Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies

(A Pastoral Training Program)

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree provides men ba­sic preparation for a pastoral ministry and adequate background for graduate study. This program is designed for individuals called to a preaching ministry in the following fields: pastorate, evangelism, youth, missions, or church planting. In accordance with I Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6, Piedmont International University does not admit women or divorced men into the pastoral training program.


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of each of the books of the Bible including the following:
    • Major events including Creation, the Flood, Israel, the person of Christ, the Church, God’s prophetic program
    • The place and role of key individuals of the Bible 
    • Essentials of biblical and systematic theology
  • Interpret and defend the Bible consistent with literal, grammatical, contextual, and historical principles of interpretation
  • Employ competence in the skills of preaching, teaching, and communication associated with pastoral ministry and evangelism  

Course Requirements for the degree are as follows: 

Bible Core (65 semester hours)
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Life of Christ
Pauline Epistles I
Pauline Epistles II
General Epistles Survey
Daniel and Revelation
Old Testament Elective (Prophetic Books, Poetic Books, or Historic Books)
Old Testament Elective (Prophetic Books, Poetic Books, or Historic Books)
Baptist History
Systematic Theology I**
Systematic Theology II**
Systematic Theology III
Systematic Theology IV
Greek I
Greek II
Greek III
Greek IV
Biblical Interpretation I: Principles of Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Interpretation II: Dispensationalism
Biblical Interpretation III: Issues in Eschatology

General Education Core (36 semester hours)
English Composition I
English Composition II
British Literature I
British Literature II
World Literature
American Literature
World History I
Math Survey
Physical Science
Principles of Speech
Physical Education Activity
Introduction to Computers / Technology in Ministry
Student Life Seminar
General Education Elective
Humanities Elective
Fine Arts Elective

Christian Ministry (4 semester hours)
Christian Ethics
Major Requirements (25 semester hours)
Church Education
History of Christian Thought
Introduction to Missions
Expository Preaching
Pastoral Counseling
Church Administration
Pastoral Theology
Pastoral Internship
Senior Seminar

Total Hours (130 semester hours)
*Choose two of three courses (Historic Books, Poetic Books, Prophetic Books)
**Meets the Bible Doctrine Requirement

You may view our suggested Program Track and Course Descriptions in our catalog.