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 Maranatha’s Biblical Studies degree. 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.

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


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’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.”

Your potential career

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

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Old or New Testament Survey3Old or New Testament Survey3
Bible, Church Ministries Elective3Bible, Church Ministries Elective3
English Composition 13Liberal Arts Core3
The Modern World3English Composition 23
Music Appreciation2Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Math or Science Elective3Math or Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Christian Life, Leadership, and Evangelism3Baptist Heritage3
Bible, Church Ministries Elective3Bible, Church Ministries Elective3
Language Elective3Language Elective3
Liberal Arts Course3Liberal Arts Course3
Fall Spring 
Bible Doctrine 13Bible Doctine 23
Bible, Church Ministries Elective3Bible, Church Ministries Elective3
Language Elective3Language Elective3
Liberal Arts Course3Liberal Arts Course3
Introduction to Philosophy2Minor3
Fall Spring 
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Bible, Church Ministries Elective2Liberal Arts Course5
Liberal Arts Course3Apologetics2
Ethics2Literature Elective3
Minor3Open Elective3
Open Elective3