Associate of arts in biblical studies

Overview of Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies

The world today is constantly challenging our beliefs in the Bible. Through this program you’ll gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the Word of God and its application to the world in which we live.

The first year of the program gives a broad overview of the Bible, while the second year allows you to study various biblical texts in greater detail. This degree will help you lay deeper roots into God’s Word so you will be able to stand firm against the assault the world will bring against your faith.

Who Should Apply

Those who are passionate about studying the Bible in an in-depth manner. Those who want an Associate degree for future employment opportunities.

If you want to deepen your knowledge of the Bible and sharpen your ministry skills, this program is for you!

Career Paths

You will be prepared to serve in churches, para-church agencies, and/or personal ministries. You’ll also be prepared for employment in secular organizations where a 2-year degree is required. The credits from this degree can be applied toward an Oak Hills Bachelor degree or be transferred to another college.

Required Credits

60 credits required including: Biblical Studies (24), General Education (15), Christian Ministry (13), Free Electives (8).


Each academic program of the college provides the context for whole life transformation through biblical life preparation. Students come to learn, learn to serve, and serve to change lives. Through the courses offered in each program, students will develop a Christ-centered worldview and be prepared to make a difference in the world through their lives, work and service to others.

The courses of study in each degree proceed from foundational to exploratory to immersion courses. Areas of study for each degree will include general education, biblical studies, Christian ministry and service, and core courses in the major.

Students will be challenged to grow in their knowledge of self, others, the world and the Bible. They will be challenged to grow in their critical
thinking, development of a biblical worldview and the integration of their faith and learning.

Foundational courses – 29 credits

General Education – 9 Credits
  • College Writing I (3 credits)
  • Intercultural Communications (3 credits)
  • Math/Science Elective (3 credits)
biblical studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • New Testament Survey (3 credits)
  • Interpretation of Biblical Literature (3 credits)
  • Christian Faith (3 credits)
Christian ministry – 8 Credits
  • Spiritual Formation I (3 credit)
  • Spiritual Formation II (3 credits)
  • Faith and Life (2 credits)

Explorational courses – 23 credits

General Education – 6 Credits
  • Worldviews (3 credits)
  • History Elective (3 credits)
  • Sophomore Seminar (0 credits)
Biblical Studies – 12 Credits
  • Old Testament Elective (3 credits)
  • New Testament Elective (3 credits)
  • Bible/Theology Electives (6 credits)
Christian ministry – 5 Credits
  • Christian Ministry Elective (3 credits)
  • Student Outreach (2 credits)

free electives – 8 Credits

Dr. Gale struthers

Director of biblical studies

Director: Biblical Studies, Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies, Certificate in Biblical Studies 
Instructor: Biblical Studies, Hebrew

B.A. in Biblical Studies 
Oak Hills Bible College, Bemidji, MN 
Graduate Studies 
Institute of Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem, Israel 
M.A. in Biblical Studies 
Wheaton College Graduate School, Wheaton, IL 
Ph.D. in Biblical Theology 
Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL 
OHCC since 1988

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