Biblical Studies

A deeper understanding

If you want a deeper understanding of the Bible, but are not sure God’s plan for your life includes full-time vocational ministry, consider the Biblical Studies major. This major is structured to appeal to those who desire a combination of Bible courses and a broad-based liberal arts core. You will enjoy learning from the top professors in both the College of Bible and Church Ministries and Department of Humanities.

Learn a little more about our doctrinal perspective by visiting our Statement of Faith and our more specific Commitment Statements.

"I am thankful to have a part in training students to go out and impact this world for Christ." - David Hockman, Faculty

Matt Olson ’09

Youth Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Taylorsville, IL

“My experience at Maranatha grounded me not only in understanding the text, but applying it as well. I follow the same principles in my youth ministry at Grace Baptist—to be true to the text and follow through with application.” Matt appreciates how his MBU professors lived out God’s Word in front of the students. “I was thankful for their approachability—Dr. Hockman was a great example of that to me.”

Matt’s heart for youth was influenced and challenged by his own youth pastor, Tom Loggans '87, who is now Matt’s father-in-law. Matt and his wife, Elisabeth (Loggans) Olson '10 met each other in youth group. “I first noticed Matt when I was in tenth grade,” Elisabeth said. “We dated through college and married after my junior year.” An Elementary Education graduate, Elisabeth enjoys serving in ministry alongside her husband and staying home with their  son, Owen. “People invested in us,” Matt shared, “And we’re both appreciative and excited to see God use MBU for His glory in the lives of other students as well.”

Our faculty know ministry

"To be involved in Christian ministry is an utmost privilege, a solemn responsibility, a divine stewardship, and an extreme joy. Our desire is to train individuals who understand and appreciate the opportunity of being vocationally involved in handling the Word of God," Brian Trainer.

Read more about our Bible faculty.

Our Commitment Statements

Maranatha’s Doctrinal Statement originated in the very first year of Maranatha’s existence. During the summer of 2009, the university Bible faculty and the seminary faculty created an expansion of the doctrinal statement and set forth the following declaration of its commitment to biblical truth and its application of that truth to the lives of its students, staff, and faculty. The purpose of this statement was to make clear to the Board of Trustees the commitment of the Bible faculty to biblical truth and the positions that Maranatha has historically held.

View our Commitment Statements

Your potential career

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
  • Evangelist
  • Military Chaplain
  • Camp Administrator or Staff
  • Professor/Teacher

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Old or New Testament Survey3New or Old Testament Survey3
Bible or Church Ministries Elective3Bible or Church Ministries Elective3
English Composition 13Liberal Arts Elective3
The Modern World3English Composition 23
Music Appreciation2Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Math or Science Elective3Math or Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Christian Life and Leadership3Baptist Heritage3
Bible or Church Ministries Elective3Bible or Church Ministries Elective3
Language Elective3Language Elective3
Liberal Arts Elective3Minor3
Minor3American Studies Elective3
Fall Spring 
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Bible or Church Ministries Elective3Bible or Church Ministries Elective3
Language Elective3Language Elective3
Liberal Arts Elective3Liberal Arts Elective3
Introduction to Philosophy2
Fall Spring 
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Bible or Church Ministries Elective2Liberal Arts Elective5
Liberal Arts Elective3Minor3
Ethics2Literature Elective3