Message from the Dean
The Department of Biblical and Religious Studies at Azusa Pacific University equips undergraduate students by offering degree programs in biblical and religious studies, supporting the General Education program with courses in biblical studies, and preparing men and women for ministry and/or graduate programs. Emphasis is placed on training them in leadership perspectives, intelligent interpretation of the Christian Scriptures, and integrating their understanding of the Bible with their responses to God, self, and neighbor as well as with just responses to human need.
To study the Bible and appreciate its rich, diverse message is a love and vocation that we all share at Azusa Pacific University. We seek to develop students who come to the Bible invested in learning how the people of God, throughout biblical history, have responded in their own searches for security, stability, and clarity. The program in biblical studies at Azusa Pacific University launches students on a lifelong pursuit of learning and of loving the Scriptures, which have sustained and enriched us for generations.
Through the department’s biblical studies (major, minor, and certificate of distinction), religious studies (minor), and ancient languages (minor) programs, students are challenged to focus on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, or a combination of both. There are also courses in biblical Greek and biblical Hebrew, as well as classical Greek and Latin, that can be used to enhance students’ study of the Bible. Department faculty share the university’s Wesleyan commitment to values and a worldview that inspires us to fully engage and challenge our students. Through mentoring relationships, we seek to develop them as individuals, pray with them, and encourage them as they seek and find their own vocations. Our hope is to model a commitment to service that integrates our own confessional faith with the hopes and needs of our communities.
Contact the Department of Biblical and Religious Studies to set up a meeting to discuss our programs.
Robert Duke, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Theology and Azusa Pacific Seminary
Professor, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies
Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.