Bible/Biblical Studies postsecondary programs focus on Christian beliefs, traditions and scriptural foundations impacting historic and modern churches. The programs are robust and may require you to learn about antiquated and modern day religious text, events and traditions. Traditional accredited colleges and universities as well as religious schools offer the programs. Furthermore, as you complete Bible/Biblical Studies degrees you may learn about biographies of disciples, apostles and other proponents of the Christian faith. To graduate you generally need to complete a mix of electives and core courses. Core courses you may take include Biblical Studies Methodology, Genesis, Exodus, Minor Prophets and Hebrews. You may also take core courses like Theological Studies, Revelation, Analyzing and Engaging World Views, Bible Introduction, Elements of Bible Study and Church and Its Doctrines. These courses prepare you to work jobs as a minister, counselor, educator and/or historian.
Quantitative and qualitative reasoning, ancient text interpretation and critical thinking abilities are types of skills you can acquire when you enroll in and complete Bible/Biblical Studies programs at accredited colleges and universities. Additional skills these programs equip you with include counseling, active listening, negotiation and decision making skills. You can also learn how to motivate, inspire and provide guidance to youth and adults from diverse backgrounds. If you take psychology and social sciences you may be able to combine skills you gain from all the courses to work as a human resource manager, public relations specialist or life coach.
Certificates and diplomas you can get in Bible/Biblical Studies include Certificate in Mission Studies, Certificate of Theology, Biblical Studies Diploma and a Diploma of Applied Biblical Studies. Types of undergraduate Bible/Biblical Studies degrees you can get include Associate of Ministry, Associate of Arts in Christian Counseling, Bachelor of Ministry and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling. If you are seeking graduate Bible/Biblical Studies degrees you can get Master of Ministry, Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, Doctorate of Ministry and a Doctorate of Arts in Christian Counseling.
According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) ministers or clergy earned median annual salaries of $48,290 as of May 2010. The middle 50 percent earned annual salaries that ranged between $31,780 and $58,360. Components of their jobs are counseling, preaching, ministering and encouraging parishioners at churches where they serve. Some ministers serve as pastors and bishops, while other ministers serve as associate ministers at worship centers. Furthermore, top paying industries for clergy were religious organizations, hospitals, home health care services and nursing care facilities.