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Associate in Biblical Studies (ABS)

The Biblical Studies program offers degrees at both the Associate and Bachelor level. The Biblical Studies degrees offer a biblical foundation for ministry or religious education. Coursework includes biblical hermeneutics and exegesis, biblical languages, theology, ministry, counseling, world religions, ethics, and more.

The Associate in Biblical Studies is intended for the student who desires a college degree, but does not want or is unable to commit to a four-year program. The ABS degree provides a basic foundation of bible and theology knowledge in addition to a well-rounded general education. Graduates of the program possess effective critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for productive service in the community, the workplace and in the church. Later, if the student wishes, he or she may transfer the credits earned into the biblical bachelor’s degree at Horizon University – or another other institution.

Program Objectives

Students pursuing an Associate in Biblical Studies degree will:

  • Increase biblical knowledge, including Old and New Testament, theology, and hermeneutics.
  • Develop and apply attitudes, values and beliefs which are consistent with transformed Christian character.
  • Integrate a broad knowledge base with practical experience that prepares the student for Christian leadership.
  • Develop a missional Christian worldview prepared to engage minds in increasingly globalized organizations and communities in order to win, disciple and send others for Christ.

Requirements

The Associate of Biblical Studies includes 60 credits and has these requirements: Bible with Theology and Ministry (30 credits) from the major course sequence below, General Studies (21 credits) and additional Electives (9 credits).

Course Sequence

This course registration list represents an ideal sequence for the degree. It is designed to maintain academic integrity while moving degree candidates through the required courses as efficiently as possible:

Year 1    
    Fall GE145 or
GE141
Introduction to Writing and Research
English Composition I
Choose 1 Elective
    Winter GE120 Introduction to Ethics
Choose 1 Humanities Elective
    Spring Choose 1 College Math (100+ level)
Year 2
    Fall GE243 Critical Thinking
    Winter GE280 Introduction to Philosophy
Choose 1 Elective
    Spring GE235 Computer Tools for Ministry

Refer to the Catalog for a description of each course offered within our curriculum as well as detailed academic policies and procedures required for degree completion.

Year 1    
    Fall BL100 Biblical Living:  Engaging Faith and Life
BL190 Biblical Interpretation: Hermeneutics
    Winter BL150 Old Testament Survey
    Spring BL110 New Testament Survey
TH200 World Religions
Year 2
    Fall MN120 Introduction to Discipleship
 TH221  Church History I
    Winter MN211 Foundations of Preaching and Teaching
    Spring TH210 Introduction to Christian Theology
TH222 Church History II

Refer to the Catalog for a description of each course offered within our curriculum as well as detailed academic policies and procedures required for degree completion.

MN101 Ministry Service Freshman year 12 hours  
MN202 Student Ministry Practicum – Associate Final Term