Welcome

The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies will form the core of an excellent liberal arts education. You will be offered the challenge of exploring, or asking hard questions, and of finding ways to see deep significance in your study of the Bible. You will be well prepared for a graduate education, seminary, or whatever vocation you choose. Learn more about our programs and our faculty.

Mission Statement

The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies at Azusa Pacific University aims to equip undergraduate students by offering degree programs in biblical and religious studies, supporting the General Education program with courses in biblical studies, and preparing undergraduate men and women for ministry, graduate programs, and various public- and private-sector vocations. Emphasis for biblical studies majors is placed upon training them in informed interpretation of the Christian Scriptures, and integrating their understanding of the Bible with their responses to God, neighbor, and self, as well as with just responses to human need. Emphasis for religious studies majors is placed upon training them to be faithful, well-informed, and culturally sensitive participants in intercultural and interreligious dialogue and to engage the world from a place of committed Christian faith, awareness, and praxis.

News & Features

Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

  • Tough Hesed

    John E. Hartley, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Old Testament, counts business leaders, missionaries, pastors, and professors among his many protégés as he continues to pour into new generations of eager minds.

Elsewhere at APU

  • Perserverance

    The Clapham Saints exemplified a deep faith in the midst of trials as they worked to abolish slavery in 18th-century London.Their example can inspire today's believers to place their confidence more fully in the Lord.

  • Constitution Day 2015

    Azusa Pacific unites with schools around the country to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17.

  • Neighborhood Wellness Center Receives City of Hope Grant

    APU's Neighborhood Wellness Center, a joint effort between the city of Azusa and the School of Nursing, is the recipient of a City of Hope Healthy Living Grant.