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Bible, Ministry, & Philosophy at Taylor

At Taylor, we believe all of our students should be ministry-minded biblical scholars and truth-seekers—students who seek the Lord’s face in Scripture as the foundation for all of life. Every Taylor student receives training in Bible, theology, and apologetics as part of our Foundational Core, but some students will want to go deeper. If that’s you, Taylor offers majors where you can do just that. You'll explore God’s Word, His call for you, and the big theological and philosophical questions people are asking. 

Choosing Your Bible, Ministry, or Philosophy Major
  • Biblical Literature
    The Biblical Literature major covers the historicity of the Bible, sound biblical interpretation, relevant moral and ethical questions, and how the biblical Christian worldview contrasts with other worldviews.
  • Christian Ministries
    The Christian Ministries major and the Youth Ministry major both prepare you to become a ministry leader and facilitate spiritual formation in others. You will learn to lead and teach in-depth Bible studies, leadership development courses, and education classes in the historical and psychological foundations of ministry.
  • Intercultural Studies
    Learn the history and present state of global Christian missions work with an Intercultural Studies & Missions minor. You will study world mission strategy, cultural anthropology, history of church missions, and Eastern and Western religions.
  • Philosophy
    Philosophy majors wrestle with the big questions about God, ethics, politics, and the meaning of life. They also gain skills in critical thinking, discussion, and formulating clear lines of argument that make them surprisingly successful on the job market. Study the big questions in the light of Christ… and open attractive career paths in law, ministry, public policy, and more.

Interested in Biblical Languages? Missions? Ethics? Minor in It!

If you want to add depth to your faith and your ability to engage God’s world, but you’re majoring in something else, consider one of our minors. We offer minors in Biblical Languages, Youth Ministry, Ethics, and Intercultrual Studies/Missions, in addition to minors in Philosophy, Christian Ministries, and Biblical Literature.

Global Engagement, Local Opportunities

  • International January Term Trips - Following the Footsteps of Paul in Greece and Italy? Exploring the Holy Land while studying at Jerusalem University College? Putting apologetics into practice with students in Spain? It’s all here. 
  • Semester Programs - Study in Jerusalem or Oxford, Ecuador or Tokyo. 
  • Local Ministries - Nearby urban settings and small-town churches and minis-tries present a wide variety of ministry opportunities for Taylor students. Serve God, love others, gain real-world ministry experience. 
  • Spring Break Missions - Give a Spring Break to something bigger! 

Excellence Inside and Outside the Classroom

Our faculty have won numerous awards for teaching, and we are involved in re-search and publishing—including projects involving extensive faculty-student collaboration, such as the Abide Bible and the Sacred Roots project. We are home to both the Empower program that received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to advance theological training and engagement in urban settings, and the internationally-known Center for Scripture Engagement. Our National Championship Ethics Bowl team is another facet of our commitment to excellence. The faculty members who lead these initiatives do not stand aloof. Rather, we meet regularly with students, opening our homes, sitting down for lunch, or just meeting in office hours. There’s something truly valuable about sitting down with faculty members who love the Lord, work that out in their scholarship, and genuinely care for you. 

The Heartbeat of Taylor

At Taylor, our mission guides us: We seek to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” That’s our heartbeat, and one result is our Foundational Core Curriculum. We want all our students to think biblically and theologically about all of how they live in God’s good but fallen creation. Each of our Core classes will seek to foster that in you. Our mission also means that the Core features courses in Bible, theology, and giving reasons for the hope we have in the Lord Jesus Christ crucified and risen. 

Contact the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department

Dr. Phil Collins
Department Chair of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy

Joy Brainer
Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Program Assistant