B.A. in Biblical Studies: Ligonier Academy Undergraduate Program

from Jul 09, 2010 Category: Ligonier Academy

The Core Curriculum

The core curriculum of the Undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts and Associate of Arts) at Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies is specially designed to pass on the historic Christian faith of our Reformed forebears to our children and the generations that follow them.

We at Ligonier Academy are convinced that literacy in theology and history is necessary for a mature knowledge of Scripture and a discerning engagement with the world. Thus, all students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program will take 26 three-hour required courses (78 credit hours) in four areas: the content of the books of Scripture, the system of doctrine taught in Scripture, the history of the church, and the great works of literature, philosophy, and music.

We believe that this curriculum, with its emphasis on the coherence of biblical revelation and of the Christian worldview, will give Christ’s disciples the grounding needed for lives and vocations that glorify God and foster continual reformation.

We at Ligonier Academy desire to see all our college students gain a mature knowledge of Scripture and a readiness to engage the world with discernment. For this reason, all of our students will study in four departments, each in dialogue with the others.

The knowledge of Scripture, the only rule of our faith and practice, is both basic and indispensable to healthy Christian discipleship. Therefore, through our Biblical Studies department, students will learn the contents of the English Bible and the basic principles for its sound interpretation, studying every book of the Bible and focusing on such key books as Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, Romans, and Hebrews.

Confident, as we are, that God’s Word is unified and coherent in its teaching, we will help students understand the system of truth taught in Holy Scripture. Our Systematic Theology department will provide instruction in the doctrines essential to that system.

Finally, in our core curriculum, we will have our students study the history of the church and the history of ideas. Since at Ligonier Academy we affirm God’s sovereignty in history, we will train our students through the Church History department to see the key figures, events, and ideas in the history of the Christian church as participants in “His story.” To make our students conversant with the history of ideas that has shaped the world within which the great theologians of the church have lived and written, we will introduce students to selected classic literary, philosophical, and musical works of the Western world through our Great Works department.

In all this, it will be the great goal of our professors to teach our students that only a discerning knowledge both of Holy Scripture and of historical and systematic theology makes possible a successful defense of the faith against the worldly philosophies of man.



The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Ligonier Academy is an undergraduate academic degree program designed for people who aspire to be pastors, missionaries, educators or who desire an education in biblical and theological studies. The coursework in the Biblical Studies major covers not only the core curriculum in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Great Works, and Church History, but also provides a specialized curriculum in Biblical backgrounds, Biblical Theology, Biblical Greek, and Biblical Hebrew.

Here are some summaries of what you will learn in this program:

  • Biblical Studies − the content and background of Scripture with principles for its sound interpretation
  • Systematic Theology − the system of doctrine taught in Scripture
  • Great Works − the intellectual world within which the church’s great theologians have worked
  • Church History − the key people, events, and ideas in the history of the church
  • Biblical Theology − the progress of revelation from the “shadows” of the Old Testament to the “better things” of the New
  • Biblical Greek − preparation for exegesis of the New Testament in its original language 
  • Biblical Hebrew − preparation for exegesis of the Old Testament in its original languages

For more information on the B.A. in Biblical Studies, visit www.ligonieracademy.org and download a brochure, a catalog, and an application today.