See also the minor available in theological studies and Christian ministries.
Major in Bible and religion
42 credit hours
- Theoretical/Theological/Philosophical courses
Rel 320, Christian Theologies3
Phil 200, Introduction to Philosophy3
Phil 320, Ethics and Morality3
- Religious Studies (choose one)3
Phil 307, Asian Thought
Rel 220, Introduction to World Religions
Rel 317, Islam
Rel 323, Judaism
Rel 315, Religion in Culture & Society
- Church History (choose one)3
Bibl 213, Story of the Early Church
Hist 318, Anabaptist History
Hist 321, Mennonites in America
Hist 304, Renaissance & Reformation
- Textual Studies
Core 120, Engaging the Bible3
Bibl 300, Jesus and the Gospels3
Bibl 301, Hebrew Scriptures3
Rel 409, Senior Internship3
Rel 410, Senior Seminar3
Rel 411, Senior Thesis3
Other Bible, religion or philosophy courses, related courses (limit of 3 credits in PJCS) or a course at AMBS, in consultation with advisor
Student learning outcomes
Graduates in Bible and religion will:
- Provide a coherent account of the biblical narrative and development of the biblical canon, identifying distinctive content of parts of the canon.
- Demonstrate knowledge of core Christian convictions and the development and social function of core Christian institutions.
- Approach text using various and appropriate methodologies.
- Articulate their own convictions and analyze religious experience, including their own, using the conceptual language of contemporary theology, within the broader context of Christian history.
- Identify moral presuppositions and arguments guiding their own values and behaviors within the context of presuppositions about reality and the sacred.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify presuppositions about reality and the sacred that inform various religious traditions.
|First year||Goshen Core
Engaging the Bible (Core 120)
|Second year||Goshen Core
200-300 level courses in major, Bibl 301
|Third year||Goshen Core
Upper-level courses in major, Bibl 300
|Fourth year||Balance of Goshen Core
Balance of major
Course at AMBS
Planning and advising notes
Students are encouraged to focus their plan of study by selecting electives in the following areas: ministry inquiry, religious studies, theology, biblical studies, or philosophy. Suggestions are available from Bible, religion and philosophy department faculty advisors.
Bible and Religion majors are encouraged to take one course at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, IN. One course may be taken there as part of a full-time Goshen College registration. For AMBS course listings, see http://www.ambs.edu/academics/courses
Minor in Bible and Religion
18 credit hours
- Core 120, Engaging the Bible 3
- One 300-level Bible course 3
- Rel 316, Liberation Theology or
Rel 320, Christian Theologies 3
- Three additional Bible, religion or philosophy courses 9