challenging Bible classes taught by professors with many years of ministry and education experience. Students in our bachelors in Bible program can also choose a minor area of study, to equip you with real-world skills for life and ministry after LBC.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to put your classroom knowledge into practice in a professional setting through the major’s internship and practicum requirements. Plus, the biblical studies major gives you the flexibility to select 39 credits from any professional department – allowing you to mix and match courses for training in various types of ministry. And adult learners can choose to earn their Bible degree online through Lancaster Bible College’s undergraduate adult education degrees program.

If you’re ready to learn more about God, yourself, and His plan for your life, join the biblical studies major at LBC.

Why Study Biblical Studies at LBC?

  • Earn your degree in either a four-year bachelor’s degree track (Bible degree – four year) or two-year bachelor’s degree track (Bible degree – two year).
  • This major is especially valuable for transfer students from accredited and non-accredited higher education institutions.
  • Choose from earning your degree on-campus for a traditional undergraduate experience or earn an online Bible degree without stepping foot on campus.

Four-Year Track

With LBC’s four-year biblical studies major, students will take Bible courses and have the flexibility to select nearly 40 credits from any professional department. Students are required to select a minor concentration. This major is especially valuable for transfer students from accredited and non-accredited higher education institutions.

Two-Year Track

This two-year option offers a flexible curriculum for the student who has already earned an associate, bachelor’s or RN degree and has a desire to further their education through the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies.

Your Journey

Program Credits: 124

Locations: Lancaster


Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Here are some examples of internships completed by students in the past:

  • Intern at a Local Church
  • Intern at a Local Non-profit
  • Intern at a Local Youth Center


  • Traditional
  • Online & Evening (Adult Education)
  • Available as Minor

“…for the word of God is alive and active.” – Hebrews 4:12a

A Closer Look: Bible & Theology Department

A biblical studies alumni.

Biblical Education Matters. Here’s Why.

Does biblical education matter? Lancaster Bible College’s alumni and students – who serve as a Deputy Press Secretary, the 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of Year and in so many other roles, both big and small – believe it does.

Meet the Faculty

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Gordon Gregory, D.Th.

Professor of Bible & Theology, Faculty Athletic Representative

“Theology is critical because God’s goal for his children is conformity to Christ and one of God’s chief means of transforming us into the image of Christ is knowledge of the truths of Scripture.” — Dr. Gregory

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Samuel Harbin, DMin

Professor, Chair of Bible & Theology Department

“I want my students to deeply appreciate the importance of the gospel for every aspect of their life and ministry.” — Dr. Harbin

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Daniel Carver, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Mark Farnham, PhD

Professor, MA in Christian Apologetics Program Director

“We will only be able to fulfill our calling to always be prepared to make a defense for the reason for the hope within us if we diligently devote ourselves to preparation.” — Dr. Farnham

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Douglas Finkbeiner, PhD

Professor and MABS Director

“It is my great joy to know Christ and to minister His Word to others for His glory.” — Dr. Finkbeiner

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Victor Jacobs, PhD

Professor of Bible & Theology

“I want my students to learn to fix their gaze on our Risen Savior, even as they deepen their understanding of His word.” — Dr. Jacobs

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Joe Kim, PhD

Professor of Bible & Theology

“I want my students to know that learning doesn’t end in the classroom – it is where it begins.” — Dr. Kim

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Timothy Nicholls, PhD

Professor of Bible & Theology

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Tony Shetter, PhD

Assistant Professor, Associate Chair of Bible & Theology

“Biblical higher education is important for the proper handling of God’s Word.” – Dr. Shetter

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John Soden, PhD

Professor of Bible & Theology

“Follow Ezra’s example: work hard to know God’s word first, then live it. Only after that, teach what you have learned is consistent with God’s word and are practicing. Ezra 7:10”

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Sample Course Outline

THE 105 – Prelude to Biblical & Theological Studies

This course introduces students to theological and biblical thinking and studies. The course focuses on issues of methodology and approach (historically referred to as prolegomena). The doctrine of Scripture (bibliology) also receives attention. Students are introduced to major schools of theology and biblical interpretation both of the past and also the present.

Major Elective

Any course taught by a department offering majors (excluding Bible & Theology).

THE 223 – Christian Narrative I: Creation & Fall

This course explores the relationship of God to humanity from the vantage point of creation and fall. Attention is given to the nature, character, and work of God (trinitarinism) in creating and governing the universe, especially in his special relationship to humanity, creatures bearing the image of God (anthropology). Further attention is given to the issue of sin (hamartiology).

Bible/Theology Focused Elective (BIB, BOT, BNT, THE)

Any non-required BIB, BOT, BNT or THE course.

THE 224 – Christian Narrative II: Redemption

The course explores the relationship of God to humanity from the vantage point of redemption (soteriology), looking at the incarnation, the atonement, and the doctrine of regeneration (christology and pneumatology). The course also explores the new community of the redeemed, the church (ecclesiology). The future dimension of redemption, entailing the events of the last days (eschatology), receives attention.

BOT – Bible Old Testament Exegetical Elective

The OT Exegetical elective will provide guided practice in the exegesis of Old Testament books. These courses will be coordinated with THE 223, which is a co requisite, providing students with the experience of moving from text to theological conclusions.

BNT – Bible New Testament Exegetical Elective

The NT Exegetical electives will provide guided practice in the exegesis of New Testament epistles. These courses will be coordinated with THE 224 (Christian Narrative II), which is a co requisite, providing students with the experience of moving from text to theological conclusions and helping them to integrate Bible study with theological study.

HUM 422 – Christian Perspectives

This course examines traditions and cultures according to a biblical worldview in order to better understand how the different aspects of human history, art, science, philosophy, and society have shaped and been shaped by Christian belief.

Careers and Jobs in Biblical Studies

  • Ministry Director
  • Foreign or Domestic Missionary
  • Chaplain
  • Youth Pastor

What’s your next step?