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Biblical Studies Concentration

Bachelor’s Degree Program

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Graduates in the Biblical Studies Concentration will:

Be able to identify the unique contributions of each biblical book and recognize the purpose, style, and form of each biblical genre.

Be able to properly exegete any passage of Scripture.

Be able to contextualize Scripture for daily Christian living.

Demonstrate an ability to apply biblical teaching in the development of Christian ethics.

Develop a lifestyle of personal study of the Scriptures in order to promote growth, ministry to others, and a positive influence on culture.

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of core Christian theology, philosophy, and values.

Be able to demonstrate an ability to comprehend and construct sound Christian theology.


Ascent has FlexFocus Scheduling

Two classes, two months, twice a semester.

Pace your pairings to fit your schedule with six, 8-week periods offered throughout the year.

Pursue your education every other term.

String together four back-to-back sessions then take two--off like a traditional school year.

Or, study year-round to complete a Bachelor's program in less time at an accelerated pace.

Focus your education according to the flexibility of your schedule.

The choice is yours!

CourseGeneral Studies42 CR
GEN 102Orientation & Library Resources0
ENG 101Grammar & Composition3
ENG 102Composition & Literature3
ENG 105Academic Writing & Critical Research3
MAT 115Elements of Math3
SCI 101Life Science3
HIS 220History of the Christian Church3
COM 101Speech Communication3
COM 201Social Media & Digital Discipleship3
HUM 301Contemporary Moral Issues3
SOC 400Marriage & Family3
PSY 202Intro to Psychology & Christian Counseling3
MIN 275Non-Profit Financial Management3
MIS 303Cross-Cultural Anthropology3
LAN 201Intro to Biblical Languages (Greek & Hebrew)3
GEN 401Senior Seminar & Career Preparedness0
CourseGeneral Bible/Ministry42 CR
BIB 105Old Testament Survey3
BIB 110New Testament Survey3
BIB 150 Hermeneutics3
BIB 400Bible Review III0
BIB 215Luke & Acts3
BIB 313Pauline Epistles3
MIN 103Spiritual Formation I3
MIN 104Spiritual Formation II3
MIN 112Relational Outreach & Personal Evangelism3
MIN 211Personal Christian Ethics3
MIN 245Principles of Christian Leadership Development3
THE 212Theology I: Spirit-Empowered Theology3
THE 230Eschatology3
THE 301 Theology II: Word & Doctrine3
MIS 220The Biblical & Theological Basis for Missions3
CourseConcentration Courses40 CR
MIN 264Apologetics3
BIB 210Life and Teachings of Christ2
BIB 214Book of Romans2
BIB 303OT Historical Literature3
BIB 304OT Poetic Literature3
BIB 305OT Prophetic Literature3
BIB 315General Epistles3
BIB 320OT & NT Apocalyptic Literature3
BIB 450Hermeneutics II3
THE 401Theology III3
PRA 100Practicum I*3
PRA 200Practicum II3
PRA 304Practicum III3
PRA 306Practicum IV3

*Practicums are 16-week courses and require 8 hours a week serving in the church.

Statement on Transferability of Credits and Degrees 

Students should be aware that transfer of credits to other institutions is solely at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Students who are considering attending Ascent College and then transferring to another college should contact the receiving institution for its policy on accepting credits from another institution.

Credits earned under the Associate degree offered at Ascent College are not considered credits under a terminal degree and these credits may be transferred to institutions toward a Bachelor degree at the discretion of the receiving institution.  Ascent College takes all credits earned at Ascent College from the Associate degree and applies them toward the Bachelor degree as long as the credits are compatible with the Bachelor degree plan selected.

Ascent College transfers in credit from other colleges in accordance with our Credit Policy.

Statement on Placement Services

Our college office receives many opportunities for various full-time or part-time ministry positions and will assist students in obtaining an interview with employing personnel. No guarantee for placement may be made; however, Ascent College does maintain contact with various denominational offices and may assist students with placement in ministry occupations.

Bachelor’s Concentration Options

Ministerial Leadership Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for leadership positions in their chosen field in ministry.

Intercultural Studies Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for a career on the mission field.

Worship and Worshipping Arts Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for a leadership position in the area of worship in a church ministry.

Christian Counseling Concentration

Designed to prepare the student for advanced studies in the Christian Counseling field or for pastoral care positions.

Head Office

PO Box 690, Gainesville, VA 20156-0690

Ascent College's financial aid school code is 041538. It may display as Bethel College, the former name of Ascent College.


Ascent College admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.