Biblical Studies

The Bible is the heart of the curriculum at Faulkner University, accepted and taught as the inspired, authoritative, and all-sufficient word of God. Training for dedicated Christian service is emphasized in and out of the classroom.

The V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies exists to serve the students of the University as a whole. Students in their freshman and sophomore years usually take two Bible courses a year.  Students in their junior and senior years usually take one Bible course each year. Part-time students must take a Bible course for every fifteen hours enrolled. Transfer students will likely take at least one Bible course each semester

Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Biblical Text Track

Designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for serious study and research in the Biblical text. Provides a solid academic foundation for graduate study in Biblical studies.

Biblical Text Degree Plan

Ministry Track 

Designed to prepare students to be effective expositors and communicators of the Word of God, especially from the pulpit.

Ministry Degree Plan

Youth and Family Ministry Track

Designed to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and relational skills to effectively meet the needs of today’s church families.

Youth and Family Ministry Degree Plan

Second Majors in Vocational Christian Ministry

The V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies offers two second major plans designed to better equip Christians to fulfill their calling to serve Jesus Christ through their vocations.  Students can choose a general second major in Vocational Christian Ministry or the Vocational Youth and Family Ministry second major focused on ministry to youth and families.  A primary major outside the College of Biblical Studies is required.

Many students at Faulkner University take 18 hours of Bible courses as a part of their regular course load. With careful planning and use of electives, a student can satisfy the requirements for either of the second majors in vocational ministry with an additional 6 or 7 courses in Bible. 

Vocational Christian Ministry Degree Plan

Minor in Biblical Studies

All undergraduate students who complete the six course schedule of Bible courses in the traditional curriculum will automatically receive a minor in biblical studies. Transfer students and adult students are eligible for this minor as well, but must complete all six of the following courses: BI 1315, BI 1316, BI 2318, BI 2319, BI 3311, and BI 4311.

Biblical Studies Requirements

Admission to V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies

Application for admission to the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies may be made on acceptance as a student at Faulkner University.

To be eligible for admission to the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory interview with a committee of the faculty of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies.
  2. Recommendations certifying good moral character from three persons unrelated to the applicant, including at least one religious leader.
  3. Enrollment in Elementary New Testament Greek or Elementary Biblical Hebrew is recommended as early as possible. Bible majors and Vocational Christian Ministry majors must take Bible classes for 3 semester hours credit.

Retention In Biblical Studies

To be eligible for retention in the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain an average of 2.50 in all Bible courses.
  2. Continue an exemplary moral life and show evidence of moral and spiritual growth.
  3. Maintain active participatory membership in a local church.

An admitted student who does not continue to meet program requirements will be placed on probation for one semester. If the deficiency is not removed within the probationary semester the student will be subject to suspension.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the student must also meet the following requirements:

  • Admission to the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies and satisfactory progress therein for at least two semesters (30 semester hours).
  • Fulfillment of all degree plan elements with a G. P. A. of at least 2.50 on all Bible classes.
  • Completion of a study abroad semester.  Exemptions must be discussed with the dean of the V. P. Black College of Biblical Studies.
  • Completion of “Bible Content” examination.
  • Successful exit interview.
  • Completion of all institutional requirements for graduation (such as filing of all necessary forms including application for graduation, clearance by Business Office, and exit interview with financial aid office if required).

Kearley Graduate School of Theology

Continue your education with a graduate degree in Biblical studies from Faulkner University.

The Kearley Graduate School of Theology offers both master’s and doctoral degree programs in Biblical studies for people wanting to expand their knowledge of the Bible for personal or professional reasons. A graduate degree can also open up new career opportunities in ministry and teaching. Learn more about the Kearley Graduate School of Theology and its degree programs in our Graduate Students section.

Biblical Studies Courses

Mission and Values

The V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies is committed to upholding doctrines and practices common to a cappella Churches of Christ. Representative values are articulated in “Here We Stand,” written by Cecil May, Jr., who is Dean Emeritus of the College of Biblical Studies.