Biblical Studies, Certificate

Program Code: BIBSTD_UCT

Program Description

The Biblical Studies Certificate program is designed to provide students with a foundation in the academic study of the Bible, both the Jewish and Christian canons. Through a flexible and student-centered course of study, beginning with courses in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament, and including a variety of elective courses within or related to the field of Biblical Studies, students will be exposed to the academic methods and approaches to understanding the Bible.

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Biblical Studies, a minimum of 12 credits is required.

Required Courses
JST 110Hebrew Bible: Old Testament Keystone/General Education Course3
JST 112Jesus the Jew Keystone/General Education Course3
or JST 120 New Testament Keystone/General Education Course
or JST 124 Early and Medieval Christianity Keystone/General Education Course
Additional courses, no more than one of which may be a language course:6
Jewish and Christian Foundations Keystone/General Education Course
Jewish Civilization Keystone/General Education Course
JST 12
JST 70
Keystone/General Education Course
Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future Keystone/General Education Course
Ancient Israel Keystone/General Education Course
The Bible as Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Early Judaism Keystone/General Education Course
Apocalypse and Beyond Keystone/General Education Course
History of God: Origins of Monotheism Keystone/General Education Course
Dead Sea Scrolls Keystone/General Education Course
Archaeology of the Near East
Books of the Bible: Readings and Interpretation
Introductory Biblical Hebrew
Intermediate Biblical Hebrew

Non-Course Requirements:

  • As per University policy, all credit courses for a certificate require a grade of "C" or higher, and at least two-thirds (2/3) of the credits used to complete a certificate must be earned at Penn State.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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