Major in Theology and Biblical Studies

Theology/Biblical Studies Major (B.A.)

In addition to meeting the liberal arts core requirements of the University (which include THE 140 and 240), students must take at least 36 semester hours of study that includes the following courses:

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Theology/Youth Ministry Major (B.A.)

In addition to meeting the regular degree requirements of the University (which include THE 140 and 240), you must take at least 42 semester hours of study which include the courses listed below.

No single course may be used by a student to fulfill more than one category within the major, though some of these courses may simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.

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Theology Minor

The Theology minor prepares students with a broad understanding of theology in its biblical, historical, theological and philosophical aspects and presents them with the opportunity to develop a Christian worldview.

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Bible Minor

The Bible minor aims to provide students with deeper understanding of biblical literature and its interpretation. Students will develop greater familiarity with the contents of the Bible and the world in which the writings that form the Bible were composed. They will develop familiarity with methods of exegesis (interpretation) and hermeneutics (application) and will grow in understanding of how the ancient scriptures inform theology and Christian living today.

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Courses at Sioux Falls Seminary

Students with junior or senior statues are able to participate in classes at Sioux Falls Seminary. Courses can be taken for credit with advisor approval and on a space-available basis at the Seminary.

Partnership with Sioux Falls Seminary

Joint 3 - 2 Program

The combined B.A./M.A. degree program offered by the University of Sioux Falls and Sioux Falls Seminary is known as the 3-2 Program because it involves three years of study at USF and two years of study at Sioux Falls Seminary. The 3-2 program is an accelerated program for students of noteworthy ability.

The student starts with three years (93 semester hours) in a carefully planned pre-theological program that is broadly based in the liberal arts, and then begins studying at the seminary in the regular Master of Arts program. Upon completion of the student's first year of seminary studies (31 semester hours applicable toward the M.A. in Christian Leadership degree, Youth Ministries Specialization), he or she receives the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theology & Youth Ministry from the University of Sioux Falls. At the end of the fifth year, that is, upon completion of the remaining semester hours, he or she receives the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree from Sioux Falls Seminary.

A student registering for the joint program must apply for pre-enrollment in the Seminary and must achieve a 3.25 cumulative GPA in his or her undergraduate coursework by the end of the three years at USF to remain in the program.

Joint 3 - 3 Program

The combined B.A./M.Div. degree program offered by USF and Sioux Falls Seminary is known as the 3-3 Program because it involves three years of study at USF and three years of study at Sioux Falls Seminary. The 3-3 Program is an accelerated program for students of noteworthy ability. It reduces by one year the time required to complete university and seminary training.

The student begins with three years (93 semester hours) in a carefully planned pre-theological program that is broadly based in the liberal arts. Afterward, the student begins studying at the seminary in the regular Master of Divinity program. Upon completion of the student's first year of seminary studies (31 semester hours applicable toward the M.Div. degree), he or she receives the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theology and Biblical Studies from USF. At the end of the sixth year, that is, upon completion of the remaining semester hours, he or she receives the Master of Divinity degree program from Sioux Falls Seminary.

A student registering for the joint program must apply for pre-enrollment in the Seminary and must achieve a 3.25 cumulative GPA in his or her undergraduate coursework by the end of the three years at USF to remain in the program.