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Why Study Biblical Studies at Taylor?

At Taylor, we seek to prepare you for your next 4 years. We are looking at the impact you can make for God’s kingdom in your next 40+ years. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Taylor as Midwest’s #1 regional college for the last eight years, and they stress our emphasis on teaching. In our Biblical Studies department, this is evident with the focus that our faculty places on helping you develop your critical thinking skills as you strengthen your faith.

Dr. Michael HarbinDr. Michael Harbin, a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy and Chair of the Biblical Studies, Christian Education Ministries, and Philosophy departments, answers frequently asked questions about Biblical Studies Don’t see an answer to your question? Please contact Dr. Harbin today, or come for a visit!

What can I do with a Bible major?

The most obvious answer is you can become a pastor or a missionary, but we have found our graduates enter a wide variety of fields. Check out our graduate and careers page for more information.

What can I do with a liberal arts education?

A recent survey (AAC&U survey from the winter 2010) of various employers found the top five items employers see as areas needing emphasis in a college education, and are all key components of a liberal arts education and integral to the Biblical Studies majors at Taylor include:

  1. Written and oral communication
  2. Critical and analytical thinking
  3. Applied knowledge in real-world settings
  4. Complex problem solving
  5. Ethical decision making

Where does a Bible major fit if I want to study something else?

Our Bible major is designed so you can work toward a second major in a number of different areas, allowing you to go into a variety of fields after graduation. Taylor believes a truly educated person is one who knows and understands the Bible as a foundation for the rest of life; the better understanding of the Bible, the more solid the foundation. While our general education program provides the basics, our Bible major helps you, in whatever career path you may choose to follow, to be better prepared for an increasingly anti-Christian culture.

A few other reasons to study Biblical Studies at Taylor:

  • Scholarly and Committed Faculty: Our entire departmental faculty is committed to a high view of Scripture. They are dedicated to providing the best possible education to you, whether in general education courses or in major courses. They are also active in research. The faculty has published a variety books ranging from textbooks to faith building books to in-depth scholarly reference works. They have published numerous articles in scholarly journals such as Tyndale Bulletin or Philosophia Christi as well as key magazines such as Christianity Today.  
  • Strong Biblical Languages Programs: You can use either Greek or Hebrew to meet the BA foreign language requirement. You can add a minor in Biblical languages to any major and taking two years of either language can almost always validate at least one year of the language in a seminary program.
  • Taylor World Outreach (TWO): TWO accommodates short term missions opportunities during January called Lighthouse trips as well as trips during the week of Spring Break.
  • Travel Opportunities: Check out Biblical Studies' travel opportunities and get more information on the opportunities you can have for global engagement at Taylor.